VFW to President Obama: We're not confused about right-wing pundits

VFW to President Obama: We're Not Confused About Right-Wing Pundits

Speaking on current political rhetoric, Obama said: "We have been hearing this story for decades. Tales about welfare queens, talking about takers, talking about the '47 percent.' It's the story that is broadcast every day on some cable news stations, on right-wing radio.

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It's pumped into cars and bars and VFW halls all across America, and right here in Elkhart. And if you're hearing that story all the time, you start believing it."

One of the largest veteran's groups in America has a message for President Barack Obama: We're not confused.

The VFW stands for Veterans of Foreign Wars. The organization said in a statement: "We don't have confused politics ... and we don't need any President of the United States lecturing us about how we are individually affected by the economy."

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2/ First and foremost, it did raise at least $3.1M for veterans. We know there was $3.1M b/c vets groups got it https://t.co/eL01y8zgYf
3/ But there are still questions about the total $$ raised -- and what @realdonaldtrump gave from his own pocket. https://t.co/eL01y8zgYf
4/ For instance, @realdonaldtrump said he'd raised $6M. Last week, his campaign mgr told me it was less --abt $4.5M https://t.co/eL01y8zgYf
5/ So how did $6M turn into $4.5M? @realdonaldtrump blamed unnamed donors who backed out. https://t.co/QPDXNBenTO https://t.co/eL01y8zgYf
6/ Since then, campaign has said it's not $4.5M. @realdonaldtrump now says it's between $5M and $6M. https://t.co/eL01y8zgYf
7/ @realdonaldtrump has not identified which donors backed out. He mentioned 9 donors onstage, including himself. https://t.co/eL01y8zgYf
8/ I've found evidence -- from vets groups, from donors, or from Trump staff--that at least 7 of the 9 paid up. https://t.co/eL01y8zgYf
9/ Together, those 7 gave $3.75M. @realdonaldtrump's website said online donors gave $670K, which adds up to $4.45M. https://t.co/eL01y8zgYf
10/ The other question: to whom did @realdonaldtrump give the $1M he pledged? https://t.co/eL01y8zgYf
13/ Bottom line: @realdonaldtrump fundraiser was a huge boost for the vets grps who got donations as a result. https://t.co/eL01y8zgYf
14/...But there are still questions about how much he raised, and how @realdonaldtrump met his personal $1M pledge https://t.co/eL01y8zgYf
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The statement went on to say, "I don't know how many VFW Posts the president has ever visited ... but our near 1.7 million members are a direct reflection of America, which means we represent every generation, race, religion, gender, and political and ideological viewpoint."

The outgoing commander-in-chief made his remarks on the economy in Elkhart, Indiana, a place that voted against him in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

While he didn't mention presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump by name, it's pretty clear who his criticism was aimed at:

"They say one of the reasons the Republican Party has picked the candidate that it has ... " Obama said.
The VFW said in 2010 the group "will not enter the political arena ... by providing endorsements for political candidates," and it wasn't among the groups that received donations from Trump.

But a spokesman commended Trump for "properly taking care of veterans."

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US President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3236 Ð the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on July 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
US Senator John McCain (C), Republican of Arizona, attends a briefing with US President Barack Obama on US military veterans healthcare at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, March 13, 2015. The government announced a new advisory committee of private sector, non-profit and government leaders to improve the VA's ability to improve care for veterans from the Phoenix VA that was at the center of scandal last year regarding the health care of US military veterans. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks following a briefing on US military veterans healthcare at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, March 13, 2015. The government announced a new advisory committee of private sector, non-profit and government leaders to improve the VA's ability to improve care for veterans from the Phoenix VA that was at the center of scandal last year regarding the health care of US military veterans. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald (L) following a briefing on US military veterans healthcare at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, March 13, 2015. The government announced a new advisory committee of private sector, non-profit and government leaders to improve the VA's ability to improve care for veterans from the Phoenix VA that was at the center of scandal last year regarding the health care of US military veterans. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald (L) following a briefing on US military veterans healthcare at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, March 13, 2015. The government announced a new advisory committee of private sector, non-profit and government leaders to improve the VA's ability to improve care for veterans from the Phoenix VA that was at the center of scandal last year regarding the health care of US military veterans. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks following a briefing on US military veterans healthcare at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, March 13, 2015. The government announced a new advisory committee of private sector, non-profit and government leaders to improve the VA's ability to improve care for veterans from the Phoenix VA that was at the center of scandal last year regarding the health care of US military veterans. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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