Obama joins mega-singing star to surprise troops in Afghanistan; some call it damage control

President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Sunday for a rally with the troops.

The president left Saturday night around 10:30, landing at Bagram Air Field, in Afghanistan, at about 8:30 p.m. local time, or 11: 46 a.m. Eastern time, according to Fox News.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice, senior White House adviser John Podesta, whose son is serving in Afghanistan, advisers Dan Pfeiffer and Ben Rhodes accompanied the president. Country music star Brad Paisley was also on board to perform a concert for the troops while there.

The news was reported by various media outlets on Twitter, and it didn’t take long for responses – both positive and negative – to flood the Twitterverse.

In light of the recent Veterans Affairs scandal, some saw the move as disingenuous:  

An overwhelmingly positive response was given to Paisley, with tweets applauding his participation:

Obama is not expected to meet with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, according to media reports.

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