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July 19, 2008

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Obama's Rock Star Tour Begins, Complete With All Star Anchor Crew

Senator John McCain's trip to Iraq last spring was a low-key affair: With his ordinary retinue of reporters following him abroad, the NBC News anchor Brian Williams reported on his arrival in Baghdad from New York, with just two sentences tacked onto the "in other political news" portion of his newscast.

But when Obama heads for Iraq and other locations overseas this summer, Williams is planning to catch up with him in person, as are the other two evening news anchors, Charles Gibson of ABC and Katie Couric of CBS, who, like Williams, are far along in discussions to interview Obama on successive nights.

And while the anchors are jockeying for interviews with Obama at stops along his route, the regulars on the Obama campaign plane will have new seat mates: star political reporters from the major newspapers and magazines who are flocking to catch Obama's first overseas trip since becoming the presumptive nominee of his party.

The extraordinary coverage of Obama's trip reflects how the candidate remains an object of fascination in the news media, a built-in feature of being the first African-American presidential nominee for a major political party and a relative newcomer to the national stage.

But the coverage also feeds into concerns in McCain's campaign, and among Republicans in general, that the media is imbalanced in their coverage of the candidates, just as aides to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton felt during the primary season.

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WOW! I never saw the news Anchor's accompany McCain! And he's been to Iraq and Afghanistan Umpteen times!! If this doesnt prove the MSM is in the Tank for Obama I dont know what does!
It's The Obama Show!

Barack Obama began his campaign-season tour of two war zones Saturday by meeting with U.S. forces stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan, where Obama says more military resources must be devoted.

The presumptive Democratic nominee arrived in Kabul early Saturday as part of an official, taxpayer-funded congressional delegation. It was his first-ever visit to Afghanistan.

Details out of the war zone are sparse, but officials say Obama visited troops at an airfield in Jalalabad, in the eastern part of the country. He heads next to Iraq.

The Illinois senator announced his plans to tour the war zones after facing criticism from John McCain and Republicans for not visiting since becoming a presidential candidate. McCain has been to Iraq eight times, and last traveled there in March.

Obama told a pair of reporters who accompanied him to his departure from Andrews Air Force Base on Thursday that, “I look forward to seeing what the situation on the ground is.

“I want to, obviously, talk to the commanders and get a sense both in Afghanistan and in Baghdad of, you know, what the most, their biggest concerns are, and I want to thank our troops for the heroic work that they’ve been doing,” he said.

Obama arrived in Afghanistan after meeting with U.S. troops in Kuwait at Camp Arifjan, the main U.S. military base in Kuwait and gateway for U.S. soldiers heading into and out of Iraq.

Lt. Col. Bill Nutter, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Kuwait, said, “He talked to soldiers and constituents and met with senior military leadership.”

During the two-hour visit, Nutter said, the officers gave him an overview of operations. Obama shook hands, answered questions, posed for photos and played a little basketball during the visit.

Sultan Ahmad Baheen, spokesman for Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry, said Saturday that Obama would meet with President Hamid Karzai. Obama recently chided Karzai and his government, saying it had “not gotten out of the bunker” and helped to organize the country or its political and security institutions.

McCain, in his radio address released Saturday, criticized Obama for announcing his strategy for both countries before departing on his “fact-finding mission” abroad.

“Apparently, he’s confident enough that he won’t find any facts that might change his opinion or alter his strategy. Remarkable,” McCain said in the address.

Also on Obama’s itinerary later in the trip is a meeting with Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi leader. On the campaign trail, Obama has said one benefit of withdrawing U.S. troops is that it would pressure al-Maliki to shore up his government as well.

Nonetheless, he said he did not plan to reiterate those messages in person.

“I’m more interested in listening than doing a lot of talking, and I think it’s very important to recognize that I’m going over there as a U.S. senator,” he said. “We have one president at a time.”

Traveling with Obama were Sens. Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican and Jack Reed, a Democrat from Rhode Island. The senators, both military veterans, have been mentioned as potential Obama vice presidential running mates, but Reed has said he’s not interested in the job. A top staffer to Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, another potential running mate, was also accompanying the group.

Obama also arranged to visit Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and England, traveling aboard a jet chartered by his presidential campaign, before his return to the United States. The weeklong trip marks his only foreign excursion as a presidential candidate; McCain has visited Canada, Colombia and Mexico, in part to highlight Obama’s opposition to trade deals with those allies.

Few citizens in impoverished Afghanistan were aware of Obama’s unannounced visit, and few have been following the U.S. presidential race.

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Video Portrait Of Obama: WARNING GRAPHIC!!!

Oh Goodie!! Are we going to get to see the Messiah Obama part the Red Sea as well? What an escapade! Just another Media hyped Photo Op!

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Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

This trip makes me want to puke!

Even the President does not get this type of coverage. Why should this crap head spend any money when he gets all of the free press made campaign adds he wants.

July 20, 2008 7:28 AM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

and he wont even talk to the foreign press..what a tool!!!

July 20, 2008 2:54 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

This whole things really fries my Frijoles. If I had cajones it would fry them too! See... I'm speaking Spanish 'cause I know that's what Obama really wanted to say when he said we don't speak French.

They say that to Europe he's a Rock Star. He's also a Rock Star to his Obamatrons. As for me, I don't want a Rock Star for president.

Parece que ha sentido bien Obama a otra puta de los medios apenas como color de Rosa del Código.
Translation: It seems that Obama has become another media whore just like Code Pink.

July 20, 2008 4:44 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

It would be better if Obama stayed in the middle east.That isn't going to happen though they need him to be president so we will surrender.

July 20, 2008 9:34 PM  
Blogger Conservative Chic said...

This is so typical and it truly should suprise me, but it doesn't. This trip is nothing more than free press (just like Ken said). He doesn't have a clue regarding foriegn relations and this trip isn't about to enlighten him any. It's unbelievable to me that people cannot see past him.

July 21, 2008 11:03 AM  
Blogger DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

This guy must be the second coming of Allah

July 22, 2008 1:38 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


He isnt spending a dime on this, WE are paying for this.

Why cant we have a check mark on our Income tax that say's what we want to pay for and what we dont?


It's a photo op and a idiotic one at that.

"Fries my Frijoles" LOL!

Ya know, my dad get's so mad when he calls company's and things and complains about having to press one for English, yet he watches Spanish soap opera's.

I tell him he is encouraging all this and he say's no he's not, he want's to be able to understand what the hell they are saying LOL!

I guess that's sensible, however I still dont understand a word they are saying lol.

I dont want a Rock Star as President either.

Hell we might as well elect Keith Richards!


McCain is looking better every single day!


Oh I think people are beginning to see past him somewhat. If they werent he would have a double digit lead in the polls.


Ha! Second coming of Allah! Gee we havent even got to see him part the Red Sea yet, let alone the Persian Gulf!

July 22, 2008 8:43 PM  
Blogger John D said...

no se, en mi opinion es la culpa de mccain y tambien de los medios porque ellos solo quieren ganar dinero, no importan las noticias verdaderas.

McCain is an old white man who is staying at home as of right now, and the media knows that they won't get money off it. Pretty unfortunate for McCain, who is (whether you agree with him or not) deserving of media attention on his own merit, even without considering he is the rep presidential nominee.

July 23, 2008 10:08 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I agree, McCain is worthy of the same media attention that Obama is getting.

July 23, 2008 10:53 AM  

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