Quotes of the day

posted at 10:52 pm on May 2, 2011 by Allahpundit

“The code name for Bin Laden was ‘Geronimo.’ The president and his advisers watched Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A. director, on a video screen, narrating from his agency’s headquarters across the Potomac River what was happening in far-away Pakistan.

“‘They’ve reached the target,’ he said.

“Minutes passed.

“‘We have a visual on Geronimo,’ he said.

“A few minutes later: ‘Geronimo EKIA.’

“Enemy Killed In Action. There was silence in the Situation Room.

“Finally, the president spoke up.

“‘We got him.’”

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“‘In the short term, it’s hands off the president,’ says an adviser to a Republican presidential candidate, discussing the political atmosphere after the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden. ‘The country is feeling good about itself, really for the first time in years, and the president is the embodiment of that. Nobody wants to be the person who pops that balloon.’

“Talks with aides and associates of several leading Republican candidates suggest they all believe the same thing: This is a time to step out of the way and let Barack Obama take credit for killing bin Laden. The advisers expect the president’s poll numbers to rise. And then they expect those numbers to go back down, and the campaign to return to economic issues…

“‘You have to be very careful about how you handle the president,’ says the first adviser. ‘His economic policies are still fair game, but anything that sounds personal is bad. He’s going to be riding a wave for some time.’”

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His economic policies are still fair game, but anything that sounds personal is bad.

doesn’t matter, you’re still called a racist because you call him out on his policies….may as well go for the gusto and start digging him on his awful policies now….

cmsinaz on May 3, 2011 at 7:23 AM

What is wrong with of you sour idiots who can’t just be happy over this? Egads, the one man who every true American can agree needed to join the “choir invisible” is well on his way to becoming shark sh-t and you can’t be glad. You’ve got to be as politically opportunist as you accuse the other side as being. You’ve got to go on and on kvetching over the minutia of the operation. You’ve got to deny PBHO any shred of credit for this one thing for which he earned some props. It comes down to 3 letters, ODS, and an awful lot of you losers have it bad.

MJBrutus on May 3, 2011 at 7:24 AM

Yeah, but what does the Muslim World think?

kingsjester on May 3, 2011 at 7:25 AM

What is wrong with of you sour idiots who can’t just be happy over this? Egads, the one man who every true American can agree needed to join the “choir invisible” is well on his way to becoming shark sh-t and you can’t be glad. You’ve got to be as politically opportunist as you accuse the other side as being. You’ve got to go on and on kvetching over the minutia of the operation. You’ve got to deny PBHO any shred of credit for this one thing for which he earned some props. It comes down to 3 letters, ODS, and an awful lot of you losers have it bad.

MJBrutus on May 3, 2011 at 7:24 AM

If you don’t like it here, leave.

kingsjester on May 3, 2011 at 7:28 AM

I don’t have cable so I’ve missed out on the current wave of Obama love this week. But in my liberal neck of the woods (collegetown in upstate NY), this was not news people were talking about. At all. Which tells us a couple of things. His liberal base is pissed – there is no way to spin this if you are a die hard liberal. EIT produced actionable information and Obama accepted that and used the intel. He also went into another country to assassinate a figure head leader. If you are strongly anti-war, which all of these people are, living in their ivory towers, you cannot reconcile these actions with Obama’s political promises. The pretzel twists necessary are beyond even them.

This also tells his base that Obama is going to try to triangulate and he’s going to use strong military action to do so. Everyone wanted Bin Laden dead, so it’s not hard to choose to take him out. It’s the how that is going to drive these guys apes–t for the next 19 months. This, on top of Libya, has put the liberal base on their heels. They are picketing against Libya here, though very careful to not use Obama’s name in their signage.

The minor bounce will come from Americans proud to be Americans this week, not from a new enhanced view of Obama in the electorate. His image as a leader is irredeemable. Ask any PR person. It is very difficult to change people’s opinions of a well-known brand, and Obama is certainly a well-known brand. Palin too has a PR battle on her hands, but her consistancy in messaging might help her in the long run.

piglet on May 3, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Well, it’s sad to see the Usual Suspects out trashing Palin this morning. Not that they matter much; it’s the same old same old with them.

Palin’s speech last night was superb. She gave just enough thanks to the President and George Bush without having to cater to the sense of narcissistic self-regard that the Ruling Class has invested in our elected leaders. It was all about the men who did the intrepid deed, and rightly so.

But what’s more, she did two important things last night. She reasserted the Weinberger Doctrine on the use of armed force which stood Reagan in such good stead during his term of service. And what’s more, and I’m not sure how many people caught this, there was an implied return to the Nixon Doctrine with it’s sense of burden sharing and its return to defending the homeland while others defend themselves with American assistance.

This is a politician who understands that we are entering a “postwar” environment in which the Interventionism of the Neocon Age will be extremely unpopular.

