For most Presidents, photo ops with the troops offer a great showcase for a Commander in Chief. Soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen are unfailingly polite and usually thrilled to meet the C-in-C, and usually the feeling is mutual. According to author Michael Hastings, who wrote a new book called The Operators, the current C-in-C apparently considers it a bother:
After the talk, out of earshot from the soldiers and diplomats, he starts to complain. He starts to act very un-Obamalike, according to a U.S. embassy official who helped organize the trip in Baghdad.
He’s asked to go out to take a few more pictures with soldiers and embassy staffers. He’s asked to sign copies of his book. “He didn’t want to take pictures with any more soldiers; he was complaining about it,” a State Department official tells me. “Look, I was excited to meet him. I wanted to like him. Let’s just say the scales fell from my eyes after I did. These are people over here who’ve been fighting the war, or working every day for the war effort, and he didn’t want to take fucking pictures with them?”
Let’s hope this was just one bad day.
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