Tepid clapping greets unpopular Obama's VA speech at American Legion convention in his first speech to group since 2011
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Some applause lines met with awkward silence while others earned only three seconds of feeble clapping
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By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor, MailOnline
Published: 13:38 EST, 26 August 2014 | Updated: 15:05 EST, 26 August 2014
President Barack Obama faced a tough crowd on Tuesday – American military veterans – and fell flat on his applause lines as he failed to win over the American Legion's convention-goers.
His 35-minute speech seemed to have reminded the audience of the stark divide between the White House's policy choices and the feelings of the men and women often called on to carry them out.
A Virginia legionnaire who served in the U.S. Marine Corps told MailOnline that 'a small group of Obama's admirers – and there are some here – sat near the front and tried to generate applause for him about 10 times.'
'They didn't get much pickup,' the retired lieutenant colonel said of the 'instigators' gathered at the Charlotte, North Carolina event, but 'they were persistent. You could tell when the applause was genuine and when it wasn't. It was obvious to everyone here.'
Most of the veterans sat on their hands, leaving awkward silences where White House speechwriters expected ovations.
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