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>Daily News Report Refutes Obama Failing To Shake Hands With Troops

>By James Gordon Meek

Thursday, July 24th 2008, 6:40 PM

WASHINGTON – The latest chain e-mail smear against Barack Obama: He “blew off” troops at an Afghan base to shoot hoops for a publicity photo.

The letter was apparently written by a Utah Army National Guard intelligence officer in a linguist unit at Bagram Airfield who claimed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was rude to G.I.s.

“As the soldiers where [sic] lined up to shake his hand he blew them off,” wrote the Task Force Wasatch “battle captain.”

But angry Army brass debunked the Obama-bashing soldier’s allegations, which went viral Thursday over the Web and on military blogs such as Blackfive.

The e-mail claims Obama repeatedly shunned soldiers on his way to the Clamshell – a recreation tent – to “take his publicity pictures playing basketball.”

[Editor’s Note: Then it is true, he went to the Clamshell to take publicity shots, that is fact not fiction. I saw him make a 20-foot jumper and this was on national television covering him then and there, not somewhere else, so the following is a distortion of what they claim to be a distortion. The TV announcer said they were in the so-called “Clamshell” in Afghanistan not somewhere in Indiana or elsewhere. Whew! I can’t keep up with the charges and counter charges about a Junior Senator who is running for president. It is a big deal if in fact he blew off the troops, and I think it’s clear why he was there–not to see the troops and congratulate them on the great job they are doing, but to put on a show. His speech in Germany was full of posturing like this.]

“These comments are inappropriate and factually incorrect,” said Bagram spokesman Army Lt. Col. Rumi Nielson-Green, who added that such political commentary is barred for uniformed personnel.

Obama didn’t play basketball at Bagram or visit the Clamshell, he said. Home-state troops were invited to meet him, but his arrival was kept secret for security reasons.

“We were a bit delayed … as he took time to shake hands, speak to troops and pose for photographs,” Nielson-Green said.


>Reality Check On Obama, No Surprise Here

This is a message forwarded to me from my friend John Raper, Mayor of Buena Vista, Florida which I am taking the liberty to publish in Anger Blog. It shows a side of Obama that, perhaps, some people thought impossible in a man who wants to be our president. It also reveals that the only reason Obama went to Iraq and Afghanistan was to get publicity, not to learn first hand from military personnel and to bolster and to speak to the American fighting men and women who are protecting us.

From: Bill Sterner []
Sent: Saturday, July 26, 2008 8:42 PM
To: Barbara Plitt; Caroline J Owens; David @ Perkins; Donna Braden; Greg Owens; Gretchen Sterner; Raper, John; Lance Fox; Lewis Mann; Mary Facey; Nancy Patterson; Rick Trembley

Passed by a senior military retiree and from his son, a pilot stationed in Afghanistan

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 Clam Shell (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 American’s 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 Cheerleaders 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 all fake.

All of this was called false by another report coming out of Afghanstan, even that he didn’t play basketball. But we here in America saw the TV film of him in the so-called “Clam” shell shooting and making one 20-foot jump shot to the applause of those few personnel in sight. Who’s correct? Maybe readers could blog this site. All I know is this. The above report that he shunned handshakes is from a reputable source.