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President Bush is eating in my undisclosed location (UPDATE: Undisclosed location is IRAQ!)
Eyes on ^ | 271830(C)NOV03 | ChiefKujo

Posted on 11/27/2003 7:37:26 AM PST by ChiefKujo

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To: TexKat
Fantastic Article texkat
1,701 posted on 11/27/2003 11:16:00 PM PST by mylife
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To: nicmarlo
I believe that the President was flying TO Baghdad in AF1 (the 747) as it has been reported that a British pilot, who spotted AF1 in the air, asked the AF1 pilot "is that AF1" to which the President's pilot said "no, it's a gulfstream 9." The British pilot reportedly understanding something was up merely said "oh."</>

Somewhere en route, a British Airways pilot thought he spotted an unusual plane from his cockpit.

"Did I just see Air Force One?" the pilot radioed.

There was a pause. Then came the response from Air Force One: "Gulfstream 5" -- a much smaller aircraft.

Another pause. "Oh," said the BA pilot.

1,702 posted on 11/27/2003 11:16:42 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: section9
Sir,

Your comments suggest that you believe it necessary to have an absolutely secure environment when the POTUS travels into a combat zone.

The reason the trip is so remarkable is that this POTUS has demonstrated a willingness to take personal risk in order to make a political point.

The factor that makes this trip "hot shot" is that the trip is clearly dangerous.

We have become too accustomed to a POTUS who is a wimp.

Well, I doubt that any US President has entered a combat zone as treacherous as Baghdad since Madison faced British troops in Washington.

Frankly, with Al Queda's continuing activity, the POTUS has already faced direct attack.

Travelling to Baghdad to clarify exactly which nation and which "team" is in charge is highly appropriate.

Since the war on terror is a propaganda war, this was a great shot to take.

1,703 posted on 11/27/2003 11:20:33 PM PST by bonesmccoy (Defeat the terrorists... Vaccinate!)
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To: TexKat
yes.....that was the report I was thinking of....good to know I was only off by 4 : )
1,704 posted on 11/27/2003 11:23:27 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Lazamataz
I bet you wish we had an edit function right about now.Hahaha.
1,705 posted on 11/27/2003 11:33:57 PM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (I'm a girl watcher, I'm a girl watcher. Here comes one now.)
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To: Mr. K
I am betting the place was surrounded by more air power than had been seen in months.

My bet as well, not to mention some very over aggressive spec. ops types.

Me thinks the the next thing we will hear on the news is how "poor Iraqi's were roughed up prior to the President's visit for no reason what so ever, in the surrounding area".

Was the poster right or wrong? I'm not the one to say. But this administration sure has a way of covering all it's bases.

I especially like that this happened on the eve before rama-dama-ding-dong ends..

This President has NUTS!

1,706 posted on 11/27/2003 11:34:00 PM PST by Michael Barnes ("Free Speech is alive and well in London,we have that at home too. They now have that right in Iraq")
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To: seamole
This was a very bad day for the left :)
1,708 posted on 11/27/2003 11:42:32 PM PST by america-rules (It's US or THEM so what part don't you understand ?)
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To: ican'tbelieveit; Jalapeno
That is still after the fact.

No it wasn't check the previous posts ChiefKujo made. It is obvious to anyone who took the trouble to check out his previous posts that he is in Iraq! There are lots of leftists who monitor Free Republic. Perhaps a few would know how to contact people associated with Al Qaeda.

1,709 posted on 11/27/2003 11:43:13 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: mylife
I would be shocked if ANY member of Congress was told about this. There's a few known leakers, and the Dems would've loved to have scuttled this trip. It's been stated over and over again today that word of this was kept extremely close to the vest. GWB has been burned before by "certain" Congresspeeps .. so I'm not buying it. If Laura wasn't even told until Tuesday, and some Secret Service weren't told ..I don't think the "need to know" cascaded to Congress.
1,710 posted on 11/27/2003 11:45:30 PM PST by STARWISE (PLEASE DO something to save Terri Schiavo: email, call, fax, vigil,pray, GOD SAVE TERRI)
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To: Paleo Conservative
That is very true however GW had already been on the ground for an hour and was going to leave in the next 90 minutes.An hour and a half is not much time to plan an attack on a mess hall.Definatley a judgement call.Also I am sure there is more than one mess hall in BD.
1,711 posted on 11/27/2003 11:51:07 PM PST by eastforker (Money is the key to justice,just ask any lawyer.)
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To: america-rules
This was a very bad day for the left :)

Not for all, I am sure there were some members of the left in the audience that welcomed the presence of the CIC over in Baghdad.

