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. RSAT4

    Oh my God look at this murderers. you are called heros wheres you only prey on woman and children. You all gonna burn in hell for eternity. Obama we thought you were going to change America but you seems to be Bush number two.

    December 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RSAT4

    Oh God Look at this murderers. They are more like wolfs, they only prey on weman and children. You murderers! You will burn in hell for eternity.

    December 6, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. mohiuddin chowdhury

    The Holy Quran
    ‎{ قَالَ اذْهَبْ فَمَنْ تَبِعَكَ مِنْهُمْ فَإِنَّ جَهَنَّمَ جَزَاؤُكُمْ جَزَاءً مَوْفُورًا (63)
    وَاسْتَفْزِزْ مَنِ اسْتَطَعْتَ مِنْهُمْ بِصَوْتِكَ وَأَجْلِبْ عَلَيْهِمْ بِخَيْلِكَ وَرَجِلِكَ وَشَارِكْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ وَعِدْهُمْ ۚ وَمَا يَعِدُهُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ إِلَّا غُرُورًا (64)
    } سورة الاسراء

    December 6, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nina

    By visiting Afghanistan, President Obama sends a clear message of supporting our troops!! During these difficult times, it is important that we insure our troops with full support. What better way, then with our President’s visit.

    For those of you who mentioned it is too expensive for Pres. Obama to make the trip to Afghanistan, how about closing the 700+ bases around the world at costs of 100s of billion dollars each year.

    December 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    This Pres. Barack Obama has got to go!!! We've seen the value he puts on human lives. NONE whatsoeverll! Moreover,there is absolutely no glory in this obscene war so why should Obama be taking vows for all the unnecessary bloodshed going on????

    December 4, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jasonlee99

    THE TALIBS WHO ARE READING THESE POSTS – GO AHEAD KILL ALL OF THEM. THEY WOULD BE A GREAT JOY FOR EVERYONE!!! KILL THAT STUPID grin...land!!! KILL ALL OF 'EM!!!

    December 4, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. atal

    Are you?

    December 4, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I hope Your not talking to Me??? I was in the Army for 6 years!!! What happens to the People of This Country means a lot to Me...

    December 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I've gone through as many as I can in one day!!! When will You Right Wingers start thinking of the Country and not Yourselves???

    December 3, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    I believe that the presidents visit to Afghanistan not only shows our troops and America that we are achieving our goals, but also shows the enemy that we will never allow Islamic extremists to take over Afghanistan again or for that matter any other country to serve as a place where these extremists can train and plan attacks against the western world!

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

    While i did not read all of these comments, the ones i did read disgusted me. Why can't we just agree to disagree, we all have different veiws. Why can't people just see the President visiting the troops as a good thing. It is to bad that we have to debate things like a bunch of little girls, it doesn't make sense to me and i'm 15

    December 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dennis Jennings

    Your female reporter with red hair repeatidly referrered to mr. Obama, The respected and correct tiltle is President Obama or Mr. President. If Presidents Clinton, Bush and Bush can be afforded this courtesy certainly President Obama deserves that consideration

    December 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Safire

    Am I the only one who finds CNN bloggers hilarious? I read different blogs on different sites and I notice the liberal bloggers on this site always seem pre-occupied with:
    – How INTELLIGENT the President
    – How uneducated all his detractors are
    – Their own superior grammar and education
    – Linking Sarah Palin to any topic
    – And using lame anonymous slogans and aliases like BUSTED, HATERS and 'NUF SAID

    It's a hoot really.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Luis

    As a deployed soldier here in afghanistan i have to say i dont understand you people. People that talk about the war if you have ever been here you would know what we are doing here is important. Important enough to have 49 coalition forces join us here. Yes our debt is in crisis it didnt cost the president anything to come visit the troops. It was a well needed morale boost. We are near the holidays and being away from home and loved ones is rough. I can tell you the afghan people loved bush for helping them here and we hated it. Being here with boots on grounds is different than sitting at home. So put yourself in a soldiers boots and understand what it means. This coming from a soldier in the front lines. We need to be here. Thank you commander in chief for stopping by well needed.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 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 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  16. dougla

    I am a vietnam vet and this is polittical grandstanding and pasification, so come out of your shell and for those who think otherwise, well, live through a war like I did, and how about a President (Commander in Chief) that never put his life on the line...

