Why are the RE REbuplicans trying to blame Obama when the Pentagon would not let him visit troops in Gernmany?
y do they always play games?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Word came down from the White House that it would "be inappropriate for a candidate to visit wounded service personnel." Even though the only photographers that would have been allowed would be military, same as in Afghanistan and Iraq.
What is generally called "A set-up".
- margaret hLv 71 decade ago
There are rules from which even the president is not exempt.
One of them is that partisan political events may not be held on government property. Period.
Obama's trip to Iraq and Afghanistan was officially a CODEL (congressional delegation) despite the media circus.
His trip to Europe was paid for totally by the campaign and was considered a political trip.
The campaign's request to go to the military hospital included the campaign plane with campaign markings landing on a military airstrip and Obama being accompanied by campaign staff and media.
The military cited the RULE and offered Obama the opportunity to visit by himself. They likely would have allowed a small press pool.
He turned it down and worked out at the Ritz Hotel instead.
Last week, the military turned down a similar request from Mrs. McCain to visit a military hospital ship. There was media involved and the military thought that the visit seemed too political.
The McCain campaign did not complain.
Why is it necessary for the Obama campaign to complain about every incident when they do not get their way?
Their advance people can easily make the proper phone calls to find out what the rules are.
They have been campaigning for more than a year and should know these things by now.
Perhaps they are TRYING to find things to make the Bush Administration look bad.
Do you think that's possible?
Or is it simple incompetence?
Take your pick.
Neither is flattering to the Obama campaign.Source(s): Former campaign advance worker Didn't make mistakes like this
- castlekeeprLv 41 decade ago
The pentagon objected to him visiting the troops as a political stunt.
Obama had no other reason to visit the troops- he doesnt' really care about them. So he cancelled.
that is the straight story
- ?Lv 71 decade ago
republican have pointed out that once Obama found out he could make an event out of our wounded, he opted out. you can google it for yourself IF you really care to know the facts.
according the the news release by the Pentagon:
"Chief Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell confirmed to Politico that Department of Defense officials cautioned Barack Obama's campaign that his planned visit to wounded American troops in Germany could not be political in nature and that he would be barred from bringing along campaign staff and reporters."
"We made it clear to him that campaign staff and press would not be permitted to accompany him," Morrell said of Obama. "We relayed those ground rules. They made a choice based upon the information we relayed to them. It was their choice. We had nothing to do with it."
"Military personnel at Ramstein Air Force Base, where the senator was to fly into, had already made arrangements to accommodate Obama's traveling press pack and campaign staff while he visited the wounded troops, Morrell said.
Trying to make clear that this was not an attempt to undercut the Democratic nominee, Morrell also noted that when McCain officials asked the Pentagon for permission to let Cindy McCain visit the massive U.S. hospital ship, the U.S.N.S. Comfort, the request was rejected."
"Had she gone with Sen. McCain, it would have been OK," Morrell said, underlining the delineation between what are official and campaign activities."
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Obams as usual is lying, he could not bring the press corp with him therefore he thought it would be a waste of time. He is a disgusting person. Here is an excerpt of the pentagon press release:"[H]e could only bring two or three of his Senate staff member, no campaign officials or workers. Obama could not bring any media. Only military photographers would be permitted to record Obama's visit.
We didn't know why [the trip was canceled]. He was more than welcome. We were all ready for him."
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Zombie "facts"...wrong as usual.
They did NOT stop him visiting the troops but they made it clear that he was not permitted to bring his hordes of press buddies along.
Since oh bummer can barely even visit the can without some adoring media, he nixed the visit.
Try to keep up with reality.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It isn't just REPUBS, it's a lot of these DEM stations too, they twist stuff to keep things going.
Besides, they need something negative to work with, they can't let Obama have all positive reviews from his trips. They need negativity.
Many of you don't know what the hell you're talking about. When you're going there as a presidential candidate instead of as a congress member, the pentagon will NOT allow you to visit wounded soldiers. They feel (pentagon) that it's opportunistic, Obama respected their rules.
LAME: did you even read the article? LOL, towards the end of the article YOU provided it states that the pentagon would've have viewed Obama's visit as a campaign event, when Obama was going there to show his support, so, respecting the RULES, Obama didn't want to make the visit seem like a campaign event, therefore he decided not to visit.
ELECT: you're twisting it around to suit your hate filled perceptions of Barack.
- ATJLv 41 decade ago
Are you that stupid I answered this question earlier and stated some Obamanite would screw this up. Obama refused to visit because it was a campaign event not for the military it was his choice do your research. America was P.O. with him for this bad choice. I said some idiot will think the pentagon stopped him!! I guess your the idiot!!!!!!
- MelissaLv 41 decade ago
Obama only wanted a free publicity outting, not to really visit on the right reason - hence, the media circus he has trailing him everywhere he goes. The military has an obligation to protect it's troops and keeping a large number of cameras and reporters out of it's secured bases is one of those obligations. Now, see, Obama has no clue about what it takes to protect ANYTHING of national security. Why does this not scare you Obama supporters?
- BhitchyPrincessLv 51 decade ago
I want to know why is he campaigning in these other countries!?!?
They can't elect him president.
I think it is pathetic that he wants to exploit our Soldiers to benefit his campaign.
If it were not true then he would have went to visit them without the press and cameras.Source(s): Not a Republican nor a Democrat