Football spiked: Obama to address nation on Bin Laden anniversary live from Afghanistan

posted at 3:35 pm on May 1, 2012 by Allahpundit

The official reason for the trip is to sign the new strategic partnership agreement with Karzai, but of course that doesn’t require his physical presence in Afghanistan. We all know why he’s there and why he chose today to visit. One word: Scoreboard.

Hope he has a giant photo of Bin Laden with his eyeball hanging out set up as a backdrop for the speech, just in case the very low-information voters watching at home are slow on the uptake about what they’re supposed to glean from this speech.

President Barack Obama is in Afghanistan for a whirlwind visit that will culminate in a live, televised address to the American people.

Obama is expected to sign a strategic partnership agreement shortly with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.Obama’s scheduled to speak to the nation just after 7:30 p.m., eastern time, from Bagram airbase.

Pool, which assembled Monday night at Andrews, has been under an embargo preventing reporting of the trip up til now.

Obama left at 12:09 AM Tuesday morning. And arrived at Bagram at 10:20 pm local time.

It was smart to key this to the partnership agreement since now he’ll have a big stage to announce a significant drawdown of American troops, which should please swing voters. You can see the political message coming: We won in Afghanistan by killing Bin Laden and destroying his network so now we can responsibly and victoriously withdraw. It’s a two-fer — an end-zone dance over Al Qaeda’s deterioration and an unofficial declaration that the war is ending and the boys are coming home. Shrewd politics. If he pulls out Bin Laden’s empty skull and sets it on the podium, you can probably call the election right now.

Stand by for updates.

Update: Before he declares victory, can we get a final accounting on just how many Afghan soldiers have fired at their American mentors? According to the AP, the Pentagon’s been conspicuously quiet about non-lethal “green on blue” attacks.

I’d be keen to hear O’s and Panetta’s reaction to this Guardian piece too before those ephemeral peace talks with the Taliban start heating up again:

Documents found in the house where Osama bin Laden was killed a year ago show a close working relationship between top al-Qaida leaders and Mullah Omar, the overall commander of the Taliban, including frequent discussions of joint operations against Nato forces in Afghanistan, the Afghan government and targets in Pakistan…

The news will undermine hopes of a negotiated peace in Afghanistan, where the key debate among analysts and policymakers is whether the Taliban – seen by many as following an Afghan nationalist agenda – might once again offer a safe haven to al-Qaida or like-minded militants, or whether they can be persuaded to renounce terrorism…

“Questions and issues come up. They don’t see eye to eye on everything but it’s clear they understand they have an interest in co-operating [on attacks against Nato, Afghan government and Pakistani targets],” the source said. “Of those engaged in the conversation, two [Zawahiri and Omar] are still alive today and there is no reason to believe that either has substantially changed his views in the last year.”

The Taliban’s never going to turn on Al Qaeda.

Update: BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings hears from some SEALs that they’re getting tired of Obama’s end-zone dance:

The frustration—or, even anger—within the SEAL community is real, and has been brewing for months, particularly among a politically conservative core of operators. It started immediately after the raid, with questions among the Special Forces and intelligence community of whether the president should have waited to announce the kill to exploit the intelligence cache at Osama’s compound. It simmered after a Chinook helicopter was shot down, killing 30 Americans, 22 of them Navy SEALs from Team Six…

Over the past few days, I’ve reached out to a number of SEALs, both active duty and former. Most active duty SEALs were reluctant to go on the record venting or praising their boss, but one of the most interesting responses I received from an operator was to direct me to Leif Babin, a SEAL who left active duty last year.

Babin, who runs the consulting firm Echelon Front, wrote a little noticed op-ed in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal four months ago. The headline: OBAMA EXPLOITS THE NAVY SEALS. Babin took aim at “the president and his advisors, writing: “It is infuriating to see political gain put above the safety and security of our brave warriors and our long-term strategic goals.”

Update: Obama, Biden, Panetta, Hillary, Jack Lew, Ryan Crocker: Imagine it.


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After barely saying a thing about Afghanistan, if anything, for what – a year or more? Suddenly Dear Leader is giving a prime time speech from Kabul on the anniversary of the bin Laden mission?

Just a coincidence? Yeah, right. What a despicable POS.

