Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Obama receives cold reception at Fort Bliss

Written By: Bob - Sep• 01•12

No bliss, just silence.

I can only imagine that President Ego is trying to figure out how to Article 32 an entire base:

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-hangar.

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.

Every single day, it is becoming more and more apparent that the damn is breaking against Obama. There was almost something of a “Bless his heart” attitude that has surrounded the President. People wanted to him to succeed, because he is the first (partially) black President, because they liked his rhetoric and messaging, and because wanted to think they bet right when they cast their vote in 2008.

The meanness and viciousness of his campaign in recent weeks, however, has caused the dam to break. People no longer feel like they have to act like they like the President. It has become okay to admit his is a vicious, out of his league pretender. It is going to get a little worse for him every day from now through the election.

Every. Single. Day.

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7 Comments

  1. Steven says:

    You can bet your a$$ had the Soldiers cheered him wildly the broadcast would have not only not been cut short, but that it would have been used in campaign adverts.

    Sorry Mr. Ego man – your day is over.

  2. Sparky says:

    I’d also bet that the majority of them, IF they had the choice, wanted to be somewhere else instead of part of a political advertisement.

    • Brad says:

      I think the response of the audience pretty much killed the advertising potential!

    • J says:

      Yep… you hit the nail on the head. Most holidays are four day weekends for servicemembers. A great deal of the Soldiers present for the CINC’s speech were “voluntold” to give up the first day of their holiday. That makes it a tough crowd to begin with. Now, don’t get me wrong, he’s not the most popular CINC ever with the military but it’s worthwhile to note that there are factors beyond his popularity (or the distinct lack thereof) at play here.

  3. Brian Guy says:

    This could explain his reception to a certain extent…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/31/us-army-racism-iraq-afghanistan

    • JH in Texas says:

      Bullshit. He got one asshole to interview and extrapolated that out to the entire Army. This was the start of a four day weekend and the troops were ordered to be there – I’ve got friends there – they weren’t happy.

  4. Darwin Long says:

    Do not underestimate this Devil. He is still dangerous and is likely to be re-elected through the use of the millions who have something to lose if he isn’t.