One of the reasons Barack Obama didn’t make it earlier to Louisiana was his speech to soldiers at Fort Bliss to make the second anniversary of the end of combat operations in Iraq. He might have gotten more cheers in the evacuated areas of Hurricane Isaac’s landfall. According to the Daily Caller, Obama met with such a stony reception that he tried to cajole a reaction out of the audience:
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.
That, says Damian at e-Nough, is the real OOTD:
So when Mr. Obama brags on himself, silence. When he promises something, a smattering of applause. When he recognizes the military, cheers. Now why is that? [We consider why that is.] Perhaps it’s because they sense the depth of his sincerity (and this). Perhaps it’s because they have experienced his support first-hand (and this and this). Then again, perhaps they’ve been fooled once too often.
In an e-mail to me, Damian adds:
But of course Mr. Obama is not hearing them. Not at the podium and not in his policies. It is an unintended irony. That is the Obamateurism. That and Mr. Obama’s rhetorical lameness laid bare. And there is also the delicious synchronicity of Mr. Obama going flat at a military base named Bliss.
How bad was the speech and its reception?
CNN and MSNBC ended their coverage of the speech before it was half-over.
Maybe Obama would have been better off speaking to, er, empty chairs.
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