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Posted on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 11:28 a.m.

Rick Snyder's Thanksgiving includes time with spent with National Guard soldiers

By Julie Baker

Gov. Rick Snyder and Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais traveled Wednesday to Mississippi to join soldiers from the Michigan Army National Guard’s 126th Cavalry unit at Camp Shelby to celebrate Thanksgiving and thank them for their service before they deploy to Afghanistan.


Rick Snyder speaks with National Guard soldiers on Wednesday.

Courtesy photo

The governor today plans to spend Thanksgiving with his family at the Detroit Lions game. He'll still be cooking a traditional Thanksgiving meal — but that won't be until Friday.

Snyder, a University of Michigan graduate and Superior Township resident, also pit a Michigan cherry pie against Ohio Gov. John Kasich's Buckeye pie in preparation of the Michigan-Ohio State game on Saturday.


average joe

Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 2 p.m.

Kind of funny how the Rick haters can find something wrong with our Gov. visiting these soldiers from Michigan to offer his thanks to them for their service. I wonder how many of these bashers have actually taken the time to thank even one person in the military? We can all still do that can't we?

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 5:47 p.m.

Nope. I'm saying that the Republicans are K-mart patriots. They support our soldiers except when it costs money. GN&GL

average joe

Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 5:27 p.m.

Ed- So you are saying that Rick had a part in "10+ years of war" ?

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 3:53 p.m.

Yeah, because Republicans are so supportive of our soldiers. Except, that is, when paying for life-long consequences of 10 (+) years of war. Then? Not so much. Good Night and Good Luck


Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 2:26 a.m.

Headline: 'Snyder blows his nose' Comments: How dare he waste tissue paper and contribute to global warming! Headline: 'Snyder rides his car to the store' Comments: Who does he think he is? It's so much more green to ride a bike or walk. Pathetic. Headline: 'Snyder visits daughter at school' Comments: Yeah, he sends his daughter to a private school. He doesn't care a crap for the little person. Headline: 'Snyder (fill in the blank)' Comments: Filth and foul and foul and filth and foul. Sometimes if you can't say anything positive, maybe you shouldn't say anything at all. BTW, Good for Snyder to show interest in the troops.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 1:35 p.m.

Gee, kind of like any article that appeared (or might continue to appear) about Governor Granholm. What's good for the gander is, apparently, not good for the goose. GN&GL


Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 8:41 p.m.

He's preparing to take over the cities, universities, maybe the malls and auto companies are next ....

David Briegel

Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 8:06 p.m.

How much has he cut their pay and benefits? How about their co-pays? What is his position on their "mission" to make a silk purse out of W's sows ear?


Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 6:06 p.m.

Snyder is such a sucker: he bets a Michigan cherry pie against a "Buckeye pie."?? Is the buckeye the only fruit in that god-forsaken state?? Hey Rick, I'll bet you another Buckeye pie: against your chance of re-election. For those who think Snyder's visit to Michigan's Guard troops is soooo special: just remember that he's done nothing else regarding anything military. For show promotional visits are routine anyway: minimum requirement for governors and presidents. Get over it.


Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 5:44 p.m.

Was Snyder ever actually a member of the armed services?

Jimmy McNulty

Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 12:08 p.m.

No Cash, I don't believe he has done military service. Did Obama? Did Granholm? So why are you singling out Snyder?


Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 5:08 p.m.

Thank Goodness the Commander and Chief didn't forget the troops! I know no Democrats really care about them!


Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 9:41 p.m.

Rob, here's your &quot;facts&quot;. Obama's own op/ed in the NY Times in July 2008. Nicely parsed. Independent Politifact rates this Obama result as a &quot;half truth&quot;. .<a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 4:45 a.m.

Rob, the Iraqi accords were signed by Bush and the Iraqi government in 2007. It called for the removal of US forces by the end of 2011. So, Obama followed the letter of the agreement despite promises for &quot;sooner&quot;. And you are absolutely right, it has been ten years - so, 2011 minus 10 equals 2001. A certain date in September comes to mind. You're not one of those 9/11 fraud believers are you? Finally, I suggest you review Congressional hearings by current military leadership. Seems they can't quite pin down why December 2013 was magically chosen as the withdrawal date for Afghanistan. They also could not provide much rationale as to why to announce the date, except maybe to let the Taliban know when it's safe to come back.


Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 4:09 a.m.

@arborcomment: Wrong. Obama committed to ending the Iraq war by the end of 2011 during the campaign in 2008. Check the records. Bush started the Afghanistan War as well, it's 10 years old, and Obama is bringIng troops home now with a goal of ending combat by the end of 2014. Check your facts!


Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 3:54 a.m.

Rob, the current Commander In Chief, is following the letter of the agreement signed by the previous Commander In Chief and the Iraqi government to withdrawal US forces by the end of this year. While the current Commander In Chief promised to do so sooner during the election campaign, apparently some things came up on his schedule. The current Commander In Chief then decided to announce a withdrawal deadline for Afghanistan - a brilliant strategic manuever for the Taliban, for a war the previous Commander In Chief never started (see 9/11).


Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 8:44 p.m.

The current Commander IN Chief cares enough to end the unjustified Iraq War and bring those troops home to their families by the end of the year and to bring home thousands of troops from Afghanistan this year with a firm deadline to that war by 2014, both steps saving untold lives. I guess that's not caring about the troops ???? The former Commander in Chief caused two unjustified wars costing trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives -- that's caring about troops?

David Briegel

Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 8:08 p.m.

That is a totally disgusting comment! The language is English. In and And mean two different things!


Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 6:57 p.m.

Obviously you know and care little about the military yourself, otherwise you'd know it was Commander-in-Chief, not &quot;and&quot; Chief.

say it plain

Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 6:21 p.m.

Do you realize how offensive a statement that is?! Perhaps you don't 'know' what you think you do ;-)