Obama in Afghanistan
December 3rd, 2010
11:01 AM ET

Obama in Afghanistan

[Update 1:59 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Friday, personally delivering holiday greetings to U.S. troops stationed there and promising continued full support in the war against Taliban and other extremists. More on Obama's visit and his scheduled meeting with Karzai

Watch an excerpt from the speech:

Or read a recap of the speech as it was happening:
[Update 1:28 p.m. ET] Obama wraps up his address to the troops.

[Update 1:26 p.m. ET] Obama cites the story Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, the recent recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan.

[Update 1:23 p.m. ET] Although Americans have their differences, Obama says, there is no hesitation back home "to give support to our men and women in the military service ... We're going to spare no effort to make sure your families have support as well."

[Update 1:19 p.m. ET] Obama acknowledges the U.S. war casualties in Afghanistan: "We know their memories will never be forgotten," he says, but because of their sacrifice, "We look forward to a new phase next year, a transition to Afghan responsibility."

[Update 1:14 p.m. ET] Obama says that as president, "I have no greater responsibility than keeping the American people secure.  I could not do that ... without the extraordinary service each and every one of you perform each and every day. ... We are here to say thank you.  I also want to say thank you to your families back home."

[Update 1:09 p.m. ET] President Obama begins to address the troops at Bagram, saying "I want to make sure I could spend a little time this holiday with the men and women of the finest fighting force the world has ever known." WATCH LIVE

[Original post] U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan on Friday on a surprise visit to U.S. troops.

The president, who is expected to remain on the ground there for roughly three hours, is slated to address troops at Bagram Airfield. Most of the troops are with the Army's 101st Airborne Division. Representation from components of all services will also be in attendance.

He will also visit wounded troops at a hospital on the base, according to reporters traveling with Obama. The president will meet with a total of eight patients - five soldiers and three civilian contractors. He will award four Purple Hearts.

Obama was originally scheduled to travel to Kabul to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and greet U.S. embassy staffers, but will stay at Bagram because of poor weather conditions. Obama will, however, speak to Karzai via secure videoconference. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, and Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, will also participate in the meeting.

It is unclear if revelations about U.S. concerns with the Karzai government recently publicized by the group WikiLeaks will be discussed.

Almost a year ago, on December 1, 2009, Obama announced his new strategy for Afghanistan that would see some forces coming home as soon as July 2011. Officials have said the goal is to end combat operations in Afghanistan in 2014. A major U.S. military review of the war in Afghanistan is due this month.

Obama has made surprise visits to Afghanistan in the past. Once, earlier this year in March, he slipped into Bagram near Kabul under the cover of darkness. He met with about 2,000 troops at the U.S. base and told them their work is significant to security at home.

His first trip to Afghanistan came in July 2008, months ahead of the presidential election.

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  1. OneBigAzzMistakeAmerica

    LOL – o ya forgot One Big A** Mistake America has no flight time as a member of the US Military. So they gave him a civilian A2 leather flight jacket. Our past presidents have all worn their AUTHENTIC A2 and/or ANF1's that they EARNED.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • LHooq

      Way to focus on the real issues here, genius...

      December 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brett

    "We are freezing your salaries....Merry Xmas.."

    December 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |

    Airplane ride to Afghanistan–few million $, all the extra security–another couple million $, Putting young U.S. soldiers in to harms way just to protect a retard–unforgivable, Everyone's taxes going up due to a surprise visit–around $1 per person, Obama getting impeached priceless

    December 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicago Observer

      @ NOBAMA...."Putting young U.S. soldiers in to harms way just to protect a retard–unforgivable"...how quickly you forget that George W. Bush PUT them there (AND in Iraq), while Obama is planning to pull them out. Get your facts straight. Spreading ignorance is what's unforgivable.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mendoza

    The live feed is hilarious. Sums up troops' lives:


    December 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |

    Surprised visit to Afghanistan by the President of USA during last nine years occupation in itself speak of its credibility and expose Bush’s cheating of American nation in the war on terror. This is indeed very shameful for a person like President Obama who had promised to change America and had condemned Bush for military adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. President of a world great nation on undeclared visit, mean uninvited guest at Afghan soil. What a shame and then claim, being a super power nation looks strange and just joke. This is against the will of Afghans therefore being called as surprise or undeclared visit. This srprise visit is a mirror wherein American should see their face and their future in this region.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Obama never condemned Bush for sending our troops to Afghanistan to fight Islamic extremism that planned and attacked the U.S. on 9/11!

