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Friday, Nov. 28, 2003 at 11:29 AM
Resident Bush grunts to U.S. occupation soldiers after secretly travelling to Baghdad to pay a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit. The actual reason for the Commando in Chief's trip was an attempt to illustrate that the U.S. is in complete control of the Arab nation. In an elaborate plan to ensure his security, Bush slipped away from his Texas ranch on Wednesday night, arrived in occupied Iraq on Thursday and spent only 2-1/2 hours with the troops. Word of Bush's visit wasn't released until after he was already in the air returning home. Photo by Reuters.
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Extraordinary measures taken to get Bush to Iraq
11/27/2003 By: News 9 San Antonio Staff
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Not many people knew about President Bush's trip to Iraq on Thanksgiving -- and that's just the way the White House wanted it.
Word of his visit wasn't released until after Bush was already in the air heading home. On the way there, a White House spokesman told reporters that if word of the trip was leaked, Air Force One would turn around and go home. Bush left his Texas ranch Wednesday in an unmarked vehicle, and later stepped into Air Force One using the back stairs, instead of the front.
The jet stopped at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to pick up some aides and reporters. Other journalists had traveled with him from Texas, and all were sworn to secrecy.
Air Force One landed at Baghdad International Airport with its lights off and windows closed.
First lady Laura Bush only found out about the trip earlier this week.
The president's parents weren't told -- even though they were invited to the Texas ranch for the family dinner.
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||Friday, Nov. 28, 2003 at 11:35 AM
|Notice there are two birds in the photo
||Friday, Nov. 28, 2003 at 12:37 PM
|A totally reckless and irresponsible act
||Friday, Nov. 28, 2003 at 3:50 PM
|Did he really go there?
||Friday, Nov. 28, 2003 at 4:13 PM
|That's a Great Man
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|Re-Election Photo Op
||Tired of the Bullshit
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|Your Hysteria is showing
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|This is great!!!
||New Bush fan!!
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|This Just In
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|Future Photo Ops to Expect
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