The wages of one self-congratulatory bow too many?

http://navysealsagainstobama.com

farsighted on May 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Football spiked: Obama to address nation on Bin Laden anniversary live from Afghanistan

With the help of his friends over at NBC.

UltimateBob on May 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Make it stop

vcferlita on May 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

This isn’t going to get Barry Hussein Soetoro re-elected. It’s going to piss people off and look at repulsive as the Paul Wellstone memorial service that was turned into a democrat campaign rally on national television.

It’s going to boomerang. BIGTIME. Obama’s campaign is about as incompetent as his administration. Which is logical. Romney is showing so far that defeating this guy IS ACTUALLY EASY, all you have to do IS TRY. Which McCain never did, not for one second.

wildcat72 on May 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Eeyorish as always, I think you are grossly underestimating the backlash from this crap.

BuzzCrutcher on May 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

And all of this will be forgotten by August when Americans are shelling out over $5/gallon for gas and basic items such as food and energy are steadily rising.

ButterflyDragon on May 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

If he’s to commemorate his heroic decisionmaking, he should go to the site thereof.

In Pahkeeston.

Alas, our Hero, lacks the cojones.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

It’s a two-fer — an end-zone dance over Al Qaeda’s deterioration and an unofficial declaration that the war is ending and the boys are coming home. Smart politics.

The problem is he already made the issue far more toxic and polarizing than it ever needed to be by insinuating that Romney wouldn’t have ordered bin Laden’s death.

Doughboy on May 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Did the greek columns make the trip?

portlandon on May 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I wonder if he’ll spike the football as well as he threw that first pitch? Maybe he’ll have his cool jeans on.

acyl72 on May 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Have to milk every drop.

galtani on May 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

[cajones]

OhEssYouCowboys on May 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

If he pulls out Bin Laden’s empty skull and sets it on the podium

After the toilet flushing incident, nothing is too low-class for this guy. I wouldn’t be surprised.

txsurveyor on May 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Oh, this is going to be a fun election cycle.

He ignored his erstwhile defenders and this isn’t spiking the football, it is an end zone dance that would embarrass Dion Sanders.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Wow. I guess we might have to touch bottom to start rising to the top. Obama is surely getting us to the bottom ASAP. Shameless self promotion. Unreal.

CycloneCDB on May 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Um, in Afganistan talking about bin Laden’s death? Isn’t that like kicking sand in their faces???? Pun intended.

Oink on May 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

It would be the absolute height of irony if his stage suddenly took an RPG hit or got sprayed with AK-47′s midspeech. But I don’t think Obummer’s fellow Islamists would break professional courtesy.

MelonCollie on May 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I hope the armed forces that will be forced to stand there and applaud for him are polite, yet reservedly quiet.

portlandon on May 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

If this clown is reelected I bet we see huge public murals and statues of him by March. Missile parades by April.

Kataklysmic on May 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

With the help of his friends over at NBC.

UltimateBob on May 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Rush was saying that MSNBC had that big thing scrolling at the bottom on the screen “Breaking News, BinLaden killed one year ago today”

Shameless.

JPeterman on May 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

As Dennis Miller said today: “I’d love to dance on OBL’s grave right now but we all know that he was buried at sea and only President Obama can walk on water.”

jeffn21 on May 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

It’s right about now when Karma decides to bite you in the ass and remind you who’s boss. Barry better hope to hell there isn’t a terrorist attack on American soil before the election.

outOfElement on May 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Ha, ha, ha. Must have planned this stunt before the story spun out of control and became “Obama the Great Ego.” He’ll speak tonight…and all day tomorrow his detractors, from Navy Seals to the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will be talking about what a douchebag he is. Too funny. You blew it, Barack. You went too far, pulled the trigger on this too early. As usual.

Rational Thought on May 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

The cynical, amoral, vulgar narcissism leaves one at a loss for words…at least words that wouldn’t get one banned from HA.

What will he do at Arlington on Memorial Day. I hate to think.

Wethal on May 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

OMG, those poor poor military men and women HAVING to show up for bho’s photo op on this!

Gads bho stinks worse than a skunk!

BTW, all you men and women serving, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE and may God bless and protect you.
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letget on May 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

That’s not a legitimate basis for addressing the nation. Scum.

anotherJoe on May 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

It’s still about the economy… and we’re not stupid.