1,712 posted on 11/27/2003 11:51:37 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: ChiefKujo
ChiefKujo - Thank you, thank you, thank you a thousand times! I love this president. My brother-in-law, watching the breaking news said "that's it, I'm quitting the democrat party and switching. Democrats disgust me, and this Bush is doing all the right stuff!".

A bit hard getting thru 1700 posts (as of my getting somethin in right now), congrats for this thread!

1,713 posted on 11/27/2003 11:55:32 PM PST by roadcat
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To: mylife; Spunky
Which ever plane the President goes in, is it called Air Force One. Thats a fact.

Not true. The C-2 President Bush flew to the carrier Abraham Lincoln was called "Navy One".

1,714 posted on 11/27/2003 11:56:30 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: roadcat
Please tell your b-i-l "welcome home". I'm real proud of him for seeing the light.
1,715 posted on 11/28/2003 12:00:09 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (I'm goin' to LoganLand!)
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To: mylife
>>Which ever plane the President goes in, is it called Air Force One. Thats a fact.

Bzzzzzt. Wrong. When the president boards a military aircraft, it becomes "(Insert service name) One."

Thus - the trip to the aircraft carrier was Navy One. The Green helicopter that takes presidents from the WH to Andrews AFB is Marine one - the commonly taken aircraft flown by the Air Force become Air Force One. And, if a president was ever in an Army Blackhawk chopper - it would be Army One.
1,716 posted on 11/28/2003 12:02:20 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Tag line produced using 100% post-consumer recycled ethernet packets,)
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To: ChiefKujo
I read your post first thing this morning. Before I read it, I was bone tired from cooking and cleaning (I cooked everything we had for dinner with no help). After I read it, there was a bounce to my step and my democrat in-laws couldn't figure out why I was so cheerful.

I didn't tell my in-laws about President Bush's trip to Iraq because I didn't want to ruin my thanksgiving by having to listen to them. Today, during dinner, it was my secret and it kept a smile on my face.

My heart was with my President today and this was one more thing I had to give thanks over.
1,717 posted on 11/28/2003 12:07:10 AM PST by Sally'sConcerns (It's painless to be a monthly donor!)
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To: ChiefKujo
I read your post first thing this morning. Before I read it, I was bone tired from cooking and cleaning (I cooked everything we had for dinner with no help). After I read it, there was a bounce to my step and my democrat in-laws couldn't figure out why I was so cheerful.

I didn't tell my in-laws about President Bush's trip to Iraq because I didn't want to ruin my thanksgiving by having to listen to them. Today, during dinner, it was my secret and it kept a smile on my face.

My heart was with my President today and this was one more thing I had to give thanks over.
1,718 posted on 11/28/2003 12:17:30 AM PST by Sally'sConcerns (It's painless to be a monthly donor!)
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To: STARWISE
I would be shocked if ANY member of Congress was told about this.

I have noticed that there has been several posts regarding whether or not Congress members knew about this trip. My take on this after reading some of the articles regarding this I believe some of the Congress members were aware of it being discussed back in October but it had not gotten any further. But after the President made his decision he informed Laura, he informed his daughters, he had a telephone conversation with Dick Cheney and informed a minimum close admin people (no Congress). Congress members only knew it was being banted about in mid-October.

1,719 posted on 11/28/2003 12:23:38 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: ChiefKujo
Dear ChiefKujo

When I heard that Bush was in Iraq this morning, I just knew that there would be a FReeper in attendance. I just got home and sure enough, you were there. And the really great thing is you were the first person out with the news. Congratulations!