    December 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. vizi

    Good to see the President address the troops on holiday season

    The only president till date I could like .

    Without politics talk I think its a good gesture and right time to be there with the troops

    Dont care at this moment if this is right war we are fighting or why the troops are there in first place

    December 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Gary

    I think Obama would better serve our country better by getting out of politics, national security, and the military and devote more time to Mythbusters.....what the heck is that about? Going for the young voters Obama? As John Stossel would say, "Gimme a Break!"

    December 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Armywife

    Well a BIG Thank you to Mr. Obama for flying in today and grounding all planes so that MY HUSBAND and his unit are held up yet another day stuck in LIMBO. We would like him home, it's been a LONG year..and while it's was nice of you to FINALLY show face over there, three hours you will be there total and you have to ground the planes?!?! UNREAL!! Thanks for NOTHING!!

    December 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cold War Veteran

      You sound very angry and confused. The President's visit is helping the families by virtue of boosting morale for thousands of troops. This is worth a few delayed flights, don't you think? Or maybe you don't.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Dog dung!!!

        December 4, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  20. LT

    I just got back from this speech. I was getting ready to go on leave when I was told about a gathering. I went and was able to shake the president's hand. It was an emotional speech. I lost one Soldier so far from my platoon to an enemy RPG attack. It was powerful.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • locdvegan

      thank you for all that you do @ LT

      December 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cold War Veteran

      I hope the visit by the President helped, LT. As we used to say in the Navy...Fair winds and following seas. Stay safe, and best of luck to you and your troops. We're all very proud of you guys.

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

        How corny can you get???? Come on now!

        December 4, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Humberto

    How do we know this isn't espionage stuff ?

    December 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  22. locdvegan

    i was in a very chipper mood until approx. 1:00pm after perusing thru some of the comments...shut the grrrr up about how much was spent to get him over there already!!! people are really starting to get on my last nerve with all the negativity about EVERYthing...

    that being said, i'm a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and while i was never sent anywhere near Afghanistan (or iraq, the desert, etc...), i can say (in my opinion) trips such as these are necessary for morale, especially since the holidays are right around the corner...Thank you Mr. President for showing that these people matter and are important when others don't give a crap and only find flaws....

    December 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  23. cms

    A visit from the Commander in Chief is a moral booster – maybe for the select number that actually see him at the air base. The Moral booster is for the general american public who see and think... Isn't he wonderful going over there? I personally think that it should be mandated as a requirement that our President, The Commander in Chief, should he or she themselves served in our country's military.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. SJB

    The world is sick of YOUR WAR, Mr. Obama.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  25. ted

    Hey Republicans – stop the noise. When Dubya declared mission accomplished just weeks after the invasion, you all got goosebumps and did high fives. When Dubya made his secret visits to Iraq and Afghanistan, you all wet yourselves. BUT you all have a problem with an african american president and that means that you are bigoted and biased.

    I am proud of President Obama. YOU should be also. Stop the crap. Respect the president.

    Ted

    December 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  26. mipak

    Lets hope he stays there. Worst President we have ever had and he is rapidly bankrupting us by giving 9+ trillion to the banks and squat to homeowners!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Nana

    As the grandmother of a 23 year old marine who was killed by an IED in Afghanistain this past June I would like to say that our Kevin was proud to stand for our country and he and all his buddies would have appreciated the President coming there to say thank you.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Russ

    I don't care if the President is right or wrong about national policy. He's supported OUR troops by taking the TIME to go over there and greet them and let them know they are supported on behalf of our grateful nation. If you want to complain about Democrat or Republican policies, or Bush/Obama policies find another blog! This is a celebratory story. It should have been happy for our men in uniform. But, some of you have to go out and ruin one thing the President did right. Continue your griping at another time, but leave this story alone.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Tony in Charlotte

    Well said Linda !! I am glad to see our Commander in Chief with the boys and girls on the front lines!!
    with all the B.S. from the Republican obstructionists he is still paying attention to our soldiers!

