From NBC’s Lauren Appelbaum
Sens. Obama, Hagel and Reed had breakfast this morning with the troops at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, where Obama talked to a military reporter about being with the troops.
"The food is excellent, but the company is even better," Obama said when asked what it is like eating breakfast with the troops. "This is my favorite thing to do. ... Seeing young people like this, who are doing such excellent work with so much dedication and pride, makes me feel good about the country. I want to make sure that everybody back home understands how much pride people take in their work and how much of a sacrifice people are making. It's outstanding."
All three senators spent time shaking hands and talking to the soldiers about their families and various tours oversees. Obama also took pictures with many of the soldiers.
Staff Sgt. Anthony R. Lewis said Obama "is in tune" with what the soldiers are going through.
"What I picked up from is that he's in tune with the people," Lewis said. "The great part is that he took time out of his schedule to come visit us, not just at this camp but at the surrounding camps in Afghanistan. That says a lot about he's trying to get in touch with the military, and it's great."
Obama had eggs, bacon, potatoes and oatmeal, mentioning that although the grits "looks good," he chose oatmeal instead because he is "trying to be healthy."