Whew, I was starting to think I was the only persont hat supported Bush on this board. Wouldve made for some interesting debates.
Anyways, like I said earlier in the post, it makes me proud to have a president that will risk his life to see the soldiers that risk their lifes for
"The President left Waco secretly Wednesday at 8:25 p.m. Eastern (7:25 p.m. Texan) with a small pool, stopped at Andrews to pick up a few staff and a
few more poolers, change planes and then head to Baghad. Both flights were what we think of as the normal Air Force One, Boeing 747 with the normal
marking. The President landed in darkness at Baghdad International Airport at 9:31 a.m. Washington time (5:32 p.m. local) on Thursday, Nov. 27,
Thanksgiving Day. He took off at 12:03 p.m. Eastern time, so was in Baghdad roughly 2.5 hours.
Following are quotes from three random soldiers:
Private Stephen Henderson, 19, of Inglewood, Calif., an Army infantryman, part of 1st Armored Division, 1st Brigade, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry (136
Spartans), Task Force 137 ? has been in Iraq 1.5 week and expects to be here five or six more month.
"I've never been so surprised. I had no idea ? not a clue. I feel uplifted. I almost forgot I was even here."
PFC Mark Hansen, 29, of Hillsborough, N.J., an Army field artillery surveyor (sorry no unit ?my bad), re the President, "I never thought he would be
here. I'm proud to have him as the commander-in-chief. You can't beat it." Re Iraq: "It's frightening. Once you here the first shot, your
adrenaline is pumping and you're in the game."
Staff Sgt. Gerrie (cq) Stokes Holloman, 34, of Baltimore, who is stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, with the 1st Armored Division, 141 Signal Battalion,
a multichannel communications specialist?her sons, Andrew, 10, and Marcus, 6, and husband Michael Holloman are back in Germany. She left them 45 days
ago and expects to be here until April. "I think it's great. It shows that he cares about us and is thinking about us. It's not easy being here.
Every day you're over here, you feel depressed anyway. But it's especially hard on a holiday and this is the kickoff of the holidays. For the most
part people are tired, and want to go home. But the support and encouragement we get from our leadership builds a bond with our soldiers."
"The first conversation about this trip took place approximately five or six weeks ago ? the concept of visiting the troops during the holidays. The
President instructed him to do some diligence on the logistics of this."