      December 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....


        December 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chris

    Looks like he's trying to pull a GW

    December 3, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. hv19006

    As much as I'm trilled to see that Obama is supporting our troops, leaving Washington while Congress is trying to resolve the tax issue and still has not created a budget to run the government seems a little inappropriate to me.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      What more can He do that He already has done??? He can not force them to do what is right!!! So He went to make the Troops feel better...

      December 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mj

    This shouldn't be about Obama this is about our troops! A morale booster like this can get a soldier through their deployment! Be excited for the troops about to meet their Commander in Chief, what a great opportunity in the midst of deployment.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Armando

    That was nice of Obama. Better than the previous President who spent most of his time at the Crawford Ranch.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Jan


      December 3, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Logan Deen

      Ya, well Obama was busy playing golf as the oil spill was happening. Also, Obama has spent the most days traveling abroad in his first 2 yrs then any US president before him. He should focus on the domestic issues such as our 9.8% unemployment rate instead of apologizing for Americans

      December 3, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Richie P

        If you'd stop being such an azz he wouldn't have to apologize for you.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chicago Observer

        @Logan Deen...You're blaming Obama for the BP oil spill now?!?!? Amazing! We might as well blame him for Lebron leaving Cleveland for Miami and Darth Vader converting to the Dark Side. If you want to talk about blame for a federal response to a national disaster (which the oil spill was not), let's re-visit Bush's response to Hurricaen Katrina, shall we? Please, please refrain from sharing any more of your ignorance.

        December 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Bush Jr was in a School when They told Him about 9'11... He say there like a dummy looking stupid until it finally got to Him what happen!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |

      Answer me this where was Obama on Memorial Day? When he should have been in Arlington Cemetary paying his respects to the OUR brave fallen? He was on vacation (if you didn't know) Bush only missed one year in 8 and that was becuase he was in Europe paying his respects to the soldiers we have buried over there from WWII. I hate defending someone I didnt vote for.

      December 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • doc

        Goose, on Memorial Day 2010, the President was at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea...visiting US Troops.

        December 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jersey George

        You're letting your obvious bias and ignorance of the facts distort your thinking. You should stop watching Fox News for your talking points and do your own fact checking and thinking for yourself.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Obama did put a reef at the Grave sight!!! If you would watch any station besides Fox News You would have seen it...

        December 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jersey George

      Bush was on vacation approximately 1,000 days, more than a 1/3 of his 2-term presidency. It's probably just as well or else he would have left our country in even worst shape upon leaving office.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ben

    Wouldn't that be "A year ago" or "More than a year ago"?

    December 3, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    Great. He should load every US solider aboard Air Force One and bring them all home with him.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Dylan

      Physically Impossible

      December 3, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Jack: Obama is keeping this Country more safe than Bush ever did... You forget on who's watch 9/11 happen!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We be better off if You kept Your mouth shut!!!

      December 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cartmanrulz

    Way to keep it a secret CNN. You guys are idiots.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Syd

      Did you ever stop to think that the media networks were given a pre-planned time to release this information?

      December 3, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Diyego

      It's a surprise visit, and all the other news agencies are reporting as well. Look up FOX NEWS if you don't believe me. Jesus Christ why don't you stop pundits from telling you how to think and what to hate and think for yourself.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. George

    Like Big Deal, I love how all the major news channels broke the news at the same time. So what Obama went to Afghanistan its normal and part of his job as President. The visits will always be a surprise because he can't let Al-Qaeda plan for his arrival.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Marv@P'cola

      When was the last time you thanked a troop? Oh, I guess you don't think it's part of your job do to do so, huh?

      December 3, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
      • George

        my job no, I'm not the President. But I do appreciate what my cousin is doing in the Navy.

        December 3, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Marv@P'cola

        Honestly, when was the last time, if ever you've told your cousin you appreciate what he's doing? Bottom line, stop being so cynical of your President. Like you and many others he truly appreciates the job they're doing and feels its an honor to be President and tell them so. 21 yrs military and I could care less who was President–f they came to pay me visit, I greatly appreciated it. I'm sure other troops feel the same way. We don't care if it's their job–we appreciate the 'thanks'.

