his Visit to Afghanistan, Barack Obama Shunned American
Summary of the eRumor: An email from Jeffry Porter, a soldier serving
in Afghanistan. It says that when presidential candidate Senator
Barack Obama was in Afghanistan in July, 2008, he hurried through
the visit and did not spend any time talking to soldiers or thanking them
The Truth: This eRumor is factually
incorrect and the person who wrote it has retracted it.
Lt. Col. Rumi Nielsen Green accompanied Obama while he was in Afghanistan.
She said that Obama's visit was an official one as a senator, along with
two other senators, not as a political candidate who would be doing some
of the things that a celebrity might have done such as holding a public
According to Nielson,
Obama's visit was not announced to the troops for security reasons but
that Obama did speak to many of the soldiers who were on hand as he
arrived for a briefing and posed for photographs. In fact, she said,
he was delayed in getting inside the building where a briefing was to take
place because of his spending time with the soldiers.
Likewise, said Nielsen. Obama did not shun any soldiers at the clamshell
because he never went there. There was no basketball in Afghanistan
for Obama and no publicity pictures. He did play basketball with
soldiers during a visit to Kuwait.
She added, "All Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and and Marines should
participate in our right to vote and support any candidate we personally
choose. While I cannot say if this blog is authentic, I can say that
these comments are inappropriate and factually incorrect. They may also
be inconsistent with the policies and regulations.
The Army Times contacted Jeffry
Porter, the author of the email. He is a Utah National Guard member
assigned to the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion. He was asked
to authenticate what he said. According to the Army Times, Porter
refused a request for an interview and said, "I am writing this to ask
that you delete my e-mail and not forward it, after checking my sources
some of the information that was put out in my e-mail was wrong. This
e-mail was meant only for my family. Please respect my wishes and delete
the e-mail and if there are any blogs you have my e-mail portrayed on I
would ask if you would take it down too.”
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A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internen t:
As you know I am not a very political person. I just
wanted to pass along that Senator Obama came to Bagram Afghanistan for
about an hour on his visit to "The War Zone". I wanted to share with you
what happened. He got off the plane and got into a bullet proof vehicle,
got to the area to meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the
commander here at Bagram. As the Soldiers where lined up to shake his hand
he blew them off and didn't say a word as he went into the conference room
to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the
ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play
basketball or work out in with weights) so he could take his publicity
pictures playing basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to
Soldiers to thank them for their service. So really he was just here to
make a showing for the American's back home that he is their candidate for
President. I think that if you are going to make an
effort to come all the w ay over here you would thank those that are
providing the freedom that they are providing for you.
I swear we got more thanks from the NBA Basketball
Players or the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders than from one of the Senators,
who wants to be the President of the United States. I just don't
understand how anyone would want him to be our Commander-and-Chief. It was
almost that he was scared to be around those that provide the freedom for
him and our great country. If this is blunt and to the point I am sorry
but I wanted you all to know what kind of caliber of person he really is.
What you see in the news is all fake.
CPT Jeffrey S. Porter