July 24th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama decides troop visit in Germany would be 'inappropriate'

(CNN) - Barack Obama has opted against plans to visit wounded members of the U.S. military in Germany over concern that trip might be viewed as a political one.

“During his trip as part of the CODEL to Afghanistan and Iraq, Senator Obama visited the combat support hospital in the Green Zone in Baghdad and had a number of other visits with the troops,” Obama senior advisor Robert Gibbs said in a statement.

“For the second part of his trip, the senator wanted to visit the men and women at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice. The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign.”

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  1. Oh Poooooleeeezzzze!

    He can't look in their eyes and see their pain. He has no answer. He has no solutions.

    July 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Kathy

    Who does this guy think he is? I'll tell him. He's so stuck on himself.
    I guess he thinks his fake Presidential speech makes him President. Go away Obama!! You're a loser.

    July 24, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Gette Reile

    McCrap is sure to try and make an issue out of this as well. McSenile needs to GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!

    July 24, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Don Colony14Author, Mt Prospect, IL

    So Saint Barry can't take the time to shake hands with a few soldiers and thank them for their service – especially when his mere touching of them would cause their wounds to be immediately healed? He's worried that would look like a political photo-op? The whole trip was a photo op!

    I suspect that Obama "loathes the military" as does Bill Clinton, and thinks it's purpose is not to fight for freedom but to save fat people who are too stupid to get out of the way of a category 5 hurricane. After all, Obama has been talking a lot about "ending the war" but never talks about "winning" it. That should tell you something...

    July 24, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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