Red Cloud on May 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

The people he thinks will listen to this are not very smart.
I think he just wanted to get out of town on this May 1, OWS cluster.

Jabberwock on May 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Osama’s “Mission Accomplished” moment.

Weight of Glory on May 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

“…Hope he has a giant photo of Bin Laden with his eyeball hanging out set up as a backdrop…”
POSTED AT 3:35 PM ON MAY 1, 2012 BY ALLAHPUNDIT

Or maybe they can dust of Bush’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner – and put it to more meaningful use this time.

verbaluce on May 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

No, you can’t call the election right now if he pulls out the skull. I have faith that while America might have been stupid enough to elect this tool, they’re smart enough to recognize garbage when it’s staring at them from their T.V..

It’s hard to understand what level of ego it takes to continue to double down on positions that are clear losers.

BettyRuth on May 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

What will he do at Arlington on Memorial Day. I hate to think.

Wethal on May 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Didn’t our Hero blow that off, last year?

OhEssYouCowboys on May 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Romney(or one of his superpacs) actually should create an ad of
of Obama spiking the football and doing endzone dance. Instant classic

gerrym51 on May 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

And then on the way back maybe he can buzz NYC with AF1 while being chased by fighter jets again. Just as a friendly reminder.

JeremiahJohnson on May 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Osama’s “Mission Accomplished” moment.

Weight of Glory on May 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Obama not Osama.

Weight of Glory on May 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Spiking part deux

Hope this gives him a dead cat bounce

Gloater in chief

cmsinaz on May 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

So, Drudge was right.

Fallon on May 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Smart Power you say? To that I say, smarterest power!

Ukiah on May 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

It seems the “War on Women” meme is backfiring. Walmart Moms care more about the economy than Osama. Progressive policies have left more and more women unemployed, so they aren’t interested is seeing the peacock strut.

Mutnodjmet on May 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

If he wasn’t such a contemptable little twerp I’d be embarrassed for him.

He doesn’t get that he is only getting credit for not stopping something that was already underway in spite of him.

DanMan on May 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I wonder if there is another vacation and some golf planned for this trip. Our man-child president needs a break after the campaign stop!

WhatNot on May 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

OMG such a big stick…

MNHawk on May 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Barry wishes the seals killed Osama last October. May is too far off from November for this basking in the glory to last.

galtani on May 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

How much did this little PR stunt cost us? Fly to the other side of the planet for a press conference? What’s next, fly to Italy for Thursday night pizza?

The official reason for the trip is to sign the new strategic partnership agreement with Karzai.

The WH doesn’t have a freakin fax machine?

Meric1837 on May 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

But I don’t think Obummer’s fellow Islamists would break professional courtesy.

MelonCollie on May 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

0bama will singlehandedly foil the attack unveiling his awesome ninja skills for the folks at home.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Did the greek columns make the trip?

portlandon on May 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Sure, in separate Air Force One’s spaced apart by 4 hours.

SnarkySam on May 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Is he going to wear a t-shirt with the words “I killed Obama” with an arrow pointing up at his face in the front, and “Mitt Romney would not have” in the back, or did his handlers think that would be a bit too much?

milcus on May 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Gutsy.

Curtiss on May 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

It is obvious Jugears despises our military . Let him try to claim he is a warrior . Urkel as warrior is a dog that will never hunt.

He is flaming out. If the media abandons him he will publically lose it big time. I cannot wait.

DeweyWins on May 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

As Axelrod shouts ” IDEAS people. I need IDEAS “

Jabberwock on May 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

All hail dear leader

Tingles will just be beside himself today

cmsinaz on May 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

we’ve always known that barry and his vast team of operatives/media/hollywood types would spare nothing to re-elect the guy with the smile.

Roger Simon pretty much nails it:

Socialism is a rich man’s game.

Oh, sure, random overheated (sometimes impoverished) Occupiers agitate for their version of economic equality, possibly gumming up the works at the Lincoln Tunnel, but the real financial justice action comes from the wealthy – or so it would seem.
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And I’m not just talking about Hollywood, where George Clooney is full steam ahead on a putative record-breaking ten million dollar fundraiser for Barack Obama, or the laughably meretricious theatrics of the “Buffett Tax” that no one would pay anyway, but across the nation.

