Message to Conservatives: Troops Like Obama Just Fine

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A few months ago, when Barack Obama gave his big Iraq speech at Camp Lejeune, conservatives pounced on what they (and some in the mainstream media) described as the Marines’ iciness to their new commander in chief, particularly compared to a previous reception for President George W. Bush.

At the time, some noted that the marines greeting Bush were “at ease”, while the marines greeting Obama were “at attention.” Today Obama paid a surprise visit to troops in Iraq and they greeted him with loud cheers, then swarmed him for photos and handshakes. Watch:

I expect emphatic apologies and corrections to pop up across the conservative blogosphere later today.

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Brian Beutler is TPM’s senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he’s led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com

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