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Iraq / Bush’s Secret Visit / Thanksgiving Leave #742875

NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 28, 2003
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Crawford, Texas: David Gregory) President Bush’s secret trip to Iraq to have Thanksgiving dinner with US troops featured; scenes shown of Bush with the troops and arriving home in Texas; animation shown of Air Force One’s encounter with a British Airways jet; details given about the planning of the trip and the potential political impact for Bush. [From “The Today Show,” National Security Advisor Condoleezza RICE – comments on security for the trip.] [Bloomberg reporter Dick KEIL††- relates what he was told about the trip.] [Political analyst Stuart ROTHENBERG†- comments on the public’s perception of the trip.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Previous presidential trips to visit US troops overseas featured; footage & photos shown. [Presidential historian Doris Kearns GOODWIN†- says seeing the troops is a tonic for the president & the troops; comments on the secrecy of the trips.] [Presidential historian Douglas BRINKLEY†- says soldiers will be more willing to take a risk for the president.] Senator Hillary Clinton’s trip to Baghdad; the death of another American soldier in Mosul, and the shooting of an Iraqi child by US troops reported.

(Kokomo, Mississippi: Preston Mendenhall) A brief respite for some US soldiers who were able to spend Thanksgiving at home with their families featured; scenes shown from the funeral for Spc. James Chance, who was killed in Iraq when the truck he was riding in hit a land mine. [Mississippi National Guard Sgt. Willie STOGNER†- talks about being home & going back to Iraq; comments on his friend Chance.]

Williams, Brian;
Gregory, David;
Mendenhall, Preston

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