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UPDATE: Obama Phones It In to Wounded at Landstuhl
Friday, July 25, 2008 | Kristinn

Posted on 07/25/2008 7:31:34 AM PDT by kristinn

The Pentagon said Barack Obama phoned wounded U.S. soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical center in Germany today a day after a firestorm developed over his cancellation of plans to visit the base and Ramstein Air Force Base.

Pentagon spokeswoman Elizabeth Hibner told Bloomberg News that Obama was told by the military he could visit the bases as an offical but not as a candidate and without campaign staff.

Obama chose to cancel the visit and instead phoned it in to the troops.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; cicobama; elections; landstuhl; nobama08; obama; obamasbigadventure; obamavisit; unfitforcommand

1 posted on 07/25/2008 7:31:34 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

All better now. /s


2 posted on 07/25/2008 7:32:31 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Never miss a good chance to shut up." - - Will Rogers)
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To: kristinn

I wonder if the “campaign” photographed the phone call.


3 posted on 07/25/2008 7:33:05 AM PDT by IM2MAD
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To: kristinn

Anyone want to put together an imagined conversation? “Hi I am Barack Hussein Obama and wanted to thank you for your service in an unjust war...”


4 posted on 07/25/2008 7:33:48 AM PDT by ikka
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To: kristinn
Did he call immediately, or did he wait until the overnight polling showed that people hoped that he would change his mind?
5 posted on 07/25/2008 7:35:07 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Whale oil: the renewable biofuel for the 21st century.)
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To: kristinn

Did he phone from the elliptical trainer he chose to use instead of visiting the troops?


6 posted on 07/25/2008 7:35:36 AM PDT by tips up
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To: kristinn

Hey, at least he didn’t send an email instead.


7 posted on 07/25/2008 7:36:01 AM PDT by rightwinghour (http://rightwinghour.podbean.com/)
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To: rightwinghour

“Hey, at least he didn’t send an email instead.’

To be truthful he did send an email. However it was stopped by the spam filters for being full of BS.


8 posted on 07/25/2008 7:36:59 AM PDT by driftdiver (No More Obama - The corruption hasn’t changed despite all our hopes.)
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To: kristinn

THAT SOB! He makes me physically ill.
His very name sounds like a noise made while vomiting. BARACCCCHHHHH!!!!
Good...it’s better he doesn’t visit them.He’s not fit to breathe the same air as them,period. They don’t need that circus crap around them,that’s for sure.Heroes and guardian angels don’t mix well with antiChrist gasbags like The Obamination.


9 posted on 07/25/2008 7:37:20 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Get rid of the horror that is Scary Reid & Bela Pelosi.)
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To: ikka

“And Michelle wanted me to tell you that for the first time in her life, she has never been more proud of you troops.”


10 posted on 07/25/2008 7:37:35 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yo prometo lealtad a la bandera de los Estados Unidos de America, y a la Republica que representa...)
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To: kristinn

A day late, doesn’t cut it, Obamanation!

You snubbed these guys and gals because there was no opporturnity for photos.

(I can’t type what else I want to say here.)

Families of our wounded warriors, we love you. Obvious this Obama guy doesn’t. What a slap in the face to our troops.


11 posted on 07/25/2008 7:37:57 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: kristinn

No matter the size of his ears, he’s the most politically tone deaf politician in years.


12 posted on 07/25/2008 7:38:37 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (the opposite of anything is holiness)
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To: KarlInOhio

Looks like he waited to see what the damages would be.


13 posted on 07/25/2008 7:38:43 AM PDT by linn37 (phlebotomist on duty,its just a little pinch)
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To: gimme1ibertee
Here's another contradiction: He spoke in Berlin "not as a candidate, but as a citizen of the world" or words to that affect. Well, a "citizen of the world" can certainly visit injured troops in a military hospital.

I've heard MANY politicians (mostly Republicans) will visit VA hospitals WITHOUT A NEWS CREW - gasp! - because it is the right thing to do. Barry could have visited the troops in the hospital - maybe one or two would have been from Illinois - and visit as a US Senator! What a concept.

It would also be an opportunity to see a "reverse-Patton" whereby an injured soldier slaps the crap our of Barry for being a coward and stinking up a place of honor, then send Barry to the front.

