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The Commander-In-Chief Honors Our Troops

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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives for a troop rally after arriving at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced visit, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Eyder Peralta: On Memorial Day Eve, President Obama Visits Troops In Afghanistan

Under the cover of darkness and on the eve of Memorial Day, President Obama landed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan for a surprise visit with U.S. troops. After a concert from country music star Brad Paisley, Obama spoke before a rally of 32,000 Americans currently serving in Afghanistan. Obama made a bit of news, saying he was hopeful that a new president in Afghanistan would lead to a signed security agreement that would leave a small number of American troops in the country after 2014. That agreement has been elusive under the government of Hamid Karzai. Obama, however, mostly focused on thanking the troops and reminding them about the beginning of America’s longest-running war.

“To all of you, I’m here on a single mission and that is to thank you for your extraordinary service,” Obama said to resounding applause. Obama got a few laughs with references to sports and his singing, but toward the middle of the address he became serious. He said the U.S. is at a pivotal moment in its mission in Afghanistan. At the moment, U.S. forces are playing a support role to Afghan security forces. By the end of the year, the U.S. combat mission will come to an end. “For many of you, this will be your last tour in Afghanistan,” Obama said, again receiving a raucous applause.

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A U.S. serviceman takes a photo of U.S. President Barack Obama as he speaks to troops deployed in Afghanistan

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President Barack Obama is briefed by Marine General Joseph Dunford, commander of the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham

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Reuters: Obama, In Afghanistan Says He Will Make Troop Announcement Soon

President Barack Obama, on a visit to Afghanistan, said on Sunday his administration would likely announce soon how many troops the United States will keep in the country, as it winds down its presence after nearly 13 years of war. Speaking at a briefing by military commanders at Bagram Air Base, Obama said one of the reasons for his visit was to discuss the U.S. footprint for the rest of this year – when the bulk of troops are scheduled to be withdrawn – and afterward. “We’ll probably be announcing some decisions fairly shortly,” said Obama, who flew into Bagram for a brief, surprise visit. At Bagram, Obama was briefed by Army General Joseph Dunford, who heads U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham.

Obama left Washington under cover of darkness on Saturday night and flew for more than 13 hours to arrive at Bagram on Sunday night local time. He brought with him country music star Brad Paisley to provide entertainment for the troops. Obama inherited two wars from his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, when he took office for his first term in 2009. He ended U.S. involvement in Iraq, a war he opposed, and his visit to Bagram was seen as a final trip to Afghanistan to salute American forces who are to leave soon. In recent months he has recognized the valor of troops who faced combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan and earlier this month he was on hand for the formal dedication of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York at the site where the World Trade Center towers were brought down by hijacked-plane attackers in 2001.

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U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan listen to President Barack Obama speak

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111 Responses to “The Commander-In-Chief Honors Our Troops”


  1. 6 Cindy
    May 25, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Ahhhhhh….I am sneaking in while they are sleeping.

    No pushing, no signs hindering the entrance. No noise……

    Yell, this is great, made it in.

    YES!!!

  2. 10 Cindy
    May 25, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Still sleeping, got time for a snack : )

  3. 11 Paulita
    May 25, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Allright Cindy!! 8-)

  4. May 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks NW for a great post. Hope I got all the photos. There’s a glitch on my iPad for some reason. Not getting all the pics on some posts. O_o

  5. May 25, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Nerdy? I ask YET again: Will you marry me?

    Love ya Legend, this is a completely beautiful post!

    • 16 Nerdy Wonka
      May 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Only if we can name our child, ‘Mourinho’ and he or she rocks the blue all day everyday.

      If you’re up for that, let’s set the date. :)

      Thanks so much, Mrs. van Chiparoooooooooo!

    • May 25, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Isn’t it though?

      NerdyW, you never cease to amaze.

      Everyone in TODville is in awe your special talent (in the 1%) of tweeting PBO’s speeches so concisely, accurately and compellingly.

