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Sound of One Hand Clapping at American Legion Speech

President Obama was met with silence and tepid applause today from American veterans who undoubtably are not the natural constituency of our leftist leader.

Obama spoke at the American Legion convention on Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to the Daily Mail:

His 35-minute speech seemed to have reminded the audience of the stark divide between the White House’s policy choices and the feelings of the men and women often called on to carry them out.

A Virginia legionnaire who served in the U.S. Marine Corps told MailOnline that ‘a small group of Obama’s admirers – and there are some here – sat near the front and tried to generate applause for him about 10 times.’

‘They didn’t get much pickup,’ the retired lieutenant colonel said of the ‘instigators’ gathered at the Charlotte, North Carolina event, but ‘they were persistent. You could tell when the applause was genuine and when it wasn’t. It was obvious to everyone here.’

Most of the veterans sat on their hands, leaving awkward silences where White House speechwriters expected ovations.

‘Some of these guys – well, most of them – remember that Obama sent Biden to speak to us last year in Houston, and blew us off entirely during his 2012 campaign.’

After the customary introductions and thank-yous to dignitaries, Obama spoke for nearly eight full minutes on Tuesday without a single clap.

Here’s some video put together by The Right Pundit picking up some classic smattering of applause. The president sounds rather somnolent for someone who just got back from a two week vacation.

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53 Responses to Sound of One Hand Clapping at American Legion Speech

    • My husband was a Marine (I know, once a Marine, always a Marine) and a few years ago, a close personal friend was president of the national VFW. I so respect these people and was keenly interested in how “HE” would be received. It really was telling. They respect him as much as he disrespects them. It is a mutual disrespect society.

      • From a military family as well — only one Marine in the bunch — nephew. But the military is disciplined and will sit through it. But your take was spot on imo.

        I have Greta on in the background and Ollie North said he is concerned that Obama is sounding at times “delusional”.

        Anyway, God Bless our Military.

    • It feels a bit like a non-swimmer realizing his life preserver has a hole in it. Automatic ovations to planned applause lines are what animates Obama. Here it looks like he didn’t bring along enough plants to get the audience “all fired up”.

      Anybody know who pays for the care and feeding of Obama’s human plants (and transportation and housing) for his events?

      Also: Anybody know how late he was to this one — or if he was on time for a change)?

  1. I’m now listening to this speech on the WH You Tube. He’s phoning it in, talking too slowly and making it all too obvious that he’s reading from a telepromptor.

    They might not have applauded because they were half asleep. He’s painful to watch.

  2. What an absolute disgrace as a commander in chump. The vets should have tarred and feathered this anti-American poltroon and carried him out of the hall on a split rail.

    Shameful.

  3. Sure, have ‘his’ government declare veterans as hostiles, try to take away their firearms, deny them medical treatment, cut their allowances and disablility stipends, lie to them and then blame them for all of the world’s ills is a sure-fire way to make domestic enemies of his regime.

    The Legionaires watch the same TV we do and see the same ads begging for money for disabled vets. They burn with deep-seated anger at this government that sent them off to be killed and maimed but refuses to care for the damage caused by careless and sloppy ROEs.
    Why would these law-abiding, patriotic veterans of our military even so much as honor this man with applause, this POTUS who has no more patiotism than the wooden podium he uses as a prop?

  4. They swore to respect. I understand. For them to sit though that must have been torture. Gracepmc provided a clip this evening on one of his comments.
    OT: I just heard Rear Admiral John Kirby state that ISIS is not capable of a 911. On Greta.
    What is everyone doing playing dodge ball with, Yes they are threat one day, No they are not a threat another.

    • It all depends on what newspaper the boss is reading that day and decides to share with his minions Lee. ISIS has the smarts, the $$$ and young members who understand techie stuff. I am waiting to see one of the alphabet agencies catch a incoming threat, defuse the situation, declare all is safe, BO spikes the ball before the world then goes to bed. That night we get hammered three fold. A-Q did it.. but lately we never learn from past disasters.

      Yes Julie, ISIS is capable of that.. maybe not of the bomb material, but we know Russia is missing a few suitcases.. and our southern border is as tight as a colander … Big Sis said so before she left and agency heads have yet to say otherwise.

    • I kind of liked their non applause. Let the pos know how we really feel.
      Although, I’m sure he wouldn’t see it that way. He probably heard loud clapping in his own sick mind….you know, cuz it said on his TelePrompTer “pause for applause”.

  5. After a two week vacation he looks gobsmacking tired, yet sunburned.
    Good for the Vets, keeping silent. He needs to see how his agenda has turned off real American heros. As well as real Americans. Jerk!

  6. I live in an area where members of the military and their families make up more than 60% of the population. The bottom line is that they do not respect their CIC and many are insulted when he refers to himself as such. Yep, they know a joke when they see one.

  7. Thanks for the report Keith.
    This is wholly what I expected.
    I find it interesting that O’s supporters are in the front row,…..close to the mike.
    The thunderous applause was not forthcoming.

  8. CinC. How many terrioist did you release today ?
    How many have you allowed to cross our southern border.?
    Collaborator-in-Chief. How many.?

  9. Pretty much what we all predicted, a little polite applause here and there. I kept watching for a bead of flop sweat to form on his brow. Seemed the most animated reaction came when 0 said we should be grateful to the airmen and their crews who are dropping humanitarian aid over Iraq.

  10. Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego, California, was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the Free Syrian Army.

    ******
    Works for me. At least he wasn’t captured by Americans. Eric Holder would have him released and back in the field before you could say Gitmo.

  11. ….O’s next speech …’canned’ applause will be inserted into the sound system..synced with the teleprompter.

    God Bless Our Military

  12. See what happens when you take out the dictators in charge of these countries? Total chaos! Look at what happened in Iraq, Libya and Egypt! Yea, I know…… human rights and all that stuff….. and looks what’s happening now.

  13. I’m surprised someone didn’t throw a shoe at the jerk. That’s an insult to Muslims. And if anyone has the right to insult him, it’s the Vets. They were WAY too polite to someone who in 6 yrs did NOTHING deserve their respect.

  14. I really don’t know how any veteran could applaud this man and shake his hand. I don’t care if he is the President of mycountry I would not shake his hand. Many would say it is just an honor to shake any Presiden’ts hand, but if somehow I was forced to, I would immediately
    go and sanitize my hand. The people in the Armed Services have been so maligned by this so-called leader.

  15. What would we do without the Daily Mail? Their article is very good and the comments following it are overwhelmingly negative towards Barry.

  16. He does look darker from being out in the sun playing gold doesn’t he? He must have the shot scared out of him to cause all of a sudden his hair is lightening…. or oh I am sorry that must be the white side coming out……

  17. He says, “We will make sure the military will have everything it needs.”

    Needs to do what? To survive in a war? To be prepared for any and every eventuality? To give them a fighting chance overseas against daunting challenges? What!???

    Does that statement include the veterans coming back from war? Does it include those retirees fortunate enough to have survived a career in uniform serving and sacrificing? Does it include the spouses and families of those serving or have served?

    He makes broad generalized statements that sound like he is making big strides in doing the right thing but he is like a barking Pomeranian without teeth. All talk but no action and no real promises made. Eight minutes of bumping his gums, swinging his arms and finger-pointing that prove NOTHING!

    He is sadly mistaken if he thinks active duty or veterans will buy his useless, meaningless bag of spoiled goods. they know when someone is peeing on their trousers while trying to make a rain prediction. Mr. Obama: FORGET YOU!!!!