This Deserves Its Own Post — Obama’s Cancellation of Visit to Military Bases in Germany Caused By Restriction On Press Coverage??
[Posted by WLS]
UPDATE: This post was half-made in sarcasm when I first put it up, but the more I think about it the more the Obama campaign’s explanation just doesn’t hold water. There is simply NO REASON he could not visit the military hospitals as a sitting US Senator and paid his respects — the FUCKING VISIT WAS ALREADY APPROVED AND BEING ARRANGED.
But to just cap things off in an suitable fashion, I give you this blog entry from Swampland at Time, courtesy of Karen Tumulty:
Afterward, the candidate made a surprise pop-in to a dinner with the traveling press corps and his campaign staff in downtown Berlin, and had a celebratory vodka martini (olives, very dry).
I’m sure he drank a toast to the soldiers he meant to visit in the hospital.
“Garcon — A round of Martinis for my many sychophats fans in the press corps.”
[Hey Peter — I made that last sentence up too. WLS]
I just noted this late update on MSNBC FirstRead:
From NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
A U.S. military official tells NBC News they were making preparations for Sen. Barack Obama to visit wounded troops at the Landstuhl Medical Center at Ramstein, Germany on Friday, but “for some reason the visit was called off.”
One military official who was working on the Obama visit said because political candidates are prohibited from using military installations as campaign backdrops, Obama’s representatives were told, “he could only bring two or three of his Senate staff member, no campaign officials or workers.” In addition,
“Obama could not bring any media. Only military photographers would be permitted to record Obama’s visit.”
The official said “We didn’t know why” the request to visit the wounded troops was withdrawn. “He (Obama) was more than welcome. We were all ready for him.”
So, if the can’t have a campaign stop at a military base hospital, he just won’t go?
Obama to Axlerod: “No photographers? Why go then?”
[I made the last sentence up — my impersonation of Bob Woodward — WLS]