According to a book about to be released, The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty, Obama has held more fundraisers than all presidents since Nixon combined.

What does this have to do with socialism? A lot, really, because what Obama promises – especially in his second term — is a socialism of permanent elites, a kind of new, very American, version of the old Soviet-style nomenklatura. And those who are in it will get to stay in it (via government support) as social mobility, aka the American Dream, diminishes or disappears.

This was what socialism ultimately was all about, indeed is all about, the preservation of nomenklaturas, whether of Hollywood, the media, union, and bureaucratic leadership or what remains of selected industry. Keep hoi polloi out.

these guys are playing for keeps.

http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2012/05/01/obamas-new-nomenklatura/

r keller on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Did the greek columns make the trip?

portlandon on May 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I hope the Teleprompters didn’t get lost with the luggage or he won’t even be able to get out a complete sentence not 3/4 full of “umm”, “uhh” “err” “ahh”.

wildcat72 on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

We won in Afghanistan by killing Bin Laden and destroying his network so now we can responsibly and victoriously withdraw.

Yes, if we’re willing to ignore the fact that the Taliban is still there, the opium fields are still there, the corruption and tribal rivalries are still there, and thousands of American lives and a trillion dollars later, it’s still the same $hithole from which the 9/11 attacks were launched.

Also, we haven’t destroyed AQ; they’ve just moved operations to places like Yemen and Libya.

AZCoyote on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I keep seeing conservative bloggers commend the president for OBL, which I sense they are doing because they feel they “have to”. But I disagree with their logic and I’ll tell you why:

Killing OBL was not high on Obama’s priority list. In fact, the only reason we even got him was because our intelligence crews lucked out when one of OBL’s couriers made a mistake – not because Obama championed some task force with the mission. Obama then spent many hours debating a decision that Panetta and others (including Hillary) pressed hard on him to commit to. Shockingly, he felt the best way to handle this decision was to put it out of his mind for a few more hours with a nice game of golf. Meanwhile, back at the White House, we see a picture of the situation room in which all the top dogs have been sitting there for hours with their laptops analyzing photographs and other intel working hard to assess the situation and all contingencies. Only 20 minutes before the raid begins does Obama feel the need to break away from the tee box to join his crew who, like he should have been, were dutifully engaged in the matter. In order to disguise the fact that Obama is still wearing his golf gear, he is given a jacket and seated in some lower corner chair like a dunce (anyone else find it odd that the CiC wouldn’t be sitting at the head of the table?). Yet the president now wants to come out and pretend like this was all his doing and that nobody else but he had the stones to pull off such a bold move that, quite frankly, he was simply lucky to cash in on. We’re saddened but not surprised by this. After all, we know how this man rolls. If a team of scientists were to independently discover a cure for all cancers with no help from the government and only private funding and it became the biggest story of the year, anyone here doubt that the president would try to claim credit for it somehow to boost his re-election chances? I mean, wasn’t this a guy who once claimed that his mere election would result in lower ocean levels?

Furthermore, our Special Forces and highest commanders were pretty upset that Obama then decided to spike the football immediately after OBL’s death simply to score political points – a move which essentially negated the treasure trove of intel that was recovered at the scene. But seeing as it’s really the only major accomplishment (assuming the health care law is found unconstitutional) in a 3-year presidency which desperately needed the boost at the polls, I can see why he made the flawed decision, though I don’t agree with it.

Sure, call it a “gutsy call” to take out OBL by sneaking into Pakistan if you want. But I argue that the call to execute the mission is one that 99% of Americans would have also made. Yes, we’re glad OBL is gone. But Obama is trying to ride a wave he didn’t start. He promised in 2008 that he would “change” everything in politics and usher in a magical era of fixes, yet all that’s happened under his watch is the death OBL – and OBL’s death is not going to be enough to offset all his other failed promises and everything else that has gotten worse with this country and her economy in the past 3 years.

