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I've no idea whether or not this is true:

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 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 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.

It seems as well sourced as the dirt being dished about Sarah Palin. And more credible.

I'll be amused to see what happens the first time someone salutes him as Commander-in-Chief. (Draft dodger) Bill Clinton was an instant joke to military insiders when he ineptly returned his first one. If the Obama campaign is smart, they'll know about that history, and have him practice beforehand. Not that there's any requirement to return it, of course. But Reagan seems to have started a presidential tradition. Obama can end (or at least deviate from) it if he wants. But would it be politically wise?

[Update early evening]

Mea culpa maxima. I should have checked Snopes before posting.

Nonetheless, everything else I wrote stands. It was more credible than the Sarah Palin dirt, and I still await the first salute.

And I also await Snopes' investigation of the Sarah Palin smears.


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Josh Reiter wrote:

Well that didn't take long. Link says pulled due to being fake.

Cecil Trotter wrote:

Note how fast false accusations on "The One" get shot down, whereas there are still those on the left questioning if Sarah Palin really is the mother of Trig. Ah but there is no bias, right?

On the POTUS return of salute issue, given that BHO felt no qualms in refusing to render honor to The Flag I can easily see him starting his own tradition of not returning salutes. After all, he is "The One" so who's going to question him on it?

memomachine wrote:


Frankly I wouldn't waste my time with Snopes.

james lee wrote:

A quick perusal of Snopes demonstrates 12 direct articles
investiigating Sarah Palin. Mosst Dating from September.
A moments investigation of Snopes would have revealed this.

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