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Obama speech to soldiers met with silence
Daily Caller ^ | August 31, 2012

Posted on 08/31/2012 2:28:31 PM PDT by grundle

President Barack Obama was greeted with fleeting applause and extended periods of silence as he offered profuse praise to soldiers and their families during an Aug. 31 speech in Fort Bliss, Texas.

His praise for the soldiers — and for his own national-security policies — won cheers from only a small proportion of the soldiers and families in the cavernous aircraft-hanger.

The audience remains quiet even when the commander-in-chief thanked the soldiers’ families, and cited the 198 deaths of their comrades in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The audience’s reaction was so flat that the president tried twice to elicit a reaction from the crowd.

“Hey, I hear you,” he said amid silence.

The selected soldiers who were arrayed behind the president sat quietly throughout the speech.

CNN and MSNBC ended their coverage of the speech before it was half-over.

The president’s speech to the soldiers is part of his constitutional duties as commander-in-chief.

But Obama and his wife are also trying to reach out to military families in several critical swing-states, including Virginia and Florida.

That outreach, however, has been damaged by repeated flubs from the White House, including its public emphasis on soldiers’ wounds rather than on their accomplishments, and Obama’s effort to distance himself from the anti-jihad campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For example, Obama gave Vice President Joe Biden the task of developing a post-war agreement with Iraq’s government in 2009. The effort failed, reducing U.S. gains from the campaign that killed almost 4,500 troops, and as well as thousands of jihadis and Sunni insurgents seeking to regain power. The subsequent withdrawal of nearly all U..S. troops has allowed Iran to increase its influence in Iraq. In turn, that influence helps it support Syria’s dictatorship against Sunni insurgents.

White House officials are trying to avoid additional flubs. On Friday, for example, White House officials rushed to debunk a report that the president had used an autopen to sign condolence letters to soldiers’ families.

Throughout Friday’s speech, the loudest reactions came when the president name-checked the nicknames of the soldiers’ brigades. Major military units have their own rival cheers, and those could be heard from portions of the audience when he referred to individual units.

The troops’ silence continued through several obvious applause-lines.

There was isolated cheers when Obama said his withdrawal policy would ensure “fewer deployments … more time to prepare for the future, and it means more time on the home front, with your families, your home and kids.”

The silence deepened when the president lauded his strategy of withdrawal from the war. “Make no mistake, ending the wars responsibly makes us safer and our military even stronger, and ending these wars is letting us dos something else; restoring American leadership,” he said amid complete silence.

When he said demobilized soldiers would find jobs because “all of you have the skills America needs,” he got little reaction.

There was no reaction when he promised stepped-up recruitment of soldiers for police jobs.

He won some applause when he announced his support for soldiers injured in combat.

The most enthusiastic applause came when he lauded the soldiers’ military mission, and promised continued support for that professional task.

An anecdote about his meeting with a wounded soldier was met with a tepid response, until he described the soldier’s determination to recover and return to his unit. “He’s where every soldier wants to be – back with his unit,” Obama, said, generating applause.

Similarly, his declaration that “around the world there’s a new attitude toward America, a new confidence in our leadership” yielded only silence, while his next sentence — “When people are asked ‘Which country do you admire most?’ one nation always comes out on top, the United States of America” — prompted relative enthusiasm.

The White House’s video-feed cut off 10 seconds after the president finished his speech, before the audience’s reaction overall could be gauged by viewers.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: fortbliss; obamasoldierspeech; obamaspeech
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To: grundle

Well, that’s a fairly damning story.


2 posted on 08/31/2012 2:30:32 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: grundle

They know how he feels about the military so why respond?


3 posted on 08/31/2012 2:31:40 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: grundle
The president’s speech to the soldiers is part of his constitutional duties as commander-in-chief.

Hogwash. Who writes this drivel? The duty of the commander in chief is to order the military into action for the good of the nation. Making campaign speeches to the troops and using them as props has a long history, but it's not a "Constitutional duty."

4 posted on 08/31/2012 2:33:04 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Now a hit television series starring Judi Dench!)
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5 posted on 08/31/2012 2:33:25 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: grundle

I’m proud of our well-trained soldiers. To be silent for Barack Obama is far more polite than that anti-American communist deserves. It took a great deal of respect for the office that Obama claims to hold and a great deal of foresight regarding UCMJ punishments for disrespect for them to restrain their natural reactions to the sight of that man.


6 posted on 08/31/2012 2:33:24 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: grundle

And their reward for their lack of proper attitude will be a very fast turn around and return to the sand box.


7 posted on 08/31/2012 2:33:30 PM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: grundle

Is there video yet of his visit to Ft. Bliss?


8 posted on 08/31/2012 2:33:51 PM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: Tax-chick

Using soldiers as props for your political agenda?...He’s lucky he didn’t get a Bronx Cheer!


9 posted on 08/31/2012 2:36:01 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: grundle

Any video of the actual speech?


