Monday, November 27, 2006


U.S. troops stationed in Iraq hailed an unannounced and unaccompanied visit Monday from Barney, the White House senior dog who belongs to President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
Landing in Baghdad's Green Zone aboard Air Force One amid extremely tight security, the Scottish terrier met with nearly 800 troops at a military mess hall, then visited Camp Victory, the U.S. military headquarters on the outskirts of Baghdad. In both locations, the 6-year-old First Dog was greeted with loud cheers and standing ovations by servicemen and women.

"Barney's visit really cheered us all up," said Army Spc. Anthony Udall, who was given the privilege of escorting Barney across the airport tarmac. "I can't tell you how great it is that the White House would send one of its own to spend some time with us out here."

Although was in Iraq for less than a day, he maintained a busy schedule while there. Events included handshakes with top U.S. field commanders, a tour of the base's new recreation facility, and a ride in an armored vehicle. Besides sitting and staying at a military briefing, Barney also participated in the ground-breaking for a new visitors reception center at Camp Victory, during which he energetically dug alongside camp officials.

The First Dog

Barney, the highest-ranking official to visit Iraq in months, had a full schedule:

  • 8 a.m. Morning walk with generals on the ground
  • 9 a.m. "Sit-down" with troops
  • 10:30 a.m. Game of catch
  • 12 p.m. Lunch, photo ops
  • 1 p.m. Bathroom break
  • 1:05 p.m. Moment of silence for fallen soldiers
  • 2 p.m. Treats
For the full story read The Onion

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