    December 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Allen N Wollscheidt

    BOOTS X 2 OUT N O W ! ! ! RIGHT NOW ! ! !
    .

    December 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. katie

    None of you have room slash the President. I don;t recall a president in recent years hat has pleased everyone? Lots of you complain about not having jobs..instead of sitting on CNN all day start searching there are jobs out there. Some of the jobs aren't the most attractive but it's money?
    Also, I have family who has fought over seas and have family there now.I'm know they would be glad to be visited by the president.
    So please instead of complaining about Obama's visit, support the troops.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Chas Norris Jr.

    Obama's contribution in helping slash the $4 trillion in federal debt... I find it impossible to believe ANYONE in DC "Gets it" or ever will. These bozos need a credit card with limits, when it's exceeded they get turned down just like everyone that lives in the REAL world.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  33. John Brooks ( US Marines)

    Thanks CNN for not really posting what a real Marine in Afghanistan really has to say. Your blog is so slanted towars the untrue facts...........

    December 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  34. ph

    why do we expect one man can do it all, if you want a better life for u and your family stop wasting time and energy hating on the pres. everyday. take contol of your life. no pres. can solve your problems

    December 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Kerri

    I must say how disappointed I am with some of you. My husband is over in Afghan- Bagram right now serving. He call me to let me know how excited he and his fellow troops were that the President is there to visit with them. It is a VERY big deal to our troops to get these visits and so what if the President only talk to the BIG BRASS at least he is there to show his support to his fellow Americans for defending our great Country. Like Obama said Freedom is not a Birth right it is earned because of the men and women that go out and risk their lives daily for all of us. Please remember that as you all sit in your cushy houses by the warm fireplaces that there are men and woman away from their children, parents and spouses this holiday season. So anyway Thank you Mr. President for going to where MY HUSBAND is and thanking him for what he is doing for this great country!!!!!!

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

      Kerri, I don't always agree with our President, but I too am glad he was there. I can't go there to cheer on our troops. That's what our President was elected to do and he is doing it, whether we agree with his politics or not. Best to you and your family. I am sure many of us wish him safety and a happy return home.

      December 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Russ

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. We have elected leaders we dislike, but they are already in office. So, make the most of it. Instead of wasting your time slamming one side, or the other, try to find some way to accomplish something instread of wasting two or four years for the next election to come around. People complained when Bush was in charge, now they complain when Obama is in charge. There are a lot of us Americans in the middle who just want to be American and really don't give a whoot's hollar about if the Dems or Republicans are in power. The politicians are too busy looking out for their parties rather than Americans! Mr. Obama did the right thing to go to Afghanistan to support the troops. Folks can hem haw about his motives. That's not important to the troops. To them, he was there in person. Whether we agree with his politics or not, he was there to support OUR men.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  37. frank

    photo op from a phony hypocrite POTUS! he doesn't have it in his heart
    wants to copy Bush..but he can't
    unemployment 9.8%...you saved us from the brink of nothing!!!!!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Paula

    Here's an idea. Maybe he has a lunch or dinner date with some relatives!

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

      i REALLY could go on with my day without commenting on this but that ish that you just said is really tacky you sorry excuse for a human being...tacky and lame and i pray you don't have any children to pass ur ignorance on to...

      December 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  39. jayjay

    President of the worlds strongest nation is chicken enough to go to Afghanistan without getting a heads up- Am sure the security people are concerned about giving lead time to terrorists there , who would love to blow up the convoy of Mr. President.

    If the President is there to tell the troops " you know what- we are done here, lets go home!" He would make the best president yet.
    I have to admit that- the cause for spilling american troops blood in Afghanistan is long lost.
    Just another publicity gimmick...

    December 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Johnny Jett and the Dirty Socks

    Ballsy move, way to show your support!

