Obama's speech to soldiers a dud
Maybe he should have asked Kobe Bryant or his good bud George Clooney to stand there with him.
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.
he 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. (RELATED: Obama warm to scientists, cold to soldiers)
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.
Here's the full speech. Not much enthusiasm but I don't think it's as bad as DC says it is. What do you think?