        December 3, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
      • George

        Ok thank you for your 21 years in Service.

        December 3, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
      • Person

        Just because you willfully signed up for a job to do, you shouldn't walk around asking for thank you's. When is the last time you thanked a mason?

        December 3, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Marv@P'cola

        @person, your comment is to who?

        December 3, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Diyego

        @ Person

        So by your logic a soldier should only be thanked if they were Forcefully placed into the military? No soldier is going around asking for thank yous and this just points out your mentality. My friends and family joined up because they love this country. Nothing more. Go ahead and sit on your computer and talk badly all you want to troops. Just remember there's a reason you can do it without fear of someone dropping a bomb on your house.

        December 3, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Marv@P'cola

        @Dieygo, thanks for chiming in. Some folks just don't get it. I wasn't asking to be 'thanked' for anything. In fact, ask George to thank his cousin, NOT me. They have no idea what 'service' means. God help them.

        December 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike R

        Thank you Marv, I have two children serving out there, and I agree with you 100%. It infuriates me to read these crazed comments from the people who can't get their thoughts straight if their lives depended upon it, who have never sacrificed a thing for anyone but their sorry selves, and who blame the president for waging the war, for not waging the the war, for spending money to save jobs and homeownership, for not spending money to save the same things....

        December 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        I thank Them every time I see them!!! I talked with one of the Troops that will be going back to Afghanistan for Their 4 tour the end of This Month... I say Prayers every night for GOD to watch out for Those that are protecting Our Country!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cotlight

      Thank you for that report George. That's George from our field office.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
      • George

        lol 🙂

        December 3, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Marv@P'cola

      You're welcome George! Now if you don't mind doing me a favor. Write your cousin in the Navy and tell him or her that you appreciate what they're doing. No, you're not the President and no, its not your job-but trust me, they will really, really appreciate it. Emails are great and really easy-'pen & paper' are keepsakes! Have a great weekend!

      December 3, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jill-IN

      Yes right – you are sooooo grateful!

      December 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. USA

    This is great

    December 3, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda B

      Bravo for Obama. With everything else he has to deal with, and all the B.S. from the Republican obstructionists, he takes the time to visit our troops. He is ending ground combat in Iraq and plans to start bringing the troops home next year.
      I wonder where we would be if McCain was President. Probably planning how to spend another decade over there.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        I'm glad you think your tax dollars are being well spent on things like this. These trips don't just include the President but him and close to 900-1200 staff members. I can think of plenty of other things this money could have went for .... say .... jobless benefits ... of the top of my head.

        December 3, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
      • JoanieMarie

        Linda B I agree with you 1000%

        December 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Seraphim0

        The jobless benefits that he's extended repeatedly? Or do you mean the ones the republicans want to let expire? Not quite sure where you are going with this one...

        December 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • dave

        exactly.. im surprised he doesn't do it more often..
        any of the "haters" out there.. have no idea how to motivate troops that make less than minimum hourly wage..

        December 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • David S

        @ Mark your facts on the 900 to 1200 staffers are incorrect. I'm prior Air Force and had the priveledge of flying with President Clinton and the President's entourage. In many cases these trips costs are significantly less than other trips into theater. They fly military aircraft from a remote safe location, such as Europe and often times it is with far less staff, support and assistants than if he was going to California on the traditional aircraft. Second, I have yet to see 900 to 1200 staffers fly anywhere with the President. Last, is Generals and other high level members of the military make similar trips far more often than the President and require similar if not more support. Its the nature of war and the military...their leaders need to occassionally go to the front lines and present themselves before their troops. Its good for morale, even if you don't like your commander. So say what you will, but at least know what you are talking about and check your facts before you slam someone on their position.

        December 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peter

        This trip includes: "......900-1200 staff members."

        Who told you that, Sean Hannity? Just like the "200 Million Dollars A Day" Indian trip, which was proven to be complete nonsense. Here....I'll give you the real story: Obama is taking 120,000 people at a cost of 289 Trillion Dollars an hour.
        There. Have fun.

        December 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hi

        Wait Mark, i thought it was 5,000 staff and their pets. D o u c h e.

