To all of those who do not like Bush, you have to give credit where credit is due. He placed himself in the same danger that the troops are in by flying into Baghdad to visit 600 men and women on Thanksgiving. Now, I understand that some people are saying that this is just a PR stunt and the rest of the world is saying this was just Bush trying to look good for the voters in the next election, I have to disagree.
If this was truly a PR stunt, this would have been plastered all over the Net, Newspapers, and TV. Bush would have made it clear to the American public and to the Press that he was going to Iraq. He would have cameras following his every move, he would be making speeches to reports and, he would be coming out and boasting about the trip. He is not doing any of these things. He went out of his way not to be discovered, he hid from his on Secret Service detail in Texas, most of the press core didn't know where they were going until they got there - and then could not report on it till after. Air Force One, when contacted in flight by a British Airways jet, tried to deflect the obvious that the plane was flying over the Atlantic, responding that the British Airways jet didn't see AFO, rather just a Gulf Stream jet.
Furthermore, if this was truly a PR stunt, the press wouldn't have the anger it does at Bush for deliberately deceiving them about the trip. The anger by some editors just goes to show how secret this was. It goes to show that this trip was not for the press but, for the troops.
He can do no right. If he does one thing, the democrats and his naysayers target him for trying to grab headlines. If he does another, the press is ticked off that they didn't get to report it. In my book, this was a class act showing support and thanks for the people who are putting their lives on the line for this nation.