The secret Thanksgiving trip was the first visit by an American President to Iraq. It was heralded by many as a great patriotic moment, and scoffed at by many others who saw the visit as merely a photo opportunity or a cowardly act due to the secrecy of the trip itself.
Regardless of how the trip was viewed politically, it will become a piece of our nation's history and spurred a wave of patriotism here at home. His appearance before the troops boosted the morale of many of our soldiers. Bush''s sense of humor was clearly visible as he said, "I was just looking for a warm meal somewhere." Then he showed his appreciation for our soldiers saying, "Thanks for inviting me to dinner...I can''t think of a finer group of folks to have Thanksgiving dinner with than you all."