ABC News’ Karen Travers reports:
SEOUL – President Obama wrapped up his weeklong Asia trip with remarks to 1500 U.S. troops at Osan Air Base in Seoul.
“I couldn't come to the Republic of Korea without coming to see you to deliver a simple message — a message of thanks to you and your families,” the president said. “Because of all the privileges of serving as President, I have no greater honor than serving as Commander-in-Chief of the finest military that the world has ever known.
Obama was greeted by a raucous crowd, including one soldier who shouted “We love you!”
“I love you back,” Obama said.
He touted the efforts his administration to take care of returning soldiers after they return from war.
“We pledge to be there when you come home. I mean, it's nice here, but we want you coming home,” he said. “Because you've always taken care of America, and America needs to take care of you.”
But the biggest cheer came when President Obama said that his administration is increasing military pay.
“That's what's called an applause line in the business,” the president said laughing.
President Obama recapped his weeklong, four country tour through Asia and touted efforts to try and strengthen the global economy and increase security for the United States and its allies. He credited the American servicemen and servicewomen for their role in working for that security.
“At every stop on my journey, one truth is clear: The security that allows families to live in peace in Asia and America, the prosperity that allows people to pursue their dreams, the freedoms and liberties that we cherish — they're not accidents of history; they are the direct result of the work that you do, the strong alliances that we have,” Obama said.
The president thanked the South Koreans for their hospitality to the American military.