Skip to comments.Obama attacks McCain but fails to sway VFW crowd
Posted on 08/20/2008 7:29:41 AM PDT by cdchik123
Democrat Barack Obama used his appearance Tuesday at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention to attack Republican John McCain's critique of him to the group a day earlier - but got a cooler reception than did the Vietnam veteran running against him for president.
Obama denied McCain's assertions that he was for failure in Iraq, or shifting his anti-war stance out of expediency, or in any way basing his foreign policy on a strategy to win the presidency. "Let's have a serious debate, and let's debate our disagreements on the merits of policy - not personal attacks," Obama said.
Obama said he wouldn't attack McCain's pro-war motives because "I believe that he genuinely wants to serve America's national interest" and that "now, it's time for him to acknowledge that I want to do the same. I will let no one question my love of this country."
But McCain was the clear favorite among the predominately older, white male crowd, and there was little indication that Obama's speech changed minds. Fewer VFW members attended Obama's remarks than McCain's - due at least partly to heavy rain and hurricane and tornado threats.
Meanwhile, many of the veterans left the hall with frowns on their faces.
"You don't want to know what I think," said one. "I don't have anything nice to say," said another.
Sam Compton, an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, said Obama "seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth" when he calls for bringing Iraq troops home and focusing more on domestic priorities, then talks about the need to redeploy troops to Afghanistan. "McCain in my personal opinion has more experience on foreign affairs than Obama and has served in the military. I think that's important."
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Pretty bold statement given the attack ad Obama is running in Florida.
Is Obama inviting McCain to have a townhall meeting in front of the VFW?
“has served in the military. I think that’s important.”
For Vets - that sums it up why few would vote for him and the report last week that active military were siding with Obama were false.
Just love how UH-bama wants to "Bring a responsible end to the war in Iraq."
Go to his website to "read the plan" since he can't say what it is in public.
He doesnt know hes dealing with an egotistical bluffer, whose whole persona is a confabulation of Other People stolen cool? Hes an Abby Normal construct of a politician...Stealing from JFK, MLK, Wright, Lincoln, etc...Hes a Mojo vampire.
Above my pay grade!...When was he *ever* employed or worked in any job that he dealt with pay grade level responsibilities?? What a load! He stole the line because he thought it would make him sound cool, and like he had military/executive level...chops.
If you took away everything from his personality and his speeches, his polies, and his cool that he stole from *OTHER PEOPLE*...Thered be nuthin much left.
I believe Obama said several months ago that he would debate Mc Cain anywhere, anytime. Like this hallow statement, I guess he means anything but face to face debates.
Mr. Obama is a thin-skinned dilettante who doesn’t know that politics is a blood sport.
He’s not tough enough to run a Steak & Ale.
Yup, ORAG, he said that in May, 2008.
It was the weather that dampened the O's turnout. Yeah, that's the ticket!
Pretty funny as this c**t is afraid to debate McCain.
The historical record speaks for itself:
Sam Compton, an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, said Obama "seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth"
Is Obamasiah seeing dead people again?
“Fewer VFW members attended Obama’s remarks than McCain’s - due at least partly to heavy rain and hurricane and tornado threats. “
Right. Let’s blame the rain.
“Fewer VFW members attended Obama’s remarks than McCain’s - due at least partly to heavy rain and hurricane and tornado threats.”
He He He
Bad grammar too.
“Hes not tough enough to run a Steak & Ale.”
I think the Steak & Ale chain went out of business. Hopefully Obama will also be soon out of business.
Senator Obama received a chilly reception during a recent speech at the VFW Post. The audience, mostly older, white and male seemed dour and unmoved by the senator's inspiring words. Members of the audience remarked later about their reservations for the first black candidate for president.
That sounds like McCain won't be permitted to challenge his political opponent on his policies and views, because ANY statement by McCain (especially those too painfully close to home for Obama) will be construed as ‘personal’ attacks. Pardon me for noticing, but isn't political campaigning by definition, a matter of candidates challenging each other's positions? How is it a personal attack on Obama if McCain accurately revisits Obama’s own statements??? Explain this please.
True leaders don't seek out affirmation from others.
Comments like this make Obambi look very weak.