Smart girl. As usual.

victor82 on May 3, 2011 at 7:44 AM

MJBrutus on May 3, 2011 at 7:24 AM

Not quite. Some may believe that Obama will damage the entire world worse than Osama – with far, far more casualties.

Basically I know more about Osama past than the one of your actual president.

ODS? Hardly. Come out of US and see the flames engulfing entire countries, some quite close to my country. Hearing 0bama discourse taking credit with that smug face of his makes me puke. The only credit he deserves is for not voting “present” on this one.

Rookie on May 3, 2011 at 7:44 AM

I still am inclined to give Obama credit. This was a risky decision because so many things could have gone wrong–indeed, some things did go very badly–and he could have been faced with an embarrassing situation like Black Hawk Down. He could have taken the easier solution of a missile strike. But that would have been messier and could have created more diplomatic problems. He made the tough choice; and he deserves credit for it. Of course, Bush made much more difficult choices. But Obama should get credit where credit is deserved.

The Republicans (like myself) should be glad that his victory came 18 months before the election. There is plenty of time to beat him on the economic issues…

RedSoxNation on May 3, 2011 at 7:45 AM

Wow. Out of all the things Osama “deserved”, a Muslim burial would never have even made my list.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on May 3, 2011 at 6:30 AM

No kidding.
Especially since the 9/11 victims who were incinerated in infernos didn’t get any faith-based proper burials, it just galls me that he did…

OmahaConservative on May 3, 2011 at 7:47 AM

I really miss Ed’s OOTD, anyone know when he gets back to the states?

OmahaConservative on May 3, 2011 at 7:48 AM

“‘In the short term, it’s hands off the president”

So it is business as usual for the GOP.

Valiant on May 3, 2011 at 7:49 AM

There was a warm fuzzy feeling until Obama opened his mouth. He took a great moment for our country and as usual made it all about him. He sucks.

ctmom on May 3, 2011 at 7:52 AM

The lion’s share of the credit goes to the Seals and the Waterboarders.

Disturb the Universe on May 3, 2011 at 7:56 AM

RedSoxNation, you put it nicely.

President Obama basically did everything the right would have wanted him to do. He took advantage of Bush-era policies and ordered the military (not the FBI) to attack a target inside another country without requesting their approval.

The end result was a victory for America and its military, and a huge slap in the face to the left and their naive multilateral views – no one will ever be able to shriek about Bush torturing people without being remined that without those policies we never would have killed OBL.

Thankfully, everything worked out, but a mission like this could have easily turned into a Blackhawk Down or an Operation Eagle Claw, so politically it was very risky. But when push came to shove the President made the right call, and he at least deserves credit for it.

BadgerHawk on May 3, 2011 at 7:57 AM

I think people here are not not thinking about how the handling of Bin Laden’s body plays out with Americans who are not chronic news viewers. This ends it. His burial site will not be enshrined by his followers. He was treated with a great deal more respect than he showed his enemies and that is a very real American quality. That is something to treasure. Moderates will like this. There will be no pictures of our soldiers desecrating his body and that’s good for America, for who we are as people, because we, unlike our enemies, have a profound respect for human life.

This does not anger me in the least. It makes me proud that we respect other’s beliefs and rise above our petty desires when we demonstrate to the world that we are better than our enemies. We honor ourselves by acknowledging the beliefs of our enemies. We do not have to adopt their beliefs, nor protect them, but by respecting them, we respect ourselves and give our enemies little to no ammunition in the battle for hearts and minds. That is good for our soldiers abroad.

piglet on May 3, 2011 at 7:59 AM

kingsjester on May 3, 2011 at 7:25 AM

another good one KJ….didn’t get a chance to read last week’s posts, will check them out later :)

cmsinaz on May 3, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Black Hawk Down was about going head first into a city infested with shooting Somalis. This was about jumping on a known building in a quiet town, surrounded by sleeping “allied” forces.

I have no doubt that a great tragedy could happen, involving all US personnel involved on the field.

About diplomatic incident, I really want one – US government structures is supporting the terrorist state of Pakistan for a long, long time, despite this country inflicting damage to Coalition almost on daily basis now.

I don’t think their past stance against USSR deserve eternal gratitude, especially when now everyone can see they fought on the side they knew they can fool for long, lomg time.

What more proof people need, a paki nuke on US soil?

Rookie on May 3, 2011 at 8:01 AM

The lion’s share of the credit goes to the Seals and the Waterboarders.

Disturb the Universe on May 3, 2011 at 7:56 AM

And the aircrews that flew them in and out. The 160th trains every bit as hard as the rest of the special forces; they just have a different craft.

