Obama Dover Air Force Base Visit, Photo Op or Tribute?
President Barack Obama's visit to the Dover Air Force Base to visit grieving families and witness the arrival of the caskets of fallen US soldiers in Afghanistan illustrates the an inevitable Catch-22 for politicians.
Don't attend such ceremonies and you are accused, of being indifferent to grieving military families, attend the ceremonies and you are accused of capitalizing on grieving military families.
Right now a storm of sorts is raging on sites like Twitter - with the Right accusing of Obama of "ghoulish loitering", while the Left says he was doing what a President should do - pay his respects, displaying common human decency, and so the debate spirals out of control.
Here is what all the commotion is about
Yes, Obama did travel to Dover Air Force base to meet greiving families of 18 dead soldiers. President Obama did have the White House Press Corps along with him (as they usually are).
The Right is making a big fuss saying President Bush only conducted "private visits" with families.
The Left points to President Reagan visiting the families of marines killed in Lebanon over 25 years ago.
The Right says 17 of the 18 families denies Obama an photo op - still trying to find a credible source on that one besides an accusation from Liz Cheney
Here is what Obama had to say about the experience at Dover Air Force Base
"It was a sobering reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices that our young men and women in uniform are engaging in every single day, not only our troops but their families as well,"
Obama is expected to make a decsion on send upto 40,000 more troops in the days or weeks to come.
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