Bush declines Obama invite to Thursday’s Ground Zero event

posted at 10:00 pm on May 3, 2011 by Allahpundit

No reason given, but I think we can guess.

President Barack Obama plans to visit New York City on Thursday to mark the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

NBC News reported that Obama invited former President George W. Bush to attend the event but Bush does not plan to attend.

NBC said Bush plans to mark the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 at ground zero in September.

Only two possibilities. One: Bush recognizes that this is, more or less, an Obama campaign commercial and would rather not be part of it. Two: Bush doesn’t want to encroach on the singular role that Obama, as president, should rightly have in leading the ceremonies marking Bin Laden’s demise. Given how gracious Dubya has been in retirement, does anyone doubt that the second explanation is correct?

Needless to say, it was also gracious of The One to invite him. Not everyone in his party is so big-hearted:

[O]ne Democratic communications hand sent advice to a slew of other Democratic operatives in the wake of the announcement hammering on the need to make sure Obama comes out on top.

“In your day jobs, do not let Republicans turn this into continuing the Bush legacy. This has to be about Obama’s decisive leadership,” the guidance said. “He is the one who oversaw bringing bin Laden to justice, much like how Bush failed to do so at Tora Bora and then claimed Osama wasn’t a priority.”…

Bin Laden’s death, said Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), is “the ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment President Bush only fantasized about.”

As a gloss on that latter point, go read Ace’s take on the left’s outrageous outrage over Bush’s seven minutes of stunned silence on 9/11 versus their perfect contentment with Obama for having waited months — plus an additional 16 hours — before deciding to take out Bin Laden. I don’t fault O for thinking long and hard about whether to greenlight a mission whose failure would have cemented his reputation as the new Jimmy Carter, especially when the CIA wasn’t 100 percent sure that Bin Laden was in the compound. Hard choices take time to make. But do understand that that hesitation carried incredible risk: Even though OBL had apparently been at the compound for years, the arrest of one of Al Qaeda’s top operatives in the same town just three months before must have alarmed him. He could have bolted at any time, and still Obama waited. No harm, no foul in hindsight, but had Bush done the same, we’d be buried underneath stories about Dubya’s “dangerous” propensity for hesitation, quite unlike The One’s cool, cerebral insistence on deliberation. What a joy it must be to be liberal, when even your mistakes are evidence of virtue.

Exit quotation from two of the kids who were in the classroom with Bush that day: “I think he was trying to keep everybody calm, starting with us… I think he was trying to protect us.”


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Sorry, The Donald, Paul Ryan and SCOTUS tipped him off that this was a set up.

Knucklehead on May 3, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Yeah, because he couldn’t stand the idea of showing up to be insulted and degraded by a communist.

Bush seemed to really enjoy getting smacked around by the left and then doing their bidding, but at last he seems to finally be getting a clue, not that it helps us any at this point.

rightwingyahooo on May 3, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Regardless of the false message put up by the Libs, the man has an MBA. He’s not stupid.

kingsjester on May 3, 2011 at 10:05 PM

it was also gracious of The One to invite him

Just as it was gracious of Obama to invite Paul Ryan to his speech on the economy?

ProfessorMiao on May 3, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Good for Dubyah!..:)

Dire Straits on May 3, 2011 at 10:05 PM

W is a class act all the way. But he’s also no dummy.

Babino on May 3, 2011 at 10:05 PM

He had three NYC fundraisers in April and didn’t bother to visit Ground Zero. This smells like a campaign event. Then again, what isn’t with him?

JammieWearingFool on May 3, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Credit where credit’s due. This was pretty classy of GWB.

crr6 on May 3, 2011 at 10:06 PM

He also saw what happened last time Obama invited a prominent Republican(s), namely Paul Ryan, to one of his campaign shows.

G. Charles on May 3, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Exit quotation from two of the kids who were in the classroom with Bush that day: “I think he was trying to keep everybody calm, starting with us… I think he was trying to protect us.”

