I've been giving some thought to the conservative outrage, as evidenced by McCain's ad on the subject, about Obama's "snubbing" of the wounded troops in Germany.
He could have gone, they say. He just couldn't take the cameras with him. So he should have gone.
Of course, it's a BIT more complicated than that, according to www.factcheck.org, which says the McCain ad is a lie.
But still, I suppose if he really WANTED to...
He would have had to travel solo, of course...He didn't have his senate staff with him since they went home on Wednesday, but he DID have his campaign staff, but the Pentagon said they couldn't come, but he COULD come, so what HE SHOULD have done is just went ahead and rented a car... or got on a bus. Yeah! A BUS! He could have asked one of the other folks to tell him when he was near the hospital so he could yank the cord to let the driver know when to stop. And then he coulda got OFF the bus, walked up to the main gate and said, "My name is Barack Obama. I'm here to see the wounded." And the guard at the gate would have called the Public Affairs office, which would ask the guard, "does he have any cameras with him?" And the guard would have said, "No, but I haven't frisked him yet. He MIGHT be hiding one." And the PAO would have said, "Wait until we send you some backup."
And then the guards could take him into a small, private room and do a full-body cavity search on him to make sure he wasn't hiding a camera anyplace secret. While all that was going on, the PAO could be on the phone to the Pentagon.
"We're checking him for cameras now, General," the PAO would say.
"Are you looking EVERYWHERE? Wink? Wink?"
And the PAO would say, "I have my best men on it."
And the Pentagon would say, "Hmmm. Let's consider this for a moment. The wounded soldiers. Do any of THEM have cameras? Cell phone? Digital cameras, stuff like that?"
"I wouldn't be surprised, General," the PAO would say. "Soldiers like those kinds of gadgets... the ones who still have hands and arms, that is."
"AHA! Then NO VISIT!" the Pentagon would say. "If any of those wounded heroes takes a picture of Obama visiting them and sends it to his Mom back in the states and she sends it to a newspaper, and it winds up on the front page or on TV somehow, then OBAMA WOULD BE CAMPAIGNING ON THE BLOOD OF THESE BRAVE TROOPS! PERMISSION DENIED!"
"Fine, General," the PAO would say. "Should we halt the body search and put him back on the bus?"
"Nah, let the guards have a little fun with him first."
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