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

      ummm you didn't say that when Bush went! he doesn't like the military and he doesn't care

      December 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  41. D-block

    You people are foolish!!! These folks are over there willing to pay the untimate price and all you can talk about is how much the trip costs for our president to visit??? HOW DARE YOU!!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Truth

    Obama is doing this to distract from WikiLeaks, that's why it's a surprise trip.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Russ

    As much as I have disagreed with Bush and Obama on so many different fronts, I am very glad to see this show of support for our troops in Afghanistan. Our military friends can always use a good showing of support from the Commander-in-Chief. It's the continuing protection of our right to disagree with each other and to speak trash about the sides we don't agree with that keeps the freedom of speech alive.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Matt

    He makes me so sick everytime I see his face. What a disgrace, visiting our troops. He does nothing to support them, takes away benefits, supports terrorism. Talk about audacity. This moron has no clue the military hate his guts. Sickle cell, Sickle cell. 2012 cannot come quick enough.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Jett and the Dirty Socks

      You are a pathetic piece of @#$%. Go have relations with a goat you redneck.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • locdvegan

      sooooo stop looking at his face and you wont get sick? i'm just guessing...

      December 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  45. K Godfrey

    Wow! Obama pulled a 'Bush'! About time!

    December 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      a copy is a copy...and this doesn't come from the heart!

      December 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  46. John Brooks ( US Marines)

    America thinks we are fighting the Taliban. We are not we are fighting for who gets the countries resources when it is over. The Lithium, Iron, Oil and Natural gas and diamonds. Why? Same as in Serra Leone in the 80s and 90s.Total waste of American and Nato lives. The post war deals are already being made today. Billions for Karzai and his corrupt government. What’s Obama’s cut in this deal?

    December 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Brian in MD

    Perfect time for a Obama for Osama swap. Since when did Obama care about our national defense or our troops?

    December 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  48. bbrooker88

    I'm appalled that people actually think the President of the United States should hole up in the oval office and never travel just because we're in a recession. It's so asinine I just can't even believe it. I don't care how much it costs– that's part of the job!!

    December 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Canadian guy

    From the outside looking in, who ever became your President no matter who could have been elected had/has a very tough job ahead of him. The country is at war in two countries, the economy is in shambles. Most people have become very good at complaining that Mr. Obama has not done enough. I would imagine things look quite different at home in you Lazyboy chair, then it would when you are responsible for the lives, economics, and security for everyone in America. It is very easy to complain, maybe it's time for all the complainers to get up off thier butts and help. Stop complaining, in the old days, when JFK was president, many people stood behind him. Your country needs you all to stop the finger pointing and step up to the plate and do what you can to help. Not every decision Obama makes is going to please everyone, the old American way was to stand behind your President, give him time to do what he needs to do, and when it's time for an election, think about what was done, why it was done, and ask the question "was it for the greater good?". In most cases if something has value and is worth something it is not an easy task. Agree to disagree and move on.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      WELL WRITTEN CANADIAN GUY

      December 3, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jeff

    It really disappoints me to see pictures of politicians (presidents from any administration in the modern age) stage photo ops with the troops. If it were really a meaningful trip to give support to our brave men and women, then there wouldn't be any pictures given to the media to use as political propaganda. Shame on you, Washington DC. Our troops deserve better.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Vet

    For anyone on here still complaining about pay freezes for the military, I just watched his speech and he has assured them that no one in uniform will experience any such "hardship" as to have their pay frozen for a year.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Bill Piasecki

    PUT YOUR POLITICS AWAY! I for one am glad and very happy indeed to see a sitting president visit the troops in a forward area.
    Red-White-Blue!

    December 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  53. don schnaidt

    That is fantastic that the president would do that to the military in afghan. I'm positive that it brightened their day. BUT. The finest fighting force is not the air force, its not the army, its the MARINES. Jus had to say it. Thanks God bless

    December 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  54. oh jeeze

    yet again, he speaks without actually saying anything.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Dann

    Never mind the blowhards. Mr. President, comparatively, you are doing a fantastic job!

