President Obama surprises troops over Memorial Day weekend
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After a two years absence from the country, President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance in Afghanistan May 25 to help the troops celebrate during Memorial Day weekend. Country artist Brad Paisley joined the president to perform for the troops.
According to Time, Obama told the troops, “I was in the neighborhood, thought I’d stop by." On a more serious note, he said, “I’m here on a single mission and that’s to say thank you for your extraordinary service … I’m also here representing 300 million Americans who want to say thank you as well.” President Obama also added that he would like to personally shake every hand in the room, noting however, that he "might not be able to take a selfie with everybody."
The President further said, “By the end of this year the transition will be complete… and our combat mission will be over. America’s war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible end," reports Time.
Obama is reportedly "hopeful" about reaching an agreement with Afghanistan's next President to allow a limited U.S. military presence to stay, while Afghanis take over control of their own people's safety before the end of 2014.