BadgerHawk on May 3, 2011 at 8:01 AM

cmsinaz on May 3, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Thanks!

kingsjester on May 3, 2011 at 8:02 AM

Is there a link somewhere to Palin’s speech?

piglet on May 3, 2011 at 8:02 AM

BadgerHawk on May 3, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Yes, them too.

Obama only gets credit for not screwing up what everyone else set in motion and brought to fruition.

Disturb the Universe on May 3, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Yes, there is a link to Palin’s speech.

Go to http://www.sarahpac.com

victor82 on May 3, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Is there a link somewhere to Palin’s speech?

piglet on May 3, 2011 at 8:02 AM

here is the audio:
http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/05/governor-palin%e2%80%99s-speech-to-military-families.html

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Thank you!

piglet on May 3, 2011 at 8:22 AM

What more proof people need, a paki nuke on US soil?

Rookie on May 3, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Sadly I think they might. We gave Pakistain almost $10 billion in aid last year almost $3 billion in military aid. I think we have just found another program to cut.

I also think Obama should recall the PAK ambassador. And reach out to India.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Thanks obama for carrying out the death sentence. It will be hard now for the left to be anti-war and anti-capital punishment. They are soooooo wanting their guy to win re-election they gave up their principles for all the world to see..

tinkerthinker on May 3, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Anyone else notice that the MSM is no only referring to Osama bin ladin as Bin laden? they are completely leaving off his first name…I wonder why?

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 8:34 AM

tinkerthinker on May 3, 2011 at 8:33 AM

You are assuming they had principles to begin with to give up

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 8:34 AM

There was a warm fuzzy feeling until Obama opened his mouth. He took a great moment for our country and as usual made it all about him. He sucks.

ctmom on May 3, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Couldn’t agree more, and expected exactly what occurred. Barry can’t help himself: when you’re a hammer narcissist, everything looks like a nail an appropriate venue for self-aggrandizement. Doing one thing right doesn’t make him any less of a boob.

CantCureStupid on May 3, 2011 at 8:37 AM

And what is the matter with stating: He finally did something right. Dems never had problems doing this, why should we?

ChuckTX on May 3, 2011 at 8:38 AM

tinkerthinker on May 3, 2011 at 8:33 AM

You are assuming they had principles to begin with to give up

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Hahaa, yes, maybe we should call it something else like…causes they have taken up with in order to cultivate votes….

tinkerthinker on May 3, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Hahaa, yes, maybe we should call it something else like…causes they have taken up with in order to cultivate votes….

tinkerthinker on May 3, 2011 at 8:39 AM

I think the dems refer to it as being nuanced…

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 8:47 AM

ctmom on May 3, 2011 at 7:52 AM

CantCureStupid on May 3, 2011 at 8:37 AM

His speech Sunday night took all the air right out of the sails. It sucked, it was all about him and it was a partisan speech when a unifying speech was called for. There were many people over many years involved in this action for Obama to try to claim all the credit was a bridge too far for me. Then the astroturfed rallies outside the WH and the 24/7 media love for Obama just drove the point home.

The left sees the death of OBL as a politcal event to get votes when the avg American wants to see it has a American victory to fell good about their country.

Obama would have gotten a bigger politcal bumped if he was humble. I noticed today/last night he is trying to walk it back and give credit to the seals. They know they went too far.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 8:51 AM

No wonder Obama is walking back his ego trip and crediting the seals now:

RASMUSSEN: No Immediate Bounce for Obama… Developing… from drudge

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 8:57 AM

WTF?

White House modifies Osama bin Laden account

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54162.html

The White House backed away Monday evening from key details in its narrative about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, including claims by senior U.S. officials that the Al Qaeda leader had a weapon and may have fired it during a gun battle with U.S. forces.

FOR the record I have never seen such a shoddy handling of an after action report and a politcal fumble on this magnitude.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Obama would have gotten a bigger politcal bumped if he was humble. I noticed today/last night he is trying to walk it back and give credit to the seals. They know they went too far.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 8:51 AM

That’s an interesting point. I gave the President a pretty good amount of credit for signing off on the operation and not involving Pakistan, but I really did not like his speech, even while I was giddy over the events themselves.

BadgerHawk on May 3, 2011 at 9:01 AM

However, during a background, off-camera briefing for television reporters later Monday, a senior White House official said bin Laden was not armed when he was killed, apparently by the U.S. raid team.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54162.html#ixzz1LIIb2zVG

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 9:04 AM

That’s an interesting point. I gave the President a pretty good amount of credit for signing off on the operation and not involving Pakistan, but I really did not like his speech, even while I was giddy over the events themselves.

BadgerHawk on May 3, 2011 at 9:01 AM

I credit Obama for doing his job. any POTUS that did not give that order to take Osama out would have deserved to be impeached. So yes, Obama handled the action itself well. He deserves that credit for a job well done and for staying on the case over the last few years.