God Bless you and all of our military personnel for all that you do to keep us free. May God also Bless your families for all the sacrifices that they must make to support your service to our country. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you. I am proud that you are there and I am proud that you are a member of Free Republic. Please stay safe.

1,720 posted on 11/28/2003 12:59:25 AM PST by nicksaunt
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To: nicmarlo
Alright ! I haven't seen Baghdad Bob since he announced the
cancelling of The Reagans ! (post #80) ...


1,721 posted on 11/28/2003 2:24:17 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (George Soros "MINOB": http://richard.meek.home.comcast.net/SorosRatsA.JPG)
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To: Jalapeno
In a few days, why don't you go back and read all of your posts. You couldn't make your point and let it go. You have said the same basic thing over and over. People that need to have others finally acknowledge them as right before they can stop talking get ulcers. Why do you need that sort of validation?

Calm down. You made your point.
1,722 posted on 11/28/2003 3:47:37 AM PST by texasflower
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To: ChiefKujo
We've been blessed with a compassionate and brave leader as our President. His putting himself in harm's way to demonstrate his resolve for the cause of peace in Iraq was a great risk.
1,723 posted on 11/28/2003 3:58:18 AM PST by jagrmeister
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To: ChiefKujo; sauropod
I hate Thanksgiving. It made me miss this unbelievable thread yesteray. ROFL.
1,724 posted on 11/28/2003 4:33:14 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: ChiefKujo
Thanks for the post. I'm hoping that you don't get grilled for any reason for posting such info.

Please accept thanks from my family, for being there, for serving our country. Please tell your fellow soldiers that we support them, and appreciate deeply what y'all are doing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
1,725 posted on 11/28/2003 4:37:41 AM PST by RightOnGOP
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To: ChiefKujo
Historic bump
1,726 posted on 11/28/2003 4:45:12 AM PST by openotherend
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To: ChiefKujo
Way to go Chief thanks for being there and a BTTT.
1,727 posted on 11/28/2003 4:47:51 AM PST by Rightly Biased ( <><)
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To: Mo1; TruthNtegrity; Calpernia
thanks for the pings guys!! I cooked and had company all day yesterday. Watched no news. Woke up, read this, heard about it on news and have tears inching down my cheeks because of the greatness of our President and the thrill he brought to our troops. He honored them and he's also honored our country in his bravery.

Prairie
1,728 posted on 11/28/2003 4:59:11 AM PST by prairiebreeze ("The hope that danger has passed is comforting, is understandable, and it is FALSE! "~~GWBush)
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To: TexKat
Gulfstream5 ???

LOL !


1,729 posted on 11/28/2003 5:02:26 AM PST by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: openotherend
Anyone know of a thread where I can see more photos of the troops' reaction to the surprise and a report of Britt's interview with Barbara Bush?
1,730 posted on 11/28/2003 5:05:50 AM PST by rosyposy
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To: MeeknMing

"The Americans are not near the airport"


1,731 posted on 11/28/2003 5:07:24 AM PST by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: CFC__VRWC
Let me add another one that I just heard...1) See how easy Bush lies...it's not the first time....this proves he's a liar. 2)I wonder how much this little photo-op cost the taxpayers. I'm sure there are many more to come. There should be a thread just for the Dem's reaction to Bush's trip.
1,732 posted on 11/28/2003 5:15:21 AM PST by mrtysmm
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To: Cate
Just a note to tell you I'm sending prayers along for your son and all who are over there. God bless our troops and their families. Happy thanksgiving...and Thank You GW Bush!
1,733 posted on 11/28/2003 5:18:25 AM PST by mrtysmm
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To: TexKat
"A truncated press pool was taken . . ."

I don't suppose Helen Thomas was aboard. Besides, it reads "press pool," not "cesspool."

