|A small contingent of reporters and photographers accompanied Mr. Obama to Dover, where he arrived at 12:34 a.m. aboard Marine One. He returned to the South Lawn of the White House at 4:45 a.m.|
The images and the sentiment of the president’s five-hour trip to Delaware were intended by the White House to convey to the nation that Mr. Obama was not making his Afghanistan decision lightly or in haste.
That is what the NYTIMES said originally, blogger picked up on it and rightly went to town on it, they then changed it which adds to an already big story.
Greyhawk of the Mudville Gazette has more details on the photo op which comes off as crass. He could have done it without the photo and have the papers report it just as glowingly as they are doing now.