Monday, July 28, 2008

Obama's Landstuhl No Show

A Michael Goldfarb post in full.
The campaign released the following statement today from Michael Durant, US Army (Ret.), on Barack Obama’s canceled visit to wounded troops in Germany. On October 3, 1993, while piloting an MH60 Black Hawk in Somalia, Durant was shot down and held captive by hostile forces. He was released 11 days later.

"Over the last week, Barack Obama made time in his busy schedule to hold a rally with 200,000 Germans in Berlin, hold a press conference with French President Nicholas Sarkozy in Paris, and hold a solo press conference in front of 10 Downing Street in London. The Obama campaign had also scheduled a visit with wounded U.S. troops at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, but this stop was canceled after it became clear that campaign staff, and the traveling press corps, would not be allowed to accompany Senator Obama.

"I've spent time at Ramstein recovering from wounds received in the service of my country, and I'm sure that Senator Obama could have made no better use of his time than to meet with our men and women in uniform there. That Barack Obama believes otherwise casts serious doubt on his judgment and calls into question his priorities."

You can check out Durant's website here.

Meanwhile, Obama campaign senior strategist Robert Gibbs continues to walk back the explanation for Obama's decision to skip the visit. After first shifting the blame to the Pentagon in a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times("they said he should not come"), Gibbs clarified this morning, telling MSNBC “We never said that the Pentagon prevented us from going.”

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