Not manhandled by security, I should note, but manhandled by two fellow vets. And I’m not exaggerating in using that word: They’re shockingly rough with a guy who looks to be in his mid-70s. A broken hip will learn the old-timer not to go mouthing off about Benghazi, I guess.
Kind of surprised to find two Obama fans this ardent at a VFW gathering, to be honest.
Perhaps reflecting mixed feelings about the president among veterans, Obama often drew tepid applause, especially for comments about his nuclear deal with Iran. He did, however, receive a rousing ovation after calling for the release of five Americans, including Marine veteran Amir Mirza Hekmati and Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, being held by the Iranian government.
“These Americans need to be back home with their families,” he said.
Early in the speech, a protester held up a sign about the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead. Fellow VFW members ripped the sign out of his hand, and a police officer removed him after the protester shouted “Benghazi” a several times.
Was this some sort of breach of VFW decorum, i.e. a retired soldier’s not supposed to talk back to the commander-in-chief? Why can’t an American citizen who’s no longer on active duty protest silently? I don’t get why they’re so aggressive with him.