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.
President Obama lands in Afghanistan for surprise Memorial Day visit (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) pic.twitter.com/9MZjbaFDGT
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 25, 2014
In light of the recent Veterans Affairs scandal, some saw the move as disingenuous:
Obama is making a surprise visit to the troops in Afghanistan. Otherwise known as damage control. — Bossy Laura ~Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ (@conservbtfly) May 25, 2014
The President’s trip to Afghanistan is a wonderful opportunity for him to apologize for his disasterous failures at the VA. — Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) May 25, 2014
@KurtSchlichter ….but instead he’ll ask where he can find the best golf course
— Consmover (@consmover) May 25, 2014
Word is Obama got tricked into going to Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/HuAZreqKOe
— Stephen Wilson (@GR8_2B_alive) May 25, 2014
An overwhelmingly positive response was given to Paisley, with tweets applauding his participation:
About to play a surprise concert for the troops in Afghanistan. God bless our military. Here we go. — Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) May 25, 2014
“@BradPaisley: About to play a surprise concert for the troops in Afghanistan. God bless our military. Here we go” you are a class act, sir.
— Julie (@jiggawhatjulie) May 25, 2014
— Nied’s Dead Horse (@mflynny) May 25, 2014
Obama is not expected to meet with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, according to media reports.
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