1,734 posted on 11/28/2003 5:20:00 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: big'ol_freeper
God bless GWB- bump!
1,735 posted on 11/28/2003 5:20:18 AM PST by Lil'freeper
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
YUK!!!!!!!!!! that's a visual I may not be able to erase! Thanks a lot!...but Happy Thanksgiving anyway.
1,736 posted on 11/28/2003 5:22:00 AM PST by mrtysmm
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To: armymarinemom
WOW....two sons overseas??? God bless YOU! and them for their service. My prayers will be with both of them and YOU for your service to our country. The best I can say to you is..."Thank you"!
1,737 posted on 11/28/2003 5:26:06 AM PST by mrtysmm
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To: ChiefKujo
Awesome! Saw the news yesterday and 1) Am concerned for his safety & 2) Very proud of President Bush.

Were you able to speak with him?
1,738 posted on 11/28/2003 5:30:10 AM PST by madison10
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To: EggsAckley
What?!? Would be breaking news I suppose if it were YOU telling the story. :(

1,739 posted on 11/28/2003 5:31:31 AM PST by madison10
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To: ChiefKujo
God Bless You. Keep safe and I sure hope you got up close and personal w/CiC. He is awesome. I heard about this from my brother-in-law (Viet Nam vet) at Thanksgiving dinner and I knew instantly it had to be true. Finally, a President who puts America and Americans first. What a Thanksgiving you must have had, a far cry from what you expected, huh? You and your family will remain in my prayers.
1,740 posted on 11/28/2003 5:39:41 AM PST by tioga
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To: ChiefKujo
It's fun to read this thread and realize some early posters owe you a big apology, ChiefKujo!

Thanks for putting up with us!!

And God Bless you and your loved ones for all you do for us. I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving.
1,741 posted on 11/28/2003 6:02:33 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
"MY APOLOGIES TO YOU"

Very cool. You're one of many Freepers who at first trashed a Freeper serving in theatre for posting this and one of very few who realized that apologies were due.

Very cool.
1,742 posted on 11/28/2003 6:07:16 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Squantos
The grown-ups are in charge now, squantos.

LOL.

1,743 posted on 11/28/2003 6:12:27 AM PST by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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To: TexKat
This will be one favorite picture for me. Look at the expressions on those faces.

Yes, and look at the two extremely tall "soldiers" next to him, with the telephone wires behind their ears.

I had no idea the Secret Service guys were so BIG. My gosh, they're towering over everybody. :D

1,744 posted on 11/28/2003 6:20:46 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: Sally'sConcerns
Bush goes AWAOL . . . to perform a random act of kindness on thankgsgiving. *Applause*
1,745 posted on 11/28/2003 6:27:39 AM PST by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: bonesmccoy
If they suggest that, than the error was in my writing.

I was simply saying that operational security was, in all probability, compromised. President Bush has his security compromised every time he goes to a campaign rally. I understand, as you do, that security can never be absolute. If we wanted absolute security, the President would govern from Cheyenne Mountain, not the White House.

I am fully cognizant of the risks that Bush took going to Baghdad. The trip was a ballsy move. He didn't have to do this, but he did. And he did this because he cares about the men.

Politically, this helps him. The image of a President with the troops on Thanksgiving Day in a Combat Zone is one that helps our cause in the war and, in a smaller sense, helps in the political campaign.

Finally, as to Presidents in combat zones; Lincoln went to a Fort (McNair?) south of DC. At the time, there was a raid on by Jeb Stuart's cavalry. Lincoln had a few minie balls went by him before the General in Command, who I believe was Abner Doubleday, told him, "Get down, you damn fool!"

Be Seeing You,

Chris

1,746 posted on 11/28/2003 6:33:28 AM PST by section9 (Major Kusanagi says, "Click on my pic and read my blog, or eat lead!")
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To: Paleo Conservative
I never said that ck didn't say where he was... I said he talked about the President after the president was already landed in baghdad.
1,747 posted on 11/28/2003 6:48:56 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Timesink
But again, once the President landed in Baghdad, it became knowledge he was there. I am sorry everyone here keeps missing that point.
1,748 posted on 11/28/2003 6:50:22 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit
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1,749 posted on 11/28/2003 6:52:37 AM PST by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: bonesmccoy
Very well said.
1,750 posted on 11/28/2003 6:54:06 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit
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