Quotes of the day

posted at 11:01 pm on April 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

“A year after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama’s team is launching another precision operation: a full-scale public relations offensive aimed at using the bin Laden mission to boost the president’s reelection bid

“‘It was the defining moment of the first term. To think people aren’t going to talk about it, Republicans are really naive,’ said Chris Lehane, a former spokesman for Vice President Al Gore and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). ‘It’s going to be very difficult for the Republican Party, [whose] entire campaign in 2004 was predicated on issues like this, complaining somehow about all of this. … Any number of presidents, Democrat and Republican, did not succeed in getting bin Laden, and there’s one who did.’…

“‘There really is a double standard. … President Bush could barely use the number 9/11 in a sentence without somebody accusing him of politicizing 9/11,’ Fleischer said, adding that he thinks it is ‘perfectly appropriate for both presidents’ to discuss such events in their campaigns.

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“President Barack Obama, taking an election-year victory lap of sorts one year after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, did an unprecedented television interview in the White House’s strategic nerve center, the Situation Room.

“NBC’s sit-down with Obama will air on May 2, one year after Navy SEALs dropped into the al-Qaida chief’s compound in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad and killed him. The network said it had also interviewed Obama’s top national security and foreign policy aides, including: Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Joints Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough and John Brennan, Obama’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.”

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“U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement on President Obama’s decision to play politics with the one year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death:

“Shame on Barack Obama for diminishing the memory of September 11th and the killing of Osama bin Laden by turning it into a cheap political attack ad. This is the same President who once criticized Hillary Clinton for invoking bin Laden ‘to score political points.’

“This is the same President who said, after bin Laden was dead, that we shouldn’t ‘spike the ball’ after the touchdown. And now Barack Obama is not only trying to score political points by invoking Osama bin Laden, he is doing a shameless end-zone dance to help himself get reelected.

“No one disputes that the President deserves credit for ordering the raid, but to politicize it in this way is the height of hypocrisy.”

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“Hours before McCain, a spokeswoman for Romney’s campaign likewise criticized the video.

“‘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,’ press secretary Andrea Saul said.”

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“But in 2008 Obama likewise thought killing the 9/11 mastermind wasn’t the central goal, saying the top priority should be capturing the leader alive.

“‘What would be important would be for us to do it in a way that allows the entire world to understand the murderous acts that he’s engaged in and not to make him into a martyr, and to assure that the United States government is abiding by basic conventions that would strengthen our hand in the broader battle against terrorism,’ Obama said as he unveiled his new national security team in June 2008.”

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“Vice President Joe Biden traveled to New York University to give a speech lauding the decision to kill bin Laden, at the same time accusing Romney of shying away from the hunt. Biden quoted a 2007 Associated Press interview in which Romney said, ‘It’s not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person,’ and suggested that Romney essentially gave up on the bin Laden hunt while Barack Obama courageously stayed the course…

“So just what did Romney say in that interview? Yes, he did say ‘moving heaven and earth,’ but he also discussed at some length a greater war on terror that targeted not only al Qaeda but other terrorist groups as well…

“GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I think, I wouldn’t want to over-concentrate on Bin Laden. He’s one of many, many people who are involved in this global Jihadist effort. He’s by no means the only leader. It’s a very diverse group – Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood and of course different names throughout the world. It’s not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person. It is worth fashioning and executing an effective strategy to defeat global, violent Jihad and I have a plan for doing that.”

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“Earlier this week, an Obama-appointed federal judge ruled in favor of the government in a national security case (needless to say), when he denied a FOIA request to obtain all photos and videos taken during and after the raid in Pakistan that resulted in Osama bin Laden’s death. The DOJ responded to the lawsuit by arguing (needless to say) that the requested materials ‘are classified and are being withheld from the public to avoid inciting violence against Americans overseas and compromising secret systems and techniques used by the CIA and the military.’ Among other things, disclosure of these materials would have helped resolve the seriously conflicting statements made by White House officials about what happened during the raid and what its actual goals and operating rules were.

“But while the Obama administration has insisted to the court that all such materials are classified and cannot be disclosed without compromising crucial National Security secrets, the President’s aides have been continuously leaking information about the raid in order to create politically beneficial pictures of what happened.”

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“President Obama is shamelessly turning the one decision he got right into a pathetic political act of self-congratulation,’ McCain boldly declared, despite backing the President on the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, defending the President’s involvement in Libya from Republicans, and applauding the President’s decision to block the release of photos documenting abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Candidate McCain also used the idea that he would make the decision to order the killing of Osama bin Laden while a putative President Obama would not on the campaign trail in 2008.

“Expect more to come of the Romney campaign trying to paint President Obama’s foreign policy as “weak” while agreeing in principle with everything the President’s done and pushing for more of the same.”

