(FURTHER UPDATED: Boy, check out McCain’s shenanigans in my post here. And all the facts are in an email, so it has to be true.)
(UPDATED: Snopes is now using the video I linked to last night to demonstrate that this email is one of many such attempts to discredit a candidate’s patriotism. Snopes also includes purported (I have no idea if they’re true or not) communications from other troops that paint an entirely different picture of Obama than the one in Porter’s email.)
The latest incarnation of the chain email of lies against Obama is one purportedly from a Captain Jeffrey S. Porter. Just so I’m not accused of selective editing, here’s the entire email:
As you know I am not a very political person. I just wanted to pass along that Senator Obama came to Bagram Afghanistan for about an hour on his visit to ‘The War Zone’. I wanted to share with you what happened. He got off the plane and got into a bullet proof vehicle, got to the area to
meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the commander here at Bagram. As the Soldiers were lined up to shake his hand he blew them off and didn’t say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with weights) so he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service. So really he was just here to make a showing for the American’s back home
that he is their candidate for President. I think that if you are going to make an effort to come all the way over here you would thank those that are providing the freedom that they are providing for you.
I swear we got more thanks from the NBA Basketball Players or the Dallas Cowboy Cheer leaders than from Senator, who wants to be the President of the United States . I just don’t understand how anyone would want him to be our Commander-and-Chief. It was almost that he was scared to be around those that provide the freedom for him and our great country.
If this is blunt and to the point I am sorry but I wanted you all to know what kind of caliber of person he really is. What you see in the news is all fake.
CPT Jeffrey S. Porter
I can understand the notion that this is one man’s opinion, but here’s the problem. This thing is spreading like wildfire. And here’s the bigger problem: it’s not true. At best, it’s a misconception. Check out this video (it’s on the right side of the web page).
Now, unless those are bushes and trees (camouflage) interacting with Obama, the video clearly shows him talking with the lower ranking soldiers, eating breakfast with rank and file soldiers, and note that the gym is filled with soldiers. Also, note that after he makes his basketball shot, he takes a microphone so he can talk with those soldiers. Further, this video was shot by the Department of Defense, so no one can claim this is Obama election spin. Captain Porter may have seen a snippet of Obama’s trip and not been impressed, but this video makes clear that Obama was not haughty, was not aloof, and that he DID meet with the rank and file members of our armed forces. He sure wasn’t “scared” of them.
I’ve posted before that you can be for McCain all day long, but be for him based on the facts — not lies or misconceptions.