Bush is greeted with jubilation and Obama's greeting is, as described by the reporter, "tepid."
Compare the previously "tepid" greeting the military gave Obama and the surprise visit to Iraq Obama made last week rounding out his European tour. The Dallas Morning News described the reaction:
[A]t Baghdad's Camp Victory, assembled U.S. forces mobbed Obama, snapping pictures and stretching out their arms for handshakes with the commander in chief.
Here is a video that shows the military greeting Obama via the White House
And the now famous AP photo of troops who just can't quite get close enough to Obama as they snap pictures on digital cameras.
So how did President Obama move from receiving a "tepid" response from the military to throngs of soldiers who are unable to contain themselves as they meet their Commander in Chief.
Macsmind reports he received this in an email from a sergeant who was there when Obama arrived in Iraq:
“We were pre-screened, asked by officials “Who voted for Obama?”, and then those who raised their hands were shuffled to the front of the receiving line. They even handed out digital cameras and asked them to hold them up.”It does seem very suspicious the military's response to Obama would reflect such a complete turn-around within less than 100 days of his presidency, and I would not put it past this administration to make sure his reception serves as a favorable photo-op.
Take a look at the picture at AP and notice all the cameras are the same models? Coincidence? I think not."
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