    December 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      what??? take your blinders off... this is the worts president in american history....the problem is that you like others are falling for a show..... this is just a show

      December 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Fred F.

    Whenever the going has gotten tough, he seems to have run away–from "abstaining" on every potentially controversial vote when he was a Senator to the most recent election. The traditional press–which bashed President Bush every time he did anything, especially when he took a vacation, gives President Obama a free pass. I'd love to see a comparison of how many vacation days each of them took during their first two years in office. Anyone?

    December 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  57. sara

    Bush was respected? Many believe that it is bush that got into this mess by handling it the way he did. Maybe if people would stop trying to fight Obama and give him a chance we could get somewhere. Lets for a second not think about whether someone is Republican or Democratic, those labels just ask for biases opinions.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Keith

    Thank you President Obama for finally giving us a mature, intelligent, responsible and rational leader. Please extend America's best wishes and pride to our brave men and women.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Scott

    He sure seems to enjoy playing with his jet......seems every other day he is flying somewhere......wonder what it is costing to constantly be buzzing around with 2 747's

    December 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  60. PP

    I'm sure the troops could care less.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Ana

    1. This Obama stunt is only a Photo-Op by exploiting our troops. When Bush went, he did it without press, there and back for only the troops and he got no press for it.
    2. He is running from his job. Going abroad, he got caught on his lifestyles of the rich and famous India multi million dollar entourage vacation at tax payor expense..more deficit spending so now the only way to get away is exploitation
    3. He's running from WikiLeaks scandal, refuses to comment on the worst case of espionage done on his watch where he had a chance to stop it but he dropped the ball because he was to busy vacationing on taxpayer money.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  62. jimmyp

    i'm glad the US Gov't just spend a few hundred grand to fly over there and say "thanks." Not discrediting our troops.... but seriously... We have a ridiculous federal budget deficit and a rising unemployment rate, now at 9.8%.... stay home.. That's what Skype is for.....

    December 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Carlos

    It must make our soldiers vomit in their mouth to have seen this putz get off Airforce 1

    December 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  64. bill

    The big conqueror has to sneak in like a thief? I bet you won't post this comment LOL

    December 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  65. luvGuy

    No matter what all the jealous and distgruntled say, deep down they know Obama is a better President than Bush. Do yuou all remember where the country was two years ago?? How soon we forget! Come on – ye all of little faith, give the guy a break and a chance to work for the people.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  66. dennis marshall

    The old pep talk... almost always from people who have never been in combat. Easy to order people to their death or dismemberment if you do not worry about it happening to you. A grateful nation... seems like I heard the same words during Vietnam and as I recall the government was watching from a hill in the rear.
    I never really understood why we were in Vietnam and I am hard pressed to understand Afghanistan or Iraq... other than someone is making money. It is an odd war where only 1% of the total populaton of a country is doing the fighting and dieing and the rest are doing what? Bad odds.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • OEF Veteran

      Dennis, they still volunteered to be told where to go . . .

      December 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Jim d.

    @OMZ: and your half-whit spelling of " half-wit"!!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  68. stacey

    He is a muslim everyone knows it.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Ranger

    Get set for staged "diverse" photo ops, concealing the fact that combat troops, and hence casualties, are disproportionately white.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Mark

    More Afghanistan! Liberals just need to lower their heads and walk away in shame:)

    December 3, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  71. HelenHull102951

    What a waste of more tax dollars to do that but it's just a way out of doing what he's suppsed to be doing. Like taking care of what he has done to our country.. He is here to destroy the US from within. You people that voted him did nothing but let the enemy into our country. Hope you're proud of youselves!!! He is what we are fighting against in both WARS... TERRORISM!!!! Good job.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  72. stacey

    I cant even stand to look, hear Obama speak. He wears a bomber jacket and has never been in the military. I think he will be the destruction of the U.S.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  73. james brown

    our real president, LIEberman, is here. no worries. as long as you shut up and put up.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  74. LKS Dallas

    Has everyone forgotten that in Bush's last years the congress was DEMOCRAT, not republican. I wonder how much this trip cost and isn't it lucky that he was out of the country when the job numbers came out? Wake up people and quit being stupid!