I am retired Navy and know hundreds of other vets. Three (3) say they will vote for Obama. LOL!
So, it is now a personal attack to point out that Obama, on the record, has said that he was against the war, then that he doesn’t know how he would have voted had he been in the Senate in 2003, that his position in 2004 was “essentially the same as President Bush’s”, then when it didn’t look so great before it was clear the surge worked that he was “against this war from the beginning”? He can try to keep lying by denying that he has shifted his position, but it is there in his interviews while running for office.
Obama KNOWS who the vets will VOTE for and it will not be him.
We must ensure that Obama does not suppress the military overseas vote!
Actually I think there would be a huge personality deficit if you took all the other folk's stuff away.
THe big O. Zero. Nada. Niente. Uhn - Gatz.
Negative personality units.
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it ...." Barak Obama Goebbels.
Sounds like you have some work to do! :-) I have one veteran friend who is still "walking toward the light," but I'm hopeful he'll come around by November.
a black friend, and veteran, who for all the world sounds like a conservative in everything he does...is voting for Obama...and I pretty much was told by him, I got to vote for the brother.
“Let’s have a serious debate, and let’s debate our disagreements on the merits of policy - not personal attacks,” Obama said.”
Have you heard him say that about 5 or 6 subjects yet he keeps avoiding debates!
My friend’s white. We both have time to convince them of their errors. :-)
Obama tries too hard to tailor his message to the audience that after a few days all that is left has the firmness of jello...
If he was abandoned his church of twenty years for the sake of politics how long before he abandons his country?
‘Let’s have a serious debate...ah..ah..umm..well, ahh...’ - Obama
Ask him not waste it on Obama but wait for Walter Williams or Thomas Sowell...
he already abandoned his country.
“””””Democrat Barack Obama used his appearance Tuesday at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention to attack Republican John McCain’s critique of him to the group a day earlier - but got a cooler reception than did the Vietnam veteran running against him for president””””
When MSM starts using lead ins like the above, those words are not good for the Obama Camp. The words could be reduced to headlines:
OBAMA ATTACKS NAVY VETERAN MCCAIN.
OBAMA GETS COOL RECEPTION FROM VETERANS.
McCain accepted. “Anytime Anywhere” Barry ran and hid.
Senator Obama received a chilly reception during a recent speech at the VFW Post. The audience, mostly older, white and male seemed dour and unmoved by the senator’s inspiring words. Members of the audience remarked later about their reservations for the first black candidate for president. As everyone knows, older white men are always racists and hate young upstart black men because they are afraid they will date their daughters and leave them after they get them pregnant and hooked on meth anphetamins!
I am sure George Bush's name will not come up in less than derogatory terms.
And, I will not question Hussein's patriotism for Venezuela, Cuba or the old Soviet Union.
Have others of you noticed the increasing tendancy for Obama and his MSM minions to blame something or someone else for their failings?
Now they are blaming the weather for Obama’s cool reception!!!!!
“””””Fewer VFW members attended Obama’s remarks than McCain’s - due at least partly to heavy rain and hurricane and tornado threats.”””””””
This was akin to Adolf Hitler addressing the US military and convincing them that he’s a nice guy! The whole scenario is too sick and bizarre to be funny. The Muslim Messiah and his Liberal cohorts are as much our enemy as Al Qaeda. Both have the same goal, the destruction of the USA as we know it.
Pretty bold statement since Obama is the one that declined McCain's invitation to have 10 town hall debates. Obama is very afraid of debating if he doesn't have a script.
Tell him Obama's only his half-brother.
True enough. But it looks like the vets treated Obama politely. No surprise there, as most vets try to carry themselves with a certain amount of dignity.
I too recall that he claimed our honored dead were in his audience on Memorial Day. I don't think Obambi knows that Memorial Day honors those who died in service. I don't think he knows much of anything.
This rookie can’t help but be thin skinned and defensive. Not a winning prescription.
Yea, has to be true, I know as a Viet Nam Infantry vet I’m scared to death to go out in the rain. LMAO
Kerry was unable to gain the VETS votes.
How could a loser like Obama get them ?
Bill KRISTOL interview : McCain will win
See, now there's his problem. He really needs to find another way to phrase this. It's like Bush trotting around saying "jobs Americans won't de-ew".