Obama’s Speech To The American Legion, A Low-Risk Political Investment

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from The Gray Area:

As stated by The Daily Caller:

It wasn’t exactly the roaring, adoring, campaign-style crowd President Barack Obama is accustomed to.

On Tuesday, “the President spoke to the American Legion’s national convention, facing a crowd of veterans deeply concerned about widespread corruption at the Veterans Administration and the resultant deaths of some veterans awaiting health care.

It is not surprising to see very little of this speech in the mainstream media last night or today. If this was a roaring campaign event to his adoring liberal progressive base, the mainstream media would have shown it ad nauseaum last night and today. What little you do find is a report focused only on what the President had to say about the VA scandal and the upcoming report on same. You see nothing of the tepid, awkward, audience response.

The Daily Caller continues …

Fox News cameras captured a sea of blank or frowning faces looking silently back at the president as he paused for failed applause line after failed applause line.

Obama’s assertion of the indispensability of American leadership worldwide failed to merit a single clap. And when he outlined the “progress” made in Afghanistan, the president resolutely paused for several agonizing seconds until the veterans provided their tepid support.

He didn’t fare much better once he finally reached the VA scandal

I give the President credit for going to the “lion’s den”, but then he has never backed away from a good political opportunity, and that was all this speech was. Going to the American Legion was a political investment. If he had gotten any kind of support it would have been immediately reported upon in the mainstream media. And, even if he did not get a generous response, it will provide him later with the ability to say that he has spoken to the American Legion, listened to them and shared his vision. A necessary return on the investment. And the risk of disaster was low as this audience will always be respectful to the Office of the President.

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