I had not heard that before. That is incredibly sweet and touching.

sammypants on May 3, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Sorry, The Donald, Paul Ryan and SCOTUS tipped him off that this was a set up.

Knucklehead on May 3, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Great observation.

Kataklysmic on May 3, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Just read the Journolisters, they will tell us what to think about this…

d1carter on May 3, 2011 at 10:07 PM

I’m afraid it’s going to be a campaign/Muslim Outreach Event.

kingsjester on May 3, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Aren’t he Shrillary pretty tight? Maybe she told him that it was her that did all this.

SouthernGent on May 3, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Just for fun, I’ve been imagining what George W. Bush would have said if he had been in Obama’s shoes. “Mr. President, we know where he is. Do you want us to take him out?” Hmmm…how would that have gone?

cynccook on May 3, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Given how gracious Dubya has been in retirement, does anyone doubt that the second explanation is correct?

nope. i think you nailed it.

ted c on May 3, 2011 at 10:09 PM

“This has to be about Obama’s decisive leadership,”

Of course it does, Deary…

Seven Percent Solution on May 3, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Ask the Supremes and Paul Ryan about how those “Obama Invites” go.

Not pretty.

HondaV65 on May 3, 2011 at 10:10 PM

What a joy it must be to be liberal, when even your mistakes are evidence of virtue.

nice backhand, AP.

ted c on May 3, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Needless to say, it was also gracious of The One to invite him

Just like it was so gracious of him to invite Paul Ryan to his budget speech.

jawkneemusic on May 3, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Good for him. He saw the crassness of it all politically. Obama is such a tool.

Oh for crying out loud. He was insufficiently gracious to Bush during his speech on Sunday. And he was wrong to invite him to Ground Zero?

Short of resigning and ceding power to the GOP, there is nothing he can do to please some of you.

YYZ on May 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

“In your day jobs, do not let Republicans turn this into continuing the Bush legacy. This has to be about Obama’s decisive leadership,” the guidance said.

Seems to me, the Dems could read the tea leaves. They knew if Bush showed up, he’d outshine Obama, and that scares the hell out of them. LOL

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Good for GWB.

Do we know the details of this “event” at Ground Zero and what it will involve?

It sounds kind of cheesy to me. I can’t see GWB doing this type of event, but maybe I’m wrong.

It seems more likely that GWB would have met with the families of the 9/11 victims in private and out of the range of the media.

Am I being too hard on The One? It just doesn’t feel right for some reason. Maybe it will be a big hit and I will be proven wrong.

chief on May 3, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Makes me wonder – I saw a suggestion on Twitter that the reason for Obama’s delay at the press conference announcing bin Laden’s death was that he was waiting for Bush to arrive. Of course he wasn’t – but can you imagine how uniting it would have been for the country to have the two of them announce bin Laden’s end together? But perhaps Bush would not have come even if asked.

David Shane on May 3, 2011 at 10:13 PM

So, Allah, you’re somewhere in the Big Rotten Apple, right? Are you going to be there skulking around for the Prez’s visit?

cynccook on May 3, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Credit where credit’s due. This was pretty classy of GWB.

crr6 on May 3, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Take a lesson.

Thank you President Obama.

crr6 on May 1, 2011 at 10:45 PM

This troll made sure the tenor of any celebration of OBL being killed was set when she ignored the military personnel who executed the mission and ignored any contribution made by President Bush during his administration; to make sure your nose was rubbed in the fact OBL was killed on BHOs watch. Crassness in all of it’s glory, the liberal mind and mentality.

Crr6, your hypocrisy knows no limits.

16 hours and maybe he didn’t even make the call.

hawkdriver on May 3, 2011 at 10:13 PM

should rightly have in leading the ceremonies marking Bin Laden’s demise

Seriously? Why should there even be ceremonies marking Bin Laden’s demise. That’s bizarre. When has such a thing happened in the past?