14 posted on 07/25/2008 7:43:33 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: kristinn

“Obama chose to cancel the visit and instead phoned it in to the troops.”

Just an FYI to those freepers who aren’t sports fans: “phoned it in” is a sports term used when a team who is out of the running for a good season plays poorly because they don’t care anymore.


15 posted on 07/25/2008 7:46:55 AM PDT by piytar
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To: kristinn

It is much safer to make a phone call to enemy territory.


16 posted on 07/25/2008 7:48:24 AM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: kristinn

It was very selfish of him not to visit the wounded troops. He could have laid his hands on each one of them and healed them all.


17 posted on 07/25/2008 7:50:34 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: kristinn

Hang up time./Just Asking - seoul62..........


18 posted on 07/25/2008 7:52:25 AM PDT by seoul62
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To: kristinn

Adding insult to injury....what a jerk this guy is!


19 posted on 07/25/2008 7:53:24 AM PDT by ladyvet (Obama..be afraid, be very afraid.)
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To: kristinn

LOL! Little CYA going on there now.

Can anyone look at this guy and not see a CiC who won’t turn and face wherever the wind blows him?


20 posted on 07/25/2008 7:55:17 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: kristinn

That’s what would cheer up a wounded U. S. soldier: a telephone visit from a trojan horse muslim pinko.


21 posted on 07/25/2008 7:55:36 AM PDT by KLFuchs (Congress and the president working together is much worse than having them fighting.)
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To: kristinn
I heard he called collect.

Leni

22 posted on 07/25/2008 7:56:07 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Stay Home or vote Barr for Obamination, more Taxation, Regulation, Litigation and Ginzburgization)
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To: IM2MAD

yeah the one where he is holding the phone upside down lol


23 posted on 07/25/2008 7:58:50 AM PDT by lakeman
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To: lakeman

This from a blog at NW Republican:
Received this from someone who was in Afghanistan when Obama blew in. I only blanked out the last name and unit:

FYI—for what freedom is worth.
Tiffany and Jeff are friends who live in Virginia .
(Below is from Tiffany)

I don’t know each of your personal political convictions, and apologize if anyone finds this offensive. I thought it was important enough to share. This is Jeff’s first hand view of Senator Obama.

————— Forwarded Message —————
Hello everyone,
As you know I am not a very political person. I just wanted to pass along that Senator Obama came to Bagram Afghanistan for about an hour on his visit to ‘The War Zone’. I wanted to share with you what happened. He got off the plane and got into a bullet proof vehicle, got to the area to meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the commander here at Bagram.

As the Soldiers where lined up to shake his hand he blew them off and
didn’t say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out with weights) so he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service.

So really he was just here to make a showing for the Americans back home that he is their candidate for President. I think that if you are going to make an effort to come all the way over here you would thank those that are providing the freedom that they are providing for you.

I swear we got more thanks from the NBA Basketball Players or the Dallas Cowboy Cheer leaders than from one of the Senators, who wants to be the President of the United States . I just don’t understand how anyone would want him to be our Commander-and-Chief. It was almost that he was scared to be around those that provide the freedom for him and our great country.

If this is blunt and to the point I am sorry but I wanted you all to know
what kind of caliber of person he really is. What you see in the news is mostly all fake.

In service,
CPT Jeff
Battle Captain

American Soldier

10:11 PM


24 posted on 07/25/2008 8:00:06 AM PDT by Ceoman
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To: kristinn

And obama wants to become commander-in-chief? How does he think he can do that if he wont even go see the troops that he’s supposed to command if he were to get elected?

With obama it’s all about obama.


25 posted on 07/25/2008 8:00:19 AM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.download.com/gloriajane)
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To: Salvation
there was no opportunity for photos....

You hit the critical point. The visit to the wounded was scheduled and the Military was, in their own words, “ready and waiting for him”, but in transit the Obama camp found out it was SOP not to allow camera crews and he blew it off. It would seem beyond dispute that if Obama canceled because there would be no pictures the entire point of the visit was a photo op. It also validates the pentagon policy, which has been in effect for years, of refusing to allow shot up soldiers to be used as props for anybody. The military made it clear that he was welcome and his staff was welcome but his campaign did not think to clear the camera crew before scheduling the visit - an error that betrayed the cynical nature of his decision to stop in Landstuhl.

