President Obama made an unannounced trip overnight to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
It was the president’s first trip to the Delaware air base, the main point of entry for the nation’s war dead to return home. The trip was a symbolic one for Mr. Obama — intended to convey the gravity of his decision as he moves closer to announcing whether he will send more troops to Afghanistan.
The overnight trip was not announced in advance. The president, wearing a dark suit and long overcoat, left the White House at 11:44 p.m. A small contingent of reporters and photographers accompanied Mr. Obama to Dover, where he arrived at 12:34 a.m. aboard Marine One. He returned to the South Lawn of the White House at 4:45 a.m.
Count on some right-winger to carry on about the president “exploiting” the tragedy and the families of the dead, and say that the left would have had a field day if President Bush had ever done such a thing. Yeah, well, we’ll never know because Mr. Bush, unlike his predecessors including Ronald Reagan, never went to Dover, preferring to meet with the families in private. That was his choice. And this was Mr. Obama’s choice; to see the reality of the consequences of the decisions he has made and what will inevitably happen when he goes forward with the war.