December 3rd, 2010
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Friday, personally delivering holiday greetings to U.S. troops stationed there and promising continued full support in the war against Taliban and other extremists.

The president, who is expected to remain on the ground for roughly three hours, addressed troops at Bagram Air Base. Most of the troops were with the Army's 101st Airborne Division, though components of all the service branches were represented.

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  1. Snow

    I wish he would stay there, heaven knows this country is better off when he is flying around wasting the taxpayers money insteead of here wasting even more money.

    December 3, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Duck Fallas

    This guy is ALWAYS on vacation.

    December 3, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Mar

    Mr. President, you keep making all Americans proud. Keep up the good work.

    December 3, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Robert

    wow....look at all the troops covering their faces with cameras.....must be embarassed by their commander.

    December 3, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    Wow – He does this so well!! Bush did too! You never know when and where our Presidents are going to show up. I know this makes our military feel really good about themselves and know that we are BEHIND THEM 100% and care deeply about them.

    Thank You President Obama and continue to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD!!

    December 3, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. NVa Native

    We have a great President – who not only talks the (english) talk, but walks the walk.
    Without that simpleton smirk (or wink) or faux swagger (or strut).
    But I'm sure the right-wing-wackos who comment here will try to spin this as an evil or traitorous act.
    How many times did Dubbers visit our troops at the war zone?
    Not including the aircraft carrier off the Virginia coast in 2002(?) – "Mission Accomplished".

    December 3, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. TiminPhx

    Pay attention to how they cherry-pick the troops that will stand behind him. He is not popular with the military, because they know at heart he doesn't care about them, their mission, or the United States as it's traditionally been.

    Of course, while he's over there, perhaps he can pick up a nice new prayer mat.

    December 3, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Support our troops regardless of political affiliations Good job. Prez Obama

    December 3, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Terry

    Keep him there.
    Let him distribute the oil wealth over there

    December 3, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    President Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan on Friday on a surprise visit
    -------------------------------------------------–
    They look really happy to have their Commander-in-Chief care enough to pay them a surprise visit.
    Say what you will about Obama he cares about our soldiers, and is not just paying them and their families lip-service, unlike you-know-who....

    December 3, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Big surprise. Crappy news on the jobs / employment front and Obama "happens" to be out of the country.

    Yep. Big surprise.

    What a coward.

    December 3, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |