Remember how President George W. Bush would spend hours talking to soldiers, comforting their families, and privately sobbing in their presence? Those days are as much a part of history as seven percent unemployment. In his book The Operators, Michael Hastings describes our current commander-in-chief’s desire not to bother himself with the men and women who put their lives on the line for this country every single day. During a visit to a still-raging Baghdad, Obama gave a speech. (Surprise!) Then Hastings describes the scene:

After the talk, out of earshot from the soldiers and diplomats, he starts to complain. He starts to act very un-Obamalike, according to a U.S. embassy official who helped organize the trip in Baghdad.

He’s asked to go out to take a few more pictures with soldiers and embassy staffers. He’s asked to sign copies of his book. “He didn’t want to take pictures with any more soldiers; he was complaining about it,” a State Department official tells me. “Look, I was excited to meet him. I wanted to like him. Let’s just say the scales fell from my eyes after I did. These are people over here who’ve been fighting the war, or working every day for the war effort, and he didn’t want to take fucking pictures with them?”

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Yes, that’s pretty much the size of it. But don’t question his patriotism….

(H/T: BuzzFeed.)

 

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