      Now your skill at posting a thread that should be in “Blog Post Hall of Fame” within minutes of the conclusion of this wonderful and historic speech (complemented by the fun and goofiness of Brad Paisley) by the President of the United States is simply jawdropping (in a good way).

      Huge “Thank Yous” to BTs extrodinares NW and Chips!

  6. 23 Nena20409
    May 25, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    G O L D for Cindy ;) Yeah!

  7. 26 MightyPamela
    May 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    You, guys.. I’m still in a puddle of tears from that photo of the young boy accepting the flag at the cemetery, and that was yesterday morning!! I don’t expect to be much in the way of expressive or interactive this whole weekend, if this keeps up. God Bless President Obama, may the Angels soar beneath his wings. Today and everyday.

  8. May 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Ariz. Mom Who Left Kids in Car Is Granted Visits

    Shanesha Taylor of Phoenix can now see her 8-month-old and 2-year-old sons under supervision.

    By: Lynette Holloway
    Posted: May 24 2014 10:26 AM

    A homeless woman who left her children in a car during a job interview in Scottsdale, Ariz., can now have supervised visits with them, the Arizona Republic reports.

    Commissioner Richard Nothwehr ruled Thursday that the woman, Shanesha Taylor, 35, of Phoenix, could have supervised visits with her 8-month-old and 2-year-old sons, the report says.

    She had been prohibited from seeing them after she was arrested in March in Scottsdale on two felony counts of child abuse after police say she left the children in a hot car for 45 minutes while she went on a job interview. She pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the children have been with relatives and under the supervision of the Division of Child and Family Services.

    “This is a big victory for the defense,” attorney Benjamin Taylor said, according to the Arizona Republic. “My client is looking forward to seeing her kids once again.”

    http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/05/shanesha_taylor_wins_visitation_rights_after_leaving_kids_in_car_for_interview.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=90f13efe11&mc_eid=1e0cf17cc4

    • 28 Nerdy Wonka
      May 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Thank goodness. Some positive news on the issue.

      Wishing her the best of luck because what the legal system did to her was wrong.

  9. 29 Nena20409
    May 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    >-I >-I >-I
    Brilliantly done Ms Nerdy Wonka.

    Your Tweets on the last page were legendary. A Tip of the Hat for your Tenacity.

    Thank You, kindly.

  10. May 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Congrats on 1st Cindy!

    Thank you, NW, for an excellent summary of President Obama’s visit to Afghanistan.

    And …

  11. 35 Nena20409
    May 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    photo/1

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      May 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Looks as though they’re doing the Texas Two-Step or whatever ya call it! Was just coming here to post that image. :)

  12. 37 MightyPamela
    May 25, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Is PBO shaking the hands of 32,000 service members, in one day? How is that even possible? He must have God’s Love within him, in an uninteruppted flow from the center of the universe.

  13. 41 Nena20409
    May 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    photo/1

  14. 42 Nena20409
    May 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    photo/1

  15. 43 Nena20409
    May 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    photo/1

  16. 44 Paulita
    May 25, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Can you imagine what 32,000 physical expressions of love can do to charge the heart up? I read that Secretariat had the biggest heart of any known race-horse at 22 lbs. I believe that our pres. likewise possesses this rare heart of a champion.

    • 45 mtmarilyn
      May 25, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      I so agree with you Paulita, our President has the biggest heart. He cares about the the Whole, now just parts of the whole, but the whole world. We are blessed to have his as our President.

      Thank you Chips and NW for these outstanding posts. What you have done for all of us is beyond words.

      Off to a picnic with our local vets.

      • May 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm

        Hiya MTM,

        This is for you and Missoula’s welcome to Paul McCartney.

        It’s a couple weeks old, but our paths haven’t crossed much recently. (I’m superbusy on some personal stuff, and intended to get caught up today… but instead am absolutely riveted and gobsmacked by PBO’s visit to Afghanistan, thinking about what it means for the rest of the year and from the perspective of long-term strategic maneuvers and America’s place on the world stage.)

        As Bobfr would say, #TrustBarack he’s earned it. <3

    • 49 MightyPamela
      May 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      <3 <3

  17. 50 Jovie
    May 25, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    The over/under for troops in Afghanistan is probably 7500!

