Obama coming to Savannah

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President Barack Obama will be in Savannah April 27, Morris News learned Friday.

A White House official speaking on background said the president will be accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama for a visit to Fort Stewart to greet troops, veterans and military families in Hinesville. No other details were available.

The president’s last visit to Georgia was to Atlanta last month to raise campaign funds at private events. It is a state he lost in 2008, but his campaign has said he will contest it this year for his re-election.

But next week’s visit is an official one as commander-in-chief. Soldiers based at Fort Stewart have played a leading role in U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His last visit to the Savannah area was in 2010.

Obama has begun pulling troops out of Afghanistan with the goal that they would only serve a supporting role next year to Afghani forces and would leave the country to defend itself entirely by 2014. His plan calls for shrinking troop levels to about 68,000 by the end of September from about 91,000 in Afghanistan now.

The president starts his week in his marshal role. Monday, he’ll give remarks at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and tour it with Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Eli Wisel. That day he’ll also host the Air Force Academy football team at the White House where he will present the Commander-in-Chief Trophy.

He hits the road Tuesday to visit colleges in North Carolina and Colorado, and Iowa on Wednesday to meet with student journalists and to urge Congress to block a hike in interest rates on student loans.

He’ll spend Thursday in meetings at the White House.

His Fort Stewart visit provides an opportunity for the president to try to shape news about his handling of the military in Afghanistan in light of recent events. His administration has been apologizing for the murder of 16 citizens there by an American soldier on a rampage, reports that copies of the Koran were burned and the recent revelation of 2-year-old photographs of soldiers posing with the maimed corpses of insurgents. Obama said this week he wants an investigation into the pictures.

His Republican rival Mitt Romney, the likely nominee, has been critical of the president’s military leadership, saying he should be more involved with military leaders. A visit with troops and their top brass could help deflate Romney’s attacks.

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Billyds999
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Billyds999 04/21/12 - 08:26 am
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"... a visit with the troups

"... a visit with the troups ...could help deflate Romneys attacks".
So we just have another campain stop by the potis, another photo op at the taxpayers expense.
They'll take a few pictures, they'll get a few video clips, he'll say he cares about the military, then he'll return to DC and we'll see how much he really cares about the troups..

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 04/21/12 - 09:40 am
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He's probably just scoping

He's probably just scoping out Tybee Island to see if he wants to bring MIchele back for a vacation.

curly123053
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curly123053 04/21/12 - 10:08 am
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Sorry, but I'll be in

Sorry, but I'll be in Columbia that day to see SC vs Bama in an SEC baseball game. I'll let ya'll have room to go see him.

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 04/21/12 - 11:48 am
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To those who do not know,

To those who do not know, President Obama came to Hunter Army Airfield, located in Savannah and a part of the Ft Stewart complex, just after he was elected. Several thousand troops and their families live on the post; Ft Stewart is a short helicopter ride away as is Parris Island and the Marine Corps (NOT pronounced corpse as POTUS has publicly done) Air Station. He was greeted by army officials and that was the complete and total extent of his visiting with the military on that visit. Instead he whisked away to Savannah Technical college, Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House for lunch, to a film/television studio where he met Paula Deen and then apparently had to get back to Washington before dark. All of you who so infamously try to compare him to President Bush might want to use this comparison, or maybe not: President Bush made the same trip shortly after he was elected but with slight variation - no Savannah Tech, no Mrs Wilkes, no Meddin studios, just the troops at Ft Stewart. But of course on his first visit POTUS didn't need votes, he hadn't yet had the opportunity to raid the military pockets as well as others, he hadn't yet had the opportunity to force down America's throats Obamacare and various other programs, he hadn't yet had the opportunity to increase the deficit more than all the other presidents before him. NOW he desperately needs VOTES - do you get the picture? And of course we the people can pay for his campaign trip...

FalseHopeLooseChange
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FalseHopeLooseChange 04/21/12 - 01:19 pm
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Will the current 'POTUS'

Will the current 'POTUS' explain to the troops just how much his significant increase is in TRICARE cost to the troops is included in his 2013 budget?

Will this POTUS explain to the retired military his proposed
$490 billion cuts to MEDICARE?

Will the POTUS apologize to the troops for keeping them in harms way in an 'unnessary war' where his administration is coharting with the taliban/enemy to just walk away after untold billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent holding up a corrupt Afghan government?

Most importantly, will the POTUS apologize to the dead, wounded and
tramitized troops for allowing Iran to supply the IED's that took so many lives and limbs?

NOBAMA2012.

WHAT3
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WHAT3 04/21/12 - 03:14 pm
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I agree Cdr4500. Some people

I agree Cdr4500. Some people only have negative remarks as far as our PRESIDENT is concerned but the fact remains he is our President whether they like it or NOT!! He should be respected just as any other President we've had.

specsta
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specsta 04/21/12 - 03:36 pm
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Will the right-wing syndicate

Will the right-wing syndicate ever give President Obama the respect he deserves - and has earned? He is not perfect but he is OUR President. It is wonderful news that the Commander-In-Chief will be visiting a military base in this state.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/21/12 - 03:39 pm
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Who is disrespecting Obama?

Who is disrespecting Obama? You call people "nuts" when they disagree with his itinerary??? What president's itinerary hasn't been scrutinized? I can assure you Ft. Stewart could have kept him busy all day visiting troops who had just returned from the Mideast.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 04/21/12 - 03:47 pm
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Ceasar Obamus coming to

Ceasar Obamus coming to Savannah?.....yawn...

twolane
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twolane 04/21/12 - 03:55 pm
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after all the disrespect the
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after all the disrespect the american media and the president trust me i have alot of friends and relative in the military.....they have pretty much had it with both above mentioned

Cdr4500
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Cdr4500 04/21/12 - 03:56 pm
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Conservatives, instead of
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Conservatives, instead of relying on your irrational hatred of Obama why didn't you put your support behind an electable GOP candidate? I thought you GOPers had a strong candidate in Huntsman, but the GOP has gone off the deep end and instead they didn't support him because he wasn't "right wing enough". You threw out every decent candidate you had because they weren't far enough to the right. Instead of trying to find a decent candidate that everyone can get behind and bring the party together you've eaten each other alive and your party is collapsing from within itself because no one is ever far enough to the right for you. You have no one to blame but yourselves for supporting such far and out their right wing candidates who have no chance with the general public.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/21/12 - 04:40 pm
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Obama is "decent"? Heh.

Obama is "decent"? Heh.

klee0915
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klee0915 04/21/12 - 05:56 pm
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It is a pleasure to welcome

It is a pleasure to welcome President Obama to my adopted city again!

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/21/12 - 06:04 pm
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I guess you anti-Obama folks
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I guess you anti-Obama folks will have plenty to dwell upon for another 4.5 years.
I remember a couple years ago when someone was lamenting on here about Obama going to Hawaii for the Christmas holidays: "With a war and all going on in Iraq, Obama needs to stay in the country."
Priceless!!!...and the required idiocy for the party of the affluent to suck in the lower and working classes.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/21/12 - 08:44 pm
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Hope this is the closest he

Hope this is the closest he gets to Augusta.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/22/12 - 05:31 am
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Maybe we can get Ted Nugent

Maybe we can get Ted Nugent to visit. I'd be impressed more.

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