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Wingnuts, teabaggers, and other flyover-dwelling undesirables like to accuse Obama of hating the troops. “He hates the troops,” they accuse.

Which is ridiculous! Obama doesn’t hate the troops. He just finds them tedious.


Michael Hastings’ new book, The Operators, jabs at what could be a vulnerable spot for the Obama Administration, the president’s relationship with the troops.

The book describes a visit to Baghdad:

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 f***ing pictures with them?”

Figures. I finally find somebody I like at the State Department, and I’ll probably never know his or her name. And I got a chuckle out of this behavior being described as “un-Obamalike.” It’s about as Obamalike as he can get, for those of us who’ve been paying attention.

Think about it, though. What’s so great about the troops anyway? How many Nobel Prizes do they have? How many speeches have they given? How many Chevy Volts have they built? Come on, how many? I’ll wait.

Go ahead, anytime you’re ready.

…Yeah, that’s what I thought. Nice try, troops. Stick to killing Bin Laden and leave the heavy lifting to Obama.

(Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I’m against United States Marines pissing on dead terrorists. What’s the point if they can’t feel it?)