April 1, 2010

Troops Eager to Take Obama's Picture in Afghanistan

An item on Obama in my sidebar on Wednesday gives the impression that troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere are not exactly as overjoyed to see the president as they were to see George Bush. That may or may not be the case, but this image from the Wall Street Journal certainly doesn't convey that. In fact it gives the opposite impression.

Having seen it, I'd be remiss not to note and post it here:

President Barack Obama rallied troops and military personnel at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Sunday. [click to enlarge]

Posted by Vanderleun at April 1, 2010 8:30 PM
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Were they American troops?

Posted by: pdwalker at April 1, 2010 10:53 PM

Pogues. Real warriors would respectfully stand, joyless, dreaming of using him for combative training.

Posted by: twolaneflash at April 2, 2010 6:56 AM

I seem to recall the same attitude by soldiers in Vietnam given the appearance of Barbara Eden.

Posted by: Cobb at April 2, 2010 9:09 AM


Yeah, yeah. We hate the troops. Nice deflection. We still have the same commitment to our troops that we had before. It's just that we don't trust your choice of leadership for them.

Today I'm walking in town and behold what do I see? I young man walking with his family wearing a CCCP shirt. I'm sure you would think, ahh, what an enlightened young man. Whereas I think what a deluded family. I would have the same reaction if he had on a NAZI shirt. I don't trust you commies with my money, my liberty, or the future of my children. I will do everything possible that I can to make sure you lying slithering sonsabitches get defeated this election.

Posted by: JD at April 2, 2010 11:18 AM

Given the opportunity, many people would take pictures of demented circus monkeys, too.

Posted by: Blastineau at April 2, 2010 11:32 AM

Today I won't add to the drama and conflict that Mamet recommends. I'll just offer that I think this was a nice post.

Posted by: Mike at April 2, 2010 11:44 AM

Obama's advance man earned his money. We'll learn the story in a few days, always do.

Posted by: james wilson at April 2, 2010 10:26 PM

Obama is a celebrity, and many people, including the troops, are fascinated by celebrities. I'd probably take his picture too if I met him, just for the sake of remembering the time.

But, having watched (and listened to) the masses of troops gathered to hear the addresses of both men, you cannot compare the two.

The cordial and professional response Obama got from those who are trained to show respect to authority is a pale ghost of the raucous and loving ovations Bush got from those who knew he had their back, and would have laid down his life for their safe return in an instant.

Posted by: sherlock at April 3, 2010 7:11 AM

"Pogues. Real warriors would respectfully stand, joyless, dreaming of using him for combative training.

Posted by twolaneflash at April 2, 2010 6:56 AM"

Exactly my thought. Hell, they're not even Fobbits.

Posted by: loiseller at April 3, 2010 10:57 AM

From my personal military experience, I'd say that the troops in attendance generally fall into two categories:

1) Ones who resent the fact that they were forced to give up some of their precious little recreational time to put on a dog and pony show for some civilian show-off who's never worn the uniform.

2) Ones who are happy to be there, because their presence gets them out of doing some other task that's even more unpleasant than being used as a photo-op prop.

Posted by: Harvey at April 4, 2010 8:25 AM

I wonder if all of these digital cameras were handed out by Obama's advance team like the time he first visited Iraq as President.

I also wonder if these "admirers" had to pass the political smell test like the troops who were in that same photo-op I mentioned in Iraq before being allowed to attend.

Posted by: Ferd at April 9, 2010 10:19 AM