Awkward: Obama Speech at Fort Bliss Met With Silence or Tepid Applause (Video)

Via Neil Munro, of The Daily Caller:

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 did get some  loud reactions when he did the obligatory name-checking of the soldiers’ brigades at the beginning of the speech, but that is expected  between rival military units. There were many painfully obvious applause lines in this speech that were met with stone cold silence. Perhaps because, in many respects, it was a campaign speech.

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I wonder if this has anything to do with it… Or this? Or this?

I’m not going to offer a comparison video showing how the troops reacted to President Bush with great enthusiasm when he spoke to them – seems too cruel.

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This powerful rebuke of Clinton and Obama from the heart of a mother via Gateway Pundit, might also help explain their lack of enthusiasm.

UPDATE:

Gateway Pundit: Horrible… Obama Tells Troops That $500 Billion in Defense Cuts (That He Proposed in January) Are Not His Fault

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!

Audio: Amateur Author Ed Klein: Clinton and Obama Have “nothing but Mutual Contempt for Each Other”

Hannity’s radio show today featured some interesting dish from former NYTs Magazine Editor, Ed Klein, the author of the explosive new book about Obama; The Amateur.

The book gets its title from the words Bill Clinton uttered when he was  trying to encourage Hillary to take on Obama in the Democratic primary of 2012:

Obama doesn’t know how to be president. He doesn’t know how the world works. He’s incompetent. He’s…he’s…Barack Obama’s an amateur.

I’ve always suspected that Bill Clinton despised Obama, so I’m always aghast when I see  him give interviews propping him up, or even starring in campaign ads for him. It makes them look like BFFs, and I wonder what the hell is going on. Why would you do that for someone you hate?  Klein has a very simple answer for that.

Clinton says there is no loyalty in politics, but he’s been pretty loyal to Obama this year, for someone who hates him.

Hat tip: Smitty, of the Other McCain, who was listening to Hannity in the car.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

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GOP Gently Mocks Obama Propaganda Film With New Poster

Via The Blaze, this is how the  Republican National Committee decided to commemorate the release of Obama’s ridiculously expensive 17-minute documentary:

Did I say gently mocks? LOL, I was kidding. It’s about as gentle as a sledgehammer.

Minor quibble – Instead of saying, “after four years, the only bad thing they found about their time in office  was that it was just too good” should read, “he (Obama)was just too good”.

The Daily Caller reported on the cost of the Obama propaganda film, Thursday:

Records filed by Obama for America with the Federal Election Commission indicate that the president’s re-election campaign shelled out at least $345,353 to commission “The Road We’ve Traveled,” a 17-minute campaign documentary by Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim, set for release Thursday. The price comes out to more than $20,300 per minute.

And it’s even creepier than we imagined it would be, thanks in large part to Tom Hanks’ narration and the weeping Obamabots.

SPARE ME.

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Bullet People has a shorter version: The Road We’ve Traveled in 10 Minutes

The American Thinker: Coming Soon: The Commercials that Obama Fears

PSSSST….RNC: Ed Lasky has written the commercial for you. You need to get someone on this:

…there is a delicious irony in taking advantage of Obama’s Obama Obsession.  He has been so busy bloviating over the last few years, so eager to display his omniscience when it comes to energy, that there is plenty of visual material to cull from the public domain that can and will be used against him as the campaign season rolls on, if the GOP has any brains.  Call it divine justice that the man who seemingly can never stop talking can be hoisted on his own petard.

One can start with a graph of how gas prices have gone from $1.84 when Obama took office to $3.79 and climbing during March (and this is before the summer driving season spikes them upward).  Then there’s the voice we have heard so many times over the years that it seems to come straight from George Orwell’s 1984: Barack Obama talking during the campaign about his wish to see higher gas prices.  Fade to Ken Salazar, Obama’s choice to head the Department of Interior — the department that has done so much to stop oil exploration and development on federal land.  Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell proposed a bill to encourage offshore oil drilling.  Ken Salazar kept objecting to the bill even when McConnell suggested that the amendment be triggered when gas prices hit $10 a gallon at the pump.  Even when gas prices hit $10 a gallon, Salazar was opposed to allowing more offshore drilling.  The YouTube clip can be found here.

Then pair it up with Energy Secretary Chu telling us in 2008 that his desire is to figure out “how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”  He is well on his way to accomplishing his goal.

