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Obama's Photo Op Staged! PIOG*

Posted by on Apr. 13, 2009 at 10:24 PM
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“Cam Sham”: Obama’s Photo Op with Cheering, Camera Wielding Troops 100% Staged

Isn’t it just a pain in the neck when there’s an alternative media that prevents strict message control by a staged-photo-op of an administration and its willing mouthpieces in the MSM?

President Obama stands awkwardly in front of hand-selected US troopsIt’s painless for us, of course; rather, that pain is being felt in the necks of those who want to insist that a bow to a Saudi king isn’t a bow, that an omnibus spending bill with 9,000 earmarks is the beginning of earmark and fiscal reform, that indecisively waiting four days while an American ship’s Captain is held hostage on a rubber raft by four Somali pirates (before being bailed out by swift action by the hostage and a SEAL team) is bold, new leadershipand that a staged event with Obama voters only and a bunch of cameras handed out as props is a real sign of soldiers’ devotion to the new, inexperienced, non-military-friendly Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces.

That’s right: courtesy of our friend Dave Hinz at The Minority Report comes the true story of a staged photo-op between a president who cares only about controlled and contrived appearances, and the component of a deployed military that was hand-selected to give him the contrived appearance he and his handlers desired.

Hinz writes:

[T]hat wonderful cheering welcome that President Obama received with his unscheduled surprise visit to the troops in Iraq, was entirely a staged event.

The troops were interrogated beforehand, with those military members who had voted for President Obama given identical digital cameras and placed in front of the media cameras covering the event.

The photo is below.

According to Flopping Aces:

A sergeant who was there explained the subterfuge. “We were pre-screened, asked by officials ‘Who voted for Obama?’, and then those who raised their hands were shuffled to the front of the receiving line. They even handed out digital cameras and asked them to hold them up.”

What a wonderfully awesome idea — if, that is, you’re so scared you won’t get a warm reception from a military whose efforts you have spent your entire political career dissing and diminishing.

From what we’ve seen so far of Obama, he’s nothing if not 100% controlled and contrived; from the marketing campaign that cast him as a blank canvas and got him elected, to the Binky he has to take to every public appearance lest he look like an off-script fool, to this Iraq photo op, his track record bears this out entirely.

Hinz raises another good point about that staged photo op: the media coverage of the event:

[P]olitical operatives from the Administration orchestrate a faux-cheering crowd of adoring military, right in front of the media covering the event, and that media reports?

From the AP:

Quote:

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama went for the defining television shot by capping his first extended foreign tour with a surprise visit to Iraq.

He got it – pictures of hundreds of U.S. troops cheering wildly as he told them it was time for the Iraqis to take charge of their own future.

The war-zone photo opportunity produced a stunning show of appreciation for Obama from military men and women who have made great sacrifices, many serving repeated tours in a highly unpopular war.

So, the professional journalists [stop laughing -- I'm serious here] assigned to report the news of the President’s visit, saw cheering throngs of adoring troops, but failed to note the screening process that made the Kodak Moment possible.

How surprising is that? A mainstream media that gives Obama standing ovations after speeches simply assumed that this staged event was real, because it fit right in line with their own views of Obama and of the sentiment they believe he engenders. All they had to do was open their eyes — but they couldn’t even bring themselves to do that.

If this story does break into the MSM, look for it to be compared (favorably) to the shots of former POTUS George W. Bush holding up what lefty bloggers jumped all over as a “plastic turkey” — despite the fact that the soldier sentiment in those shots was real, and the story of the fake turkey a false one that engendered a retraction from the New York Times, if not from the reality-is-what-we-say-it-is lefty blogs

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lilyrose73
by on Apr. 13, 2009 at 10:26 PM

Why am I not surprised????? 

    


shervert1
by Member on Apr. 13, 2009 at 10:32 PM

I'm not surprised either,pretty sad huh?

Quoting lilyrose73:

Why am I not surprised????? 


    
mandygm
by Bronze Member on Apr. 13, 2009 at 10:43 PM

Still reaching I see... try searching snopes prior to posting nonsense!!! http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/afghanistan.asp

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1bluediamond
by Gold Member on Apr. 13, 2009 at 10:47 PM


Quoting mandygm:

Still reaching I see... try searching snopes prior to posting nonsense!!! http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/afghanistan.asp

Well this was a different hoopla but I guarantee you in day this too will be proven false!

