The McCain campaign themselves pushed a smear very hard to try to say that Barack Obama snubbed wounded soldiers in Germany. They included the lie that the trip was canceled after the Pentagon said that cameras weren’t allowed.
This smear has been called “literally untrue” by Andrea Mitchell, as well as a number of other journalists. It was, at the time of airing, the most dishonest ad of the campaign Barack Obama, during a campaign-funded trip in Europe, planned to make an unannounced visit of wounded troops in Germany. This was always planned to be an unpublicized event, with no cameras brought along. However, since the trip was paid for by the campaign, the Pentagon told the Obama campaign that there were rules prohibiting a campaign from traveling on a military base in this fashion. So the Obama campaign cancelled the trip after the Pentagon decision, and Barack Obama called a number of troops at the base instead. Earlier in the trip, Obama had made a number of similar unpublicized visits of wounded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. That earlier leg was an official Senate trip, so the campaign prohibitions did not apply. In addition, Obama has made a number of other quiet, unpublicized trips to Walter Reed Hospital near Washington. This smear from the McCain campaign is a lie.