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Bill Clinton Surprises Troops Returning From Iraq
FOXNews.com ^ | January 10, 2006 | AP

Posted on 01/10/2006 2:36:29 PM PST by rightalien

BANGOR, Maine — Former President Bill Clinton surprised U.S. troops arriving from Iraq when a refueling stop for his private plane at the Bangor International Airport coincided with the arrival of two flights carrying soldiers.

Clinton was returning Monday night from Paris where he had met with French President Jacques Chirac to discuss plans for his charitable organization, the Clinton Foundation.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: clinton; stagedphotoop; troops; welcomehome

1 posted on 01/10/2006 2:36:30 PM PST by rightalien
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To: rightalien

Bad timing. Very bad timing. So sorry our guys and gals had to see it.


2 posted on 01/10/2006 2:37:40 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: rightalien

Oh come on, who would be more fun to go out and drink with than Bill Clinton?


3 posted on 01/10/2006 2:39:51 PM PST by adgirl
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To: mtbopfuyn

"Hi, Shancy, it's Bill Clinton," the former president said into the phone..."

"How about I borrow some kneepads from these guys, and you come over to my place?"


4 posted on 01/10/2006 2:40:19 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Regime change in Iran and Syria is required, and required now.)
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To: rightalien

Very appropriate that Bill Clinton would meet them in Bangor.


5 posted on 01/10/2006 2:40:31 PM PST by oblomov (Join the FR Folding@Home Team (#36120) keyword: folding@home)
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To: rightalien

I only hope I live to see the day when the Clintons are nothing but a fading memory.


6 posted on 01/10/2006 2:41:07 PM PST by yellowdoghunter (I sometimes only vote for Republicans because they are not Democrats. by Thomas Sowell)
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To: SaxxonWoods

ooohhhh i can only begin to imagine what i'd say if someone handed me a phone and on the other line I heard "it's Bill Clinton"...... LOL


8 posted on 01/10/2006 2:42:19 PM PST by lawgirl (Every vow I ever take is just pretending that this mess I make is worth defending...</bnl>)
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To: rightalien
"Clinton's private plane, a Falcon 900, was scheduled to land for fuel and to clear customs, but there was a mechanical problem as well, said Rebecca Hupp, airport manager."

The mechanical problem being Bubba's weiner getting stuck in his zipper.

9 posted on 01/10/2006 2:43:13 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: oblomov

LOL...he probably just told his secretary he was going to bang 'er...and so she booked the flight for him.


10 posted on 01/10/2006 2:43:41 PM PST by Lekker 1 ("Computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes..." - Popular Mechanics, March 1949)
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To: mtbopfuyn
Bill Clinton Surprises Troops Returning From Iraq


11 posted on 01/10/2006 2:44:56 PM PST by Polybius
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To: rightalien

I thought it was pretty decent of Clintoon to greet the troops. He didn't have to do it, and it wasn't even planned. I don't agree with his politics at all, but I probably would have had a couple things autographed, and some photos snapped, myself.


12 posted on 01/10/2006 2:47:48 PM PST by Maximus_Ridiculousness (Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet?)
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To: mtbopfuyn
As is happened my husband was signing his retirement documents on the day that Clinton was inaugurated. We were watching the inauguration on a mega sized TV screen. He was offered a choice of paperwork signed by outgoing George Bush I or by Clinton. I'll leave you to guess ...
13 posted on 01/10/2006 2:48:21 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Pray daily for our troops.)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

"I thought it was pretty decent of Clintoon to greet the troops."

Agreed. Some things are bigger then politics as usual. Greeting returning troops is one of them.


14 posted on 01/10/2006 2:51:13 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: rightalien
Posted twice already today.

Clinton greets troops at BIAEx-president stops in Bangor for plane refueling

Former President Clinton makes surprise visit to Bangor

Three articles, three different titles and the last two are just reworked by lazy journos.

15 posted on 01/10/2006 2:52:03 PM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: mass55th

Nah, they had to pry Mr. Clinton off of one of the flight attendants.


16 posted on 01/10/2006 2:52:38 PM PST by Reaganesque
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To: rightalien
Bill Clinton Surprises Troops Returning From Iraq

..yeah..surprises like in ...Troops thinking, WTF is this idiot doing here of all places

Doogle

17 posted on 01/10/2006 2:52:40 PM PST by Doogle (USAF...8thAF...4077th TFW...408th MMS...Ubon Thailand..."69"..Night Line Delivery,AMMO)
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To: rightalien

One thing Bill Clinton and W share, is a good sense of humor. When I think of leftists I think of dour, unhappy, miserable people. Even their comedians who get involved in politics (think about the Air America gang) stop being funny. Bill Clinton is the exception. That's one of the reasons why he's one of the few Democrats who claimed success at the national level.


18 posted on 01/10/2006 2:53:06 PM PST by winner3000
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

Can you say "Photo Op" (Bubba takes camera persons wherever he goes)


19 posted on 01/10/2006 2:53:34 PM PST by joesnuffy (A camel once bit our sister.. but we knew what to do.. we gathered rocks and squashed her!)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

"I probably would have had a couple things autographed..."

Yeah, he could have autographed your penis.

That was low, I shouldn't have said it.

But I did, I'm in that kind of mood.


20 posted on 01/10/2006 2:54:00 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Regime change in Iran and Syria is required, and required now.)
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To: mtbopfuyn
I almost went and greeted that troop flight. I will usually greet one that comes in around that time. I'm so glad I didn't. Bill Clinton,the press, and I should never be in the same room.
21 posted on 01/10/2006 2:58:09 PM PST by armymarinedad (Never let a peacenik go unchallenged.)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

And imagine what we would be hearing in this discussion if we found out that he was at the same airport and didn't go greet the troops...slick willy aint so bad as long as he doesn't have keys to that presidential pen.