It's so hilarious those right wingers!!! They screened those who voted for Obama! ROFL! Well staged or not looks like a lot of military support & voted for Obama!

lilyrose73
by on Apr. 13, 2009 at 10:48 PM

LOL, you should take your own advice.  The snopes story you posted a link to has nothing to do with this story.  This is about Obama's recent trip to IRAQ (2009), not Afghanistan  (2008)...

Quoting mandygm:

Still reaching I see... try searching snopes prior to posting nonsense!!! http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/afghanistan.asp


    


1bluediamond
by Gold Member on Apr. 13, 2009 at 10:50 PM

 

Quoting lilyrose73:

LOL, you should take your own advice.  The snopes story you posted a link to has nothing to do with this story.  This is about Obama's recent trip to IRAQ (2009), not Afghanistan  (2008)...

Quoting mandygm:

Still reaching I see... try searching snopes prior to posting nonsense!!! http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/afghanistan.asp


True but all the right wingers ran with this story and posted it all over the net. Turned out to be false, just like I'm sure within 24 hours this story will be proven false too! Either way it's hilarious! If they screened Obama supporters looks like they still got several military supporters! ROFL

blondekosmic15
by on Apr. 13, 2009 at 11:06 PM

 

Quoting 1bluediamond:

 

Quoting lilyrose73:

LOL, you should take your own advice.  The snopes story you posted a link to has nothing to do with this story.  This is about Obama's recent trip to IRAQ (2009), not Afghanistan  (2008)...

Quoting mandygm:

Still reaching I see... try searching snopes prior to posting nonsense!!! http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/afghanistan.asp


True but all the right wingers ran with this story and posted it all over the net. Turned out to be false, just like I'm sure within 24 hours this story will be proven false too! Either way it's hilarious! If they screened Obama supporters looks like they still got several military supporters! ROFL

Nice try diamond......

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/5693  

Active Troops Disagree with Powell, Support McCain 3-to-1 Over Obama

 By JB Williams  Monday, October 20, 2008

Every American claims to "support the troops," even those who have actively worked around the clock for years to "undermine the troops."

Over the weekend, the man who recently traveled to the United Nations to lay out a very convincing case against the Hussein regime in Iraq put his race and his personal legacy ahead of his country and our troops by endorsing another Hussein for President of the United States.

Colin Powell has never been an honest Republican. He has only been an honest opportunist. Once Obama offered him a high level position in his administration, Powell was quick to join the greatest con job ever perpetrated on the American electorate.

But the chickens are coming home to roost!

Powell used intelligence from agencies still headed by Clinton appointees to make a very convincing case to the world for why Saddam Hussein had to be removed from power. For the record, despite the Clinton appointees, the intelligence was largely correct and Powell's case at the UN was well justified.

But then the anti-war left prevalent in the State Department and CIA perverted Powell's original assessment through a laundry list of fraudulent charges against the Bush administration. And even though Powell knew that it was his assistant, Richard Armitage, who had disclosed the "unclassified" name Valerie Plame, he sat on that information and let Bush, Cheney and in the end Scooter Libby, take the fall.

Powell is a pure self-absorbed opportunist and nothing more.

The Real Troops Speak Out!

Well known left-leaning media giant Gannett News Service, which owns a multitude of newspapers, radio stations, and other publications in the U.S. and the UK, also has a long history of supporting the Democrat Party.

Gannett also owns Military Times, Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Times, among others. They have on many occasions published anti-war and anti-Iraq articles across the mainstream press and in the military publications, much to the dislike of troops who have told a very different story about Iraq for years now.

But finally, Gannett and Military Times decided to allow the real troops' voice to be heard by publishing a military wide presidential election survey of active duty soldiers from all branches.

Here are the hard results of those current surveys...

