http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.co...rry_ohdk103.jpg (see picture) "War veterans Jere Hill, middle, from Warham, Mass., and Robert Gibson, right, from Lexington, Ky., stand with their backs turned during Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's speech at the 105th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Cincinnati on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004. Man in foreground is unidentified. Kerry received a polite if not overwhelmingly positive reaction from the VFW. But there was a clear divide, with scores of veterans sittings with their arms folded while others clapped." I saw part of the speeches by both Bush and Kerry. I didn't catch all of either one, and actually saw more of Kerry's, but there was no contest here. Bush was interrupted several times by long, loud ovations, including one standing ovation that I saw. The word tepid comes to mind when I think of their response to Kerry. A few rounds of light, polite applause, though there were two instances that the applause rose a bit. What was most glaring to me about Kerry's appearance were two things. First, the men sitting behind him on the stage. I don't think more than half of them applauded at any given time, and one looked like he would much rather be home watching Matlock re-runs or something. Maybe it would have helped if Kerry hadn't started 9 out of every 10 sentences with some reference to his military service. At that point, I think even the veterans were thinking, "Alright already! You served in uniform! We get it!"