I bet the media will overlook this little blurb.
++ Visit to US Military Bases Cancelled ++
1:42 p.m.: SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that Obama has cancelled a planned short visit to the Rammstein and Landstuhl US military bases in the southwest German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The visits were planned for Friday. "Barack Obama will not be coming to us," a spokesperson for the US military hospital in Landstuhl announced. "I don't know why." Shortly before the same spokeswoman had announced a planned visit by Obama.
But not to worry, besides giving a campaign speech in another country, Barack has important stuff on his schedule that trumps meeting with real Americans serving in the military -- especially those wounded servicemen being treated at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
What sort of important stuff?
Obama noted that in a break from his whirlwind schedule, "we've got some down time tonight. What are you guys gonna do in Berlin? Huh? Huh? You guys got any big. plans? ...I've never been to Berlin, so...I would love to tour around a little bit."
In other words:
H/T Hot Air
UPDATE: Here's the explanation -- sounds like a crock to me.
During his trip as part of the CODEL to Afghanistan and Iraq, Senator Obama visited the combat support hospital in the Green Zone in Baghdad and had a number of other visits with the troops. For the second part of his trip, the senator wanted to visit the men and women at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice. The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign."
So remember -- if Obama meets with any military personnel between now and the election, we must be informed if it was paid for by Obama's campaign, his own personal funds, or the US taxpayer. Because after all, meeting with them using campaign dollars would be inappropriate and disrespectful.
Personally, I think this comes closer.
UPDATE 2: It is even worse than I would have imagined.
One military official who was working on the Obama visit said because political candidates are prohibited from using military installations as campaign backdrops, Obama's representatives were told, "he could only bring two or three of his Senate staff member, no campaign officials or workers." In addition, "Obama could not bring any media. Only military photographers would be permitted to record Obama's visit."
In other words, Obama couldn't whore the wounded soldiers for his own political benefit, so he blew them off. So to use his own words, he canceled his visit to American heroes because he was not permitted to do something he later hypocritically described as "inappropriate and disrespectful".