When I first heard that President Bush had flown into Baghdad on Thanksgiving to have dinner with the soldiers there my thought was, "that is cool beyond belief."
President Bush has also visited wounded servicemen in our military hospitals.
The reason I brought this up is that in The Mask Of Command, John Keegan recounts an incident where Adolf Hitler was having dinner served to him in the dining car of his private train when it stopped at a station when another train, loaded with wounded soldiers returning from the Eastern Front, stops beside Hitler's private train.
Hitler had the stewards in the dining car pull down the shades so he wouldn't have to see the other train and its passengers.
Another point to keep in mind for those who have made a big deal out of Komrade Kerry's service in Vietnam is that Adolf Hitler was never drafted, he volunteered to be one of the frontsoldaten.
If I recall correctly Hitler made a big deal about that too.