MayBee on May 3, 2011 at 10:13 PM

My take–

I congratulate the President on preparing the assassination squad that entered a sovereign nation based on the
intel that was obtained under duress from people we captured years ago and held without trial. Capital punishment

is grand especially without that pesky trial. All this satisfying the blood lust and need for revenge of all

Americans including liberals. We did it without involving the U.N. Screw the old liberal calls for forming

coalitions. He’s awesome!!

I contend that this proves it is NO TIME to cut military spending. OBL was neutered a long time ago by GW. There
are thousands more terrorists out there. How many terrorists has Obama created with this action?

It warms my heart as we know we can count on the left to fully support similar actions taken by President Palin.

I LOVE THE NEW LIBERALISM!!!!!!!!

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Short of resigning and ceding power to the GOP, there is nothing he can do to please some of you.

YYZ on May 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

That and an executive order to rescind national health care would be a good start.

hawkdriver on May 3, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Short of resigning and ceding power to the GOP, there is nothing he can do to please some of you.

YYZ on May 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Yeah, duh. Maybe it would be better for your blood pressure to just head on back to HuffPo where you belong. Go on now, shoo.

cynccook on May 3, 2011 at 10:15 PM

it was also gracious of The One to invite him.

Wish I shared your faith but history, common sense, memory and intuition won’t allow it…

winston on May 3, 2011 at 10:15 PM

YYZ on May 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

I agree. It was gracious, but there are ulterior motives here as well. Anyone can see this.

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Hey, since Obama is such an aggressive war leader now (according to Peter Beinart), and since he never served in the military I fully expect liberals to start calling him a Chickenhawk any minute now.

/s

JohnInCA on May 3, 2011 at 10:15 PM

I miss him. RINO policies aside, I still felt safe. He loved this country and honored, respected our military.

What’s most astonishing? That this love and respect of country should mark all our politicians, not merely a select few. I’ve never felt more insecure than I do now with Obama as CIC.

Bee on May 3, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Bush never had ceremonies marking Saddam’s demise, or the demise of his sons. He didn’t hold ceremonies marking their first vote, and his “ceremony” when we turned over control from the provisional government was writing “Let Freedom Reign” on a napkin.

MayBee on May 3, 2011 at 10:16 PM

YYZ on May 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Why don’t you watch the spectacle and let us know how it goes? I’m betting The Zero says something to appease the left. Something along the lines of “we had to break our virtues to save them.”

txhsmom on May 3, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Okay if Allah says it maybe I believe it. I just don’t see Obama doing this. Not in any serious way. And NBC has every reason to try to portray Obama as gracious. Which is a trait that has never shown itself before.

This is just too out of character. Allah your rep is on the line… not really.

petunia on May 3, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Or maybe he remembered the way BO treated other ‘guests’ like the SCOTUS Justices at the SOTU or Ryan at that presser.

Sadly, I can almost hear him saying,”I have finally brought justice to the man who, through the willful indifference of my predecessor, brought such devastation to my country.”

OBQuiet on May 3, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Let me clean that up

My take–

I congratulate the President on preparing the assassination squad that entered a sovereign nation based on the
intel that was obtained under duress from people we captured years ago and held without trial. Capital punishment is grand especially without that pesky trial. All this satisfying the blood lust and need for revenge of all Americans including liberals. We did it without involving the U.N. Screw the old liberal calls for forming
coalitions. He’s awesome!!

I contend that this proves it is NO TIME to cut military spending. OBL was neutered a long time ago by GW. There
are thousands more terrorists out there. How many terrorists has Obama created with this action?

It warms my heart as we know we can count on the left to fully support similar actions taken by President Palin.

I LOVE THE NEW LIBERALISM!!!!!!!!

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Only two possibilities. One: Bush recognizes that this is, more or less, an Obama campaign commercial and would rather not be part of it. Two: Bush doesn’t want to encroach on the singular role that Obama, as president, should rightly have in leading the ceremonies marking Bin Laden’s demise.