10 posted on 08/31/2012 2:36:20 PM PDT by bjc (Check the data!!)
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To: grundle

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day. Way to go Ft. Bliss. Only thing more perfect would have been to have an empty chair right in the front row.


11 posted on 08/31/2012 2:37:42 PM PDT by illinifan (The Left doesn't want you to be upwardly mobile. They want you to be angry and disaffected)
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To: grundle

These warriors have to deal with this morons rules of engagement. It doesn’t surprise me at all that they look askance at a CIC whose policies make it more likely that they or their buddies come home hurt or in a body bag.


12 posted on 08/31/2012 2:39:23 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I hope he wasn’t trying to use this opportunity for a fund-raiser.

But who knows, this may be the most generous audience he will have from now to November.


13 posted on 08/31/2012 2:39:27 PM PDT by alloysteel (Are you better off than you were four years ago? Well, are you?)
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To: FReepers
For any that are able to stomach the sight/sound of the treasonous pØs, here's the video.

The faces of the men in the background say it all !

14 posted on 08/31/2012 2:39:28 PM PDT by tomkat
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God bless our Military. God bless America. May we have another CiC please...


15 posted on 08/31/2012 2:39:39 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

That picture really does say it all, doesn’t it?


16 posted on 08/31/2012 2:40:57 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: grundle

The headline should have included, “As Usual”. The difference between a Bush speech to soldiers and an Obama speech to soldiers is and has ALWAYS been 100%.


17 posted on 08/31/2012 2:42:20 PM PDT by Deb (If you wanna laugh everyday, follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

The troops are required to be polite in such situations.


18 posted on 08/31/2012 2:43:08 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Now a hit television series starring Judi Dench!)
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To: jwalsh07

Plus his demand for repeal of DADT and a review to include women in combat.


19 posted on 08/31/2012 2:44:06 PM PDT by Deb (If you wanna laugh everyday, follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter)
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To: bjc

...”Any video of the actual speech?”...

Twenty eight minutes if you want to watch.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ68SkaljaU


20 posted on 08/31/2012 2:45:19 PM PDT by deport
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To: grundle

“Hello? Is this thing on?”


21 posted on 08/31/2012 2:45:19 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: tomkat

bfl


22 posted on 08/31/2012 2:45:46 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: John W
I think Obama misses the point that some of these people want to be soldiers and want to defend this country. To me
I feel like Obama thinks it is bad to be in the military and
that people sign up just because they have no other options. This is not true for all enlisted persons It is an honorable and brave thing to do. Obama is a weak little twerp he will never get it and I am ashamed he is our President.
23 posted on 08/31/2012 2:45:52 PM PDT by funfan
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To: grundle

“’Hey, I hear you,” he said amid silence.’”

Says it all.


24 posted on 08/31/2012 2:45:58 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and bo stinks)
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To: grundle
The troops’ silence continued through several obvious applause-lines.

They were thinking, "Now get the hell off my base. You're stinking the place up."

25 posted on 08/31/2012 2:47:01 PM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party of No! Nobama, No Way, No How!)
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To: grundle
Obama and his wife are also trying to reach out to military families...

The term "Too little, to late" comes to mind.

After giving them impossible missions, tying their hands, pulling the mission before it's over, appeasing and making excuses for the enemy, clear disrespect of the military and trying to suppress their vote, what did he expect? A standing ovation?

26 posted on 08/31/2012 2:47:22 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: funfan
Zero is what he is a narcissistic con man. Something that was obvious from day one when he appeared on the national scene.
I am more ashamed of the people who voted for him!
27 posted on 08/31/2012 2:51:46 PM PDT by Reily
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To: BitWielder1

His only way to get a standing ovation with this audience is with the words “... and in conclusion... “.


28 posted on 08/31/2012 2:52:17 PM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: grundle

“The president’s speech to the soldiers is part of his constitutional duties as commander-in-chief.”

So is signing a budget every year.

“White House officials rushed to debunk a report that the president had used an autopen to sign condolence letters to soldiers’ families.”

Debunked?!

http://antzinpantz.com/kns/images/AUG12/letter-two-e1346291607960.jpg


29 posted on 08/31/2012 2:52:30 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: grundle
" Obama and his wife are also trying to reach out to military families in several critical swing-states, including Virginia and Florida. "

Why? They don't count military ballots anyway.

30 posted on 08/31/2012 2:57:32 PM PDT by Baynative
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To: deport

Many thanks. I just watched the first 12 minutes. Obama is seriously delusional if he thinks the world respects the US under his leadership. Pitching the action in Libya as a US victory is just plain stupid.


31 posted on 08/31/2012 3:01:19 PM PDT by bjc (Check the data!!)
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To: grundle
ABC Radio News ran a story a minute ago on the lack of applause, but the reporter, Ann Compton, said it was likely because the soldiers were using their hands to 'snap pictures and take movies of their commander in chief'.

No kidding.

