Americans are relating to Vivek Ramaswamy when he speaks about restoring the country to the way it used to be. A World War II veteran commended him for it. Here’s the whole story.
A Veteran Seizes the Mic
Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy was speaking at a town hall in Hollis, New Hampshire, when a World War II veteran named David stood up, grabbed a microphone, and praised him for speaking words that remind him of what his generation “grew up in.”
David started by telling the crowd he was a “veteran of World War II.” The crowd responded with applause, and Ramaswamy walked over and shook his hand.
Remembering the Good Old Days
David told Ramaswamy, “The words you’re saying are exactly what my generation grew up in.” David reminisced when children and adults “stood at attention and crossed their hearts when the flag passed by in a parade.” He said, “School started with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.”
The fact that “that’s no longer going on” upsets David.
He said there was more “loyalty and pride” in America when he was younger, and he can remember when children as young as 12 and 13 would leave school to “join the service to protect our country.”
“One Country. America”
David told Ramaswamy, “I like your policies. I love to hear it because it’s what I remember.” According to David, it was “one country. America.”
He concluded with, “Thank you very much,” before the crowd gave him another round of applause and a standing ovation.
Ramaswamy appeared touched by David’s kind words to him. He walked over to the World War II veteran, hugged him, and told him, “Thank you for your service to this county. It means a lot.”
Shared Hero Status
Both men told each other they were “heroes” before Ramaswamy continued speaking at the town hall.
A video of the exchange between David and Ramaswamy was posted on the social media platform X, formerly Twitter. David received a lot of praise and support in the comments on the video.
People related to the words David spoke. One person commented, “There’s often a lot of wisdom that comes from the older generation. [David] reminds me of my grandpa.”
Listen to the Older Generation
Another person also said, “The elderly always have a powerful message for the younger generation.”
Americans like the fact that Ramaswamy wants to restore America’s identity. One comment said Ramaswamy could “play a huge role in restoring the United States” if elected.
Other Americans want to know how America lost the traditions that David mentioned. One 75-year-old woman remembers “waving to firemen when the trucks passed by and saying a prayer for everyone.” But “sadly,” you don’t see that very often in America anymore.
“Across All Demographics”
Ramaswamy is a 38-year-old biotech entrepreneur who brings zero political experience to his presidential candidacy, but people like him because he reaches “many across all demographics.”
Although Ramaswamy “rapidly rose in the polls,” some people think he is “too good to be true.”
One person on X suggested Ramaswamy is being “groomed” because “he says too many of the right words.”
Another person compared Ramaswamy to an artificial intelligence program that generates dialogue.
This person said, “I’m sure ChatGPTVivek was very happy with that comparison. Means his programming is still working.”
At the first GOP debate, presidential candidate Chris Christie said he “had enough…of a guy who sounds like ChatGPT” in response to the young entrepreneur’s “polished talking points.”
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