Obama went as long as 8 minutes in his speech to American military veterans without generating a single clap.
The Nation’s supreme military leader, the man who commands the most powerful legions of elite soldiers in the world, could barely get veterans to put two hands together for half a second as he spoke to them about their accomplishments.
Speaking to a crowd of America’s proud military members at The American Legion convention, Obama’s speech fell on what must have seemed like deaf ears to the Commander in Chief.
Veterans have every reason to be dissuaded from embracing the president in any capacity.
Though he has always talked a big game, he has been notoriously soft when it comes to foreign relations, and has done little to show genuine support that veterans can get behind.
Perhaps it’s because veterans have seen their pay remain stagnant while the pay rate of other government officials has climbed over the past few years.
Or maybe it’s because veterans have grown sick and tired of hearing Obama talk through both sides of his mouth as he bad mouths the U.S.A. to foreign officials while keeping soldiers in harm’s way (contrary to campaign promises).
The only time the President garnered a serious amount of applause was when he denounced the apparent corruption inside of the VA.
The president said:
“The misconduct we’ve seen of too many facilities, with long wait times and veterans denied care, and folks cooking the books, is outrageous and inexcusable.
“We’re focused on this at the highest levels. We are going to get to the bottom of these problems, we are going to fix what is wrong.
“We are going to do right by you and we are going to do right by your families,” he said, earning his only spontaneous hoots and shouts.
Although the veterans showed some signs of life when the President talked about solving VA problems, little has been done so far. As Rep. Jeff Miller (who heads the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs) said:
No one has been fired as a result of the VA scandal… the department is still sitting on 113 outstanding information requests from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and VA whistle-blowers who tried to expose problems are still enduring retaliation.
With one exception, Obama barely heard a peep from his audience for the majority of his 35-minute speech.
Obama’s speech writers must have been left scratching their heads.
After all, the President’s speech was loaded with “literary gold.”
How could this statement — “America does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done. We have proved time and time again we will do what’s necessary to capture those who harm Americans – to go after those who harm Americans.” — not generate an explosion of applause?
It probably has something to do with the fact that Americans really don’t forget.
They don’t forget the hundreds of broken campaign promises.
They don’t forget Obama is historically one of the most impotent Commanders in Chief in American history.
And they don’t forget that their “fearless leader” is more like the nation’s best deceiver.
The very real threat of economic collapse is at America’s gates.