Good for Ted! I have to give credit where credit is due. That was a totally cool thing to have done.
"But Ed", you smugly point out, "He only did it for the political points it would score with voters."
Possibly. But he's a politician. Politicians of both parties don't go to the bathroom without some degree of political calculation. That being said, I don't think the soldiers care what his reasons for doing it are, and I have to give him the benefit of the doubt here and assume that he had the best of intentions in paying their way home. If he scores some political points for it...so what? He deserves credit for doing something good for somebody.
See, even I can be nice to a liberal when he does something worthwhile and decent. And I even chose a flattering picture of him.