Hot Air exclusive: Guess who’s visiting the troops at Bagram Air Base? Updated
posted at 10:34 am on November 18, 2007 by Bryan
Former Marine, war correspondent for World Net Daily and embedded blogger Matt Sanchez spotted Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly arriving and getting ready to spend some time with the troops. Says Matt:
O’Reilly pulled into Afghanistan to say hello to the troops, but was spared the red carpet treatment.
Here he is at Billeting getting a standard-issue pillow and blanket.
O’Reilly made a surprise Christmas trip to Iraq last year. This is his first trip to Afghanistan.
Update: Matt is working on a story about the trip for World Net Daily. That should hit tomorrow, but he was kind enough to send along a preview. It sounds like O’Reilly’s trip has meant quite a bit to the troops at Bagram.
“This trip was about meeting the troops,” said Army Captain Peter Katzfey who called the response to O’Reilly’s visit “overwhelming”. The 31-year old native of Plymouth, Wisconson coordinates media visits to Afghanistan including the “big names” like Diane Sawyer, but nothing compared to O’Reilly’s visit.
“He packed as many visits and events into a short period of time. From the moment he hit the ground in Afghanistan, radio and cable news host, Bill O’Reilly began to meet and greet the troops.
“It’s not an exaggeration to say he personally met over 1,200 people in less than 48 hours,” said Katzfey who coordinated many of the events. “All his meals were with servicemen and women,” and he came bearing gifts.