During his speech on Tuesday, President Obama claimed that during his two terms as commander in chief, he and his administration has had success in protecting the United States against major terrorist attacks from abroad.
“We should take great pride in the progress we’ve made over the last eight years,” Obama said. “No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland.”
Slight applause broke out in the crowd, but as the camera turned toward soldiers that were in the audience, very few of them were seen clapping for Obama. Several of them appeared to be disinterested in what he had to say.
He later acknowledged that there were homegrown domestic terrorist attacks that were “carried out by homegrown and largely isolated individuals who were radicalized online,” such as the Boston Marathon bombing.
Obama gave the speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., home to the military’s Central Command and Special Operations Command, both of which have been vital in the wars in the Middle East throughout the 21st century as well as fighting against terrorism. He also chose MacDill Air Force Base because Special Operations forces were crucial in the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.