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Obama L-O-S-I-N-G Contraception Mandate Debate

Back on January 31, I asked, “why is the Obama administration picking a fight with the Catholic church during an election year?” For them to wage a public battle with the Bishops, now – when he needs all the Catholic voters he can get, just seemed insane.

But that was before the Obama camp began their full court press strategy of steering the debate away from a religious freedom issue to a women’s rights issue.  They accused the hapless GOP of  waging a war on women with an assist from feminist plant, Sandra Fluke. Rush Limbaugh unintentionally aided and abetted  the faux narrative when he used rhetoric more characteristic of left-wing commentators to describe the 31 year old reproductive rights activist.

What happened next was predictable. The institutional left erupted in spasms of  sputtering faux outrage and numerous craven sponsors left the Rush Limbaugh Show. Rush apologized for sinking to the level of discourse that he did, and the Stalinist left, smelling blood in the water,  didn’t accept his apology, and instead opted to ramp up the pressure on his sponsors.

As should be obvious, this is not really a reaction to a bad word, or the left would be spending more of its time policing its own side. It’s simply an excuse to  continue their jihad against talk radio, because that is the only place where conservative speech dominates.

The Obama war room probably thought they were going to kill two birds with one stone — flip the contraception narrative from their toxic war on religion to a phony GOP war on women and drum Rush off the air, once and for all. The White House’s contraception narrative had been forming since early January, after all – before anyone knew why it was an even an issue. The Rush thing was just an added bonus.

Unfortunately for Obama and his minions, though, conservatives were on to their Alinsky tactics, and rallied around Rush. We brought up example after example of lefty commentators saying worse things about conservative women. We brought up the million dollar misogynist, Bill Maher, and wondered why Obama’s PAC  would accept the tainted money of one of the biggest creeps  on the air. We exposed the left’s flaming hypocrisy and threw their words back in their stupid simpering faces. We put them on the defensive. The latest fallout: David Axelrod bails out of Bill Maher appearance.

And we’re not through. Since the left wants to play this game, we’re happy to oblige. Because when it comes to unhinged, ugly, demented, hateful and insane rhetoric – the right cannot begin to compete with the left. .

Take Al Sharpton. Back in the day – before he had teleprompters to help him to say “resist we much”, Al had some pretty — exotic things to say about all sorts of people.

As Big Journalism’s John Nolte will tell you:

Breaking today at the American Spectator is more bad news for a network devoting so much of its airtime to creating a rule that says someone should be pulled off the air for anything he or she has said that might be considered offensive.

Using MSNBC’s own standards, should the man who once said the following be allowed to hold a primetime MSNBC slot?

David Dinkins, you wanna be the only nigger on television, only nigger in the newspaper, only nigger that can talk. Don’t cover them, don’t talk to them, ’cause you got the only nigger problem. ‘Cause you know if a black man stood up next to you, they would see you for the whore that you really are.

That’s MSNBC’s Al Sharpton–many years ago, but just as shocking today. I can already hear the excuse — that it’s okay for him to use the N-word because he’s black. But I wonder what CNN’s Roland Martin will think of this:

White folks was in the cave when we were building empires. We learned to admire them, but they knew to admire us. We built pyramids without a ____, ____ new architecture ____. We talked philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.

“Greek homos.”

Just a few weeks ago, Roland Martin was suspended from CNN after GLAAD took offense to a few Super Bowl tweets few but GLAAD could ever find offensive — tweets that never even broached the subject of homosexuality.

“Homo,” of course is an anti-gay slur, especially within the context you hear in Sharpton’s words.

But that’s not all! How about a side order of “Chinaman” to go with that “homo”:

You the best chicken ____ in the universe. Gonna buy some Colonel Sanders chicken. Then the Chinaman come in and throw some hot ___ [cough] ___. Then the Korean sells us watermelon.  ___ watermelon all my life. They’re gonna cut it up and put it in a bucket with a rubber band around it, and then we’re gonna buy it like it’s somethin we didn’t know what it was.

And finally we have this:

“___ uh, white interloper I said I was wrong. uh, uh, cracker, though I think cracker is a certain personification of a certain type of person down south, just like redneck. I mean, you know some people misinterpret cracker meaning all whites, it’s not true. But the confusion means you shouldn’t use it. I mean, sometimes being flippant you say things you shouldn’t say, cause it gets in the way of your message and people  don’t really understand what you’re saying.”

