Democrat Barack Obama on Monday promised Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans help with their grievances — save one. "I know it drives you nuts. But I'm not going to lower the drinking age," the presidential candidate said.You know what else would reduce DWIs? Banning alcohol! And banning cars! You know what else we should do? Ban people under 21 from serving in the military!
Army veteran Ernest Johnson, 23, of Connecticut, said one of the things that peeved him before he turned 21 was that he couldn't come home and drink a beer — even though he was old enough to serve in the armed services and die for his country.
Obama told Johnson he sympathized, but that setting the legal drinking age at 21 had helped reduce drunken driving incidents and should remain.
I'm sure the media is just cherry picking salacious comments, leading with the stuff to raise my blood pressure. This is Obama-style gold:
"The problem has not been our military — the problem has been our civilian leadership," Obama said. "There's no way you should end up homeless." He said he would, if elected, put into force a program that would guarantee at least transitional housing for homeless veterans.See? That's good shit. Good shit. Why ruin that with throwaway comments about drinking and driving based on half-assed logic? It has nothing to do with his platform! At all! Why say anything about it? Play it smart and say, "that is something worth looking into, but it bears further investigation before I comment on it. I am knowledgable about many things, but not an expert on everything. Let me check into it." BAM! HOLY SHIT! WHAT A SMART THING TO SAY.
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"The notion that you wouldn't have services available to you is inexcusable," Obama said. He said the military should start the process of treating soldiers suspected of post-traumatic stress disorder "before you are discharged."