A Pentagon spokesperson confirms to me that because of longstanding Department of Defense regulations, Pentagon officials told Obama aides that he couldn't visit the base [the wounded US soldiers in Germany] with campaign staff [but he was permitted to visit them by himself] This left Obama with little choice but to cancel the trip, since the plan to visit with campaign aides had been in the works for weeks.Yep, that's pretty much what I thought. Without the campaign staff, journalists and film crew it simply wasn't worth his time.
Yesterday, I pointed out that the Obama campaign had justified Obama's decision to speak in Berlin - in front of two hundred thousand spectators and an assembled film crew - saying “He is going to talk about the issues as an individual … not as a candidate, but as an individual, as a senator."
However, when it came time to rationalize Obama's decision not to visit wounded US soldiers in Germany, the Obama campaign said, "Senator Obama did not want to have a trip to see our wounded warriors perceived as a campaign event... it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign."
And I pointed out: "So essentially it was okay for Obama to speak in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators in Berlin because he was speaking "not as a candidate, but as an individual, as a senator". However, he couldn't possibly visit wounded US soldiers in Germany because he was touring the country as a candidate, not as an individual or a US senator, thus visiting US soldiers would be perceived as a campaign gimmick."
The hypocrisy is clear cut. No ifs or buts.
I also pointed out: "In truth, Obama has complete control over the media, and he manages to keep the press pool out of his proximity whenever he so desires. [Just ask Andrea Mitchell.] He could have easily visited the troops without all the media fanfare."
But it simply wasn't worth his time.
Yes, I know, I already posted most of this yesterday, but it doesn't hurt to mention it again!