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July 21, 2008

Monday: Obama Gets Blackhawk Ride From General Petraeus

 John McCain finally got what he wanted – General David Petraeus and Senator Obama met in Iraq.

The General met Senator Obama and the congressional delegation at Baghdad International Airport and flew them in his personal Blackhawk helicopter to the heavily fortified Green Zone, said Col Steve Boylan, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad.

During the short 10 to 15 minute helicopter ride Petraeus pointed out landmarks to the senators. The flight took Obama over the predominantly Sunni neighborhoods of West Baghdad, areas where Al Qaeda once controlled, but that today are controlled by pro-U.S. neighborhood watch groups.

Obama and the other visiting senators will meet with Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker later this evening.

During the meeting Petraues “is going to provide an honest forthright assessment of the situation on the ground” and answer the senators’ questions, Boylan said.

Security has been tightened in much of Baghdad. All civilian flights into and out of Baghdad airport were delayed for hours, according to Charlie Jones, who had gone to the airport to pick up employees for his company, Information Technology Outsourcing, a U.S. contractor in Iraq.

In Baghdad neighborhoods close to the Green Zone Iraqi cars waited in long lines to get through newly erected checkpoints where Iraqi soldiers searched every vehicle.

Inside the Green Zone, however, independent contractor Shane Hopkins said the U.S. military did not seem to have bolstered security as much as they have for other visiting dignitaries.

“Normally when VIPs visit there are a lot of little things that you notice,” he said. “The cell phones stop working, the checkpoints get a lot stricter, and it really impacts the work on the bases. Compared to other politicians’ visits, we don’t even know that Obama’s here. As of now, it’s just another day at work in paradise.”




  1. I’m sure McCain is kicking himself in the butt for suggesting Obama to go to Iraq. And little did he know al-Maliki would embrace Obama so thoroughly.

    Comment by Bruce — July 21, 2008 @ 1:35 pm | Reply

  2. Bruce — Can you imagine, Obama was content traveling from state to state and McCain’s BIG mouth kept pressuring Obama to ‘go forth to the Middle East’. And Obama did and now the press isn’t ‘really’ covering McCain and he is pissed. LOL! Did you see the pic with Obama and Gen Petraeus laughing in the Blackhawk? Petraeus must having been saying to Obama, “that’s where McCain thinks Czechoslovakia is.” LMAO!

    Comment by Paulette — July 21, 2008 @ 1:49 pm | Reply

  3. McCain has got to be hating life right now. Obama is warmly welcomed in Afghanistan, and now Iraq. All three network anchors went with him. And they didn’t shut down a bazaar for Obama the way they did for McCain. So sorry, McCain. Be careful. Sometimes you get what you ask for.

    Comment by deannaizme — July 21, 2008 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  4. Deanna – McCain created a situation for himself that is almost Shakespearean! LOL!

    Comment by Paulette — July 21, 2008 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  5. I agree McCain im pretty sure is crying inside right now. McCain did get half if any attention at all from the media or gen. patraeus or the troops or foreign politicians. I can’t wait til Obama wins the presidency,

    Obamas going to Barack the world…ok that was a little cheezy.

    Comment by sensico — July 21, 2008 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  6. A little cheesy but appreciated! 🙂

    Comment by Paulette — July 21, 2008 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

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