        December 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • J

        Linda B – good post and I agree with you. My husband just mentioned after seeing this that in 67 when he was in Vietnam, President Johnson came to see troops where he was stationed. He still remembers with with pride today and he said it was incredibly uplifting to the troops. No one likes war but we do love our troops. God bless them and their families.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • chuck

        I guess you told him David S. Way to F#@kin' be and tell these idiots how it really goes down.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • S. Steiner

        It is difficult to believe there are still people who support this poor excuse for a "leader". You should visit your local Marine Recruiter and discuss what leadership really is and how you might learn it.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • veggiedude

        Mark, go back to FoxNews site. Or stick around to be the class clown.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        That is because Obama listen to His Generals not like Bush that only listen to Cheney!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • SusanH

        WOW...Linda B! You must read a lot of newspaper articles! Why don't you have a conversation with military...learn some facts, THEN comment! Your head is in the sand!...like a lot of other Americans that think they know what is going on overseas...and NOT just in the Middle East. Good heavens...wake up.

        December 4, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • jasonlee99

        yeah yeah yeah – COULD HAVE WENT – FOR THAT STUPID mark ("COULD HAVE GONE") you stupid assh...le. little ameris CAN'T EVEN SPEAK THEIR OWN LANGAUGE REAL WELL. HOW STUPID AND STUPID IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        December 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • jasonlee99

        NO WONDER THIS little ameris (grin....land) is having so many problems.

        December 4, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jean

        Those troops standing behind obama do not look happy. I've seen how they act when they are happy. Check back on some of the older pictures with other presidents. I'm a military wife and I'd say these guys were told to stand there. Obama must be saying something funny as he is smiling but not the troops. Those guys recognize a fake when they see one.

        December 5, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
      • DB

        yeah... you're stupid. i'm in Afghanistan and we could care less about his visit. afghanistan can not be saved, the people here are hopeless.

        December 6, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
      • future Marine

        you do realize that leaving so soon and announcing it is a mistake? the taliban can now plan future attacks, and will see our leaving as surrendering. they will feel even more open to attacking us. if it took ten more years to eradicate the taliban, id be behind it all the way, because its the sensible, logical, and best route to take. the longer terrorists are organized in key placces, that by the way, have nuclear weapons, the longer we have to fear.

        December 6, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
      • jasonlee99

        A GOOD ameri IS A DEAD ameri

        December 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Haskett

        Linda please don't be fooled. In ten years from now we will still have troops in both countries regardless of how is in the oval office. Sure their numbers will be lower and we will call them support troops instead of combat troops, however they will still dress the same and carry the same weapons and will still fire back when necessary. The largest embassy in the world is in Iraq and it will need a good number of troops to protect it and all the other interests we have there.

        December 16, 2010 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Thankful for our troops

      Last time BO visited Afghanistan, he flew over secretly and "personally thanked" about 2,000 troops at the air base. Assume he thanks 2,000 more this trip. How much did it cost to take Airforce One over there, along with all his staff and pals? Perhaps a couple of million dollars? He could have made 4,000 personal phone calls to selected military personel, sent each of them a smoked turkey AND had money left over! Just another case of trying to make himself look good on our tax money.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Erik

        Might have been cheaper flying all 4000 troops to Washington DC and thank them on the White House lawn.

        December 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Perhaps you do not understand the morale boost from a commanding officer visiting the troops at the front.

        December 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        You want to give a moral boost give me some time off or a four day pass...I couldn't care less if the President came to visit my base because it's not me he's going to talk too only the TOP brass. He's look wave say good job and move on to his next piece of business. He's the president not to be confused with somebody who cares about everybody in the military. I personally detested those horse and pony shows where you have to march around a stuff to see some general off who you never cared about in the first place. That is WHY the military put DNC into place to kiss but.

        December 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • David LaBossiere

        I'm sure our troops would love to thank you for your support!

        December 3, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • LadyY

        Its really sad how so many of you hate on everything our Wonderful President does but yet you praise other wack political figures I think it truly shows how weak we are as a people that we do not stand behind our leader and I really wish my voice was alot louder because so many of you have gone above and beyond in disrepect to our Wonderful Presdent and I as a young American and so sick and tired of it and I laugh at you all because God has OB and his supporters will stand behind him! You people burn me up with all your false accusations and regardless of what he does at least he gives a care about the people to take time to visit. I really wish all the Obama haters along with a bunch of republicans would go get a life and build a home under a bridge on a deserted Island we dont need you. I support Obama because Change is something I can be lieve in and he is the change this country Needed it was spoken that this day would come so to all the hater Shut up....thx!!

