Flashback to 2008: Obama campaign outrageously outraged over Hillary’s use of … Osama bin Laden

posted at 2:01 pm on April 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I had honestly forgotten all about this kerfuffle, but ABC News’ Michael Falcone has a long memory, apparently.  The Barack Obama campaign objected strongly to the “3 AM phone call” attacks from Hillary Clinton about this time four years ago, as Clinton strung out the  primaries and forced Obama to defend his inexperience.  When Clinton aired this ad, which included an image of Osama bin Laden, they erupted in indignation — and compared Hillary to George W. Bush:

On the eve of the 2008 Pennsylvania primary, Clinton’s campaign released a television commercial featuring an image of bin Laden and invoking President Harry S. Truman’s quote: “If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.”

The ad never mentioned Obama by name, but it was part of the Clinton campaign’s effort to brand the Illinois Senator as inexperienced, especially in the foreign policy arena.

“Who do you think has what it takes?” the ad’s narrator says as an image of Clinton flashes on the screen. (The ad showed a brief clip of bin Laden as well as images of Pearl Harbor, the 1920′s stock market crash, Fidel Castro, the fall of the Berlin Wall). “You need to be ready for anything, especially now.”

The Obama campaign spokesman, Bill Burton, accused the Clinton team of playing “the politics of fear” just like George W. Bush.

Burton, now the head of the Democratic super PAC, Priorities USA, said at the time: “When Senator Clinton voted with President Bush to authorize the war in Iraq, she made a tragically bad decision that diverted our military from the terrorists who attacked us, and allowed Osama bin Laden to escape and regenerate his terrorist network. It’s ironic that she would borrow the President’s tactics in her own campaign and invoke bin Laden to score political points. We already have a President who plays the politics of fear, and we don’t need another.["]

The Obama campaign in 2008 even pulled a quote from Hillary’s hubby Bill that applies pretty well in 2012, too:

“Now one of Clinton’s Laws of Politics is this: If one candidate’s trying to scare you and the other one’s trying to get you to think; if one candidate’s appealing to your fears and the other one’s appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope. That’s the best.”

What does that say about the Obama campaign’s efforts to scare voters over Mitt Romney’s supposed inability to kill Osama bin Laden?  A lot more than they’d like, especially since Osama bin Laden is already dead.  This campaign effort at its core uses an argument that’s already moot.  The Obama campaign wants to scare voters, rather than make them think, and it’s not just on Osama bin Laden but also with their “war on women” rhetoric, Seamus the dog, Romney’s wealth, and so on.  They want to talk about nearly everything except the economy and jobs, and even if they have to become a caricature of what they publicly decried in 2008, they’ll do it.

Update: The Romney campaign slams Obama for his lack of graciousness:

The killing of Osama bin Laden was a momentous day for all Americans and the world, and Governor Romney congratulated the military, our intelligence agencies, and the President. It’s now sad to see the Obama campaign seek to use an event that unified our country to once again divide us, in order to try to distract voters’ attention from  the failures of his administration. With 23 million Americans struggling for work, our national debt soaring, and household budgets being squeezed like never before, Mitt Romney is focused on strengthening America at home and abroad.

Well, how else can one explain the Romney-wouldn’t-kill-a-guy-who’s-already-dead attack?


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Hillary Clinton looks like an unmade bed.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Not only Mormon saints are not holy enough to resurrect Osama bin Laden, they are not patriotic enough to kill him again!

Archivarix on April 27, 2012 at 2:04 PM

There they go again. . ..

totherightofthem on April 27, 2012 at 2:04 PM

This is what I meant in the other thread about counterpunching. I tried to reply on that thread but Salem ate my reply.

a capella on April 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Bin Laden’s corpse never got dropped into the Marianas Trench, oh no.

PBHO’s been keeping Binny hanging in the White House meat freezer, and he will be wheeled out at PBHO campaign events so PBHO can say, “Remember this guy? Well I killed him. With my bare hands!”

