President Obama will tell us his comments fit the mood of the crowd, but when I first heard Obama’s comments in South Korea stating hundreds of troops in uniform was a good photo op, my eyes rolled. Our American forces are not a political tool to be used by politicians in constant campaign mode as a photo op.
Couldn’t he just thank the troops and say he was humbled by their work effort and thank them for coming out to greet him? Nope. From today’s Washington Times…
Obama arrived on the base 3:19 p.m. local time (1 a.m. Eastern Standard Time), and received a rousing welcome from 1,500 troops in camouflage uniforms, many holding cameras or pointing cell phones to snap pictures.
“You guys make a pretty good photo op,” the president said…….
He got a huge cheer when he told them he was increasing military pay. “That’s what you call an applause line,” he said, before boarding his jet and taking off at 4:11 p.m.
Maybe I’m making too much of this. But I respect Uncle Jimbo and the opinion of the team at Blackfive.
I am going to reserve some of the choicer things I could say about this, but I think it sadly illustrates what a complete political tool our current President is. He has left our troops in harms way in Afghanistan flapping in the breeze, while his political handlers test the winds and look for an “exit ramp”. Now he is so tone deaf that he actually reminds our men and women in uniform just what they represent to him. … A photo op and a chance to deliver an unfelt applause line. Tool.