32 posted on 08/31/2012 3:05:13 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Pollster1

Aren’t they the best. Well done, troopers.


33 posted on 08/31/2012 3:05:44 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: grundle

Obama needs a new teleprompter.


34 posted on 08/31/2012 3:06:20 PM PDT by pallis
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To: grundle

OBAMA AIDE: Well, boss, at least they didn’t throw any rotten fruit...


35 posted on 08/31/2012 3:07:49 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Reily

Be looked uncomfortable. He was totally out of his element.


36 posted on 08/31/2012 3:09:20 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: Deb

Can anyone post the two pictures - one of President George W. Bush and one of bo - that show them interacting with the military overseas?

The picture of President George W. Bush shows excited soldiers, all clamoring for a picture or to shake his hand- smiles all around.

The picture of bo shows no emotion and the troops are kept away from him.


37 posted on 08/31/2012 3:19:48 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: grundle

I can’t believe they aren’t jubilant over his lesbian and gay policies, especially the right to march in uniform in Pride parades. That’s a major breakthrough.


38 posted on 08/31/2012 3:20:41 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: grundle
"Similarly, his declaration that “around the world there’s a new attitude toward America, a new confidence in our leadership contempt for us in our decline” yielded only silence, . . .

Our brave soldiers, men and women - regardless of branch of service or MOS, deserve our eternal gratitude - they have performed with excellence under extremely hazardous ROE's.

Obama is not worthy to address these soldiers or their families. They are brave American Patriots - he is nothing but a Marxist traitor and is beneath contempt.



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

39 posted on 08/31/2012 3:23:13 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: grundle

I’m sure that their attendance was not voluntary, they were ordered to attend. Do you really think that any soldier would voluntarily go to a speech by the Food Stamp President on a Friday before a long holiday weekend. They were probably drawing straws to see who got screwed and had to attend. Of course, I’m sure there were the butt kissing brass and the simpering queers, freaks and perverts worship the very ground that he slithers on.


40 posted on 08/31/2012 3:24:18 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: grundle
Those brave men and women know Obama and his staff hold them in contempt. Their restrained behavior is shows their incredible restraint, dignity and professionalism.
41 posted on 08/31/2012 3:31:03 PM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: grundle
Do these statements bother anyone else here? I keep hearing those words "Fundamentally Change America"

There was isolated cheers when Obama said his withdrawal policy would ensure “fewer deployments … more time to prepare for the future,.....

The silence deepened when the president lauded his strategy of withdrawal from the war. “Make no mistake, ending the wars responsibly makes us safer and our military even stronger, and ending these wars is letting us dos something else; restoring American leadership,” he said amid complete silence.

When he said demobilized soldiers would find jobs because “all of you have the skills America needs,” he got little reaction.

There was no reaction when he promised stepped-up recruitment of soldiers for police jobs.

42 posted on 08/31/2012 3:32:52 PM PDT by truthluva ("Character is doing the right thing even when no one is looking"..J.C. Watts)
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To: grundle

Poor guys have to go where they’re ordered to go...but they can’t order them to like it...or to smile.

They know they were being used as props, and they all know what Hussein thinks about the military.


43 posted on 08/31/2012 3:33:18 PM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: bjc
Any video of the actual speech?

Once they've dubbed in a lot of cheering sounds they'll release it.

44 posted on 08/31/2012 3:37:20 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I may not know all 57 states in the Union but I do know you should be facing the Flag during the “Pledge of Allegiance” or the “Star Spangled Banner.”


45 posted on 08/31/2012 3:39:57 PM PDT by John123 (US$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)
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To: MestaMachine

It’s over. He knows that now.


46 posted on 08/31/2012 3:54:06 PM PDT by Publius (Leadership starts with getting off the couch.)
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To: grundle
demonstrably a lack of loyalty to the fraud and chief so if obozo ever declares martial law and orders the military to take control of the citizenry and to confiscate all firearms, we can expect our military to ..................
47 posted on 08/31/2012 3:54:47 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: Senator_Blutarski

I am SO glad my son is at Fort Bragg now instead of Bliss. Think the shoot-down of the Chinook carrying the SEAL team was the final straw for him. Should NEVER have happenend!


48 posted on 08/31/2012 4:00:54 PM PDT by milagro (There is no peace in appeasement.)
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To: Publius

Can’t be over fast enough. Especially for the guys in Afghanistan getting blown away almost every damn day thanks to abu bama’s good buddies,


49 posted on 08/31/2012 4:03:37 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and bo stinks)
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To: grundle

If it was anyone other than Obama, I would feel bad for him. There are many times when Obama gives what should be positive, military-centered applause lines, pauses, and doesn’t even have one soldier clapping. Is there peer pressure to remain silent? Do 99% of our soldiers hate Obama as much as most decent Americans do? Or were the troops standing in formation for four hours before Obama showed up, and even those who still like Obama for his diversity are too bored to care?


50 posted on 08/31/2012 4:04:11 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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