Monday, April 30, 2012

Resurrecting Osama

Jon Meacham: Why Barack Obama Owns Osama bin Laden | TIME Ideas |

...Republicans are — forgive the cliché — shocked, shocked to discover that a presidential contender is “politicizing” an important national event. In this sense, “politicizing” might be best translated as “beating us up and we don’t have anything much to say to stop it.” The ad itself raises intriguing, substantive, legitimate questions — and the ferocious, sputtering Republican reaction is proof positive that they know it, or at least suspect it.

The ad’s theme is that Obama made a courageous and risky decision to send in the SEALs. Here the President has history and facts on his side: it was a courageous and risky call. Had the mission failed, had it been another Desert One, the very people now criticizing the President for trumpeting the achievement would be beginning their second year of excoriating Obama for weakness and fecklessness. And anyone weighing whether to re-elect the President should take the bin Laden operation into account: it is a powerful exhibit that Obama is a steely Commander in Chief — a critical test for many Americans...


billy pilgrim said...

obama is a PR machine.

he not only made the call he invited all his friends to watch and had a photographer record the moment. that's if you believe that was a legitimate photo.

Bob said...

That's raw nerve of mine-- these operations are supposed to be secret, though it sometimes seemsevery time a SEAL does something, there's a gushing TV crew nearby.