Perhaps I have a foggy memory. But I remember George Bush speaking to many military crowds when he was president. They were frequently enthusiastic. He was often emotional. I remember thinking that there was an obvious mutual love and respect there. I remember servicemen and women and military family members e-mailing me with on-the-scene reports expressing those sentiments. But I never remember an MSNBC anchor telling me matter-of-factly, during a George W. Bush visit to deployed troops or their families on bases at home, “This is a big morale boost.” (President Bush, as you’ll recall, was not unpopular with the military.) “This is a big morale boost” is the tenor of the MSNBC coverage of President Obama’s visit to Iraq right now, of course.
I’m not saying an Obama visit is not a morale boost — feel free to e-mail me from Camp Victory and let me know. But there is a noticeable difference in the coverage. We get it. Your morale has been boosted, MSNBC. Perhaps you can take that to a government-run bank.