26 posted on 07/25/2008 8:05:18 AM PDT by Old North State
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To: kristinn

Unbelievable.


27 posted on 07/25/2008 8:06:26 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Boycott Washington D.C. until they allow gun ownership)
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To: Ceoman
That's getting the Snopes left-wing treatment as we speak...
28 posted on 07/25/2008 8:07:49 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Who would McQueeg rather have mad at him: You or the liberals?)
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To: ladtx

Then why is Andrea Mitchell passing off the rumor that McCain blocked Obama from visiting the trooops?


29 posted on 07/25/2008 8:11:14 AM PDT by nikos1121 (The first black president of the US should be at least a "Jackie Robinson.")
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To: kristinn; Squantos; Travis McGee

I got this from my cousin, whose son is flying over there.

Subject: From our friend who is serving in Afghanistan (Captain Jeffrey Porter)

Hello everyone,
As you know I am not a very political person. I just wanted to pass along that Senator Obama came to Bagram Afghanistan for about an hour on his visit to ‘The War Zone’. I wanted to share with you what happened.
He got off the plane and got into a bullet proof vehicle, got to the area to meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the commander here at Bagram.

As the Soldiers were lined up to shake his hand he blew them off and didn’t say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with weights) so he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service.

So really he was just here to make a showing for the Americans back home that he is their candidate for President. I think that if you are going to make an effort to come all the way over here you would thank those that are providing the freedom that they are providing for you.

I swear we got more thanks from the NBA Basketball Players or the Dallas Cowboy Cheer leaders than from one of the Senators, who wants to be the President of the United States. I just don’t understand how anyone would want him to be our Commander-in-Chief. It was almost that he was scared to be around those that provide the freedom for him and our great country.

If this is blunt and to the point I am sorry but I wanted you all to know what kind of caliber of person he really is. What you see in the news is all fake.

In service,
CPT Jeffrey S. Porter
Battle Captain
TF Wasatch
American Soldier


30 posted on 07/25/2008 8:13:11 AM PDT by razorback-bert (Demorats write their congressman to complain about video store late charges)
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To: ladtx

“All better now. /s”

Thus, He has spoken, and so it shall pass.


31 posted on 07/25/2008 8:20:10 AM PDT by rbmillerjr ("bigger government means constricting freedom"....................RWR)
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To: kristinn

As Johnny Cochran would have said:
“If there’s no photo op, Obama does not stop”


32 posted on 07/25/2008 8:22:04 AM PDT by griswold3 (Al qaeda is guilty of hirabah (war against society) Penalty is death.)
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To: All
More from Obama's team at the Politico:

UPDATE: My colleague Carrie Budoff Brown, traveling with Obama, sends over more information from a briefing ofered by Gibbs:

Senior strategist Robert Gibbs said the visit to the military hospital in Germany had been in the works for about three weeks, with Gration serving as the campaign's contact with the Pentagon.

The Pentagon cleared the Obama plan to land at the base on either July 15 or 16, Gibbs said. The plane needed the clearance because of restrictions on landing nonmilitary aircraft there, he said.

But then on Wednesday, Gration told Obama aides that the Pentagon had informed him that the visit could be viewed as a campaign stop.

"They cited a regulation," Gibbs said of their point of contact, described as legislative affairs in the office of the secretary.

"We believed that based on the information we received that any presence, even his own and only his own, would get into a back and forth on whether his own presence was a campaign event," Gibbs said.

Obama decided on the flight Wednesday from Tel Aviv to Berlin not to visit the hospital.

Asked why he believed the Pentagon would clear the visit, then raised questions about it, Gibbs declined to speculate: "I don't know what to make of it."

Asked whether he thought the Pentagon set up the campaign for a political embarrassment, Gibbs said no.

33 posted on 07/25/2008 8:24:02 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: Responsibility2nd

“And Michelle wanted me to tell you that for the first time in her life, she has never been more proud of you troops.”

...”and I’m cutting off your Fox news coverage when I’m da man”


34 posted on 07/25/2008 8:24:07 AM PDT by rbmillerjr ("bigger government means constricting freedom"....................RWR)
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To: kristinn

*******.


35 posted on 07/25/2008 8:26:31 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Five Year Plans and New Deals, wrapped in golden chains...)
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To: kristinn
Obama is always "Going Back". If we had "gone back"...never had the surge...all would have been lost!

