Wow - o'dark-thirty and press photographers just happened to be there . . .
Standing in the pre-dawn darkness, President Barack Obama saw the real cost of the war in Afghanistan: The Americans who return in flag-covered cases while much of the nation sleeps in peace.
In a midnight dash to this Delaware base, where U.S. forces killed overseas come home, Obama honored the return of 18 fallen Americans Thursday. All were killed this week in Afghanistan, a brutal stretch that turned October into the most deadly month for U.S. troops since the war began.
The dramatic image of Obama on the tarmac was a portrait not witnessed in years. Former President George W. Bush spent lots of time with grieving military families but never went to Dover to greet the remains coming off the cargo plane. Obama did so with the weight of knowing he may soon send more troops off to war.
Yeah, that uncaring George Bush, who personally wrote a letter to the family of each soldier lost. Did it ever occur to the journalist that President Bush might have gone to Dover, except he did so privately out of respect for the privacy of the families, without inviting the press to turn it into a photo op for himself.
"He may send more troops off to war? Count on it - it's pictures like this that Obama will use to support his contention that he does so with a "heavy heart and appreciation for the potential loss we could incur."