Yes.

Tim_CA on May 3, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Short of resigning and ceding power to the GOP, there is nothing he can do to please some of you.

YYZ on May 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

No. It wasn’t enough for him to mention Bush’s name in his speech. He owes Bush and Cheney a public apology and a huge THANK YOU! for giving him the tools needed to make this happen. He spent nearly a decade opposing the policies that allowed him to find Osama and kill him and now he’s going to claim the credit? Don’t be such a jacka$$.

jawkneemusic on May 3, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Oh for crying out loud. He was insufficiently gracious to Bush during his speech on Sunday. And he was wrong to invite him to Ground Zero?

Short of resigning and ceding power to the GOP, there is nothing he can do to please some of you.

YYZ on May 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Are you gonna go on a crying jag now?

AubieJon on May 3, 2011 at 10:19 PM

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Just as awesome the second time.

txhsmom on May 3, 2011 at 10:19 PM

I contend that this proves it is NO TIME to cut military spending.

It should be cut by the same amount that everything else is cut, and that is 42%, the amount of ever dollar we spend that is borrowed.

Look I know you people are all dreamy and on cloud nine about the SEAL-6 guys, and well and good.

But the country is still on fire. Dream another 5 mins, and then wake up.

Please?

rightwingyahooo on May 3, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Despite the left-wing narrative, Bush is not a dumb guy. And he’s a pretty shrewd politician. He knew damn well how Obama handles these sorts of things, plus I can’t imagine he’s happy with Barry’s performance in office. Bush is a classy enough dude to kept quiet, but there’s no way he wants to provide any sort of political cover for him by standing there at his side at Ground Zero.

On a side note, am I the only one who suspects that had Bush accepted the invite, he might’ve gotten a more receptive response from the crowd than Obama?

Doughboy on May 3, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Will Obama bring his own blow horn?

Good to hear Bush will be there on 9/11. I’m heading there myself.

NYconservative on May 3, 2011 at 10:19 PM

At least now we know the rules!!

Assassinations -Check

We can enter the borders of other countries with no permission-check

Rendition-check

Unilateral military action-check

Torture-check

Secret prisons-check

Yep I love you liberals …thank you for setting us straight!!

You too Crr I love you too! Thanks!!

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:20 PM

YYZ on May 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

He could do any of the following;

1. Give a speech that includes a proper level of praise for the US Military.
2. Authorize broad oil and coal extraction, including drilling in ANWR.
3. Roll back all the EPA controls of the last 17 months.

Just a partial list of steps he could take, short of resignation, that would please conservatives…

massrighty on May 3, 2011 at 10:20 PM

No. It wasn’t enough for him to mention Bush’s name in his speech. He owes Bush and Cheney a public apology and a huge THANK YOU! for giving him the tools needed to make this happen. He spent nearly a decade opposing the policies that allowed him to find Osama and kill him and now he’s going to claim the credit? Don’t be such a jacka$$.

jawkneemusic on May 3, 2011 at 10:17 PM

A-friggin’-men! *applauds*

Babino on May 3, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Bush declines Obama invite to Thursday’s Ground Zero event
==========================================================

Man,is that sending a message,possibly I think,not to be part of the Progressive Astro-OBL-Turf,OH LOOK,the Warrior
in Chief,who is riding this Circus all the way to Ground
Zero!!

It is interesting to note,that Obama,is ALL OF THE SUDDEN
has taken some interest at the Bath-Tub,of the Twin Towers!

And,is this the REBUILDING of AMERICAS PSYCHE,or is,the
Grand Election Send-OFF of Obama`s PSYCHE!!

canopfor on May 3, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I guess I’m with W in thinking meh about OBL. I thought he’d been dead for years. So… meh.

John the Libertarian on May 3, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Sorry. But the decision to take out a monster like bin laden would have taken me a total of 2 seconds, MAX.
Obama is an effing loser.
W.-you’re right in staying home. BO will just turn it into a cheap circus act.

