13 Oct

Video Teleconference: Service Members Speak with President Bush

How many times have we read, seen on TV news and heard on the radio the propaganda of the left Media machine! It never ends, the slant to destroy the truth, to cover up the good things our military does, the negative side of war and never the many good things our troops are doing. Well I am sick of it and furious!
Today the Commander-in-Chief, President Bush, spoke with service members located in Tikrit.

Tikrit, Iraq, via video teleconference from the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005

Here is the anti-war, Military haters, leftie Media news reported….
Bush Teleconference With Soldiers Staged
Here is one of the idiots statements with his propaganda and slant of course!……
Paul Rieckhoff, director of the New York-based Operation Truth, an advocacy group for U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, denounced the event as a “carefully scripted publicity stunt.”
And here is what really happened!

Statement from Pentagon Spokesman Lawrence Di Rita

U. S. forces are proud of their service in Iraq. The service members who spoke with the President from Tikrit today are proud of the opportunity to discuss their service with the Commander-in-Chief.
The event was technologically challenging and required organization and preparation. The soldiers were advised as to the issues they should expect to discuss, and decided among themselves who would speak to each issue as it may arise.
The service members were excited about the opportunity to speak with the President. No one intended to tell them what to think or how to express themselves; going through likely questions in advance was meant solely to help the troops feel at ease during an obviously unique experience.
All of us at the Department of Defense are proud of the chance to serve the troops who serve the country, and we appreciate any opportunity to help them tell their story. On behalf of these fine young men and women, we certainly regret any perception that they were told what to say. It is not the case.

News from U.S.Department of Defense found HERE

WT- Thanks for stopping by my blog… I’ve perused yours a little this mornig, but alas, I must make my way to work… I’ll be sure to come back and visit.

Wild Thing says:

Hi Cathy, thank you for visiting my Blog. Have a great day.

BobF says:

I watched it on TV and it did look staged…I don’t believe it was but it sure looked that way. President Bush was trying to joke and just speak like an average everyday person but the troops kept answering like they were reading off a script. If they stopped in mid sentence, they picked up right where they left off. If they were coached in their answers, it wasn’t from the administration but the military. But, you can tell from the way the President was talking and acting that he has a deep respect for our troops and that he enjoyed conversing with them. I sure wish GW was president when I active duty.
During my time as a Senior NCO I’ve chosen people to meet with VIP’s. My people were given cards with questions to ask and on how to respond if they were asked any questions. I can tell you from personal experience that the one thing the military hates is to allow the troops to be alone with a Senior Leader, either military or civilian. You will never see the troops, especially young troops, alone with a Senior Leader. There will always be a cadre of officers and Senior NCO’s standing by to make sure nothing is said that will embarrass them. You would be surprised on how candid young troops will be with there aren’t any supervisors or commanders looking over their shoulders.

Wild Thing says:

Hi BobF, thank you so much for your response. I didn’t get to see it, but when I read about it I got angry because I get so tired of the media especailly like how AP does such a hate slant to the reports they give. When AP puts our troops photos online and they write a short story about the photo it is always so negative. grrr!
Thank you too for sharing about your experiences like that. That is really interesting and I understand what you mean too about being careful to allow one of the service members being alone with a Senior Leader.

BobF says:

In all honesty, if I were one of those troops sitting there waiting to speak to the President, I would be all sorts of nervous. Man, your going to talk to the President of the United States and be seen on TV worldwide…talk about knees knocking. If I did get to speak I would most likely be slurring my words and stammering.
I liked the Iraqi soldier during the interview. He told President Bush “we like you” and when the segment was ending he was waving.