Obama continues conversation with veterans
July 24th, 2012
04:08 PM ET

Obama continues conversation with veterans

PORTLAND, Oregon (CNN) - One day after delivering remarks to thousands of veterans at the VFW convention in Reno, Nevada, President Obama sat down with a smaller group of veterans for breakfast.

Three veterans from the Portland area sat down at the Gateway Breakfast House to discuss issues such as care for disabled veterans, services in rural areas, and PTSD.

Most of the meeting was out of the view of cameras but pool reporters heard several references to his remarks yesterday in Reno.

The previously unannounced stop occurred just after Republican candidate Mitt Romney finished his remarks at the same VFW convention. Romney slammed the Obama administration for defense cuts and intelligence leaks.

"The president’s policies have made it harder to recovery from the deepest recession in 70 years, exposed the military to cuts that no one can justify,  compromised our national security secrets.  And in dealings with other nations he has given trust where it is not earned, insult where it was not deserved and apology where it is not due," Romney said.

President Obama continued his campaign swing on the West Coast with two fundraisers held at the Portland Convention Center on Tuesday night.

Topics: 2012 Election • President Obama • Veterans

soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. jerry

    wonder if they talked about the time obama proposed the veterans pay for their own health insurance...or maybe the restrictions obama put on our fighting troops in afgahistan? Or, perhaps a discussion of the 1921 us deaths in combat there or perhaps a discussion of the 15,422 wounded (to feb 2012)? How about the closure of the prison in Cuba...the one he promised he'd close but knew for a fact he would not? lier-in-chief

    July 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • Oldbull

      And Romney could talk about the time he dodged the draft and got out of serving in the Vietnam War by running to the South of France...Mitt the coward might want to stay away from them...

      July 25, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • Lionel

      Unlike the Romney men, President Obama grew up with a WWII vet, his grandfather, and learned a lot from him.
      Romney, his father or grandfather and his 5 sons did not serve in the military.

      Romney and his lies does not know deserve a vet vote.

      Obama Cares and that is the reason you see him meeting real people.

      Obama / Biden 2012

      July 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  2. Howard

    I guarantee you, the veterans know Obama is a phony, who is merely trying to use them for photo ops, and self-serving political gain.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:36 am |
    • Kathie DiCesare

      I don't know what veterans you're talking about but I track reports all over the country. You'd know what the facts really are if you did the same. Look up what the VA budget was under Bush while too many people in this country just let him and congress do it. Nicholson returned money when veterans were coming home, killing themselves and the claims backlog was a million. Obama made the lines longer by making it easier for veterans to file PTSD claims, opened up Agent Orange illnesses and making them easier to file for at the same time congress was whining about cutting the deficit instead of hiring workers to cover all the wounded. This is also an issue when amputations are at an all time high because more are surviving what would have killed them in Vietnam. The president sets the agenda but congress controls all the money.

      July 25, 2012 at 7:57 am |
      • jerry

        you are full of it! Why don't you tell the complete story? obama has done nothing that would not bring him a vote in return..idiot!

        July 25, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Oldbull

      Yet Mitt is the guy that dodged the draft by running to the South of France...

      July 25, 2012 at 10:36 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        And, Mitt protested 'FOR KEEPING THE DRAFT' that others lives were disrupted to serve while he was avoiding service himself. He promoted sending others to military service against their will, off to die for ALL OF US. That is, if they didn't have a rich daddy's address.

        July 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  3. miles

    the veterans know OBAMA isnt a warmongering chickenhawk like BUSH & ROMNEY are. they know he wont send them to war to appease his ego

    July 25, 2012 at 2:46 am |
    • Obama Sucks

      What they know is that Obama would never use US troops to do good like removing a psychotic, mass murdering dictator. Instead he does things like ILLEGALLY ( see war powers act ) using US troops to help put Al Qaeda rebels in charge of Libya.

      July 25, 2012 at 8:58 am |
      • jerry

        obama has a muslim brain...and that is evident...just study his foreign policy and domestic...he is not one of us.

        July 25, 2012 at 10:45 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Jerry, you love Michele Bachmann, love-love-love her I can tell. You two are peas-in-a-pod. Twins separated at birth and here to defend nonsense where ever it might show it's ugly head. You follow her every Tweet, her every uttered gob-smacked version of reality and have sweet dreams of holding her hand while listening to Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and Frank Gaffney. Yes you are found to be floating above the earth, starry-eyed with her name on your lips – "Michele,...Michele,....Michele......"

        July 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
      • Steveo

        @Cynthia L. You sure you don't write romance novels?

        July 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Well, Steveo – that Jerry can be an inspiration! Ha!

        July 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Oldbull

      I am a a retired vet and I know a whole lot of other vets that wouldn't vote for Mitt Romney if he paid us....

      July 25, 2012 at 10:37 am |
      • Howard

        I'm a vet too ... you you're full of bull alright ... but, I'm sure Obama will pay you to vote for him ... with other people's money of course ... since Obama has never had a real job in his entire life ... Obama is continually using other peoples money to buy votes ... or selling out America to buy votes ... and, you fools still want to vote for him ... which says as much about you, as it does about Obama.

        July 26, 2012 at 12:25 am |
  4. sayer

    This vet is voting for Obama.

