Monday, April 13, 2009

Obama's Welcome In Iraq A Staged PR Event!

I should have suspected this, but I have to admit the cynicism involved surprises me.

You may recall President Obama's barely polite welcome by the Marines at Camp Lejune, especially as contrasted with the sort of welcome President Bush received in Iraq:

That was to be expected, given the percentage of the military vote President Obama received and his avowed anti-military attitudes.

Apparently, this didn't sit well with the President and his apparatchniks, so they decided to stage something entirely different when the current occupant of the White House made a 'surprise' quick trip to Iraq:

The visit was communicated a full 24 hours in advance and a small contingent of soldiers - not screaming hoards - were rustled into a meeting place at Camp Victory.

Got this email from a sergeant that was there.

“We were pre-screened, asked by officials “Who voted for Obama?”, and then those who raised their hands were shuffled to the front of the receiving line. They even handed out digital cameras and asked them to hold them up.”

Take a look at the picture at AP and notice all the cameras are the same models? Coincidence? I think not:

As the AP's Charles Dharapak's photo reveals, the cameras are definitely the same, which lends credence to milblogger Macsmind's correspondent.

In other words, a photo-op, staged by an administration in endless campaign mode.

Needless to say, th dinosaur media ate it up. Stephen Hurst’s AP report is at least honest about Obama’s fervent desire for a nifty photo-op:

President Barack Obama went for the defining television shot by capping his first extended foreign tour with a surprise visit to Iraq.

He got it – pictures of hundreds of U.S. troops cheering wildly as he
told them it was time for the Iraqis to take charge of their own

Yes, as Jim at Gateway Pundit pointed out, the Iraqis have full control of only thirteen out of eighteen provinces....not that you're going to hear that little detail from the likes of the dinosaur media.

Again, I shouldn't be surprised at this, but the outright cynicism involved surprises me.

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