You’ll need at least three boxes of Kleenex after watching the above video of Obama giving his speech today at the American Legion’s 96th national convention. You’ll need the tissue to wipe away all the tears from all the laughter this terribly sad clip will produce.
Obama bombed, and I mean bad, Tuesday while delivering his first speech to the veteran’s group in more than three years.
Obama passionately delivered one applause line after another, and the crowd of aging vets responded with little applause–if any at all.
There was apparently, “a small group of Obama’s admirers who sat near the front and tried to generate applause for Obama about 10 times,” a Virginia legionnaire who served in the U.S. Marine Corps told MailOnline.
‘They didn’t get much pickup,” the retired Marine said of the Obama-friednly “instigators,” but “they were persistent. You could tell when the applause was genuine and when it wasn’t. It was obvious to everyone here.”
The painfully tepid response Obama received from the veterans today comes just as a new report on the Veterans Administration’s Phoenix office, is being described as a “damning” and “scathing rebuke” of the Obama administration’s VA.
At least that’s how CNN reporter Drew Griffin, who broke the story of VA patient abuses, described it.
“Well, this report, quite frankly, is a damning report,” Griffin said to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday. “It confirms much of which has already been reported. They did find that 40 veterans on electric wait lists have died.”
“This Office of Inspector General report really is a scathing rebuke of the management out there,” he added. “They talk about the fact that this poor quality of care is unacceptable–troubling lapses in follow-up, coordination, quality and continuity of care.”
Griffin described how “significant delays in care” resulted in patient deaths and said dozens of VA employees were involved in “cooking the books, hiding appointment wait times, actually denying care to veterans.”
“It is truly a damning report,” Griffin continued. “Which is going to lead, I’m sure, to a big shakeup at that Phoenix VA — which has already begun.”
“Quite frankly, I’m a little stunned at some of the leaks we got earlier from the actual VA about how the report might look,” Griffin said. “It looks pretty bad from my end.”
The new VA report is sure to put this important issue back on the front page of American newspapers, and back in America’s collective conscience.
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