Bush meets with bloggers for first time

by Infidelesto on September 14, 2007 · 14 comments

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History was made today as President Bush met with a select group of Mil-Bloggers discussing Iraq, Afghanistan and the overall War on terror. The group included:

  • Bill Roggio – Long War Journal
    • The discussion centered around the war. After President Bush stated his vision on the scope of the war and the importance of blogs in providing an additional view of the conflict not often seen in the established media, the attendees were able to conduct a question and answer session with the President. read more
  • Bill Ardolino – INDC Journal
    • President Bush met with a group bloggers today in an almost hour-long discussion of the war on terror. Eight individuals attended the meeting at the White House, while Bill Roggio and I video conferenced in from Camp Victory in Baghdad. Bush commenced the event with his oft-stated thoughts on the overall importance and strategies in various fronts of the war, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan, and then opened up the format to questions and discussion. My question focused on how national political reconciliation will affect progress in the Anbar Province and Fallujah specifically, and the President’s answer honestly surprised me in its length, level of detail and grasp of events on the ground. read more
  • The Armorer of Arghh!
    • Breaking news…Today, the Armorer and a group of milbloggers participated in a tiny bit of history. We got to meet the President of the United States. And talk with him for an hour. With two of us linking in courtesy of the 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad, we sat down a little before 10AM in the Roosevelt Room of the White House and literally had a chat with the President. I’m still stunned…To quote President Bush “I looked at my schedule today, and I found it interesting that I would be sitting down with bloggers.”No more interesting than we found it, sir. Trust me on that. read more
  • Mathew Burden – Blackfive
    • Well now the stock around here has been running pretty high, but Matty O’ tops the scale today spending some time with a certain President George W. Bush at the White House. read more
  • Mrs. Greyhawk – Mudville Gazette
  • Steve Schippert – ThreatsWatch
  • NZ Bear of TTLB and Victory Caucus
    • You might wonder whether the President of the United States pays any attention to blogs supporting the war effort. Is he aware of the contribution that milblogs and new media more generally are making to the effort to educate the American public on the war and convince them of the necessity of victory? You can stop wondering. I am here today to happily report that he is indeed aware, and does indeed appreciate the work bloggers are doing. read more
  • Ward Carrol – Military.com
  • Mohammed – Iraq the Model

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  • http://www.righttruth.typepad.com Debbie

    This is great. How did I miss this? If politicians would meet with bloggers more often, they would hear what the American people (and Iraqi people) REALLY think. It’s a wonderful idea.

    Marsha Blackburn (Rep. Tenn.) has a regular conference call with constituents, including bloggers like me. I think it’s great.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  • http://talkwisdom.blogspot.com/ Christinewjc

    Thanks for writing about this event and sharing all of those links. I have added you and some others to my blogroll.

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  • Infidelesto

    I agree, Debbie. National security should be the number one priority of the Federal government. Other than that, stay out of our lives!

  • General Jack D. Ripper

    Will Bush meet with left wing bloggers?

  • Infidelesto

    “Will Bush meet with left wing bloggers?”

    Sure if there were actually some left-wing Mil-bloggers out there. To my knowledge there aren’t any that are significant.

    This meeting was with Mil-bloggers only, not just any blogger, so find some left wing mil-bloggers and I’m sure he would.

  • http://www.mudvillegazette.com/milblogs Mrs G

    You coment as if “milblogger”is interchangeable with “conservative blogger” ” The White House was visited by an Iraq vet, the wife of a guy currently serving in Iraq, a citizen of Baghdad, four other veterans (one of which is on the advisory committee to a Democrat Representative) and one American civilian and two milbloggers embedded in Iraq. Read their questions given to the President before you assume they are all conservative. Their are quite a few “left-wing” milblogs and even they believe in victory.

  • Infidelesto

    No where have I equated “milblogger” with “conservative” blogger. I am well aware of who the people are who visited the Whitehouse, it’s very clear, from all the coverage, who was there. And when did I ever “assume they are all conservative”? Just because I blogged about doesn’t mean anything but the fact that I was intrigued that Bush is actually meeting with bloggers for the first time.

    Oh and please enlighten me on the “left-wing” milblogs you are speaking of. You may find some democrat milblogggers but I doubt you will find any hard-line left-wing milbloggers since the mission in the middle east seems to be a failed and unjust mission according to them.

  • http://www.iraqslogger.com/ Brighid

    Infidelesto, come on. There are plenty of mil-bloggers who tried to blog straight from the Middle East where they are serving in the military. But, Bush and Cheney didn’t like what they had to say, so they shut down their blogs. So, Bush assembled and awed the poseurs who won’t serve in the military but who love the war, so they call themselves “milblogs.” It’s disingenuous, since they’re really just sycophants who will parrot whatever Bush says about the military, since they don’t serve in it, and haven’t a clue about it. They are ‘keyboard commandoes for Bush’ not ‘milbloggers’.

  • Infidelesto

    Brighid, are you fricken serious?

    Bush and Cheney shut down all the lefty blogs? Proof? names? anything? Your discrediting yourself rather quickly here. That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all day. You sound like either a truther, far-leftist, or Islamic radical, I can’t tell…And you don’t think they serve in the military? I recall one or two out of the group that don’t actually serve, but they are directly affiliated through their husband or, happen to be former veteran themselves, and yes in fact, the rest do serve and are active duty and currently deployed. you’re argument, just like most liberals, doesn’t make any sense.

    Keyboard commandos for Bush? Wow, go back to your Kos family. I really hope you don’t represent Iraqslogger, cause that would be shameful considering you charge $80 bucks a month just to let readers see your articles. HA! good luck getting subscribers!