Comments made by President Barck Obama Wednesday during a speech in Elkhart, Indiana did not sit well with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars group.
During his speech, Obama referred to what he called the “primary story” told by Republicans, dealing with “moochers at the bottom of the income ladder.” He said, “We have been hearing this story for decades. Tales about welfare queens, talking about takers … It’s the story that is broadcast every day on some cable news stations, on right-wing radio, it’s pumped into cars, and bars, and VFW halls all across America, and right here in Elkhart.”
He went on to infer that people who hear this story-line continually will begin to believe it and think big government is the problem.
Members of the veterans group did not appreciate Obama’s “lecturing.”
VFW National Commander, John A. Biedrzycki issued a statement saying, “I don’t know how many VFW Posts the president has ever visited, but our near 1.7 million members are a direct reflection of America. We don’t have confused politics, we don’t need left or rightwing media filters telling us how to think or vote, and we don’t need any President of the United States lecturing us about how we are individually [affected] by the economy.”
He added that men and women in uniform are responsible for creating our nation and it exists today because of them.
Biedrzycki also alluded to the fact that veterans are not so easily manipulated. “Let’s not denigrate their service, their sacrifice or their intelligence,” he said in the statement.
In July 2015, Obama attended the VFW convention where he gave a speech on the government’s efforts to assist veterans. Calling the opportunity an “honor,” Obama said, “As president, I consider it my obligation to help make sure that, even though less than 1 percent of Americans wear the uniform, that 100 percent of Americans honor your sacrifices and your service.”