    December 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  75. james brown

    who cares? President LIEberman is taking a good care of the country, criminalizing free speech, which is the threat to his wall street buddies and DC minions.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Tim/Michigan

    Kandice, it is people like you that make me want to vomit. Instead of boosting the morale in the country, people like you would like to see us all in dispair because of your so called misgivings. I am sure as a civil servant for the government, you get paid well and have extra perks as benefits. You should be thankful to have a job, if you dont like making some sacrifices, then quit your job and let someone that is out of work have it. Many would jump at the chance to replace you and be happy to settle with what you have to complain about. And as for the president going overseas to boost morale to our brave soldiers, bravo!! Brave men fighting and risking their lives so people like you can have what you now have, you should be more appreciative. These soldiers are probably delighted to see our president arrive there, and it enlightens their day I am sure, as well as wanting to fight on with more pride knowing their president took the time to see them around the holidays. Shame on you.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Mike Johnson

    Talk radio and Drudge are reporting that this trip cost 13 trillion dollars, the US Navy is sending two aircraft carriers to Afghanistan and a C-17 filled we gold from Fort Knox will be arriving shortly. Obama is in Afghanistan to take guns away from the Taliban. Glenn Beck reports that Obama was sighted in a Mosque.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Sylvia

    Sorry – My post didn't post where it should have. I was agreeing with John (I've never see such a more pathetic and laughably dumb "fool"...). Right on!

    December 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Penone

    Wow. He remembered to salute this time!

    December 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  80. descarado

    This empty suit's idea of leadership is an unending flurry of PR trips. This clown has less executive experience than your neighborhood newspaper boy and it shows, day after day after day.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Stryker

    Hey, here's an idea Barrack, why don't you go visit the troops, you know, the ones you are leaving there to be killed for no purpose at all. That way everyone at home will think you are a great guy. You know, the holiday season, taking time out of your busy schedule helping the Republicans run up the deficit, just to visit with them in Afghanistan. Who know, maybe everyone will be so busy following your diversionary junket, that they won't have time to read what a failed strategy in Afghanistan look like on Wikileaks. Hey, your base might even forget how you aren't even attempting to fight the millionaires big tax cut that the Republicans are going to pass. Yes, that's it, we will all forget about those things, we might even forget that you broke your solemn promise to bring our men and women home. Yes, we might forget ..... till election day.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  82. jenny

    Helllloooo dont you see that hes most likely in Afganistan as a sign of good faith to President Karzai after the wikileaks made it sound like the USA believes him incompentent? I think its great he stopped to visit the troops during this trip. Lets be real though, hes there to try and maintain an already strained relationship w the Afgan Government..

    December 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  83. livy

    @ kaneda, "He should pick up a gun and stay there", and let someone else runs the country????? Like Sarah..(who) Failin??? You dumd ass moron!!

    December 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  84. ieat

    wow seriously people are complaining that he flew to Afghan to visit the troops? How do you know he's not there to discuss work with the generals or talk with the local government about something? As for the government employee getting pay freeze, well... join the rest of the US! Be lucky that you didn't get laid off.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Veteran

    Anyone who wants to see the American President fail is as bad as any terrorist...

    December 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  86. proximo

    Obama is a weak president. This trip is a pathetic attempt to boost his popularity, with the public and the military.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Stryker

    Unless Obama is going there to bring the troops home like he promised, he should be here fighting to stop the tax cut for millionaires. Does he think we don't know that he has gone there to hide out and avoid responsibilty for being capitulating with those Senators who are practicing the politics of greed. I can assure the President, his base won't forget this on election day. Make that primary day. Goodbye Barrack. Maybe you can run for mayor of Chicago.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Jon

    I hope he stays

    December 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • james brown

      he will until LIEberman tells him to come back and go sit in the corner.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  89. ALG

    Thats a nice jacket!

