Obama spoke to a gathering here on Friday organised by Got Your 6, a group that promotes accurate portrayals of veterans in entertainment. Bradley Cooper, who played Chris Kyle in "American Sniper," was one of the panellists at the event.

"The number one movie in America right now is a complex, emotional depiction of a veteran and his family. While I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I've heard firsthand from military families over these past few years," she said.

Obama said that the movie "reflects those wrenching stories that I've heard - the complex journeys that our men and women in uniform endure. The complicated moral decisions they are tasked with every day. The stresses of balancing love of family with a love of country. And the challenges of transitioning back home to their next mission in life."

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