        December 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • renejv

        stop. just stop. every president from bush 1 to bush 2, to clinton and reagan and carter makes it a point to do surprise visits to our troops when they're (the troops) stationed overseas. do a little research before you post such nonsense.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • glynnis

        I wonder if Bracky the trained Kenyan seal stopped off in Nairobi to visit his relatives.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Dave s: You have to have been in the Military to understand that!!! These People can't understand what you go through in the Military... They just think They know it all!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        S Stiener: Do You really thing a recruiter knows more than someone that was There??? If You were ever in the Service You would know the difference!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • future Marine

        ladyY, youre telling us that more than half the people in America aren't needed. Are you an idiot? people have a right to their opinions, but thats just stupid. So ar hes done next to nothing to prove himself in office. Stop glorifying the president just because hes a democrat. try looking at what they actually do, not what party theyre in.

        December 6, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
      • jasonlee99


        December 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • manipulating facts

      You realize that he isnt increasing more troops but is significantly extending length of those who are already there – doubling time in several situations –

      December 3, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike R

        really dude, where do you get your facts?

        December 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Busted2010

        There is nothing correct about this comment. Stop trying to take the criticism made against Bush and apply the to Obama. It is pathetic that you have no interest in facts.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        The only thing He could do is start a Draft to get more Troops there!!! These People volunteer to be there... It would be nice if They had more People to take Their place!!! Why don't You People go if You feel it isn't right for Them??? You rather fight with Your Mouth than fight for Your Country1!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derrick

      Thank you Mr. President for stepping it up and getting over there to address our people. It is comforting to know you have been so hard at work and also not forgetting your obligations as a leader.

      December 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Are you trying to be funny? What a sick joke!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • ex-Grazia

        Couldnt agree more, it appears those outside the US such as in Europe appreicate the President more than the ones within he's country.
        Sit down and take a look at what the man has to deal with daily,

        He's had the bi-partisan issue of the Republicans cutting at he's throat whatever issue he raises
        Dealing with jobs,
        Dealing with health care,
        Dealing with the Bush tax allowances,
        The Jobs Bill
        Dealing with the complications of Karzai's corruption prone and wishy washy government on the war
        Dealing with the issue of Pakistan's SIS complicating the war by leecing information to the Taliban
        Dealing with the Wiki Leaks
        Dealing with Iran's Nuclear issues
        North Korea's Nuclear Issues, and recent attack on the South.
        China's Currency manpulation,
        The Feds decision on QE2 (US currency manipulation)
        Spending the rest of the recent stimulus, essentially in place to keep the economy from drowning, talk less of growing
        A wife,
        2 Kids
        The constant Press

        ...And yet he still has time to fly in to Afghanistan, a long trip, and see the Boys in Green. How many of the critics had this much on their to do list for today. Gott put yourself in other people's shoes before you make a comment.

        December 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Know matter what He does doesn't please You!!! He got Jobs for as many People as He could with the Republicans fighting Him... He got a Medical Plan than know one else could get... He fought for everything He got... All the Republicans did was say no to everything!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        He is doing everything to make This Country better!!! It is the Party of no that is stopping Him... Now we will have the Tea Party to take up where the Republicans leave off!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • izzieie

      No this is not great. This is classic Odumbo, dismal jobs report so he runs as far away as he can from it. Thanks for the change, it's working out just great for all the newly and ongoing unemployed!

      December 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Seraphim0

        Runnig away? Don't you mean the last admin and his 'retreats?'

        Oh, or you mean the fact that black friday numbers utterly knocked the socks off of expectations? let me guess... you just saw the jobs report and decided to rant? Fair enough.. but don't forget to look at the rest of the economic picture.

        December 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Well said,izzieie. Thank you.

        December 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Natediggs

        Name calling usually isn't the best way to make a point. It is little more than a childish act, and I don't know about you but I put aside childish things when I became an adult.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • karl

        Don't worry the ones that caused the economy to tank in the first place will be in charge in January. Have Fun.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Ex-Grazia: These People wouldn't give Him credit for anything He got... They rather say We didn't need it are it is to little to late!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        You can't blame Obama for the unemployed!!! He is doing His best to get jobs for everyone... The Republicans are stopping Him!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sean

        He has a good heart that he wants to distribute wealth to everyone. Unfortunately, it is only worked in the HEAVEN, not on the EARTH.... If I work my butt out to become millionair, I don't think that I want to share my wealth with the LAZY

        December 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      What a sham. Barry isn't doing anything other than a caopy-cat trip like Bush did during Iraq when he served turkey to the troops.

