Striking chords that have buoyed his foreign policy approval rating, Obama touted his plan to bring the war in Afghanistan to a close, reminded the audience that “today no American is fighting in Iraq” and plugged his decision to order the killing of Osama bin Laden despite the fact he was holed up in Pakistan. [...]
“So, VFW, these are the promises I made. These are the promises I’ve kept. Where we still have work to do, we will not rest,” Obama said to a mostly cheering crowd.
As expected, President Obama spoke of the success he worked for in the last four years. Definitely when it comes to foreign policy, military policy, and veterans' care, the President has worked awfully hard to right a number of wrongs. And apparently, that isn't going unnoticed.
“It’s the lesser of two evils, in my book,” Mike Poland of Kansas City, Mo., said before Obama’s speech. “I’m going with Romney. I don’t like some of Obama’s planned spending cuts.”
After the speech, however, a surprised Poland tracked down the reporter to say he may have been won over by Obama’s speech.
“I was impressed by what he said. And I didn’t think I would be,” Poland said. “If he can walk the walk as well as talk the talk, I could be good with that.”
In case you missed it earlier today, here's the video from the VFW Convention in Reno.
And as we've discussed before, this was a chance for President Obama to blunt Mitt Romney's attacks on these issues that are bound to happen this week. So far in looking at what happened today, Obama probably got what he wanted. While Romney keeps talking about America "in decline", Obama used his speech in Reno today to project a more positive version of a strong America.