22 posted on 01/10/2006 2:58:18 PM PST by dannyboy72 (How long will you hold onto the rope when Liberals pull us off the cliff?)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

better you than me.


23 posted on 01/10/2006 3:00:15 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than anyone will ever know. He's A++)
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To: SaxxonWoods
Yeah, he could have autographed your penis.

I don't HAVE a penis...

BTW, my husband says "you're welcome," for his 16-month service in Iraq.

24 posted on 01/10/2006 3:05:54 PM PST by Maximus_Ridiculousness (Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet?)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

In that case, I'm sure he would've found a couple other things to autograph...


25 posted on 01/10/2006 3:10:55 PM PST by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: oblomov

I thought it was appropriate that he was returning from PARIS after meeting with Chirac, while our heroes were returning from IRAQ after fighting killers. :)

Good of him to Thank them for their Service, all the same.


26 posted on 01/10/2006 3:14:55 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness
"I thought it was pretty decent of Clintoon to greet the troops. He didn't have to do it, and it wasn't even planned."

Are you kidding? He's out schilling for Hillary's 2008 Presidential bid.

27 posted on 01/10/2006 3:15:29 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

Oops, my very very bad. My apologies to you and beloved husband. And a salute to him as well.


28 posted on 01/10/2006 3:16:07 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Regime change in Iran and Syria is required, and required now.)
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To: Luke Skyfreeper
In that case, I'm sure he would've found a couple other things to autograph...

Now that's funny! :P

Okay, honestly, people, if Clintoon showed up the day my husband arrived at Bangor, he would have taken a bunch of pictures of Clintoon and his army buds sharing their nth Guinness together, looking drunk, acting goofy, and just happy to be home.

29 posted on 01/10/2006 3:18:13 PM PST by Maximus_Ridiculousness (Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet?)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness
I thought it was pretty decent of Clintoon to greet the troops.

Troops serving in the military that Slick loathes.

30 posted on 01/10/2006 3:21:09 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: rightalien
Bill "I loathe the military" Clinton runs into some troops. Pity them.
31 posted on 01/10/2006 3:24:36 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: winner3000
[One thing Bill Clinton and W share, is a good sense of humor. ... That's one of the reasons why he's one of the few Democrats who claimed success at the national level.]



That is one of the two reasons.

The other reason is he assumed for himself popular Republican policies such as free trade, welfare reform, federal spending caps, capital gains tax cuts, and even using the military to remove a brutal dictator (Slobodon Melosevic). He made himself out to be a fiscal conservative (at least compared to all the other tax and spend Democrats) and it got him elected president twice.
32 posted on 01/10/2006 3:25:53 PM PST by spinestein (I donated to FreeRepublic because it's VALUABLE to me.)
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To: adgirl
Oh come on, who would be more fun to go out and drink with than Bill Clinton?

I'd have to pass if he offered me a cigar.

33 posted on 01/10/2006 3:26:18 PM PST by Recovering Hermit (Guess what? I got a fever! And the only prescription...is more cowbell!)
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To: rightalien

When reading the excerpt, my first assumption was he probably delayed our men from landing or taking off.


34 posted on 01/10/2006 3:35:49 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (never surrender, this is for the kids)
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To: rightalien

He was just trying to pick up some of the women.


35 posted on 01/10/2006 3:36:58 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

I would have spit on him!!!!!!!


36 posted on 01/10/2006 4:26:45 PM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Reaganesque
Nah, they had to pry Mr. Clinton off of one of the flight attendants.

"Attention Ladies and Gentlemen: We are now preparing for landing. Mr. Clinton, please return your flight attendant to an upright position."
37 posted on 01/10/2006 4:35:25 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightalien

Did anyone get a photo of our troops spitting on him?


38 posted on 01/10/2006 4:45:05 PM PST by pabianice
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

Not only would I refuse to shake his hand, I would exercise my free speech rights to the fullest.


39 posted on 01/10/2006 4:51:52 PM PST by oneofmany (ACLU -- Destroying America since 1920)
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To: ArmyTeach

My youngest brother was going to retire from the Air Force around 1990...he stayed in until 2003 to get the proper signature on his papers.


40 posted on 01/10/2006 4:54:32 PM PST by Fledermaus (Please explain the difference between Al-Qaeda and the Left? Anyone? Anyone?)
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To: pabianice
Did anyone get a photo of our troops spitting on him?

Not when you are in uniform.

41 posted on 01/10/2006 6:06:47 PM PST by Maximus_Ridiculousness (Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet? Is 24 on yet?)
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To: spinestein

Bob Doyle is what got Clinton relected.


42 posted on 01/11/2006 2:41:52 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: mariabush
Agreed.

IF G.H.W.Bush hadn't angered the base AND been competing with Ross Perot for votes, Clinton would not have been elected.

And IF Bob Dole hadn't been such a dud of a candidate AND competing with Ross Perot for votes, Clinton would not have been reelected.

But, Clinton DID win fairly both times (something the kooks who've taken over the Democratic Party can't bring themselves to admit G.W.Bush did) and in politics nothing is handed to candidates without being earned by the hard work of convincing people to vote for you.
43 posted on 01/11/2006 8:17:26 AM PST by spinestein (I donated to FreeRepublic because it's VALUABLE to me.)
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To: ellenripley

I was there...I work at the airport, no booing or hissing, just praise and adoration from some of the liberal troop greeters...yecch. On different note, anyone want to give me a bid on an apron signed by Klintoon himself? I start the bidding at $5.


44 posted on 01/12/2006 7:26:48 PM PST by Preech1 (Lo children are an heritage of the LORD...)
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