    That’s my guess, could be a little lower.

    And the Far left will freak out but that’s them.:)

  18. May 25, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Can’t keep up with the wonder that is NW (see above response to NW and Chips).

    JO’B hope you’re still here, I posted a response to you at the tail end of the last thread. Your post:

    http://theobamadiary.com/2014/05/25/president-obama-in-afghanistan/#comment-1033559

    Please don’t miss the image at the bottom right.

    My response:
    Reminds me of a display at the Smithsonian American history museum in DC that I saw when visiting in 1998 (can’t believe it was that long ago, LOL).

    It was a heartfelt letter of love and desperation to see soldier, from the young fiancee of a soldier serving in Vietnam. The envelope was marked “Return To Sender” because the soldier died before receiving it.

    Absolutely gut-wrenching (especially for us baby boomrs).

    • 58 jacquelineoboomer
      May 25, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      I responded twice but perhaps one didn’t go through … hope you know I appreciated your remarks!

      • May 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm

        Great!

        The cost of war is too tragically overwhelming for the human heart to bear, something all living generations of Americans know, except for those who came of age during the #DodderingReagan #tTrickleDownSucks years.

        In an O’Henry ironic twist, the #VietnamWar made the bellicose chickenhawk Reagan the darlin’ of the white libertarians who spout DC #ConventionalWisdom now.

        Just another reason #Reagan was the worst post-WWII President we’ve had.

  19. May 25, 2014 at 3:38 pm
  20. May 25, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    BTs:

    My comment to JO’B is in moderation (duplicate of comment posted at the end of the previous thread).

    Hope that JO’B has an opportunity to see. Thanks!

  21. May 25, 2014 at 3:39 pm
    • 64 Nena20409
      May 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks for this post Doc Bobfr ;)

    • 65 99ts
      May 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks Bob – the pundits still can’t help themselves with their GOP inspired questions – doesn’t matter what PBO does – and he sure does it all. Some fool complaining because he doesn’t stay longer!!!!

  22. May 25, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    When I saw Brad Paisley performing for the troops, I said to myself – “Wait, wasn’t he supposed to be performing at the Tree City Festival in Forest City, Iowa this weekend?” and then I found out that yes, he did that Saturday afternoon – he had them move his time up from Saturday evening for some *unknown* reason. Now we know why… http://globegazette.com/news/local/a5b70f49-b629-59e9-b341-3cbe05896264.html

    • May 25, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      LOVE TODville!

      Thanks, muscatinegal!

      Where else would we know about this?

      Agree with those that say TODville is a replacement for all other internet sites out there.

      I do listen to @CBSradio to keep in touch with what’s out there in the traditional news world (point of reference).

      The President’s trip to Afghanistan was the lead story on their most recent report about an hour ago.

      CBS Radio devoted more than 2 minutes of a less-than-4-minute news segment to PBO’s trip, Brad Paisley and the limo and helo ride to Air Force One for boarding to Afghanistan.

      They also said that corrupt #Karsai refused to meet with PBO. Afghanistan really needs a new leader. Just unbelievable.

    • 68 Nena20409
      May 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Now here is a guy who takes his patriotic duties exceptionally to his heart. Thank You, Brad Paisley.

  23. May 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    D.C. press core congratulating themselves for not putting President Obama’s life in danger this time….

  24. May 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm
    • 81 Nerdy Wonka
      May 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Way to act like a tantrum throwing brat who mocks serious issues that affect peoples lives, Bibi.

      Awesome job!

    • 83 anniebella
      May 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Karzai is a corrupt joker who need to go, I just hope where ever he goes he doesn’t take lots of America money with him.

  25. May 25, 2014 at 3:52 pm
  26. 86 jacquelineoboomer
    May 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm
  27. May 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm
    • 90 jackiegrumbacher
      May 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Bob, I could not make out which of these Russian names spells Yarosh. Where does he come in this list?

  28. 91 Nena20409
    May 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    AF1 has departed the Afghan Air-Field.

