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Recalling Obama’s Dedication to Veterans Back in His Senate Days



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President Obama, yesterday:

I served on the Veterans Affairs Committee when I was in the Senate, and it was one of the proudest pieces of business that I did in the legislature.

An inconvenient truth:

Obama skipped 19 of 37 VA committee meetings in the 109th congress. Obama’s attendance record was the second worst of all Democrats on the committee. He attended just 18 of the committee’s 37 meetings in Washington D.C.

The 109th Congress was from January 2005 to January 2007, and did not overlap with Obama’s presidential campaign, which began in January 2007.

Obama’s VA committee-attendance figure comes from the noted right-wing site, Daily Kos.

We can also see that old habits die hard for this president:

But when asked if he knew, as a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, about the problems at Walter Reed Hospital before the story was published in the Washington Post, Obama admitted he didn’t.

(Chicago Sun-Times, June 4, 2007.)


Tags: Barack Obama , Veterans


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