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Posted at 3:01 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Petraeus gives Obama 'manly man' shirt

By Rachel Weiner

Before speaking to troops in Afghanistan, President Obama got a present from Gen. David Petraeus -- a "manly man T-shirt." The reason? So no one ever elbows Obama in the face during a basketball game again.

Not one but two shirts were considered, after the first -- a standard-issue shirt from the International Security Assistance, the formal name of the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan -- was deemed insufficiently big and bad. Obama was given a 101st Airborne T-shirt instead. "No one will mess with you if you wear this, Mr. President," Petraeus declared.

GEN. PETRAEUS: Good evening to you all! How about a "HOO-ah"!
SOLDIERS: HOOO-AHHHHH!
GEN. PETRAEUS: How about an "Air Assault"!
SOLDIERS: Air Assault!
GEN. PETRAEUS: Ah, we gotta try that again. How about an "Air Assault"!
SOLDIERS: AIR ASSAULT!
GEN. PETRAEUS: Anybody out -- (audio break) -- everybody ready for the main event? (Cheers.) You sure about that? (Cheers.)
Okay. Here's the deal. Couple of years ago, my air assault buddy at the time -- at the time, command sergeant major of the 101st Airborne Division -- (cheers) -- Command Sergeant Major Marvin Hill, told me what he looks for in a commander. He listed all of the usual qualities that you'd expect -- you know all the ones -- and then he added: I also want a commander who is available to our troopers, who is accessible to our troopers and who is approachable.
Now, as I thought about it, I realized that in addition to all the qualities we expect in leaders, I also look for those specific attributes. And this evening, it is my honor to introduce to you a leader who has demonstrated his concern for each of you; who's already been to the hospital to pin Purple Hearts on some of our wounded warriors, to meet with a platoon that suffered tragic loss; and who has proven above all that he is available, accessible and approachable, by flying halfway around the world to be here with us tonight.
Fellow warriors, please join me in welcoming the leader who made the tough decision to provide us the resources that have enabled progress here in Afghanistan, the president of the United States of America, our commander in chief, President Barack Obama. (Cheers, applause.)
Okay. But before the president starts, I think you all know the president was out on the basketball court a few days ago. Now he'd beaten that team four times already. He'd just scored on the guy, and elbows started flying around. Now the only explanation we can come up with is that they forgot who they were playing with. And so Sergeant Major Hill, still my air assault buddy, decided we'd give him a T- shirt.
Well, okay. I got it. It's not the biggest, baddest. It's an ISAF T-shirt. It's hoo-ah. But then -- (cheers) -- yeah, okay. But then the commander, the 43rd commander of the 101st Airborne Division -- (cheers) -- came up with a manly man T-shirt, and no one will mess with you if you wear this, Mr. President.
Huh! (Cheers, applause.)
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I'm sorry, Bagram. I can't hear you. (Cheers, applause.) Air assault!

By Rachel Weiner  | December 3, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
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So,meanwhile over in Osama bin Laden cave inthe remote tribal area of Pakistan we find Osama bin Laden and his Al_Qeada leaders pointing to their tv set and all are laughing their heads off at the very sight of Wimpy Barack Hussein Obama and his
101st Airborne Tee _Shirt,as big time Obama
butt kisser General David Petraeus hands
the stupid tee shirt to Obama! Osama bin Laden points and says."So,these are the big
shot leaders of the US that hunting us down
here?" And,all of Osama bin Laden's followers roar laughingly even louder at
Barack Hussein Obama and General David
Petraeus antics. Your doing a heck of a job
here Barry and Davey! NOT!

Posted by: KarenKay2009 | December 6, 2010 2:13 AM | Report abuse

So,if the Arrogant Big EGO Kenyan in the
White House Barack Hussein Obama is such a
big courageous war leader,and great Kenyan
Warlord so why then did Comrade Obama have to sneak into Afghanistan like a thief in the middle of the night anyhow?...As,didn't
Obama just tell us that we are making progress in Afghanistan,in defeating the Taliban? But what about finding or killing
Osama bin Laden the 9-11 WTC Al_Qeada Terrorist leader? Didn't Obama promise to
get Osama bin Laden and either capture or
kill him? So,did Obama lie to us about it?

And,why did it take that idiotic pathetic
butt kissing General David Petraeus three hours just to give Barack Hussein Obama a
Ft Campbell Ky PX 101st Airborne Tee Shirt,
that frankly Barack Hussein Obama sure as
Hell is not even man enough to wear it?

What a pathetic total waste of taxpayer money on this latest wasteful Obama fake photo op for 3 hours in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Jan1977 | December 5, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

So,good God,doesn't 24/7 Brown Noser General David Petraeua know by now,that it
is not what is on the tee shirt that matters,but what is inside of it?..As,in
Barack Hussein Obama case we now have Obama
"The Empty 101st Airborne" Tee Shirt that
should go well with Obama's Empty Suit!