Eschelon on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Prediction: There will be a Times Square ticker tape parade, or something similar, to celebrate the end of the GWOT sometime before the election. Or are they conscious of a “Mission Accomplished” sign moment?

tbradshaw on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Jive-assed mofo marxist propaganda exercise. Flogging AF1 halfway around the planet for another campaign photo op.

rayra on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Am I the only one besides AllahP who has absolutely no problem with Obama rubbing it in the faces al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Pakistani ISI, live from Afghanistan??? Sure its a campaign event aimed at a domestic audience. But it is also a prime-time middle finger to those terrorist, Islamist goat-****ers who attacked our country ten years ago.

Lawdawg86 on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

It seems that his reason for going to Afghanistan is pretty weak. A “partnership” agreement warrants an address to the Nation?I don’t think so…

sandee on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Jive mofo marxist propaganda exercise. Flogging AF1 halfway around the planet for another campaign photo op.

rayra on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

You know that every single Taliban or Al Qaeda affiliated person in all of Afghanistan is communicating with someone, talking to someone, asking someone, “This is our chance. What can we do? Who is close? We need to make a statement. An eye for an eye, leader for leader. What do we need to do to accomplish something here and how do we need to do it? We need these answers now.”

Stupid to announce his arrival so early. I’m gonna be surprised if he gets out of their without some sort of hitch. All the articles about Al Qaeda needing to do something. Compromised secret service at the moment. Spring offensive time. And 5-6 hours of preparation?

Just seems like wreckless, shoot from the hip, pridefulness. It’ll be ok, I’m Barack Obama, I can do anything.

Boomer_Sooner on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

this is an unpleasant few days. this too shall pass.

22044 on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Is it the photo or is o getting almost all grey? Almost enhanced?

Zanne on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

This strategic partnership is shovel ready!

Curtiss on May 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Awesome! He’s even stupider than I thought!

Jaibones on May 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

If he wasn’t such a contemptable little twerp I’d be embarrassed for him.

He doesn’t get that he is only getting credit for not stopping something that was already underway in spite of him.

DanMan on May 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

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Even for this narcissistic POS, this is pretty disgraceful.

Already backfiring big time – he’s gonna get Swift Boated by the SEALs if he isn’t careful

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

This Preezy is revolting.

KS Rex on May 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Oh, this is going to be a fun election cycle.

He ignored his erstwhile defenders and this isn’t spiking the football, it is an end zone dance that would embarrass Dion Sanders.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Naa, this is more like TO going to the center of Cowboys Stadium to do his touchdown dance and spike the ball on The Star. Classless

mdenis39 on May 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Am I the only one besides AllahP who has absolutely no problem with Obama rubbing it in the faces al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Pakistani ISI, live from Afghanistan??? Sure its a campaign event aimed at a domestic audience. But it is also a prime-time middle finger to those terrorist, Islamist goat-****ers who attacked our country ten years ago.

Lawdawg86 on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

‘prime time’ where, the trip was timed to land at local midnight and they’ll be wheels up before it’s light enough for the locals to see that big blue white and silver taget.

rayra on May 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Take a bow Obama!

Curtiss on May 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Does he realize how transparent this is? And not transparent in a good way.

mankai on May 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Obama’s arrogance will be his downfall.

On a side note:

Or maybe they can dust of Bush’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner – and put it to more meaningful use this time.

verbaluce on May 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

GFY. It was appropriately and meaningfully used the first time. Idiot.

HumpBot Salvation on May 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Lawdawg86 on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Yup, looks like you are.

Say, why doesn’t he put that middle finger up, in Pahkeeston, at the terminal site of his heroic act?

OhEssYouCowboys on May 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Hope he has a giant photo of Bin Laden with his eyeball hanging out set up as a backdrop for the speech, just in case the very low-information voters watching at home are slow on the uptake about what they’re supposed to glean from this speech.

AP, that is just magnificent.

kim roy on May 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Oh Yea
This can’t miss

Conservative4ev on May 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM

This is foolish. And he’s putting his security detail at risk. Taunting the Taliban on their turf is not wise. They will respond.

gracie on May 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Shameless.

Droopy on May 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM

This guy never goes to visit the troops and takes credit for their valiant deeds.

Then a campaign opportunity pops up and suddenly he’s there?

How disgusting and disingenuous.

Marcus Traianus on May 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM

It seems that his reason for going to Afghanistan is pretty weak. A “partnership” agreement warrants an address to the Nation?I don’t think so…

sandee on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Remember the “Obama Reality Show”‘s ratings drop more with each airing.

