I can't remember the last time I seen the MSM try to hard to cover up for a political candidate. No, I take that back, they did it with Kerry. Since Obama - for whatever lame reason - missed visiting wounded troops in Germany, the media has gone into full on "protect mode" to "fact check" and "correct and clarify".

Regardless of the reasons he missed the visit. From Lynn Sweet's blog comes this explanation from Obama.

"Here's the explanation Obama gave Saturday in London when asked about the cancelled visit to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center:

Q. Can you clear up the controversy about visiting the troops in Germany, the Pentagon said you were more welcome to come but you cant bring the media and were not allowed to bring campaign staff other than that you are more than welcome anytime, inaudible, we have gotten a few conflicting claims...

OBAMA: The staff was working this so I don't know each and every detail but here is what I understand happened. We had scheduled to go, we had no problem at all in leaving, we always leave press and staff off that is why we left it off the schedule. We were treating it in the same way we treat a visit to Walter Reed which I was able to do a few weeks ago without any fanfare whatsoever. I was going to be accompanied by one of my advisors, former military officer. And we got notice that he would be treated as a campaign person and it would therefore be perceived as political because he had endorsed my candidacy but he wasn't on the senate staff.

That triggered then a concern that maybe our visit was going to be perceived as political and the last thing that I want to do is have injured soldiers and the staff at these wonderful institutions having to sort through whether this is political or not or get caught in the crossfire between campaigns. So rather than go forward and potentially get caught up in what might have been considered a political controversy of some sort what we decided was that we not make a visit and instead I would call some of the troops that were that. So that essentially would be the extent of the story."


Senator, they wouldn't have sorted through a thing. Maybe some of them didn't even want you there. It's not a matter of who on your campaign pulled the trigger, the fact is that it's YOUR campaign and YOU should have called the shot to find a way to visit the troops.

Nothing can change the fact that you weren't in command of the situation and thus not there.

That's the only "Fact" that matters.

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