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“If showing OBL-as-a-corpse photos would incite the Islamists, why wouldn’t reelection campaign ads incite them, too?”

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I better get my but to bed. I’ve got too many things I’m supposed to do tomorrow. You know, responsibility, yada,yada,yada.

Sleep tight, guys. And if mike claims it’s messy in the morning, let’s just blame it on arnold. ;)

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 4:06 AM

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 4:00 AM

It was dead serious.
There were 3 or 4 security guys in “Keystone Cops” costumes (with the big white helmets) surrounding 2 punk kids that only wanted to visit TomorrowLand.
Wish now I had a pic. hahaha

OkieDoc on April 28, 2012 at 4:06 AM

See? Can’t even spell “butt” I’m so tired.

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 4:07 AM

I better get my but to bed. I’ve got too many things I’m supposed to do tomorrow. You know, responsibility, yada,yada,yada.

Sleep tight, guys. And if mike claims it’s messy in the morning, let’s just blame it on arnold. ;)

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 4:06 AM

Aye, aye.
Yep. That’s House. Very funny guy. (That’s why I watch House.)

See ya, Grace. Sleep well.

RedCrow on April 28, 2012 at 4:11 AM

Just woke up,
We have a winner

it sucks when your coolness has to be saved by mom

angrymike on April 28, 2012 at 4:40 AM

RedCrow
can you and Grace explain this mess?…… blame it on arnold huh…..?

angrymike on April 28, 2012 at 4:42 AM

If the Bamster goes ahead with this the Repubs should do their best to revive this story

http://socyberty.com/issues/white-house-insider-obama-hesitated-panetta-issued-order-to-kill-osama-bin-laden/

” I have been told by more than one source that Leon Panetta was directing the operation with both his own CIA operatives, as well as direct contacts with military – both entities were reporting to Panetta only at this point, and not the President of the United States. There was not going to be another delay as had happened 24 hour earlier. The operation was at this time effectively unknown to President Barack Obama or Valerie Jarrett and it remained that way until AFTER it had already been initiated. President Obama was literally pulled from a golf outing and escorted back to the White House to be informed of the mission. Upon his arrival there was a briefing held which included Bill Daley, John Brennan, and a high ranking member of the military. When Obama emerged from the briefing, he was described as looking “very confused and uncertain.” The president was then placed in the situation room where several of the players in this event had already been watching the operation unfold. Another interesting tidbit regarding this is that the Vice President was already “up to speed” on the operation. A source indicated they believe Hillary Clinton had personally made certain the Vice President was made aware of that day’s events before the president was. The now famous photo released shows the particulars of that of that room and its occupants. What that photo does not communicate directly is that the military personnel present in that room during the operation unfolding, deferred to either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates. The president’s role was minimal, including their acknowledging of his presence in the room.”

Admittedly this seems a bit of a stretch but when it comes to the Bamster nothing is ever really inconceivable and there is one fact that does lend credence to the tale. Go look at the photos from the Warroom and check the shirt BHO is wearing and then ask yourself this, in all the hundreds of public appearances he’s made in the last 3 1/2 years or even the years before how many times have you seen him with a jacket over a polo?

djaces on April 28, 2012 at 5:46 AM

djaces
See the man was in charge….err….Hillary…….dang it I can’t quite figure out who’s male, who’s female or who’s a bit of both in that administration …….

angrymike on April 28, 2012 at 6:15 AM

The obamanation trying to take credit for something he and the communist Jarrett worked to avoid is PAR for the course…Knowing that Hillary briefed Biden before he was has to chap his ass…

Gohawgs on April 28, 2012 at 6:29 AM

Gohawgs on April 28, 2012 at 6:29 AM

Dire Straits was late..:)

PS..But here!..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Let me C if I git this right!!!!

Our Lives in America have been drastically changed cause we are in a war on TERROR…..

Travel on a plane and ya groped and radiated by the TSA…..

Can’t enter a federal Building without showing your papers…..

The Government reads emails and gawd knows what else… thanks to the Patriot Act….

I could go on …but you get my drift….

SO A YEAR AGO

We have a chance to capture the most INTEL RICH TARGET on the face of the earth….

and What do we DO!!!!!!!!

WE BUST A CAP IN HIS FRIGG’N HEAD

Yep…real bright….

It’s like some people don’t want the war on Terror to END!

RoFlMmFa0

donabernathy on April 28, 2012 at 6:33 AM

because he disagrees with us once in a while.

itsnotaboutme on April 28, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Once in a while? You mean like his support for amnesty or his support for cap & tax or saying during the ’08 campaign that the obamation is a good man or again in ’08 that an obamanation presidency is nothing to fear or “fight, fight, fight with me” just before he lies down for a nap?…

Gohawgs on April 28, 2012 at 6:37 AM

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 6:33 AM

I just arrived, as well. What’s for breakfast? Maybe some fried fish and status quo whine will make an appearance…

Gohawgs on April 28, 2012 at 6:39 AM

romney is a milquetoast who did not serve his country in the military and none of his many sons have served their country in the military…truly pathetic!