He still doesn't get "WAR". He's too busy promoting communism.

36 posted on 07/25/2008 8:27:08 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Thanks for posting that Snopes link.

I tracked at least 5 FR postings yesterday as FReepers were getting this e-mail in their inbox and then began to post it to FR as if nobody else was.


37 posted on 07/25/2008 8:38:19 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yo prometo lealtad a la bandera de los Estados Unidos de America, y a la Republica que representa...)
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To: All
Found this on My.BarackObama.com:

Hospital visit Cancellation

By Peter from San Diego, CA - Jul 24th, 2008 at 8:25 pm EDT

Hello all!

I am a die hard Obama supporter and thoroughly enjoyed the speech tonight, however I am disappointed that Mr. Obama cancelled plans to come to visit our wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center! I am a nurse here at the Landstuhl Hospital and I as well as many of the wounded soldiers here were elated when we heard Mr. Obama was coming to visit. Let me tell you the troops would have appreciated it! I hope it is not too late to change the plans! We would welcome him with open arms!

38 posted on 07/25/2008 8:38:53 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: IM2MAD
"I wonder if the “campaign” photographed the phone call."

For those of you in Rio Linda, yes, it's photoshopped.

39 posted on 07/25/2008 8:40:36 AM PDT by mass55th
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To: kristinn
They need not touch his garment to be healed/sarc
40 posted on 07/25/2008 8:44:01 AM PDT by isrul (Help make every day, "Disrespect a muzzie day.")
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To: nikos1121

Why is Andrea Mitchell passing the rumor McCain blocked Obomber from visiting the troops?

Because old Andrea only reports rumors, she, like most of the MSM are too lazy and enraptured by Obomination to seek and report the truth.


41 posted on 07/25/2008 8:46:01 AM PDT by Maumee (wtw)
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To: kristinn
I'm thinking that Patton had it correct.

Why would those hallowed hospital rooms be a fitting place for a POS like Obamalamdingdong.

He has NO idea why men would fight, bleed and die for this country, when all he's had to do is suck off the nipple of affirmative action government/academic programs. He doesn't realize that sometimes real men have to fight and die to protect our freedoms and that "talking" and "HARD" diplomacy with evil men only encourages them to be more aggressive.

I hate to admit it, but I'm gonna vote for the douche bag McCain, cause I can't stand the turd sandwich Obamalamadingdong.

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42 posted on 07/25/2008 9:18:54 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: All
Bloomberg News updates the story reporting European Command sent a letter to Obama saying he could only be accompanied to Landstuhl by one Senate aide and his security team. They nixed retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration and another Obama staffer, Jeff Kiernan, for the visit because they are part of Obama's campaign.
43 posted on 07/25/2008 9:22:16 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Rush is talking about this now...saying it’s the little stuff that sends out big red flags. Rush says Barry was just an innocent citizen walking through Berlin who just happened to see a crowd and make a speech. But to go see the troops, that was a campaign event.


44 posted on 07/25/2008 9:47:04 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: kristinn

Phoned in a visit to the wounded? I’m looking for the link to Scrappleface but I don’t see it.


45 posted on 07/25/2008 10:04:39 AM PDT by TigersEye (Drill or get off the Hill. ... call Nancy Pelosi @ 202 - 225 - 0100)
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To: kristinn
"They nixed retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration.."

That sounds a little fishy to me. Gration could probably walk into any US military medical facility in the world with his ID card. I'd like to see that letter that Bloomberg reports.

46 posted on 07/25/2008 10:12:25 AM PDT by Jaxter (Everything I needed to know about Obama I learned by Googling "Black Liberation Theology".)
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To: kristinn

obamawama is an arrogant empty suit, who if elected as POTUS will owe his soul to so may people that he will not be able to take a pi** without their approval.


47 posted on 07/25/2008 10:13:40 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: razorback-bert

A Dukakus moment, wouldn’t you think?


48 posted on 07/25/2008 11:37:25 AM PDT by cornbreadmuffin
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To: cornbreadmuffin; razorback-bert
A Dukakus moment, wouldn’t you think?

Yes... CPT Porter's career is shot.

49 posted on 07/25/2008 8:19:27 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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