Posted by: Sue1980 | December 5, 2010 3:30 AM | Report abuse

So,what in the world ever gave that big time brown nose General David Petraeus the
bright idea that simply giving the biggest
phony and wimp to ever set foot in the White House Barack Hussein Obama a PX story
101st Aiborne tee shirt was going to make
a great courageous leader out of a cowardly
wimp lying EGO maniac like Obama during a
stupid un-necessary Afganistan Photo OP?

It looks indeed like glory seeking big time
Obama brown noser Gen David Petraeus does
in fact need to put in his immediate military retirement papers. What a joke both Barack Obama and David Petraeus are
rapidly becoming while Osama bin Laden runs
amok. You Bet Impeach Barack Obama and Fire
General David Brown Noser Petraeus now.

Posted by: KathyAnn1980 | December 4, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

So,frankly I can't hardly wait until the ever present WikiLeaks reveals that phony
brown nose General David Petraeus had that
101st Airborne Tee-Shirt he gave President
Barack Hussein Obama flown in,under heavy armed guard,from the PX at Ft Campbell KY
just for the fake latest three hour Obama
photo op in Afghanistan as part of a very
deliberate attempt to raise Obama's dismal
ever falling like rocks approval ratings...
As,yet another Obama Photo Op Backfires.

Posted by: TammyLong1985 | December 4, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

If Obama really wants no one to mess with him, then he should wear THIS to his next basketball game or press conference:

http://www.medievalarmor.com/images/suit-of-armor-6007.jpg

Posted by: sinz52 | December 4, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

So.let me be clear here,as once again we see the great brown noser glory seeker loser General David Petraeus staging a fake
photo op with the Wimp Commander in Chief
of our US Military that never served in it,
puny Barack Hussein Obama defaming the fine
record of the famous 101st Airborne by giving Mr Photo Op Obama a 101st Tee-Shirt
during the Great Leader Barack Obama 3 Hour
fake photo op in Afghanistan! Obama isn't
man enough to empty the airborne garbage cans! What a loser your are Barack Obama.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | December 4, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow; if a t-shirt makes Bojangels tough, then Victoria Secret jammies will make my wife look like Cindy Crawford,....but, nah, I don't think either one is the case.

Posted by: TIZTRUTH | December 4, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

So, Urkel got a new t-shirt, does the middle finger thing again in the picture, and spends $181,000+ per hour to fly there and talk to Karzai 15 minutes on the phone. The trip also allows him to dodge questions about the unemployment rate going up again and only 39,000 jobs created last month instead of his people's projected 150,000.

Posted by: nickelflipper | December 4, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a bigger man than a lot of you pcs of shiite.

Posted by: burlydave | December 4, 2010 5:31 AM | Report abuse

While Obama "consults" with muslim Karzai, his administration supports the ballot box stuffing and intimidation in the northern Ivory Coast enabling muslim takeover of the entire country.

Posted by: reformthesystem | December 4, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has unquestioningly approved the ballot box stuffing in the northern Ivory Coast that is enabling the muslim takeover of the entire country.

Posted by: reformthesystem | December 4, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is supporting the ballot box packing from Burkina Faso that is enabling the muslim takeover of the Ivory Coast.

Posted by: reformthesystem | December 4, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

This man knows no shame. He simply thinks
all love and adore him. But, he has disappointed us all.

Posted by: sarahannson | December 3, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

This man knows no shame. He simply thinks
all love and adore him. But, he has disappointed us all.

Posted by: sarahannson | December 3, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

This man knows no shame. He simply thinks
all love and adore him. But, he has disappointed us all.

Posted by: sarahannson | December 3, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

This man knows no shame. He simply thinks
all love and adore him. But, he has disappointed us all.

Posted by: sarahannson | December 3, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

a manly obozo? that's a joke,right? the silver back michelle is the man in that bag of chimps

Posted by: carlbatey | December 3, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

scrawny a55ed g1rly mon pencil necked geek.


thems the real facts

Posted by: theSwimmah | December 3, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

The muslim obozo wouldn't know a real man if he got bent over by an Afghan..

Posted by: carlbatey | December 3, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that will really help out a lot...BHO in a manly-man T shirt! An OXYMORON symbol if there ever was one, the T-shirt has more clothes on than he does!

Posted by: crowne2 | December 3, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I just hope he wears it when meeting again with Republican Congressional leaders. It could also come in handy whenever speaking to Hamid Karzai.

Posted by: BTinSF | December 3, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Here is what most of the dumas redneck posters here don't remember:

President Obama did NOT start the war in Iraq nor the war in Afghanistan. This gift that keeps on giving was given to America by the GOP & Bush....

Posted by: waxtraxs | December 3, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

A "Manly Man T-Shirt"? What's he going to fill it with, ACORNS?

A real man would own up to his life's history, not spend $2 million bucks to hide it!

