An online video that had already gone viral is surging once again amid recent developments in Iraq, where gains made under President George W. Bush are vanishing under President Barack H. Obama.
The video,”Different Presidents, a Different Corps,” has been viewed more than 6.5 million times.
It shows the stark contrast in how U.S. Marines viewed the two presidents at ceremonial events.
The description of the video acknowledges that the event it shows in Anbar province in 2007 for Bush was less formal than Obama’s appearance at Camp LeJeune.
“The events were different in many ways and the Marines present were subject to different behavioral expectations, but there is “more to this video than that,” the description says, concluding that if the content of the video could be easily debunked, it wouldn’t still be drawing so many hits.
It points out that Bush’s visit came “after the darkest days of the war.” Anbar province is home to the infamous Fallujah and Ar Ramadi “killing grounds.”
The Marines “exhibit obvious love and respect” toward Bush, it says.
Obama’s Camp LeJeune event, on the other hand, shows him “entering with all the pomp and circumstance of a royal visit to the peasants.”
“Obama knows that keeping the Marines locked at the position of attention means that no comparison can ever be made to the loving reception President Bush regularly received,” the description says. “It warms the heart of Bush supporters to see President Bush receive the love, gratitude and respect of these warriors. It angers Obama supporters because they also see the love President Bush receives and they know their man will never see anything similar from the troops.
“The Marines loved President Bush in a way they will never love President Obama.”
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