Bishop on April 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM

The Obama campaign wants to scare voters, rather than make them think…

As if Obama voters had the capacity to think.

Roy Rogers on April 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Good thing it wasn’t 3 AM when they found Bin Laden.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Lib talking heads defending this now and their outrage in 08…..hilarious

cmsinaz on April 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Mitt “Osama-zombie slayer” Romney is a proven achiever… Obama is textbook smarts, not real world smarts, and his hedging up until the last second on the take-out-Osama operation are further evidence of his failed leadership

gatorboy on April 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Lib talking heads defending this now and their outrage in 08…..hilarious

cmsinaz on April 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Nuance

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Yup BC

cmsinaz on April 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Very simple explanation..”That was then, this is now”.

History begins when they want it to.

GinSC on April 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Have y’all noticed when bho is behind someone talking the look on his face? It’s as if, when the heck are going to shut up and let me talk? The puckered up lip and disdain look!
L

letget on April 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM

VC’mon…“I killed bin Laden” is all that community organizer from the South Side has anymore…it is his last shtick…without it he’s got nothin’.

[Kinda sad, really.]

[Wonder what dinner table talk in the Obama household sounds like these days?]

When is Michelle actually gonna walk right out that door and never look back?

Said she feels like it right now.

coldwarrior on April 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM

“The Obama campaign in 2008 even pulled a quote from Hillary’s hubby Bill …”

“Romney campaign team, please return to the white courtesy phone…

… Romney campaing team, white courtesy phone, please.”

Seven Percent Solution on April 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Mitt “Osama-zombie slayer” Romney is a proven achiever… Obama is textbook smarts, not real world smarts, and his hedging up until the last second on the take-out-Osama operation are further evidence of his failed leadership

gatorboy on April 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Can you “prove” that Obama is textbook smart, cause I have never seen his college transcripts to prove it. I had a 3.93 GPA in college while carrying a 32 unit load. I have no idea what Obama’s GPA was or what his academic load was to judge that GPA by.

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 2:15 PM

So another case of “I was against it before I was for it..”
Hypocrisy has no limits with this bunch.

dentarthurdent on April 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

It’s now sad to see the Obama campaign seek to use an event that unified our country to once again divide us, in order to try to distract voters’ attention from the failures of his administration. With 23 million Americans struggling for work, our national debt soaring, and household budgets being squeezed like never before, Mitt Romney is focused on strengthening America at home and abroad.

Pretty good response to a dumb ad. It stays on message about why not to vote for Obama but at some point Romney is going have to give his plan on how to put America back to work, reign in spending, and explain what he means by strengthening America.

O/T but I just saw a great bumper sticker. There is a picture of Obama with the message “Does this A** make my car look big?” Pretty funny stuff even if I wouldn’t have a car left if I used it in my neighborhood.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Obama is textbook Affirmative Action smarts, not real world smarts, and his hedging up until the last second on the take-out-Osama operation are further evidence of his failed leadership

gatorboy on April 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I read and believe that Panetta and Clinton made the go decision over Valerie Jarret and Obama’s indecisiveness.

Roy Rogers on April 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Have y’all noticed when bho is behind someone talking the look on his face? It’s as if, when the heck are going to shut up and let me talk? The puckered up lip and disdain look!
L

letget on April 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Narcissism can’t be hidden.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Pee-Wee Herman would have made the call. So, what is Obama’s bone?

Plus, look who controlled the mission of Osama-finally-meets-virgins.

Schadenfreude on April 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM

What ‘Gutsy Call’?: CIA Memo Reveals Admiral Controlled bin Laden Missionhttp://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/04/26/Get-bin-laden-memo-CYA

It is impossible to introduce into society a greater Change and a greater Evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.
Frédéric Bastiat

Chip on April 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM

MEMEBUSTERS! THE OSAMA BIN LADEN EDITION
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiYk8bxO7zQ&list=PLABCC53F051B98328&feature=player_detailpage

From about a year ago, but still some fine viewing.

