According to the Daily Mail, many veterans sat on their hands and left multiple moments of awkward silence.

President Obama was obviously looking to salve open wounds while taking the stage for a photo-op that would signal to the potentially bewildered Democratic base that he ‘still cares’ about them.

Except the veterans at the American Legion did not appear to be buying it, save for a few scattered “golf claps” following a particularly pregnant pause floated by the president, after saying this:

“You know that we should never send America’s sons and daughters into harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary and we have a plan and we are resourcing it and prepared to see it through.”

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