Originally Posted by brewmenn
Yep, I would expect some difference in reaction between a President traveling to Iraq and making a surprise visit to encourage the troops, and a President appearing before a group of solders in North Carolina to give a policy speech.
Agreed. Different settings different appropriate response.
That said the troops seemed to really be excited to see President Bush. If they didn't like him maybe their reactions would be different.
Also someone, maybe Marine Mike, has said they look at the President different. He is their commander in chief.
We will never know. We weren't there and we(most of us) aren't soldiers.
I hope this doesn't make me a hippie.