Palin/West 2012

Pragmatic on April 28, 2012 at 6:49 AM

Gohawgs on April 28, 2012 at 6:39 AM

lolz..Maybe so..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Shame on Barack Obama for diminishing the memory of September 11th and the killing of Osama bin Laden by turning it into a cheap political attack ad. This is the same President who once criticized Hillary Clinton for invoking bin Laden ‘to score political points.’

You go Maverick!!..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 7:20 AM

So liberal do like wiping a little blood on their faces too when the political moment seems to call for it. Pillars of virtue in our society they are.

hawkdriver on April 28, 2012 at 7:29 AM

OK… if he wants to take credit for getting OBL, fine.

If he wants to say the war on terror is over, fine.

Now will he dismantle the DHS and abolish the TSA?

And howzabout not giving any political and fiscal backing to the Muslim Brotherhood, the place that helped to set up not just al Qaeda but HAMAS as well… and a few other lesser known jihadi killing organizations in places like Algeria and Tunisia. Can we stop supporting the group that matriculates terrorists on a regular basis?

What about those pirates in Somalia, they are proving to be just as murderous as the Barbary sort, if a bit less skilled, so what is the policy about ALL pirates? Aren’t they just terrorists seeking money instead of power and in the exact, same class of war? They certainly act that way.

Can we ask radical islamists to apologize for all the people they have killed, not just christians, mind you, but fellow muslims as well?

Since the President brings up Lincoln so often, will he re-institute the sections of the Lieber Code dealing with them? I mean, President Lincoln is mentioned often enough by Obama that he should be willing to institute the same set of military codes that Lincoln did, right?

Really, wasn’t Obamacare the ‘transformative moment’ for this Presidency, the one he spent the most time on and banked on being the final turning point for the Left to ‘transform’ this Nation into a bunch of serfs under the power of unelected bureaucrats outside of the reach of the judicial branch? Or trying to carry out his campaign promises to kill coal and make electricity costs necessarily skyrocket, when any electricity is available once coal is killed, that is. Geeze, a couple of promises he is actually carrying out and he doesn’t want to highlight them… I wonder why?

ajacksonian on April 28, 2012 at 7:30 AM

I am increasingly convinced 99% of the people who say Palin/West 2012 are left wingers pretending to be right wingers.

rob verdi on April 28, 2012 at 8:40 AM

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/04/26/Get-bin-laden-memo-CYA

Russ86 on April 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Bears emphasis:

Today, Time magazine got hold of a memo written by then-CIA head Leon Panetta after he received orders from Barack Obama’s team to greenlight the bin Laden mission…

Only the memo doesn’t show a gutsy call. It doesn’t show a president willing to take the blame for a mission gone wrong. It shows a CYA maneuver by the White House.

The memo puts all control in the hands of Admiral McRaven – the “timing, operational decision making and control” are all up to McRaven. So the notion that Obama and his team were walking through every stage of the operation is incorrect. The hero here was McRaven, not Obama. And had the mission gone wrong, McRaven surely would have been thrown under the bus.

It’s exactly the cowardice we’d expect from our community-organizer-in-chief.

petefrt on April 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I am increasingly convinced 99% of the people who say Palin/West 2012 are left wingers pretending to be right wingers.

rob verdi on April 28, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Well then, it’s good to be in the 1%, though I think you are wrong in your assessment. I think you’ll find many conservatives still hold Sarah and her principles in much higher regard than Mitt.

Palin/West 2012 would have been my dream team. Romney isn’t a nightmare. He is who he is. And right now, he appears to be the Republican nominee. Oh well…

Fallon on April 28, 2012 at 9:01 AM

JugEars looks…like he’s the only one…who is ‘not’ an adult in the room.

KOOLAID2 on April 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Fallon,
I have nothing against support for Palin and West, but I believe there are plenty of fakers out there.

rob verdi on April 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Ya can’t blame Barry. What the hell else does he have to talk about? His “record” of economic and foreign policy accomplishments?

Hahahahahahaha!!!!

GarandFan on April 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

“NBC’s sit-down with Obama will air on May 2″

Translation:

“NBC’s free one hour of campaign time promoting Obama’s re-election will air on May 2″

fogw on April 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM

It was the defining moment of the first term.

Yes, taking 16 hours to make a decision the average developmentally delayed 6th grader could do in about 5 minutes pretty much defines Obama’s competence.

talkingpoints on April 28, 2012 at 3:12 PM

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