    December 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  90. jellymon

    It's great the the Dear Leader, who promised 'a laser like focus on jobs' leaves the country, in the middle of the night, to visit the troops in the Middle East whom he cannot stand. I guess it's an easy way to avoid talking about how his debt commission failed, how his stimulus plan failed (" if we don't spend these trillions of dollars unemployment will be at 10%"), how his plan for Gitmo failed, how his administration push for the World Cup failed. Please stay out of this country!

    December 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  91. David Texas

    The post at the top of the page clearly demonstrates that the right to vote should be a privledge given only to a select few based on the results of an intelligence test. A voter so dumb they don't even know what the candidate they voted for promised or believed on an issue they claim to be interested in. Clearly increased voter turnout is a bad thing considering the ignorance of the masses in our country. Too busy with the internet world and video games to learn anything about the real world. And you can discuss this post all you want but be certain I won't be back to read your ignorant spew.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  92. vanessa

    Well said John!.. it's so sad how some people have been so misguided by negative 24/7 news overage(fox).. makes me wonder many of u guys intelligence??...if u don't agree with his policies, fair 2 disagree but the disrespet i hear, is just soooo WRONG! he is OUR PRESIDENT!

    December 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  93. OEF Veteran

    Thank you Mr. President for offering support to the troops during this difficult holiday season. This is the time of year when so many are questioning their mission's purpose when it keeps them so far from loved ones. God Bless you for everything you try so hard to accomplish for this country. I could never have your job, and I'm grateful for your vision even if it's not always readily built. I would go back to Afghanistan for you because I believe that you want to finalize this hard business well, not simply continue it for war profiteering (contracts) or budget pressures.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Remember

      For all the men and women who are put in harms way everyday, a visit from the President means they are not forgotten. We are lucky to be replying to a CNN story in our safe homes or offices. I agree that America faces many challenges... our elected leaders have a difficult job ahead. But make no mistake about it – we need to remember we are at war. The last communication from Al Qaeda was a promise to the United States of death by a thousand cuts. The President's visit to Afghanistan should represent a reminder to all Americans that we need to understand that our security and the men and women who work everyday to protect us trumps all other issues. Security first... tax breaks for the rich second, and third, all the partisan nonsense that gets nothing done.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cold War Veteran

        @Remember and others

        "Tax breaks for the rich second"...Are you serious?? H-S... Give me a break! x)

        Give tax breaks for the rich with unpaid-for dollars...Screw the millions of unemployed who just received their last unemployment check because THE RICH refuse to extend bennefits. Merry EFF'n Christmas, unemployed!!

        EFF the rich!! I say TAX the crap out of 'em!!!

        The top financial 2% in this country don't give a rat's corn hole about you, me, or the rest of us. Apart from a few genuine philanthropists, all the rest care about is holding on to their money. If you think they care about veterans, or active military, you're deluding yourself. They're good at fooling people. Hell, they're the ones who got us in these wars in the first place! Been that way for most of history: war is most commonly about greed.

        Just wondering, for the military supporters on this board who also support extending tax cuts to the rich.... Where the phuck do you think VA funding comes from?? TAXES!!! How do we fund the damn war?? TAXES!!! What do you think funds this country's efforts to keep running and stay in one piece?? TAXES!!!

        Is money more valuable than blood??? Hell no!!! Then why in the hell to we so willingly sacrifice our blood (or the blood of our children), but we won't dare sacrifice a penny more in taxes to save our country???

        Some of you people need to pull your heads out of your collective asses.

        December 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Jack

    stop complaining about obama. you guys got what you voted for. a fake who is in no way shape or form capable of running a country.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  95. David Stanton

    If your only defense of Omaba is to bash Bush, then you obviouly agree that Obama is no better.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicago Observer

      @ David Stanton...its not the ONLY defense, its just the first. Too many comments blaming Obama for a mess that he inherited, but didnt create. So lets make sure we give credit where it's due. Wouldnt you agree?

      December 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  96. 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 |
  97. Brett

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

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

    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 |
  99. Mendoza

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

    HURRY UP AND WAIT!

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

    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.....

        GOOD POST DAN IN LAFAYETTE IN

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