But his egotistical speech was too much for me. Esp the symbolism of the speech. He did not give the speech in the oval office, he had no flags behind him, nor any POTUS seal on the potium he spoke from. He was not speaking as the office of the POTUS sunday night. He was speaking as BHO. In fact there was no other prop or symbol in the entire shot. The entire screen was filled with him and him alone giving the symbolism that he and he alone carried out the attack.

I have learned over the last 4 years or so Obama and his minions are all about the symbolism. It is why they made Obama’s logo, and why they covered up the Cross at Georgetown and why they do everything. Watch the symbolism behind his events instead of listening to his words to get what Obama and his minions are trying to say…

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 9:11 AM

FOR the record I have never seen such a shoddy handling of an after action report and a politcal fumble on this magnitude.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Very indicative that this operation was rushed and the White House did not have a lot of time to plan the announcement. The headline thread talks about Wikileaks forcing the U.S. hand here because documents released last week suggested that we had a bead on targets in Abbottabad. Thank goodness Osama had chosen to go without Internet or phone service in that conmpound, because he would have skedaddled. I think we will find out eventually that this operation had to get done right away, while those couriers were still in the compound and before Osama could get instructions out to people for his removal.

rockmom on May 3, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Isn’t it sad that we have to be grateful to our president for allowing our military to do its job?

disa on May 3, 2011 at 9:37 AM

I think we will find out eventually that this operation had to get done right away, while those couriers were still in the compound and before Osama could get instructions out to people for his removal.

rockmom on May 3, 2011 at 9:28 AM

hmmm I didn’t see that headline article thanks for the tip I’ll look at it. And I agree with you. I’m starting to think Obama was forced by reality into action. It was a small window of oppurtunity and his admin waited as long as they could. It was decision time go or no go IMO and I’m glad he made the right call. Hopefully the intel we got helps destory the rest of them.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Isn’t it sad that we have to be grateful to our president for allowing our military to do its job?

disa on May 3, 2011 at 9:37 AM

hey…good point. Kind of ironic isn’t it.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Anyone else notice that the MSM is no only referring to Osama bin ladin as Bin laden? they are completely leaving off his first name…I wonder why?

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Because everyone keeps on saying Obama instead of Osama.

disa on May 3, 2011 at 9:40 AM

hey…good point. Kind of ironic isn’t it.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 9:38 AM

I don’t know if it’s irony to have an anti-American POTUS, but yeah.

disa on May 3, 2011 at 9:41 AM

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Cannot disagree with this assessment. Well said.

CantCureStupid on May 3, 2011 at 9:46 AM

This sounds the most plausible scenario

http://in.news.yahoo.com/blogs/opinions/why-killed-osama-bin-laden-now-051958498.html

sram on May 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

What is wrong with of you sour idiots who can’t just be happy over this? Egads, the one man who every true American can agree needed to join the “choir invisible” is well on his way to becoming shark sh-t and you can’t be glad. You’ve got to be as politically opportunist as you accuse the other side as being. You’ve got to go on and on kvetching over the minutia of the operation. You’ve got to deny PBHO any shred of credit for this one thing for which he earned some props. It comes down to 3 letters, ODS, and an awful lot of you losers have it bad.

MJBrutus on May 3, 2011 at 7:24 AM

If you don’t like it here, leave.

kingsjester on May 3, 2011 at 7:28 AM

I’m really starting to wonder about good ole MJ. He only seems to debate people who are praising conservatives or talking bad about liberals. The only ‘conservatives’ I’ve really heard him say good things about it Daniels and Dick Armey – of whom he said “The ‘Tea Party’ was supposed to be called ‘Dick’s Army’ and I wanted to be a member”. Take that as you wish, but something seems not right with that guy to me.

miConsevative on May 3, 2011 at 9:59 AM

I’m really starting to wonder about good ole MJ. He only seems to debate people who are praising conservatives or talking bad about liberals. The only ‘conservatives’ I’ve really heard him say good things about it Daniels and Dick Armey – of whom he said “The ‘Tea Party’ was supposed to be called ‘Dick’s Army’ and I wanted to be a member”. Take that as you wish, but something seems not right with that guy to me.

miConsevative on May 3, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Is out of this world hate for Palin tipped me off on him a long time ago.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM

You’ve got to go on and on kvetching over the minutia of the operation. You’ve got to deny PBHO any shred of credit for this one thing for which he earned some props. It comes down to 3 letters, ODS, and an awful lot of you losers have it bad.

MJBrutus on May 3, 2011 at 7:24 AM

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Please… They treated barry the same way they treated Pakistan… They told him what was going on after the mission had started (they were afraid he would squeal to bin laden).
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Everything else about his prior briefings is just now being made up to save his stupid face./ODS
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RalphyBoy on May 3, 2011 at 6:27 PM

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