    POTUS is on his way back home after having spent 4 hours plus on the ground.

    Safe Journey, POTUS!

    • 92 jacquelineoboomer
      May 25, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks for THAT information, in particular. Safe journey!

    • 93 MightyPamela
      May 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      I’m absolutely sure his cabin on AF1 is restful, peaceful and extremely secure. He has mastered the time zone thing, as jet lag never seems to be a challenge for this wizard. <3

  29. May 25, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Some good insights …

  30. 95 Vicki
    May 25, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I turned on Disrupt with Karen F. thinking I’d hear something about PBO in Afghanistan.
    Hahahaha Will I never learn??

    The Ca. psycho is the top story.

    • 96 jacquelineoboomer
      May 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Sick of all of the lack of attention to the President, his trips abroad, his work at home, his decency, his achievements. Makes me so angry I could literally punch somebody. Until they’re out cold!

      Think I’ll take a little break, and look for my “endless supply of paint.”

      • 97 Vicki
        May 25, 2014 at 4:14 pm

        Karen just said, “later, what it really means to honor our troops.”

      • May 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm

        JO’B,

        See my comment above:

        “The President’s trip to Afghanistan was the lead story on their most recent report about an hour ago [12 noon PDT, 3 pm EDT].

        CBS Radio devoted more than 2 minutes of a less-than-4-minute news segment to PBO’s trip, Brad Paisley and the limo and helo ride to Air Force One for boarding to Afghanistan.”

        • 100 anniebella
          May 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

          Earlier Candy Crowley of CNN was talking about POTUS trip to Afghanistan and I hurry up and turn the channel because it was all about the VA, and I didn’t want to hear them imply that POTUS was over there because of the VA trouble going on back home.

      • 101 Nena20409
        May 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm

        http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/

        Pre Mediaite, the cablers and NBC did cover POTUS.

        Now how well? I don’t know. TOD was my go to for THINGS POTUS.

  31. 102 carolyn
    May 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Got home from church and dinner about half an hour ago, had NO idea what was going on in the world…came right here, and lo and behold, the President is in Afghanistan! How right and appropriate that he would visit the troops in our last official war zone today, and he always does what is right and appropriate.
    I am so thankful for his leadership and guidance these past five years…….I just cannot imagine anyone else in this position now.

    Even though I have not listened to his speech yet, thanks to NW and all of you, I have participated in this event, and have felt the strong emotions. With others, I have to believe that a supernatural hand is upon him, protecting, strengthening, guiding, cheering, encouraging…..he goes so far above what the normal human does.

    • 103 Vicki
      May 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      We were out-of-our-minds jumping for joy excited, carolyn. Not to worry, though. Watch the speech and read your friends at TOD’s comments.
      Some folks said PBO’s words brought the tears. Personally, the cheers when the presidential seal was affixed to the podium was all I needed. The President is SO loved.

      • 104 carolyn
        May 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm

        Yes, Vicki, when I read that, the tear fountain started. He takes so much from such stupid people, that this statement just made me joyful.

        One word about the difference between this president and the previous unnamed imposter. The brother of a good friend of my husband’s is a security expert at Langley. His job was to take the security briefing every morning to GWB, and is now to take it to PBO. The difference:
        GWB wanted a half page summary delivered to him, left with him, and wanted them to leave. Never asked a question or for clarification.
        This president wants the entire briefing, early, in writing, he reads it, then when they get there, he asks them questions, he has notated it, and is up on everything. Is anyone surprised? Of course not…..we know who cares.

  32. 108 jacquelineoboomer
    May 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm
  33. 110 daisydem
    May 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I thought I could not love him more ….then after hours weeding my garden, I take a break, log into TOD and see that he went to Afghanistan! Tears, {{{{LOVE}}}}

    • 111 HZ
      May 25, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      {{{{{{ daisydem}}}}}}}} It was also so beautifully stated by MightyPamela as well: “He must have God’s Love within him, in an uninterrupted flow from the center of the universe.”

      Now, rest peacefully and enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy looking out upon your garden. I am sure it is lovely.HZ


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