Skipping the soldiers

After delivering the warm-fuzzy Kum Ba Yah speech of the millennium in Berlin on Thursday where Barack Obama essentially promised to give the world… the WORLD, today many are abuzz after the candidate decided to cancel a previously scheduled trip to visit American soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. The change in itinerary was caused, in part by a glitch in Pentagon regulations:

Earlier, the Pentagon cited a Defense Department policy prohibiting military personnel or facilities with partisan of political campaigning or elections, according to Reuters.

We told him he could visit Landstuhl with his Senate staff, but not with his campaign staff,” said Army Lt. Col. Elizabeth Hibner.

Actually I’m fine with the change of plans. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of wounded U.S. soldiers being subjected to a photo-op with a grinning self-important puffed-up politician with delusions of grandeur.  But what stood out to me in the explanation offered by Obama’s staff is the admission that this visit IS a campaign trip and not just your run-of the mill overseas trip by a senator. Said spokesman Robert Gibbs:

“The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign,”

Thank you for the clarification Mr. Gibbs. Now we’re on the record. Good luck, Mr. Obama, in your bid to become President of Europe.

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The first half of his trip – the part where he was visiting Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel – was an official state visit.

His visit to Europe is being funded by his campaign and is technically campaign activity.

Comment by Josh

Obama needs the Europeans to hold his hand when McCain is anounced the winner of the White House! Obama will not be a good senator now that he has lied so much about the issues. He will be useless.

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