Posted by: TexRancher | December 3, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

What he was really saying was "quit being a wimp" Mr. President. The rest of the world leaders are laughing at you.

Posted by: Jsuf | December 3, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

"Since Barack Hussein Obama is unfit to shine these Airborne Soldiers boots let alone be their no military experience joke
of a Commander in Chief no less here."


IS THAT SO? I give you Dick Cheney or George W, Bush. Now, go shine their shoes. You need a bit of humiliation 'cause you sure ain't got no judgement.

Posted by: jato11 | December 3, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

joanne600, it seems you are paying too much attention to Al's crotch.

Posted by: sr31 | December 3, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

So,once again Glory Seeker 21st Century Version of Gen George Armstrong Custer loser and brown nose General Dave Betrayus
is busy licking the disgusting pathetic never served in the US Military joke of a
Commander in Chief Barack Hussein Obama
boots and disgraced the Famous 101st Airborne Division forever as well. FIRE
Betrayus and Impeach Obama and End the
Unwinnable Obama's Wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq and bring all our troops home and then
redeploy them to the US/Mexico Border!

My old Airborne Friends are embarassed and
humiliated by Barack Hussein Obama being
given a 101st Screaming Eagle Tee Shirt.
Since Barack Hussein Obama is unfit to shine these Airborne Soldiers boots let alone be their no military experience joke
of a Commander in Chief no less here.

Posted by: carleen09 | December 3, 2010 4:51 PM |

Carleen09---girl, you really need to take your meds to avoid this persistent hyperventilation. The joke, unfortunately, is on you and your self-righteously obnoxious drivel...

Posted by: marcb1 | December 3, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Matt14...Calling you out. I'm an Screamin' Eagle from '70-74 and you post crap like what you just put on this story and we come looking for you. Respect the President and take what I'd call an FTA attitude somewhere else.

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | December 3, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Notice that most of the commentators here claim they are either Airborne, ex-Airborne, or know Airborne. LOL BS. I'll bet that any of them who actually wore green did so snorting with George in the Guard, the rest smoked dope at Woodstock or returned from Canada after Carter gave them amnesty.

Posted by: sr31 | December 3, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

It was actually Al Gore who stuffed the sock in his crotch for the Rolling Stone cover. And you lefties will never get it. Navy ships often display a banner when they return from a deployment, especially to a war zone. Those sailors HAD accomplished their mission, it had nothing to do with W.

Posted by: joanne600 | December 3, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

So,once again Glory Seeker 21st Century Version of Gen George Armstrong Custer loser and brown nose General Dave Betrayus
is busy licking the disgusting pathetic never served in the US Military joke of a
Commander in Chief Barack Hussein Obama
boots and disgraced the Famous 101st Airborne Division forever as well. FIRE
Betrayus and Impeach Obama and End the
Unwinnable Obama's Wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq and bring all our troops home and then
redeploy them to the US/Mexico Border!

My old Airborne Friends are embarassed and
humiliated by Barack Hussein Obama being
given a 101st Screaming Eagle Tee Shirt.
Since Barack Hussein Obama is unfit to shine these Airborne Soldiers boots let alone be their no military experience joke
of a Commander in Chief no less here.

Posted by: carleen09 | December 3, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

.
Who on earth thinks that wearing a particular T-shirt will make others fear them as a "manly man ?"

Not the recipient, clearly, who was just being gracious in accepting the gift, just like he accepted the Air Force uniform flight jacket (brown leather) that he was wearing at the time.

No, the giver is the one who thought that the clothes make the man.
Why else does he wear his hat indoors ? Nobody else in that hangar had a hat on.
He wears it so he can have those 4 stars reminding everyone he meets that he's a General, by gum. As if he would ever let anyone under his command forget.

So don't go after the CINC on this one. There are so many other things you can take him to task for. This is all on the guy he outmaneuvered to prevent him from making a GOP presidential run.
.

Posted by: BrianX9 | December 3, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Unlike W who had to stuff a sock down the crotch of his flight suit before the famous (if inaccurate) "Mission Accomplished speech.

Posted by: kjclark1963 | December 3, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the T-shirt will help him rediscovery his testosterone producing organs so he doesn’t have keep bending over for the Republicans on every single issues from tax cuts for billionaires to the evisceration of the middle class. The man needs to grow a pair. I look forward to a strong Democratic primary opponent.

Posted by: codexjust1 | December 3, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

And, I suppose the previous commenter would prefer to have the last President who served in name only and was so out of touch with reality that he declared victory when none was in sight.

Posted by: dc11232 | December 3, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

As a 101st Airborne combat vet, seeing that goofball pip squeak smirking behind the oversized 101st Airborne shirt is sacrilegious. I feel like Adam Sandler in the Wedding Singer when his ex-girlfriend showed up wearing his Van Halen t-shirt and he said something to the effect of "take it off before you jinx the band and they break up." Is it 2012 yet? Where are the grown ups?

Posted by: Matt14 | December 3, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

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