It was such a dramatic move, the AP’s Terence Hunt had to say so—twice:
President Bush, seeking to bolster support for Iraq’s burgeoning goverment and U.S. war policy at home, made a surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday to meet newly named Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and discuss the next steps in the troubled 3-year-old war.
It was a dramatic move by Bush, traveling to violence-rattled Baghdad less than a week after the death of terror chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a bombing attack. The president was expected to be in Baghdad a little more than five hours.
Later on in the article:
It was a dramatic move by Bush, traveling in secret to violence-ridden Baghdad six days after the death of Zarqawi. The administration hoped the elimination of Zarqawi and the completion of al-Maliki’s cabinet would make war-weary Americans look at Iraq in a more positive light.
It’s a good thing the AP has all those layers of editors to miss things like using the exact same sentence twice in a story.
As for Bush going to Baghdad, what can I say? Can’t say I’m shocked, but I think it’s cool when he makes “dramatic moves” like this.
Update (Allahpundit): Here’s a screencap. Click for larger size.