Badger40 on May 3, 2011 at 10:22 PM

rightwingyahooo on May 3, 2011 at 10:19 PM

I’ll agree to military cuts and higher taxes when everything is cut and everyone is paying taxes. Unless that’s done, you’re right, it’s gonna burn.

txhsmom on May 3, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Bush never had ceremonies marking Saddam’s demise, or the demise of his sons. He didn’t hold ceremonies marking their first vote, and his “ceremony” when we turned over control from the provisional government was writing “Let Freedom Reign” on a napkin.

MayBee on May 3, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Nope. He just gave a very humble congratulatory speech to the men and women who fought and won a ground war on the deck of a navy ship under a banner with “Mission Accomplished” on it. For that egregious sin, he was forever excoriated by the Left, for daring to be jubilant in victory.

hawkdriver on May 3, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Waterboarding. Awesome.

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Regardless of the false message put up by the Libs, the man has an MBA. He’s not stupid.

kingsjester on May 3, 2011 at 10:05 PM

And since we’ve seen his transcripts, we know it wasn’t an AA MBA.

Lanceman on May 3, 2011 at 10:25 PM

WASHINGTON — Intelligence garnered from waterboarded detainees was used to track down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and kill him, CIA Chief Leon Panetta told NBC News on Tuesday.

Yep…gotta love waterboarding.

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:25 PM

This troll made sure the tenor of any celebration of OBL being killed was set when she ignored the military personnel who executed the mission and ignored any contribution made by President Bush during his administration; to make sure your nose was rubbed in the fact OBL was killed on BHOs watch. Crassness in all of it’s glory, the liberal mind and mentality.

hawkdriver on May 3, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Yeesh, if you thought that was crass, I’d hate to hear what you’d call this:

To all the warriors. To all the great great Americans who supported them. And to President Bush, the greatest Commander in Chief I had in 34 years of service, they got him, Sir.

hawkdriver on May 1, 2011 at 11:16 PM

I didn’t see any mention of Obama. So it’s “crass” to thank Obama while neglecting to thank Bush, yet it’s totally fine to thank Bush while neglecting to thank Obama?

Crr6, your hypocrisy knows no limits.

hawkdriver on May 3, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Right back atcha, pal.

crr6 on May 3, 2011 at 10:26 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The staff director for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is objecting to the U.S. military’s use of the code name “Geronimo” for Osama Bin Laden during the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader.

Awwwww

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:26 PM

BO will just turn it into is a cheap circus act.

Badger40 on May 3, 2011 at 10:22 PM

FIFY

nwsseeker on May 3, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Sorry, The Donald, Paul Ryan and SCOTUS tipped him off that this was a set up.

Knucklehead on May 3, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Exactly. Bush isn’t going to be trapped, seated in the front row with a polite expression on his face while Obama lies about his record and implies he’s a war criminal.

Laura Curtis on May 3, 2011 at 10:27 PM

I’ve never seen Barack Obama be humble, gracious or magnanimous. I don’t say that with enmity. It’s just a fact. I’ve never, ever seen him demonstrate those qualities. Why in the world would GWB imagine that that was what he had planned for this event? It’s sad to say, but past practice simply has to suggest that Obama was hoping to humiliate Bush to his face. That is, quite simply, what Barack Obama does. Why in the world would Bush show up that?

Rational Thought on May 3, 2011 at 10:28 PM

He could do any of the following;
1. Give a speech that includes a proper level of praise for the US Military.

His Nobel speech did that. And no, he didn’t deserve the Prize.

YYZ on May 3, 2011 at 10:28 PM

“In your day jobs, do not let Republicans turn this into continuing the Bush legacy. This has to be about Obama’s decisive leadership,” the guidance said. “He is the one who oversaw bringing bin Laden to justice, much like how Bush failed to do so at Tora Bora and then claimed Osama wasn’t a priority.”…

Bin Laden’s death, said Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), is “the ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment President Bush only fantasized about.”

