March 29, 2010

Seems like the people in uniform are a lot happier with Obama in the White House than the tea baggers would have us believe:

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Washington - President Obama flew to Afghanistan's capital Sunday evening and offered a tough message to President Hamid Karzai, urging that stronger action be taken to crack down on government corruption and to build respect for the rule of law.

Later in his six-hour unannounced visit, his first to the war-battered country since becoming president, Obama received a rousing welcome from American troops at the sprawling Bagram air base outside Kabul.

As midnight approached, camouflage-clad service members whooped and snapped pictures of the president, who dispensed hugs and handshakes before taking to the podium.

"I have no greater honor than serving as your commander in chief," he told his audience to cheers.

Obama also emphasized the continuing American commitment to Afghanistan, where tens of thousands of new U.S. troops are to be deployed in coming months. "The United States of America does not quit," said Obama, dressed in a leather bomber jacket. "We keep at it, we persevere and together with our partners we will prevail. I'm absolutely confident of that."

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