It was so secret that even his parents did not find out until he failed to show up for Thanksgiving dinner. President George Bush's surprise visit to Baghdad Thursday morning caught the world by surprise.
Considering that just days ago a cargo plane flying into Baghdad was struck by a shoulder-fired missile, it was a gutsy move by the President and one that should lift the spirits of a nation beginning to have second thoughts about a war being fought half-a-world away.
A calculated risk, the President flew for eight hours, landed at Baghdad International Airport and spent two and a half hours serving food and mixing with troops before returning home.
Surprised soldiers gave praise to Bush.
''It was a display of confidence in our ability to protect not just us, but him,'' said one soldier.
''My morale had kind of sputtered, now I'm good for another two months,'' said another.
When times get tough, a good leader takes risk and rallies the troops.
While his opponents will undoubtedly call it a political stunt, in reality he was doing what he has done all along provide good strong leadership.
The Daily Leader, Brookhaven, Miss. - Dec. 1
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