An audience of veterans greeted line after line of a Barack Obama speech Tuesday with applause so tepid it was embarrassing.
With the shadow of the Veterans Affairs scandal hanging over him, the shambles of his foreign policy in front of the whole world, and six years of unrelentingly progressive governance bringing up the rear, the American Legion’s national convention was probably the last place the White House speech writers could have expected thunderous applause.
But what the president got Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., was worse than silence.
Teleprompter or no teleprompter, the Obama magic was definitely not working on this crowd.
“You know that we should never send America’s sons and daughters into harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary and we have a plan and we are resourcing it and prepared to see it through,” Obama said.
Brutal silence, followed by tepid clapping that’s clearly manufactured.
A legionnaire even told the Daily Mail much of it was from the same Obama supporters seated near the front of the hall.
“You could tell when the applause was genuine and when it wasn’t. It was obvious to everyone here,” he said. (It’s obvious when you’re not there, too.)
Obama’s passive-aggressive boast – if that’s what you could call it – that the country’s “longest war” in Afghanistan would soon come to a “responsible end” got the same reaction.
Kids with perfect attendance get more applause at school board meetings, for God’s sake. (Then again, “responsible end” isn’t exactly Churchillian either.)
But most brutal were the seconds of literal silence when Obama said Afghanistan would “never again” be used as an attack point against the United States. Brutal — and embarrassing.
Check out the video compiled by the Right Pundit website here, via The Blaze.
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