Obama fell flat as an audience of thousands responded to his VA speech at the American Legion convention this week in Charlotte, NC. The group was composed of rational, clear-thinking Americans who love their country and disapprove of what is being done to it by the Obama regime.
Some applause lines met with awkward silence while others earned only three seconds of feeble clapping. The crowd came to life only to honor fellow veterans, but not Obama.
A Virginia legionnaire who served in the U.S. Marine Corps told MailOnline that a small group of Obama’s admirers, and there were some there, 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.
Obama announced 19 ‘executive actions’ aimed at restoring faith in failed VA system and providing better health care outcomes to war veterans.
As the AP reported, Obama signed a $16.3 billion package into law earlier this month in an attempt to ease the VA’s delays, as well as hiring new VA chief Bob McDonald to replace Eric Shinseki, while also issuing executive actions to improve mental health access for vets.
Moving beyond the steps included in the law, Obama planned to take executive actions that:
* Automatically enroll military personnel who are receiving care for mental health conditions and are leaving the service in a program that transfers them to a new care team in the VA.
* Undertake a study designed to detect whether people show signs of being vulnerable to suicide or post-traumatic stress syndrome.
* Spends $34.4 million in a VA suicide prevention study and about $80 million on a program to treat diseases, including post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Obama also announced a partnership with lenders such as Wells Fargo Bank, CitiMortgage, Bank of America, Ocwen Loan Servicing and Quicken Loans to make it easier for active-duty service members to obtain mortgage interest rate reductions.
Obama managed to hit his stride, eventually. A louder but brief ovation rang out after he laid down an ultimatum to ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
‘Our message to anyone who harms our people is simple,’ he said, calling to mind last week’s beheading video of American photojournalist James Foley.
‘American does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done. We have proved time and time again we will do what’s necessary to capture those who harm Americans – to go after those who harm Americans.’
Photo courtesy of MailOnline.com