      At least Bush was respected.

      What a blatant, poor attempt to try to garner some respect from real Americans.

      December 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • dave

        I live about 10 minutes from G. Bush..
        I respect my foot in his a$$ thats about it..

        December 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jill-IN

        Well, obviously you respected Bush but many many did not then and still do not respect him.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        When Bush was in office We lose all the respect of the Other Countries!!! Obama has just made Them respect us again!!! Your just to blind with Hate to see the truth...

        December 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Obama has done more for the Troops the first 6 months in office... Than Bush did in the 8 years He was President!!! Our Troops are a lot safer today...

        December 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fred in Dallas

        Who, in their right mind, respects Bush?

        December 5, 2010 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
      • future Marine

        larrykegel, hes makin the troops safer by taking them out of what they signed up for. this makes everyone in a more dangerous position. what happens when terrorists get pakistans nukes?

        December 6, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |

      he gets 'shelacked' in the recent election. can't get anything done on the hill..................does he really think we cannot see through this blatant attempt to curry favor with an increasingly dissatisfied populus by traveling to see our soilders....................what a simpleton

      December 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hi

        Nobody cares what u think d o u c h e.

        December 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        You are a real Idiot!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Live Video feed of Afganistan is serverly echoed. 🙁

      December 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tash

      The job of the President isn't an easy one, but he's handling a lot of issues and the holiday season well by visiting the troops instead of his own family. No matter what any President does he will never win.... But after BUSH F'ed everything up for years to come.. Good Luck cleaning this mess... It all starts with us and to better our own financial future... Not playing the blame game...

      December 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Yeahright

        Umm he is going to Hawaii where his family lives for the holidays.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cold War Veteran


      If you're angry because there has not been enough change, then you should be angry at the conservatives. They are the ones who have blocked Obama every step of the way. Their very name means "stay the same...DON'T change a darn thing! " In truth, most conservative politicians are afraid of change. At least Obama has the guts to challenge the party of "no."

      December 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Kandace, I agree with you completely. Obama can be credited with the best campaign of deception and lies in US history. He is turning into George Bush by the hour. RUSS FEINGOLD 2012!!!!

      December 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        If You quit listening to Fox News You might learn the truth about what is going on!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jo an

      Pathetic...and pure escape! Why is he not with the jobless!! He needs to bring our troops home.....

      December 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • mk

        Only a clueless, ultra-partisan wacko could call a presidential visit to Afghanistan an "escape". I bet if Obama was visiting a homeless shelter or unemployment line, you'd be complaining that he was ignoring our troops!

        December 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cold War Veteran

        Right on, MK.

        December 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      i am only 16 years old and i might not know a whole lot about politics but , Obama has made some kind of a difference . everyone bashed Bush for makinq our coutry for what it is , now how do you expect Obama to fix everything in a year or so . Obama's campaign was all about change and as many know chage takes time . these trips to afghanistan are pointless and hes not going there to " cover up his lies " as i read in another comment . i think America in general needs to stop playing the blame game . jus because hes the president doesnt mean he has all the power in the world . this isnt a ditatorship , conqress and the supreme courts also control how this country is ran , and also American citizens control that as well . think of the word proqress . and think about this too , we are doing alot better then when bush was president . 🙂

      December 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike R

        you show a lot of wisdom for a 16 year old. Wish some of the old dogs would get a little of that enlightenment.

        December 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • tnwoman1948


        You speak wisdom beyond your years. Your parents did a very good job in raising. You could teach some of these oldsters who are spouting foolish comments on this thread. Keep up the good work.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        Your posting is a breath of fresh air. Thanks.

        December 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • ex-Grazia

        You know whats funny, everyone remembers the part where Obama speaks at length about Change, but most seem to forget he also said, The economy was packed up and will take time and effort to fix. 2 years and the ones who cheered him are Jeering him now.

        The public is Fickle.