If the left expects me to be all bipartisan and give Obama credit (which I have), then I expect them not to taunt and engage in end-zone dances. If they can’t, then screw them. He had his two days of glory, now the right needs to quit giving him a tongue-bath and go back on the attack.

The end-zone dances and taunting are going to backfire, I predict. Americans don’t like glory-hogs and the left has spent the last two days glorifying Obama and overshadowing the real heroes. In the campaign and debates, if Obama goes into “I got Osama, I’m so tough and decisive”, it could look really unseemly.

JohnInCA on May 3, 2011 at 10:28 PM

He has spent the last 3+ years bashing the man, saying he was horrible, that EVERYTHING was his fault, and now, because he needs a bump in the polls, he “invites” him there… why? So he can say all of this to his face?

Good call, George W. Good call.

UnderstandingisPower on May 3, 2011 at 10:29 PM

crr6 on May 3, 2011 at 10:26 PM

how do you like them new liberal rules? awesome eh? when Palin is in charge I know you will be right there supporting her and the new rules.

you gotta love how waterboarding aided Obama and our Military in this endeavor. Bush was onto something right?

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Right back atcha, pal.

crr6 on May 3, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Check the threads you female horses a$$. I gave President Obama a lot of credit for the attack and his invitation to President Bush regardless of his motives. Do you want me to go find you some?

hawkdriver on May 3, 2011 at 10:29 PM

On a side note, am I the only one who suspects that had Bush accepted the invite, he might’ve gotten a more receptive response from the crowd than Obama?

Doughboy on May 3, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Heh. Can you imagine how it will look when people start chanting “na na nana na na” and Obama stops them and begins to lecture the unruly Americans?

txhsmom on May 3, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Then the reality of 4 dollar gas set in

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:30 PM

That Bush is a veteran probably has something to do with it. Zero’s mindset is all about the photo-op. Bush’s mindset is with those who accomplished a military mission and where credit is due which is with those SEALS and operations support which made it possible. The media will only amplify their Obama hype and to attend that probable media circus would be disrespectful to those lost to 9/11.

viking01 on May 3, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Do you want me to go find you some?

hawkdriver on May 3, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Crr told me to tell you – no , not really./

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Credit where credit’s due. This was pretty classy of GWB.

crr6 on May 3, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Legal Question for ya:

If info contained in that “Treasure Trove of Information” the Navy SEALS (Not O’bama) took from OBL’s hut confirms that some outside country aided al Qaeda before 9/11, will Holder release it? I would think that the families of the 9/11 victims at the very least would be entitled to know that, but so should the rest of the American people.

But will Holder, who wanted to go back to the policies that gave us 9/11 in the first place, want to release info showing that the evil Bush and Cheney were right?

We both know the answer.

Del Dolemonte on May 3, 2011 at 10:31 PM

On a side note, am I the only one who suspects that had Bush accepted the invite, he might’ve gotten a more receptive response from the crowd than Obama?

Doughboy on May 3, 2011 at 10:19 PM

If I lived nearby, I’d show up with a HUGE “Thank you Bush Policies!” sign.

Rational Thought on May 3, 2011 at 10:31 PM

I guess I’m with W in thinking meh about OBL. I thought he’d been dead for years. So… meh.

John the Libertarian on May 3, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I just got off the phone with my 80 year old mother. She’s a sane and rational person, but doesn’t believe that OBL is dead.

Knucklehead on May 3, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Crr you will be there supporting President Palin with these new liberal rules for the war on terror right?

Ok ok insert the name of whomever the next GOP President is.

