When one is introduced to a veteran these days, the typical first words out of one's mouth to the ex-soldier are "Thank you for your service." But for the WAT, gratitude ends with that salutation. Veterans are perceived in terms of dollars and cents rather than flesh and blood.
In his ground-breaking speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, the president was telling the American people that he understands and shares their concerns, and that government has a responsibility to take those concerns seriously.
President Obama is correct in his criticism of the Republicans for their obstructionism on jobs. But if he had more aggressively implemented his new policy on Cuba, the president would have easily created thousands of jobs.