It peaked on premiere night. And now if it weren’t for the “gurgling on his “big” stick” media his show would already be relegated to the Saturday night “death” time slot.

wildcat72 on May 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Or maybe they can dust of Bush’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner – and put it to more meaningful use this time.

verbaluce on May 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I didn’t realize we’d driven the Taliban from the battlefields of Afghanistan.

Fighton03 on May 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

…but will he land on a carrier and give his speech in a flight suit?

sesquipedalian on May 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Long Live the Narcissist in Chief!

easyt65 on May 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Didn’t our Hero blow that off, last year?

OhEssYouCowboys on May 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Yes, IIRC, he went to a veteran’s cemetary in IL, totally screwing up families’ plans to visit their fallen on that day. Then he went golfing.

But I’m assuming he is going full photo op at Arlington this year.

Wethal on May 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I bet it’s taped and he’s already on the way back

gerrym51 on May 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

This isn’t about me
This isn’t about politics
We aren’t going to spike the football

Wigglesworth on May 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

And just think, the general election has just begin. By August they’ll be chiseling him onto Mount Rushmore.

changer1701 on May 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Is it the photo or is o getting almost all grey? Almost enhanced?

Zanne on May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Was just about to ask the same thing. Guess he’s dyeing his hair, because in other photos, he is not almost all-white… ooops, is that racist? Maybe he thinks it adds an air of dignity and statesmanship, which of course, it does not.

chai on May 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Naa, this is more like TO going to the center of Cowboys Stadium to do his touchdown dance and spike the ball on The Star. Classless

mdenis39 on May 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I forgot that one.

I hope you are right and 0bama will end up much like TO…forgotten.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

It was appropriately and meaningfully used the first time.

HumpBot Salvation on May 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Even Bush doesn’t think so now.

verbaluce on May 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Maybe it was the only destination they could find with no bars or strip clubs in the general area.

RBMN on May 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Is Oprah gonna be with our Hero? Or, even better, is he gonna dance with DeGeneres, for the troops?

They’d love that, I bet.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

What will he do at Arlington on Memorial Day. I hate to think.

Wethal on May 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Didn’t our Hero blow that off, last year?

OhEssYouCowboys on May 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

IIRC, he blew the day off and “phoned it in.” If that much.

SnarkySam on May 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

But remember, boys and girls, Mr. Obama isn’t making this a big deal for political points.

Because that would be wrong.

(I can’t believe I was able to type that without falling out of my chair laughing…..)

TeresainFortWorth on May 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

This guy never goes to visit the troops and takes credit for their valiant deeds.

Then a campaign opportunity pops up and suddenly he’s there?

How disgusting and disingenuous.

Marcus Traianus on May 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM

And people see this.

It’d be one thing if Obama were showing up to pay tribute to the troops and humble himself a little. But we know he’s incapable of that.

Instead he’ll be paying tribute to HIMSELF.

That’s a BIG turn off. Especially given how long this war has gone on now (over 10 years) and the fact that NEARLY EVERYONE has a family member or a friend who DID go over there and sacrifice and knows that it wasn’t Obama first down the zip line, rifle in hand…

wildcat72 on May 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Nothing would be better for the nation than to get this mega-narcissist out of office. This guy is scary sometimes with how easily he will sell out the nation for a vote.

Jason Taylor Sacked You on May 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

The real downside here? The taliban will know where to find unarmed american troops now, at the zeros press conference.

Fighton03 on May 1, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Nobel Peace Prize Winner bragging about killing a dude in his bedroom.

Works for angryed!

Del Dolemonte on May 1, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Drudge has been hinting that Obama was on a secret trip all day since he had “gone missing” from DC. This is just another “check me out” grandstand victory lap on the anniversary of Bin Laden’s death-and it comes after trashing Romney in a press conference with the Japanese prime minister-suggesting Romney would not have done so bold a deed.

Although he made the final decision, Obama was exactly like the rest of us (with the sole exception of Seal Team Six) a SPECTATOR. A spectator who climbed on the shoulders of the tactical planners, the forward base operations personnel, the pilots and the Seals-to claim victory and to aggrandize himself while concurrently diminishing the political opposition. What a contemptible POS he is.

MaiDee on May 1, 2012 at 3:53 PM

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