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Obamas will get a sneak peek at 'The Pacific'

Jon Seda is one of the lead actors in HBO's World War II miniseries "The Pacific." (David James/HBO via Associated Press.)

Updated 8:43 p.m.
by Scott Wilson
In what has to be one of the real perks of the job, President Obama and Michelle Obama will have Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and a few others over to the White House on Thursday evening for an advance screening of "The Pacific." HBO's lavish World War II miniseries begins Sunday night for the rest of us.

The group will gather around 5 p.m. in the White House Movie Theater for the first installment of what is estimated to be the most expensive miniseries ever made - topping HBO's "Band of Brothers," which focused on the war's European theater.

Among the invited guests is national security adviser James L. Jones, the retired four-star general who once served as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. HBO President Richard Plepler is on the guest list, which also includes some members of Congress, VFW members, and members of Women in the Military Service for the American Memorial.

The Obamas will stop personally at one of the battlefronts of the Pacific War later this month, when they travel to Guam. U.S. troops retook the island in the summer of 1944, three years after Japan captured it.

By Scott Wilson  |  March 10, 2010; 8:31 PM ET
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Silence, dog!

Posted by: Iconoblaster | March 11, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Silencedogoodreturns your Nazi party lost in WWII

Posted by: first1 | March 11, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

silence strengthens his credentials as an idiot every time he posts.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 11, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Great headline. Thanks, I needed this.

Posted by: NickNaigm | March 11, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

silencedogoodreturns is an idiot, and gives Benjamin Franklin a bad name...

Probably was no need for government handouts, b/c whites back then treated blacks as second class citizens, and took every resource available, leaving minorities with nothing.

If you took the time to get your facts right silence you would know that the GI Bill, also known as the Servicemans Readjustment Act of 1944, P.L. 78-346, 58 Stat. 284m was a free handout for veterans of WWII to provide vocational education & college classes. It also provided GI's with a FULL year of unemployment compensation. And finally it provided numerous kinds of loans for GI's to buy homes, or start businesses.

I guess silences no government handout statement is flat out false.

Posted by: -CMAC- | March 10, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh. When Obama sees how this series celebrates the common American who, put in tough circumstances, perseveres without govt handouts; will he try to ban it?

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | March 10, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

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