(Politico) President Obama needed a little help from the troops in Afghanistan on Friday as he thanked the military branches for their work but forgot to mention the Coast Guard.
“I think we've got every service here tonight,” Obama said at Bagram Air Base. He then called on the branches as their members cheered: “We’ve got Army. We’ve got Navy. We’ve got Air Force. I think we may have a few Marines around, too.”
Obama continued, “And a whole lot of folks from the 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles.”
Moving to his remarks, Obama said, “Now, here in Afghanistan ...” Then, someone in the crowd shouted out, “Coast Guard!”
“Coast Guard?” Obama repeated. “Is that what I heard?”
After several seconds of nervous laughter among Obama and the troops, he continued with his remarks. “Here in Afghanistan, all of you are part of one team,” he said. “Serving together, succeeding together.”