It is impossible to introduce into society a greater Change and a greater Evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.
Frédéric Bastiat

Chip on April 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I like this response.

The killing of Osama bin Laden was a momentous day for all Americans and the world, and Governor Romney congratulated the military, our intelligence agencies, and the President. It’s now sad to see the Obama campaign seek to use an event that unified our country to once again divide us, in order to try to distract voters’ attention from the failures of his administration. With 23 million Americans struggling for work, our national debt soaring, and household budgets being squeezed like never before, Mitt Romney is focused on strengthening America at home and abroad.

pambi on April 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Hillary Clinton looks like an unmade bed.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

That is an insult to unmade beds everywhere! If I had an unmade bed it would definitely be far more attractive than Hillary Clinton.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

For his next trick, Obamessiah will raise Bin Laden from the dead, so he can kill him again during his second term.

Steve Z on April 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Barack Obama replied, “Oh look! A rabbit!”

GarandFan on April 27, 2012 at 2:23 PM

That is an insult to unmade beds everywhere! If I had an unmade bed it would definitely be far more attractive than Hillary Clinton.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

ROTFLMAO… No kidding, you can always snuggle up in the covers of an unmade bed and get some warmth and comfort, snuggling up to Hillary will just get you a sever case of frostbite..

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM

For his next trick, Obamessiah will raise Bin Laden from the dead, so he can kill him again during his second term.

Steve Z on April 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

And I’m sure Christ is looking at Obama and saying: Yeah, let’s see if you can do THAT little trick….

Turtle317 on April 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

ROTFLMAO… No kidding, you can always snuggle up in the covers of an unmade bed and get some warmth and comfort, snuggling up to Hillary will just get you a sever case of frostbite..

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Ewwwwww!! I can’t unsee that visual.

UGH!!!

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 2:26 PM

No more Hope & Change?

No more rainbows and unicorns?

Bummer.

Hey Carney, don’t Bogart that thing, ok?

Did you hear Romney has a bunch of Jet Skis? Filthy rich bastard.

He made a wet dog ride on one.

novaculus on April 27, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Ewwwwww!! I can’t unsee that visual.

UGH!!!

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 2:26 PM

*Banging head on keyboard*

Turtle317 on April 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Maybe we need Romney as president so we can have a very public post-mortem conversion of Osama bin Laden into the LDS church. Sweet. Works on so many levels.

MichiCanuck on April 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

MichiCanuck on April 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

I think Romney would still come out ahead debating with Achmed the Dead Terrorist. This one is a no brainer.

Turtle317 on April 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM

George Bush was made to feel like a reprobate if he even hinted at 911 in any campaign ads.. This man is a pure farce!!! RNC should not let him get away with this. hahaha.

congma on April 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

…if we could have had Hillary sleep with bin Laden…he would have died without a hole in his head.

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Pee-Wee Herman would have made the call. So, what is Obama’s bone?

Plus, look who controlled the mission of Osama-finally-meets-virgins.

Schadenfreude on April 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM

In that picture posted by Breitbart, why does it look like Obama is the smallest person in the room? Obama is normally much taller than Hillary, and about the same height as Biden, but was he trying to hide from “his” decision if something went wrong?

Steve Z on April 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

We’re still going broke, right? Maybe we can talk about that sometime…

rcpjr on April 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM

…if we could have had Hillary sleep with bin Laden…he would have died without a hole in his head.

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Slow death..
Cruel and unusual…:)

Electrongod on April 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

…if we could have had Hillary sleep with bin Laden…he would have died without a hole in his head.

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I think even bin Laden had standards.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

In that picture posted by Breitbart, why does it look like Obama is the smallest person in the room? Obama is normally much taller than Hillary, and about the same height as Biden, but was he trying to hide from “his” decision if something went wrong?

