First off, imagine if President Bush had ever pulled such a stunt. To load the room with only soldiers who admitted to voting for him before he addressed them. Well that’s exactly what President Obama did in Iraq.
A sergeant on the ground in Iraq has blown the lid off these staged military photo-ops, via Macsmind:
The visit was communicated a full 24 hours in advance and a small contingent of soldiers – not screaming hoards – were rustled into a meeting place at Camp Victory.
Got this email from a sergeant that was there.
“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.”
Take a look at the picture at AP and notice all the cameras are the same models? Coincidence? I think not.
Hot Air follows up with comment:
So you’re the president, you’re making a surprise visit to Iraq, and you want to look good. But so far, the troops haven’t really been falling all over themselves whenever you glide into the room. What do you do? How do you shut up those pundits who dare to take note of reality?
How do you make sure a crowd likes you? Screen out anybody who didn’t vote for you. Even if they’re serving their country under your watch.
I think this just speaks to the administration’s fear of an overwhelmingly Republican-leaning military we have. They do not want to have a room full of soldiers, they want a room full of Obama voters who also happen to be soldiers.
Again, had Bush done this we’d still be hearing about the deception of his administration. When Obama does it, it’s fine right?
The feelings the military had toward President Bush were authentic. They didn’t have to pick and choose who to let into a meet and greet with him. Obama is image-obsessed and this is more evidence proving it.
The double standard is getting very, very sickening to watch on a daily basis.