        December 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        You understand more at 16 years old than These Idiots at Their Age!!! I really wonder how old They really are??? They talk like Children!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • future Marine

        he has a good point. my main point is, though, that people shouldnt be either for or against obama because hes a democrat. i personally dont agree with many of his decisions, but i will not say he has bad intentions. every President tries to do what they feel is best for the country. Dont bash either rebublicans in general or democrats in general. Im sure other mostly republican sided people like me can find things they like about Obama, like this visit, and that mostly democratic people can find things they like about republicans. honestly, decisions in elections should be made well informed and without bias due to party. i know this is hard but people can at least try. i know im 14, but its still not that hard to make informed decisions.

        December 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Waty

        Really cause my portfolio tells a different story. Cash for clunkers, first time home buyer credit, "Put America to work", the new health care plan... What other kind of pointless COSTLY plan is this moron going to come up with next?

        December 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike R

      Peter, I love it dude. Well said!

      I don' t think Mark meant his comments as the crazies Hannity talks to would, but it is odd that these folks take a president who is working to revive an almost dead economy to life before it stops breathing, one who is focused on movement (not motion) and closure in this war, one who is trying to establish superiority of diplomacy around the world, and reduce our national risk as well as the need spend money in things like the arms race against the Russians – and construe his ambitious agenda as "inaction"!

      December 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Ex-Grazia: These People only know what Fox News shows them!!! I saw where Fox News cut out half of what He said... Because They don't want Their listen to know the truth!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        They have so much Hate toward the President!!! They can't see the truth...

        December 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Cut me a freakin break, support for our troops and their families.......is that why he wants to freeze pay raises for the military, or make those that give 20+ years of service to their country wait years before being allowed to collect any type of retirement, etc The only thing he's good at is spreading BS on a regular basis when it comes to our troops!! He'll earn my respect when he starts sticking it to people like Congress and the big bucks that they give themselves on a regular basis and start giving it to those that truly deserve the money–and I don't just mean our troops!

      December 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike R

        where do you get your facts? He's the one pushing for budget allocations to take care of soldiers and their families. The republicans are the ones blocking spending on taking care of our people, and wanting to give it all to a very small portion of our people (the tax breaks for the top 1%). You sound pretty much ultra-biased, and like a lap dog getting its talking points from other crazies, one that can't think on her own –

        December 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jill-IN

        The facts you state are incorrect. Obviously these are your opinions but don't state them as facts.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chicago Observer

        So I'm guessing you havent been paying attention, given the recent freeze on federal employee incomes? Or does that no apply to our representatives (but I'm guessing it does). Open your ears before you open your mouth.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        If the Republicans would raise the taxes on the 2 Percent... Obama would have to cut wages on the Military!!! The ones doing it is the Republicans...

        December 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Powell

      Obama has no respect from our military or the international community anymore. His words are hollow and he is a joke. He hasn't lived up to any of his campaign promises and is now desperately trying to hold onto the White House after his party got shellacked in the mid-term elections. He would do just about anything to hold onto his job and this desperation is obvious.

      He should and Biden should resign or at least not run for re-election in the best interest of the country. I don't care if another Democrat takes the White House or if a Republican does..... we need a STRONG leader with experience in domestic and foreign affairs.

      Obama was a marketing phenomenon and we are now paying the price for believing in his message of "hope." He is really hopeless.

      December 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chicago Observer

        @ Steve Powell...Can you provide a specific example of how Obama "has no respect for our military"? Are you implying that him going to visit is disrespectful in some way, because I dont see it and you sound like you're spouting a bunch of nonsense. As far as campaign promises, taken from one of the posts below:

        Wallstreet Reform
        Credit Card Protection Act
        Healtcare Reform
        Additional tax cuts as part of a stimulus package
        Getting the vast majority of troops out of Iraq
        Setting a timetable for Afgan withdrawal
        Getting the START treaty moving with Russia
        Getting Russia and China to approve sanctions on Iran
        Working with Seoul to get a new trade deal in place
        Pulling us out of a recession

        So how is the man not making progress on his campaign platform? Unless you thought that in 1.5 years he'd clean up the 8 year mess that was GWB's presidency? Wake up.

        December 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Obama has done more for the troops in 2 years than Bush did in 8 years!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • GI joe

      Hate to rain on the parade, but WHY couldn't he pull off a trip on Thanksgiving or Christmas or New Yearst? Answer, he really doesn't care that much. He started this Afghan quagmire. He made it worse with his pull-out deadline. He seeks to have another Abu Garaib scandal with the gays coming out. And he's made every GI's life miserable with North Korea and Iran kicking sand in our face. But all the saps, sissies and traitors are SO PROUD of Barry for visiting Afghanistan. Spare me.