    July 25, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • NavyVet

      This Vet would never vote for obama or any other sorry ass politician! Until you people pull your head out of your butts and stop re-electing these idiots on both sides the country is not going to get better! All these jerk-offs (obama & congress) care about is packing their own pockets and their political party instead of caring about the country! Term limits and requiring everyone to serve at least two years!!!

      July 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Sooooo,....you don't vote?? Not for Congress nor for Senate, not for the governor of your state?? In others words you just bitch and don't bother to try to support good folks (and they are out there but you have to find out who they are and what they stand for). I think maybe you better remove your head out of your backside if you don't think you are part of the problem. You say you are a vet – well if that's true – thank you for your service. You still need to be pro-active in your country's well-being. Help steer the ship with your fellow Americans. If you feel, like many of us do, that some are in it to stuff their pockets, be a voice to change it by getting to your polling place. Engage.

        July 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • NavyVet

        Cynthia L. – Obviously you are not competent enough to read what I wrote! It specifically says re-electing; it does not say anything about not participating idiot. I served my country for 10 years you obviously have never so why don’t you try the same before lecturing me with your get involved BS!
        My OIC use to say to my team: “I hope you enjoy your sh*t sandwich, because you are f*^king up my AO”…I would say that fits you and Obama perfectly!!!

        Stop letting your mouth overload your ass!

        July 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
      • Steveo

        @Cynthia L,

        Rarely is it I agree with you but you are right on target here! Good words!

        July 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  5. judy

    jerry has no brain and him and Howard should go far far away. Racist pigs, Thank God he is not one of you jerry. Obama has supported vetrans from day one and I know plenty that support him. Now we have that idiot mitt running around europe shooting his big mouth off. His listen and learn trip is an excuse to see annies horse and on his supportere dime. What a guy.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Howard

      Judy ... with the crap coming out of your mouth ... it's obvious that you should be called DOODY ... you know, like Dog Doody !!!

      July 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • jerry

      I'll bet you won't catch Mitt with off mic comments or bowing to foreign leaders...or making excuses for America... compared to Romney obama is a very little sick excuse of a man... (obama) suckling off the breast of the hard working tax payer, wouldn't know a real job or an honest days work if it were in front of him (which it never has been).

      July 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Hey Jerr...,...is it Jerry or, Gerald?...Jerome?? Which is it?!
        Romney's speech to the veterans about leaks was kinda creepy while he is using Eric Edelman who was implicated in the country's last major National Security leak investigation while serving under Scooter Libby – outing CIA Agent Valerie Plume – AS ONE OF ROMNEY's OWN ADVISERS.
        Then, just a few days ago allowed Dick Cheney of the same administration to give him a fundraiser WHILE WE ALL KNOW that Cheney received 5 deferments from serving in Vietnam. Veterans remember stuff like that, too.

        July 26, 2012 at 10:42 am |
  6. jerry

    hey Barack or is it Barry? Or just who are you really? We know more about the shooter in CO than we know about Barry Sorento/Barrack H Obama...why is that? Our veterans suicide rates are going through the roof, now why is that? Talk to a recent returning veteran (you don't see the media really talking to them, or even reporting the war) and you will soon see why our veterans are suffering... obama, for one thing (a big thing) has severely restricted our troops fighting abilities, screwed up middle eastern alliances and just made a mess of things... A former seal team six commander has created a group opposing obama's reelection. No informed Veteran will vote for obama...he is a fraud, and empty shirt, and not ONE of us...not a real American patriot. We need an American President with an open history and a real resume'...a patriot!

    July 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Cynthia L.


      July 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
      • jerry

        where is she? Getting a little too hot in the kitchen for her? She is a liability...especially
        if she has to answer to the real media...she will lose her cool and show her true colors...the woman who hates America.

        July 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Michele? You are right, she's never in the kitchen, just in front of a mircophone telling everyone else they're not real Americans and she hates them for it.
        Glad you came to your senses, Jerry. Whew, I was getting worried about you.

        July 26, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  7. jimstaro

    Obama to US Veterans: 'I've Got Your Back'

    And quite frankly he does and has! Or better his Administration and those around him and the Vice President, actions not just words! Starting during the campaign in running for President, Military, Families of and Veterans especially this present generation but reaching back to issues for us older veterans as well, and has stayed that course since even with the obstruction in congress, DeJa-Vu from a certain political party over the decades that prefers to blame the agency, never a mention nor comparison with their beloved private sector similar issues practices, then do their jobs and the majority of the country like it that way as they also do same, and the long underfunded and ignored by country of many veterans issues, while supporting wars especially, Veterans Administration.

    {On FLOTUS & SLOTUS "There is this sense that this is genuine," says Raezer. "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer – December 30, 2011}

    As the Country, DeJa-Vu, still see's no reason they demand they sacrifice, not only for the wars, the surplus was gone before 9/11 and the rubber stamping deficits started especially for the wars off the books, placed back on with this administration which greatly ballooned the huge and growing deficits left by the previous quickly, and the no bid contracts to special interests, but especially as to the results of that will last for decades, most once again being ignored by the country, DeJa-Vu all over again.

    USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71

    July 26, 2012 at 10:21 am |
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    November 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm |