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President Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq

President Obama has made an unannounced stop in Baghdad. The secrecy, not to mention a car bomb that exploded in Baghdad only hours before Obama arrived, indicates that Iraq still has a long way to go.

Before the president arrived, the military shut down Baghdad International Airport and cleared roads into the city. While in Baghdad, Obama will talk with US troops and Iraq leaders.

According to the White House spokesman, after spending time in neighboring Turkey, Obama concluded that the Americans troops in Iraq were equally deserving of his attention and appreciation.

To see some video of the President in Iraq,


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My sister-in-law is currently in Balad. Whenever they have major happenings coming up in the country, they put a lock on communication, and my family won't hear from her for about a week. My brother was talking to her the day before President Obama's stop. Therefore, I believe that it was indeed a last minute decision to include a stop in Baghdad on this over seas trip.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Maybe he can lie too about being shot at....
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
My fiance's sister said that she and her husband just watched Watchmen with a five year old sitting next to them.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I always have a nail file for if I'm waiting and cuticle cream!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
It was really uncomfortable star! All those penis drawings, the sex jokes, you could tell they were absorbing all of it. :oy:
stephley stephley 8 years
I always have a book with me, and if someone's late, I feel like I've been given a wee bit of time that I can't possibly squeeze any serious work into - free me time!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I can't stand when people are late. Drives me batty. Says a lot about a person to me, but I'm one of those business types. :P Superbad with 8 year olds? Sheesh.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
This will also be connected to my restaurant which instead of smoking or non, will have children or no children.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Yes the doors will lock when the lights go down... .... something tells me this theater will go bankrupt in 5 minutes! :p
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Haus, I'd go to your theater! It doesn't sound mean, it sounds sensible! :) I hate when people come in late to movies, so could you make a rule about that, too?
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
YES!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!! New avvy!!!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
what is wrong with people! sheesh...
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
haus I watched Superbad with someone's two 8 year olds sitting next to me. :oy:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I'm with steph, I can handle some tardiness except for going to movies. My thing is that I HATE having to climb over people in order to get a good seat. I'm always terrified I'll step on some feet or trip or hit someone's head with my butt since I can't see anything. So I'm always in the theater when the lights go down, seated comfortably. :)
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I hate being the person that makes everyone get up after they're all settled in so I can get to a free seat... I don't go to the movies much anymore because I'm easily annoyed and I can't stand the people talking or the people who bring their 5 year old to Apocalypto (no joke, this happened to me).... some people even bring their newborns! Cmon people! Sometimes I want to start a theater where no one under 17 gets into a rated R movie ever and no children under 12 are allowed to anything except matinees. It makes me sound like a meanie, I'm really not, but movies are expensive! :) So I just don't go often. :)
stephley stephley 8 years
The previews usually aren't even that good, but for some reason, it bugs me if I'm not there when the lights go out. I almost envy people who can casually stroll in. Almost.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
ha steph! our dads are alike! my dad still wears a suit everywhere, very old school, he'd wear a suit to McDonalds! :) re: timeliness being more important to the business folks, i can see what you mean there. its a pet peeve of mine but i understand not everyone cares. as for the movie, you hate to miss previews?? i cant stand the people who show up late intentionally to miss previews! i feel like i paid too much already, i want to take up that seat for as long as i can get! :)
stephley stephley 8 years
My dad wore suit coats to everything - even sporting events. I don't recall ever seeing him in a plain casual jacket, or even going out in a polo shirt.
stephley stephley 8 years
I think business oriented people value punctuality more than other types. Reporters can press others when they're on deadline, but most of the ones I've known tend to run late and push everything until the last minute. For myself, I can handle tardiness for anything but a movie.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Oh, and about the President just deciding to go to Iraq after going to Turkey, I assume that is just bad wording and a cover. My guess is the Iraq trip has been planned for a loooong time.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Obviously a suit coat isn't suitable for a soccer game, but I agree that dressing up is always nicer than not. And I hate when people are late. It's rude and disrespectful.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I miss Tony Snow, I dont like the new dude, he is a bit pompous.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
I think punctuality tells a lot about a person It does! It's indicates how respectful and considerate a person is. It's disrespectful to my time if I make an 11am appointment with a doctor and then wait, just as it's disrespectful of a doctor's time for me to make an 11am appointment and make him or her wait. It's not manners, it's respect! :) I totally called this trip! I said to my bestie "He's nearby, I bet he'll stop in Iraq sometime this trip!" ;) If I, a casual observer, can predict it, I bet people who are keeping a close eye on him could, too!
stephley stephley 8 years
Suit coats are situational (to me); I was raised curtseying to grownups and my kid hates that every adult she meets compliments her manners ("I'm the only kid in my school blah blah blah"). I find that punctuality is more important to business oriented people; I won't intentionally try their patience, but to me, as long as what needs to be done gets done when it needs to be done, I don't watch the clock. I think if Obama had a pitbull press secretary like Tony Snow was for Bush, certain heads finally would explode :)
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Gibbs has been in the news way too much. A good press secretary shouldn't be making headlines of his own, imho.
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