“Upholding Our Trust With Our Veterans Is Not Just A Matter Of Policy; It Is A Moral Obligation.”


President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina


Text of the President’s remarks here









President Barack Obama points out a special guest as he speaks during the American Legion national convention







President Barack Obama reacts after he is presented with a commemorative coin by American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger

120 Responses to ““Upholding Our Trust With Our Veterans Is Not Just A Matter Of Policy; It Is A Moral Obligation.””

  1. August 26, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Very timely speech as always

  2. 14 57andfemale
    August 26, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    That’s what I get for discussing Allison Janney’s fabulous Emmy dress with a friend in the office. I would have been FIRST.

  3. 16 JER
    August 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm

  4. August 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks a GAZILLION Nerdy!!!!!

  5. 20 Dudette
    August 26, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Best President Ever!

  6. 21 Roberta in MN
    August 26, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    He did a wonderful job today. And if the American people can not understand what this man is all about, then they are some sick SOB’s. Thanks you for the tweets & pictures Nerdy. Watched a replay on C-Span, he told it like it really is. Just love him.

  7. 22 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Friends of mine, husband & wife, both USMC retired, were in the hall. They are members of the California delegation.

  8. 24 MadameSoph
    August 26, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Hello TODers!

    I am about to make donations for 2014 elections. Since I live in a blue state, I would like some advice on Senate and House, etc. races in other places that could turn Dem or need to stay Dem. Since many folks on here are active in their local politics, I was hoping you could advise me on who/what to donate to.

    Help me out TOD; where will my dollars make the most difference?

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      August 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Madame Soph–There is a wonderful candidate running for an open seat in Pennsylvania’s CD 6. Manny is an MD and an Iraqi war vet and he would make a great contribution to the state and the country as a member of Congress. Below is his web site. I’ve met him many times and I know all of us at TOD would love him.


    • August 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      House races in Arizona. Keep the seats blue. Candidate 1 is Kyrsten Sinema and the other one is Ron Barber. They only squeaked by in 2012. They need all they help they can get. There is no Senate race here this time but we definitely need help electing Fred Duval for Governor (replacing finger pointer and wicked witch of the southwest, Jan Brewer). Thanks!

      • August 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm

        AND Ann Kirkpatrick. She is also trying to get reelected. Koch brothers and Karl Rove have poured millions into to her opponent’s campaign.

      • 28 MadameSoph
        August 26, 2014 at 7:40 pm

        Ha Ha! “Finger pointer and wicked witch of the southwest, Jan Brewer”) 🙂 Now I can’t stop thinking of PBO carrying a bucket of water onto that tarmac (“Oh, what a world, what a world!)…

    • 29 Judith Fardig
      August 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Sam Wang of Princeton recommends donating in very close races to maximize your impact. In the Senate, we need to keep Mark Udall of CO (also Begich of AK, Landrieu of LA, and Pryor of AR). It would be fabulous to kick out Mitch McConnell and replace him with Alison Lundergan-Grimes in KY. Other Democrats to consider are Nunn in GA, Braley in Iowa, Shaheen in NH.

    • 31 susanne
      August 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      aloha madame soph~
      i’m also in a blue state, and have come to rely on sam wang’s analyses to help me share my campaign dollars where they’re most needed. he has an excellent website, princeton election consortium, where he breaks down his use of data to make recommendations and predictions. in the left column is a vote blue icon–click on that and it will take you to the page where you can put your money on the candidates who are most pivotal right now.


    • 32 mtmarilyn
      August 26, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      We have 2 wonderful progressive candidates in Montana for our lone House seat, John Lewis, and for our Senate seat we have a new candidate Amanda Lewis. She is getting a late start but I really think she has a chance. Neither Zinke, the Republican running against Lewis for the House seat or Daines the Republican running for the Senate seat will debate the Dems. The Repubs have loads of money coming into this state from the Koch’s and others. We are a purple state want to keep our Senator a Dem and turn the house seat into a Dem. Both Lewis and Curtis have Act Blue accounts.

    • 33 MadameSoph
      August 26, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you so much jackiegrumbacher, Jackie 4 Obama, Judith Fardig, susanne and mtmarilyn! These are great links, good advice and recommendations! You guys rock!

      I am bookmarking this page, so if anyone else out there has any ideas, I’ll be back to check before I do my donations tomorrow.

      Dems 2014!

      • 34 Nerdy Wonka
        August 26, 2014 at 10:45 pm

        Hey, MadameSoph, check out John Bucy at BucyForTexas.com. He’s a great Democrat to donate to because he’s very close to flipping a red seat to blue in Texas.

    • 36 dotster3
      August 26, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Putting in a plug for Braley in Iowa—-a great guy, ahead by 1 in the most recent poll—–have to prevent the piggy castrator and tea party dariling Joni Ernst. Need to win that one.