      December 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chicago Observer

        @GI Joe...Obama started the "Afghan quagmire"? Sorry, but that's not correct. GWB sent our troops into BOTH Iraq and Afghanistan...Barack has withdrawn troops from Iraq and is in the process of doing the same in Afghanistan so he's in the process of doing what he said he'd do when campaigning for office. As for Iran and NK, what would you suggest, we bomb them too? That would solve absolutely nothing and only act to further alienate us from the rest of the world, as well as perpetuate the war mongering, imperialist stigma that is pervasive around the world today. Please start using your brain and think from other persepctives, outside of your feeble, narrow minded one.

        December 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chicago Observer

        @ scott...every Preseident or VIP will have an "invitation only" list, due to logistics. You think every soldier @ Bagram or any other base/facility could all simultaneously stop doing what they're doing to sit and listen to a speech? Not feasible. Its called a chain of command. I tell you, you tell them, and so on. So if anyone's a moron, its you.

        December 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Could it be because everyone that would have to go with Him would want to be with Their Families on the Holidays???

        December 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • usafman

      You know what is really disturbing about half of these comments.......Its the de-motivational factor, that rushes over me, after I was once again refreshed and motivated to continue another long hard month in the fight over here. I was at that speech, along with many of my buddies........many of whom did not vote for Obama. I can tell you we all came away smiling that he (Obama) took time to come over and speak to us, visit a few guy in the hospital etc......whether you be hard core liberal, or off the scale conservative, have the common sense in your head to STFU and support us over here. We are here fighting for your freedom to sit on your lazy rear ends and type all day.....coming up with all types of numbers and estimates of how much it costs to fly AF1; why is he on another overseas trip; stay at home and deal with the jobless; and even a crazy comment about how he is freezing military pay. Do you really think these things??? Please do every single one of us over here a HUGE favor, and just STFU and color....stop your stupid bickering and crazy fabrications of truth PLEASE!

      December 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        From One Old Military Man to a Younger One... May GOD be with You while Your on Your Tour!!! I will always be here to fight for Your rights and Support You all over there... I just wish We had People like us to help support us during the Vietnam War!!! We will all way be here for You when You get back here to help You get through Your hard times when You get back... You will find us at the Veteran Hospitals!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • future Marine

        thank you for stating that... we need more people not spouting off because of political loyalties

        December 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Paul

        I feel for you, man. And I agree. These are like trolls, ogres living under the bridges, who spend their insignificant lives ribbitting like frogs. Some of them funny too. Let's laugh. Life's short and Obama still president.

        December 12, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • trace morgan

      So it cost almost $3 million dollars taxpayer money (according to govt estimate of $181,000+ to fly AF1 for an hour) to spend 3 hours on the ground.

      Want to do something for the troops? Bring them home!!!

      December 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        How dare You talk for Our troops??? The Troops that fought in Vietnam would have rather not to have Idiots like You on Our Sides!!! We were there to win not to give up like We had to do... We lose a lot of Brothers there and also left a lot of Brothers there because of Idiots like You!!!

        December 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rashell

      People need to read before making comments! I can't believe people are complaining on how much it costs to fly over to Afghanistan to visit troops! President Obama had a meeting with the Afghan President not to just see the troops. It was cancelled due to weather conditions and if any of you knew half of what you think you do you would shut the hell up. People who make horrible comments about soldiers obviously have never had a loved one fight for their country. Everyone in America should serve a term in the military to know what it is like and should be respectful to the people who are brave enough to be over there. All of the idiots making comments have no clue. Good luck in life...you're going to need it.

      December 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Thank you, David S, for your informed reply. The amount of bad press and false information on Obama is quite large. Thankfully no one thinks he has an easy job. It is wonderful for the troops to see their leader, the symbol of the democratic values they risk their lives to keep. The misinformation that circulates as fact, irrelevant as it is, remains deleterious for our country and the world. Obama is the best president of the past 50 years. He will be remembered far more graciously than his greedy predecessor. I only hope he wins a second term. But with so many blaming the deficit on him when it was spiked by the stupid, pointless wars we are fighting, and which where decided by the greedy predecessor, I am not so sure... Peace.

      December 12, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |