Obama handled defeat with style

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist

President Obama won style points from veterans’ service organizations last week even as he was forced, under heavy fire, to withdraw his plan to have the Department of Veterans Affairs bill veterans’ health insurance for the cost to VA of treating service-connected medical conditions.

“The issue should never have come up (and) he got a black eye out of it,” said David W. Gorman, executive director of Disabled American Veterans.