“White interloper.” I don’t even know what that means, but “cracker” is a slur against white Southerners — end of story.

See Breitbart TV for video: UNCOVERED: NBC News Star Sharpton’s Racial, Homophobic Rants.

Well!

As Nolte notes, MSNBC President Phil Griffin added Sharpton to the MSNBC lineup, knowing that he said this sort of stuff regularly. But as MSNBC is the  media arm of the Obama White House, Sharpton’s main role at the network is to deploy the race card in promiscuous fashion as an election year racialist tactic to shore up the white guilt vote..  And he’s been doing just that. He wasn’t meant to be a liability.

So you might wonder – how does all this look to the average Joe?

Today, Obama sits at 41% in opinion polls — his lowest approval rating ever. Part of this poll collapse most certainly has to do with a stagnant economy and gas prices, but a lot of it has to do with the fact that Obama has started a stupid war against a nonexistent war on women (which is really Obama’s war against the Catholic Church and religious liberty), and the fact that he has once again been found hanging out with another divisive, radical racialist.

But surely most people agree with Obama on contraception?

No?

Sure enough, when asked, “Should health insurance plans for all employees have to cover the full cost of birth control for female employees or should employers be able to opt out for moral or religious reasons?” women favored opting out by a 46-44 margin. The margin increased to a decisive 53-38  for “religiously affiliated employers, such as a hospital or university.”

That’s among women. Unbeknownst to those who read only the Times‘ main story, the poll asked the same question to men. They were not split. Men favored opting out by a 20 point margin (57 vs. 37), except when a “religiously affiliated employer” was involved, in which case the margin increased to 25 points. Combining men and women, a substantial majority (51-40) favors allowing an opt-out–increasing to 57-36 where religiously-affiliated institutions are involved.

These are not close results. It’s hard to read this poll and not conclude that, contrary to some accounts, Obama wasn’t such a genius to pick a fight over mandated contraception coverage–because he appears to be losing the public debate on the question.

Rick Santorum is being painted as right wing extremist who is obsessed with social issues and wants to take away a woman’s right to contraception. How’s that working out?

Pollster Evolving Strategies conducted a sophisticated poll they call a “message experiment,” and found “Santorum does not do worse with women than he does with men” and that “Santorum doesn’t appear to be seriously harmed by social issues, however there is evidence that he is harmed by a lack of focus on economic issues.”

Here’s the heart of it:

When we look to the data, we see that being socially conservative or liberal has a significant impact on a respondent’s vote, but men and women are fairly similar, with women a bit less conservative overall.

Furthermore, there is no significant interaction between being socially conservative or liberal and the Santorum treatment. In other words, there does not seem to be a significant backlash against Santorum in response to his social policy views.

Doh!

In light of all this, Andrew Breitbart, (who continues to inspire us even after his death)  has a special message for the Obama White House:

Video: Rick Perry’s Response To Obama’s “He Should Be More Careful About What He Says” Remark

Rick Perry made a comment that most people would never have heard, had Wolf Blitzer not asked Obama about it in an interview. Obama responded by saying that Perry should watch what he says, but he’ll “cut him some slack”, (this time)...

What’s sad and ironic, is Obama’s response drew more attention to his lack of military service, and his thin skinned prickliness, than Perry’s supposed disrespect, so Obama”s the one who should watch what he says.

The entire brouhaha as summed up by AoSHQ:  Perry: The Troops Prefer A President Who’s Worn The Uniform /Obama: Watch Your Mouth, But I’ll Cut You Some Slack / Perry: You’re Killing Jobs

Video via Weasel Zippers


More MSNBC Pwnge: This Time It’s Contessa Brewer’s Turn To Be Humiliated

The hacks at MSNBC are spinning wildly for their boyfriend in the White House, a little too wildly as Tingles found out, yesterday, and Contessa  Brewer found out when she tried to bully the genteel, intellectually superior Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL).

This is the rhetorical equivalence to yanking the mic out of her hand and hitting her over the head with it, only he couldn’t have been more polite.

“Do You Have A Degree In Economics?”

“Yes Ma’am, I do. Highest honors”

Beautiful.

According to his Congressional page: “Mo graduated from Duke University in three years with a double major in political science and economics, with highest honors in economics. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Alabama Law School.”

Hat tip: @Afterseven

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