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July 24, 2008

Did Obama Snub Troops Becuase He Couldn't Bring Reporters Along?

Earlier I blogged about Obama canceling a scheduled trip to meet troops stationed in Germany. The reason given was his campaign was paying for this part of his trip so it was somehow inappropriate to visit the troops. As I noted, he could have avoided turning it into a political event by ditching the press.

It turns out the reason he canceled might be because he couldn't bring any press.

One military official who was working on the Obama visit said because political candidates are prohibited from using military installations as campaign backdrops, Obama's representatives were told, "he could only bring two or three of his Senate staff member, no campaign officials or workers." In addition,

"Obama could not bring any media. Only military photographers would be permitted to record Obama's visit."

The official said "We didn't know why" the request to visit the wounded troops was withdrawn. "He (Obama) was more than welcome. We were all ready for him."

The idea that someone running for President might see American troops, including some wounded in battle, as nothing more than props is infuriating but about what one would expect from the left and its poster boy.

It's too bad Obama isn't going to meet these troops with the press in attendance. I'd like to see if he has the balls to tell them to their face they had nothing to do with the improvements in Iraq.

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posted by DrewM. at 10:39 PM

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