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:32 PM

WASHINGTON — Intelligence garnered from waterboarded detainees was used to track down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and kill him, CIA Chief Leon Panetta told NBC News on Tuesday.

cha cha cha

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Right back atcha, pal.

crr6 on May 3, 2011 at 10:26 PM

I’ve given credit to President Obama when due. Yours is a continued and constant effort to insult President Bush and anyone who supports him. Don’t even try to compare us. I’ll match you comment for comment.

hawkdriver on May 3, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Oh for crying out loud. He was insufficiently gracious to Bush during his speech on Sunday. And he was wrong to invite him to Ground Zero?

Short of resigning and ceding power to the GOP, there is nothing he can do to please some of you.

YYZ on May 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Don’t be obtuse.

Obama, nay, the entire spectrum of the left – you included, have crucified almost every technique that has been responsible for Osama’s new brain sunroof.

Everything from calling SOF operators assasination squads, to screaming about Gitmo and waterboarding, you morons should be incredibly ashamed.

Not only that, but you’ve mercilessly speared the man behind those decisions. Bush would have been absolutely in the right to tell Obama to f*ck right off.

You-Eh-Vee on May 3, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Check the threads you female horses a$$. I gave President Obama a lot of credit for the attack and his invitation to President Bush regardless of his motives.

hawkdriver on May 3, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Sure, as an afterthought. Too late though, you showed your true colors in the first thread.

crr6 on May 3, 2011 at 10:34 PM

hawkdriver on May 3, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Exactly.
So why not go to the base of the SEAL team to celebrate? Going to Ground Zero is just so crass.
I thought political rallies at Ground Zero were unacceptable. I thought it was hallowed ground.
So what is he going to do?

MayBee on May 3, 2011 at 10:34 PM

New liberal rule #11a

Sovereignty Smovereignty

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:35 PM

I wonder if Obie will do another low flyover in Air Force One of Manhattan on Thursday before the speech?..:(

Dire Straits on May 3, 2011 at 10:35 PM

I’m sure the primary reason was Bush felt this was 0’s day, but anyone should be hesitant to appear beside 0 giving a speech. Remember the classless inaugeration, the Supreme Court Justices being insulted and Paul Ryan’s front row attendance recently at another of 0’s speeches.

Oleta on May 3, 2011 at 10:36 PM

She’s a sane and rational person, but doesn’t believe that OBL is dead.

Knucklehead on May 3, 2011 at 10:32 PM

The Taiwanese animators are never wrong.

John the Libertarian on May 3, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Ya know,the facts are nice.Like the ClusterFark,that led
up to 9/11,with the Clintons,and failure to communicate,by
Liberal Democrats,

and then,Team Bush,had the b*lls,and American Gung-Ho,oh
yes,CowBoying Baby,to go after the Jihadys.Oh,I need to
back-track,to some earlier foundations by Team Bush Sr.in
Operation Desert Shield,then,Desert Storm,okay,that said,

now,Team Bush Sr. and Jr.have put into place the assests,
manpower,and the tools needed to track and obtain OBL!

And now,Hopey/Changey Warrior In Chief,rides in on his
PROGRESSIVE WHITE HORSE…..with less than TWO YEARS as
a SENATOR!!

canopfor on May 3, 2011 at 10:37 PM

At least now we know the rules!!

Assassinations -Check

We can enter the borders of other countries with no permission-check

Rendition-check

Unilateral military action-check

Torture-check

Secret prisons-check

Yep I love you liberals …thank you for setting us straight!!

You too Crr I love you too! Thanks!!

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Yep, like I said in an earlier post, it sure is a hell of a lot easier to fight a war when you don’t have to worry about the other party accusing you of war crimes and undermining public support and providing lawyers to the enemy and threatening to cut off funding, etc, etc, etc.

If Republicans threw up as many roadblocks to fighting wars as the Democrats did, Obama would have packed it in a long time ago. Bush stuck it out (see: Iraq surge) in the face of overwhelming, withering opposition. Obama has mostly had support from Republicans regarding the war on terror. It makes a huge difference.