If Soldiers Could Choose Their Own Commander-in-Chief

(Source: Military Times Poll for 2008 Presidential Election)

 


All Branches McCain Obama Uncommitted
 ALL BRANCHES 68% 23% 9%
White non-Hispanic 76% 17% 7%
African-American 12% 79% 9%
Hispanic-Latino 63% 27% 10%
"Other" Race Specified 58% 30% 12%
 By Rank McCain Obama Uncommitted
Enlisted Military 67% 24% 9%
Military Officers 70% 22% 8%
By Branch McCain Obama Uncommitted
Army 68% 23% 9%
Navy 69% 24% 7%
Air Force 67% 24% 9%
Marines 75% 18% 7%
By Gender McCain Obama Uncommitted
Men 70% 22% 8%
Women 53% 36% 11%
By Age McCain Obama Uncommitted
18-34 65% 27% 8%
35 and older 70% 21% 9%


 
With the obvious exception of the racial slant in the black vote, which like the civilian black voting bloc trends heavily towards the candidate running as an African-American, no other sector of the military comes even close to supporting Barack Hussein Obama for Commander-in-Chief.

Now, Obama supporters point to Powell. But Powell is a known political opportunist who has clearly taken a side against active duty military members before, and again in this election.

They will attempt to discredit the published results by claiming some right-wing slant. But the Military Times is owned and edited by left-leaning Gannett News Service.

They will call all non-black members of the military "racists" for opposing Obama, just like they label other Americans opposing Obama as "racists." Never mind the overt racism in the black vote.

They might even try to label these men and women in uniform "fascists" - since they don't know what a "fascist" really is and have misused the name to describe Bush and Cheney for years now.

But they can't hurt our soldier's feelings anymore than they already have by calling them "terrorists" running "Gulags" and "torture chambers."

Yet the facts remain...

Active troops support John McCain 3-to-1 over Barack Obama.

Colin Powell stands to personally gain power and money by supporting Obama. What do the troops stand to gain by supporting John McCain for Commander-in-Chief?

As the men and women actually in Iraq and Afghanistan, who know best what is happening on the ground there and in many other dangerous places around the globe, does their opinion matter to average Americans back home? Do they matter to you?

What do we mean when we say "we support the troops?"

There is no ambiguity in the results of the military poll that shows despite a very heavy racial slant among blacks, all branches combined still support McCain by 68% over only 23% for Obama.

What does this mean about Americans back home who do not have their lives on the line, when they vote against the troops?

Who is better qualified to choose the next Commander-in-Chief? The troops "we support," or the millions back home who have never put on a uniform or taken up a weapon in defense of this nation?

Who has more at stake than our troops in harm's way, when deciding who the next Commander-in-Chief will be?

What does it say about you if their opinion doesn't matter to you?

John McCain is "one of them!"

Barack Obama is so far from being "one of them," that he can't even begin to imagine what it is to be "one of them."

The troops will serve under anyone we elect. Some of them will die under whomever we elect.

Do you have what it really takes to "support our troops?" Colin Powell doesn't... Colin Powell has once again chosen to serve himself.

Read those numbers above. Think about the men and women who answered those surveys. Try to imagine what this election means to them. Then ask yourself why they won't support Barack Hussein Obama for their next Commander-in-Chief...

luckcharm
by Bronze Member on Apr. 13, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Every photo op that any President,  or political whatever has is staged in some form or another.   

Why do people act so surprised that this President's is also? 

                   

blondekosmic15
by on Apr. 13, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Military Times poll: Troops backing McCain

 

By Brendan McGarry - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Oct 9, 2008 5:44:48 EDT

Sen. John McCain enjoys overwhelming support from the military’s professional core, a Military Times survey of nearly 4,300 readers, indicates, though career-oriented black service members strongly favored the Democratic Party candidate.

McCain, R-Ariz., handily defeated Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., 68 percent to 23 percent in a voluntary survey of 4,293 active-duty, National Guard and reserve subscribers and former subscribers to Army Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times and Air Force Times.

The results of the Military Times 2008 Election Poll are not representative of the opinions of the military as a whole. The group surveyed is older, more senior in rank and less ethnically diverse than the overall armed services.

But as a snapshot of careerists, the results suggest Democrats have gained little ground in their attempts to significantly chip away at a traditionally Republican voting bloc in campaign messages and legislative initiatives, such as the recent expansion of GI Bill benefits, experts said.

http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2008/10/military_poll_100508w/

tericared
by on Apr. 13, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Oh double sweet niblets...........

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." Martin Luther King, Jr.

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