Steve Z on April 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

He certainly doesn’t look like the man in charge, more like a lackey who was told, “Sit and the Kiddie Table and keep your mouth shut while we handle our business”.

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM

In that picture posted by Breitbart, why does it look like Obama is the smallest person in the room? Obama is normally much taller than Hillary, and about the same height as Biden, but was he trying to hide from “his” decision if something went wrong?

Steve Z on April 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Hmm I never thought about it this way, but I think this is spot on! He was hiding “in plain sight” if you will, in the situation room of the White House, in a room with the most powerful people in the world, in front of the White House photographer, whose job it is to take photographs of the president and release them for public consumption. Logical.

cjw79 on April 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Hah hah hah. Hello, Baracka? It’s your petard. You’re hanged.

Huckabye-Romney on April 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Hah hah hah. Hello, Baracka? It’s your petard. You’re hanged.

Huckabye-Romney on April 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Cough cough, that ummm, would be hoisted…

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Still love the picture of the Regime in the Situation Room watching the operation.

CinC – Looks dapper in golf clothes, expression indicates he has pooed himself.

SoS – In the throws of a multiple orgasm, as befits an Arkansas mafia wife.

CorporatePiggy on April 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Obama is firing all his powder early and won’t have anything left.
What is the point of going after Romney now when it doesn’t matter…?
What will he do in September?
Bring this up again?

NeoKong on April 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

…if we could have had Hillary sleep with bin Laden…he would have died without a hole in his head.

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I’ll bet he would have chewed his own arm off to get away….

dentarthurdent on April 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Obama is firing all his powder early and won’t have anything left.
What is the point of going after Romney now when it doesn’t matter…?
What will he do in September?
Bring this up again?

NeoKong on April 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

It is curious as to why they would go on the attack this early in the game.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 2:50 PM

NeoKong on April 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

He so is clinging to the OBL death that we got (IMO) faux concern of revenge on the anniversary, a stupid ad, and I’m guessing a sheet cake on May 2nd.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Oh yeah, and SCOAMF’s mentor bombed the pentagon. I knew that SCOAMF would have a dogeating moment with this OBL stuff.

joeindc44 on April 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

That is a wonderful response by the Romney campaign.

Obama’s campaign is in over it’s head, just like his administration.

ButterflyDragon on April 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Nice pic. Looks like Obama’s sizing up Hil’s neck for the kill.

kim roy on April 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

“Who do you think has what it takes?” the ad’s narrator says as an image of Clinton flashes on the screen.

Neither one of those clowns, that’s for sure.

UltimateBob on April 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I had honestly forgotten all about this kerfuffle, but Powerline Hotair RedState Iowahawk ABC News’ Michael Falcone has a long memory, apparently.

ABC News? WTF? Uh oh. Somebody’s going to get a big stick where the sun don’t shine.

smellthecoffee on April 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM

What happened to not “spiking the ball?”

RedNewEnglander on April 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM

…as Clinton strung out the primaries and forced Obama to defend his inexperience

And the Dems still nominated him. Even Shillary would have been 100x better than what we got. Morons.

KS Rex on April 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Division is the ONLY thing left in this d*uchebag’s arsenal..

hillsoftx on April 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Hypocrisy, thy name is Barack!

nicefly on April 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM

They used to act mad at Bush for merely *mentioning* events for which he was known to exhibit good leadership. This one is outright attacking an opponent based on hypothetical alternate-realities. It is much worse and more explicitly exploitative than anything Bush was ever accused of.

DaveS on April 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM

That is a wonderful response by the Romney campaign.

Obama’s campaign is in over it’s head, just like his administration.

ButterflyDragon on April 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Agreed on both points. Unfortunately, neither Obama’s ineptness nor any sparks of brilliance from Romney are not enough to keep low-information voters from seeing Obama’s ad & thinking “oh yeah … Obama killed Bin Laden … that was awesome!”