JohnInCA on May 3, 2011 at 10:37 PM

The rumors Zero and Mooch plan a fist bump after rapping the Gettysburg Address has others declining invitations.

viking01 on May 3, 2011 at 10:37 PM

There’s already word going round that Obama didn’t give the ok. He was merely brought in to watch it play out. If that comes out that it’s true…would Obama still be the hero? Of course he would to the kool aid drinking Obots.

Obama could tinkle on a baby in it’s stroller, rob a 3 year old of their lollipop, hit and run an old woman, and still be a hero to the diseased called liberals.

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Isn’t this just going to be “Together We Thrive- 9/11 Edition”?

MayBee on May 3, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Good thinkin, W. I would like to believe that Obama’s invite is sincere. President Bush made the correct choice: A left-wing setup awaits. Obama might have been noble to invite him, but Obama’s minions are moonbats and cannot be trusted to show any respect whatsoever to President Bush. No-class liberal fascist idealogues.

Philly on May 3, 2011 at 10:37 PM

I am glad to see that Crr celebrates assassinations, the ability to enter a foreign country without their permission, waterboarding, and secret prisons among other evils. Welcome Crr to the dark side. (You realize you are effing pathetic right?) Oh and your first comment about the success DID NOT celebrate the troops.Yep your true colors showed. GTH .

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:38 PM

I’ve given credit to President Obama when due.

…the next day, after insulting those who thank Obama and refusing to thank anyone but Bush.

Yours is a continued and constant effort to insult President Bush and anyone who supports him.

Huh? I gave him credit right here in this thread.

crr6 on May 3, 2011 at 10:38 PM

There is profound sense of wrongness in the air.

For 10 years all I heard was harangues of hate from the Left about the war, Bush, the trigger-happy military, the CIA, torture, hegemony, Haditha, Abu Ghraib, “the war is lost,” “grim milestones,” defund, defund, defund. We couldn’t call terrorists “terrorists.” Every story of bravery and sacrifice and success was ignored. The story of Medal of Honor winner Lt. Mike Murphy, a Navy SEAL, went unreported by his hometown newspaper, the NY Times. The purple fingers were ignored. Hollywood and the media showed no interest in any of the untold stories of our troops or their heroic Iraqi guides and translators, or the brave Muslim women writers and artists who sought asylum in America and told their own harrowing stories.

Now we’re going to have a grand celebration over a terrorist’s assassination led by the erstwhile propagandists and evangelists of anti-American hate for every drop of faux patriotic political advantage.

It’s concussively immoral and grotesque.

Meanwhile, radical Islam, under the cover of these same people’s furiously determined political correctness and morally clueless collusion, continues to worm its way into every aspect of American life and culture.

rrpjr on May 3, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Oleta on May 3, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Exactly!!!

I don’t doubt for a minute Obama was chomping at the bit, to have that moment in NYC.

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 10:39 PM

. Obama has mostly had support from Republicans regarding the war on terror. It makes a huge difference.

JohnInCA on May 3, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Great point.

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 10:39 PM

To all the warriors. To all the great great Americans who supported them. And to President Bush, the greatest Commander in Chief I had in 34 years of service, they got him, Sir.

hawkdriver on May 1, 2011 at 11:16 PM

I didn’t see any mention of Obama. So it’s “crass” to thank Obama while neglecting to thank Bush, yet it’s totally fine to thank Bush while neglecting to thank Obama?

crr6 on May 3, 2011 at 10:26 PM

That’s because he didn’t do anything except give the order to go in after sitting on it for 16+ hours. He was only able to do this using the polices Bush put in place over his 8 years in office and now Obama wants to take credit for it after spending a decade basically accusing Bush and Cheney of being war criminals. Hawkdriver is right. You are a hypocrite and so is your beloved Campaigner in Chief.

jawkneemusic on May 3, 2011 at 10:39 PM

I’m in agreement with everyone who mentioned the Paul Ryan episode. Good for Bush. He doesn’t need to attend to know exactly how this would’ve turned out.

Go RBNY on May 3, 2011 at 10:39 PM