  9. 38 Jeff
    August 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I am disliking Hillary more and more and am unsure if I can vote for her if she’s the front runner… I hate to say this but it’s getting harder and harder! 😦

    • 39 Linda
      August 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      I know what you mean…..we all may have to hold our noses in 2016.

      • 40 Vicki
        August 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm

        NO. We will have better choices.

        • 41 jacquelineoboomer
          August 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm

          YES. That primary is really going to be an important way to weed people out. Just like in ’08!

      • 42 hopefruit2
        August 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm

        We may, but most likely we won’t. The media is trying to now force Dems to accept HRC as the default candidate. From my recent experience, the MSM does not have a good track recording in predicting primary DEM politics…

        • 43 Vicki
          August 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm

          Oh, hopefruit, don’t give up.
          The MSM is not the factor they want to be, remember?

          Please notice that Gaza and Israel have all but disappeared from the news today. That is because John Kerry’s Peace Plan was the one that has been implemented.
          Mahmoud Abbas thanked and credited SOS Kerry in a speech I caught before Al Jazeera America cut the feed from Al Jazeera English which I’d been watching.
          Engel and Moyheldin are on and on about ISIS, no Gaza ceasefire mentioned because that is not what they are paid to do.

          I fully believe that we will have a Democratic candidatefor 2016 we can be happy about.
          Right After # landslide dems in 70 days.

          • 44 hopefruit2
            August 26, 2014 at 5:34 pm

            Oh no Vicki, I haven’t given up – in fact just the opposite. That’s why I’m telling Linda, most likely we WON’T have to “hold our noses” and vote for HRC!!! 🙂 🙂

            I mean, it’s true anything is possible, but I am confident like you that we will have a viable candidate that the majority of us at TOD and in the Dem party can be highly enthusiastic about. 🙂

      • 46 COS
        August 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm

        My sister said what Jeff just posted. Linda, I also told her that we may have to hold our noses in 2016 and vote for her. Frankly, I will vote for anything or anyone with a D in front of their name. I despise all Republicans, and I literally mean that. I detest liars, and every word they speak is usually a lie.

  10. 48 Vicki
    August 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Wonderful post, Nerdy. TY.
    i have to say I like the Vets chances with PBO in their corner.

    Some other random thoughts; Lis Smith has been named Martin O’Malleys press person. If it is the same Lis Smith she did a great job for Bill deBlasio but was fired when her personal relationship with Eliot Spitzer became known. I have no further comment or opinion on this.

    Also Steve Schmidt joining Oops Gov. legal team? Will Schmidt still be appearing on MSNBC during Election time?

    Or is MSNBC planning to avoid the midterm elections altogether now that the Repub wave is nowhere to be seen? #landslidedems2014

    And there are a few primaries tonight and then the season ends in 2 weeks with several races including a NY primary.

    • 49 hopefruit2
      August 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      I’m hardly hearing about the midterms. I’ve heard more about PBO’s golf playing than anything to do with the primaries or upcoming general midterm election. Whereas in 2010, MSNBC and the rest of the MSM were on top of the midterms like white on rice. So that alone suggests to me that there is no GOP wave as desired by the MSM.

    • 50 Nerdy Wonka
      August 26, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks, Vicki and thanks for the update.

  11. 51 jackiegrumbacher
    August 26, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Our president’s speech today–whether listened to or read— is packed with information and loaded with deep love and respect for our veterans that comes from his heart, not just from his obligation as CIC. You cannot imagine being a member of that audience and not being moved by the depth of his commitment to those who’ve served our country. Our president means business; he gets things done. His words are brilliant and moving, but he always follows them with action. No US veteran could ask for a finer president or one more committed to his/her interests. And there is nobody–NOBODY–on the horizon that can begin to measure up to this extraordinary man.

  12. 53 jacquelineoboomer
    August 26, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I only heard part of the Burger King story, but this seems to touch on that.

    • 54 57andfemale
      August 26, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      They bought a Canadian chain and will move their ‘corporate headquarters’ to Canada, to avoid U.S. taxes.

      Understand, the ‘move’ is an effing keystroke on a computer.


      • 55 jacquelineoboomer
        August 27, 2014 at 12:12 am

        Thanks. New trend, like any of them needed any new ways to avoid U.S. taxes that the rest of us pay.

        • 56 57andfemale
          August 27, 2014 at 10:30 am

          And they are lying through their teeth. It has NOTHING to do with tax avoidance, yada yada. Their carefully worded statement yesterday was a masterpiece of obfuscation.

  13. 57 Nena20409
    August 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

  14. 58 Nena20409
    August 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    A US Citizen, by the name, Douglas MacArthur McCain joined ISIS/ISIL and now was killed in the fight in Syria.