KS Rex on April 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

PBHO’s been keeping Binny hanging in the White House meat freezer, and he will be wheeled out at PBHO campaign events so PBHO can say, “Remember this guy? Well I killed him. With my bare hands!”

Bishop on April 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM

BISHOP!

..not only are you not content to thwart my attempt to choke down my tuna fish sandwich over on the NPR thread. Oh no! Now, you confound my effort to polish off my fruit cup! Curse you, Bishop!

;-)

The War Planner on April 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Unfortunately, neither Obama’s ineptness nor any sparks of brilliance from Romney are not enough to keep low-information voters from seeing Obama’s ad & thinking “oh yeah … Obama killed Bin Laden … that was awesome!”

KS Rex on April 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

..good point, but I think continued ju-jitsu like this will eventually frustrate the Obama campaign and will make inroads with voters of all stripes.

Damned sight better that McLimp’s .45-aimed-at-his-toes efforts in 2008.

The War Planner on April 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

CinC – Looks dapper in golf clothes, expression indicates he has pooed himself. Looks like some clueless janitor who wandered in to see the haps.

SoS – In the throws of a multiple orgasm, as befits an Arkansas mafia wife.

CorporatePiggy on April 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

..more like it.

The War Planner on April 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Cough cough, that ummm, would be hoisted…

SWalker on April 27, 2012 at 2:39 PM

..what are you? Bucking for the FilminatingEd Grammar Nazi Job?

(..and it’s hoist with not hoisted on.)

;-)

The War Planner on April 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM

George Bush was made to feel like a reprobate if he even hinted at 911 in any campaign ads..

congma on April 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

And don’t forget that Bush and the Rethuglicans were roasted by the Democrats for daring to hold their 2004 Convention just a few days
before 9/11…in New York City.

Del Dolemonte on April 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Good thing it wasn’t 3 AM when they found Bin Laden.

Bitter Clinger on April 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

they watched his fron door for 9 months before BHO pulled the trigger. there were plenty of 3am’s he slept thru. while he led from behind.

t8stlikchkn on April 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Obama is textbook smarts

gatorboy on April 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Not particularly. The subjects he kinda knows, show the depth of the kiddie end of the local pool.

This is a very shallow thinker, using thinker in the loosest possible context.

98ZJUSMC on April 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Obama is textbook smarts

gatorboy on April 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Which he demonstrates all of the time when he explains to people how the Malvinas aren’t really the Falklands, but are the Maldives…in Austrian…to audiences in all 57 states…with a CORPSEmen standing on either side of him. He also tells dead soldiers sitting in the audience during Memorial Day ceremonies about the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbour and how we made Emperor Hirohito surrender to General MacArthur.

After that, he regales audiences with his story about how a New York state law concerning the right to contract had something to do with the Commerce Clause, Congress, the Federal government, and is somehow relevant to Obamacare. Then, he passes out breathalyser tests to those having asthma attacks.

He is sooooooo textbook smart, that it’s skeeeery.

Resist We Much on April 27, 2012 at 6:04 PM

What happened to not “spiking the ball?”

RedNewEnglander on April 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM

When he said that, he was punching under his weight.

Resist We Much on April 27, 2012 at 6:06 PM

He is sooooooo textbook smart, that it’s skeeeery.

Resist We Much on April 27, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Don’t forget earlier this year, when he said that the State that he claims to have been born in was located “in Asia”.

Speaking of the 50th State, O’bama and his Fluffers may want to ease off on the thing with Romney’s dog. The Hawaiians ate dogs for centuries, and even bred the Poi Dog for exactly that purpose.

Del Dolemonte on April 27, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 27, 2012 at 7:17 PM

So, does that mean we are down to only 56 states since Obama gave Hawai’i to Asia?

Resist We Much on April 27, 2012 at 8:56 PM