  15. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    August 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I have this printed on the side of my luggage. #Kidding

  16. 64 Linda
    August 26, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Shooting Instructor Dies After Being Accidentally Shot In The Head By Student

    An Arizona shooting instructor has died after being accidentally shot in the head by a 9-year-old student Monday morning.

    Mohave County Sheriff’s officials told the Associated Press that the 39-year-old shooting instructor was injured at about 10 a.m. at an outdoor range in Dolan Springs, Ariz. He was then airlifted to a medical center in Las Vegas, where he died later that night.

    Sheriff Jim McCabe told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the girl, who was vacationing from New Jersey with her parents, had safely fired a 9 mm Uzi several times in the “single-shot” mode.

    The firearm was put into “fully automatic” mode the next time she fired, McCabe said, with the instructor, identified as Charles Vacca, standing to her left. The weapon recoiled and she lost control of the Uzi while firing an undetermined number of rounds. Vacca suffered at least one gunshot to the head.

    “The guy just dropped,” McCabe told the Review-Journal.

    No charges would be filed, the sheriff said.


    No words.

  17. 69 JER
    August 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm

  18. 71 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    In his eulogy at Mike Brown’s funeral, Rev Al touched upon something I wanted to expand a bit on here. He asked the audience if they didn’t find it suspect that in many of the poor inner city Black communities, people are getting harassed by cops and thrown in jail for “trivial” things such as marijuana, jaywalking, selling cigarettes, etc., yet the buying/selling or distribution of illegal guns seem to go unreported and unpunished in the community – which never results in good outcomes for the residents.

    It also occurred to me that since PBO became President, the crime rate in many of these regions have actually gone done (although you won’t hear any of that from the media). The the crime rate has gone down in a manner that is ahistorical – given the tendency of crime to rise at times of economic downturn, which pretty much characterized much of PBO’s 1st term. So sociologists have surmised that there may be an “Obama effect” on these communities which have mitigated the poor economic conditions where crime is concerned.

    So it is quite possible that the drop in crime in these communities could mean that many of the cops who work in these regions are more idle, making less overtime, and already they are mad that PBO is President, so they are out for some sort of revenge. If Ferguson had a high homicide rate, the media would not fail to mention it – in fact there would probably be a sentence front and center about the high homicide rate in every media segment on Ferguson. So we now find the media harping on Black teens who use marijuana, wear hoodies, drink alcohol, jaywalk, get suspended from school for being late, etc….what will they do next, remind us that Black teens who chew gum while talking are “no angels?”

    • 72 aquagranny911
      August 26, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      I read that Michael Brown’s death was the first, one & only homicide in Ferguson this year. So much for the media being able to play up Ferguson as a “crime ridden” community. Also, Ferguson was financing their PD by fines & court costs for mostly traffic stops & petty things at an almost 90% ratio for the black residents.

  19. 74 Linda
    August 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Issa’s next target :

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a House panel is asking Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to turn over to Congress documents and information the lawmaker alleges will show “a pattern of wasteful spending and mismanagement” at the Labor Department.


    Next he will investigate the cleaning staff. I heard they pick up and throw away paperclips….what a waste !

  20. August 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

  21. August 26, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Nerdy Wonka, always you are on it and you get it and you serve it up. But this particular post means so much to me, because I believe that the American Legion audience would probably contains some quantity of people who watch Fox and listen to garbage in media and choose to cling to old bad ideas. And I only caught last part of his speech. Seeing these close ups of grateful, excited, honoring Vets, appreciating our President with warmth and gratitude and dignity, makes me happy and proud. Thanks for all you do.

  22. 87 Nena20409
    August 26, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Now where the heck would a 2 yrs old hear such words?

  23. 90 yardarm756
    August 26, 2014 at 5:47 pm

  24. 91 Nena20409
    August 26, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Howard Kurtz is a partisan hack. A water carrier for the righties.

    But I posted this here to show that even a despicable Howard is not so sweet of This 3/4 married C. West with his latest attacks.

    • 92 Sandy1110
      August 26, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      We’ve gone through some kind of looking glass when someone on Fox News is now more reasonable than gone-around-the-bend Cornel West.

  25. 93 Nena20409
    August 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm


    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, a prominent student of the Great Depression, contends that the 2008 financial crisis was actually worse than its 1930s counterpart.

    Mr. Bernanke is quoted making the statement in a document filed on Aug. 22 with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims as part of a lawsuit linked to the 2008 government bailout of insurance giant American International Group Inc.AIG +0.34%

    “September and October of 2008 was the worst financial crisis in global history, including the Great Depression,” Mr. Bernanke is quoted as saying in the document filed with the court. Of the 13 “most important financial institutions in the United States, 12 were at risk of failure within a period of a week or two.”

    Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is quoted in the document offering a similarly apocalyptic assessment. From Sept. 6 through Sept. 22, the economy was essentially “in free fall,” he said.

    In other words…..it’s a miracle that US rebounded as quickly as it has…..But why were We The People Not told the truth……and then made sure that the GOP owned and felt their calamity……since Jan 20th, 2009?

    Not until 1941-44 did US started recovering from the Depression of the 1929.

    Since the 2008 Financial meltdown, the GOP has done nothing to help, but to hold US hostage, Downgrade our Credit and Shutdown our Gov’t. They have Not [aid One Prize for the large population is not educated 24/7 to hold those in the wrong accountable.

  26. 94 Nena20409
    August 26, 2014 at 6:09 pm

  27. 95 Nena20409
    August 26, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    54% of Americans favor airstrikes against ISIS/ISIL.

    Majority of Us think that POTUS golfing is no big deal.

    But, but, but, DC/NY Pundits, mostly White and Males say: ??????

    ODS…..the severest form of illness.

    • 96 Nena20409
      August 26, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      • 97 hopefruit2
        August 26, 2014 at 7:49 pm

        HAHAHAHahahahahaha! Will my Twitter friend John report as breathlessly as he did the NY Times report with their “Dems on record”?

        • 98 0388jojothecat
          August 26, 2014 at 8:08 pm

          In the article it said the Dems flinched at the optics if PBO golfing after his comdemnation of the killing of Foley. The Dino & weak kneed Dems flinch when the media tells them to. PBO can’t run back to the WH every time tragedy happens and there is nothing he can do about.

          • August 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm

            Maybe those Dems and the MSM wanted PBO to wear black from head to toe, a sign of mourning for Foley. Then again he would be accused of supporting the ISIS. They are the ones always in black, to reflect the terror they inflict on people.

          • 100 hopefruit2
            August 26, 2014 at 8:30 pm

            The “Dems” they’re referring to are not Dem voters – they are certain DINOS in congress and in the media who have never really liked or supported PBO.

        • 101 anniebella
          August 26, 2014 at 8:46 pm

          hopefruit2, You think it’s the same Democrats who are going around complaining cause they feel that the First Lady haven’t done enough to help them with their election.

  28. 103 Nena20409
    August 26, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Oprah will be playing Grandma of the late Richard Pryor in a Biopic Movie.

    WTG Lady O!

  29. 105 Nena20409
    August 26, 2014 at 6:16 pm

  30. 106 Nena20409
    August 26, 2014 at 6:28 pm

  31. 107 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2014 at 6:28 pm

  32. August 26, 2014 at 6:54 pm

  33. 109 99ts
    August 26, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Surely Darrell Issa wastes more “taxpayer” money than any government department in the last 100 years. Why does anyone vote for him? Have those anti government constituents of his ever been told what he costs the USA?

  34. August 26, 2014 at 7:28 pm

  35. 111 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    It’s almost 8PM EST. Do you know where Dennis Kucinich is? Do you care?

    • 112 MightyPamela
      August 26, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      I can only say I hope to heck he is not hanging around in Seattle. Loser.

      • 113 hopefruit2
        August 26, 2014 at 8:32 pm

        Remember he was all the rage in 2010?. He was always on the Teevee attacking PBO, along with his other “Dem” sidekicks Alan Grayson and Anthony Weiner. They were all gonna primary that loser Obama…


  36. 114 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Okay – now time to get rid of that GOPer Rick Scott in November…

  37. August 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Prosecution Grills McDonnell on Corruption Charges http://t.co/sT4BYyziqK— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) August 27, 2014

    • 117 anniebella
      August 26, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Isn’t it ashame how ex Gov.McDonnell has thrown his wife under the bus to try to save his own behind.

  38. 118 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2014 at 8:25 pm

  39. 119 Vicki
    August 26, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Oh boy, what geniuses we have reporting the news to us.

    Chris Hayes gets points for at least mentioning that fighting has stopped in Gaza. Most Media has avoided mentoning Israel’s loss on all fronts.
    But then, he had to ask what it was all for, all the loss of life and property???

    Here is the simple answer. Gaza fought to break an unbearable siege.
    The siege will be lifted.
    Gaza fought to break open the prison doors.
    The doors will be opened.

    On the other hand……

    Israel fought to disarm Hamas.
    Hamas will keep every gun and every rocket.

    Israel fights to take ever larger pieces of Gaza and the West Bank.
    Gaza will reclaim 2/3 of their lost land as a result of this agreement. (The so-called buffer zone depriving farmers of their land has been reduced from 300 yard? meters? to 100 .)

    Israel fights for the Neo-Con vision of walls, guns, nightmare
    That vision was not fulfilled. Not this time.

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