Open thread: Obama to celebrate rare actual accomplishment; Update: “Our goal is to destroy al Qaeda, and we are on a path to do exactly that”

posted at 7:10 pm on May 1, 2012 by Allahpundit

7:30 ET all across the dial, the ceremonial spiking o’ the ball takes place in the campaign end zone you and I know as Bagram air base. Excerpts from The One’s speech:

“My fellow Americans, we have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war. Yet here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. The Iraq War is over. The number of our troops in harm’s way has been cut in half, and more will be coming home soon. We have a clear path to fulfill our mission in Afghanistan, while delivering justice to al Qaeda.

This future is only within reach because of our men and women in uniform. Time and again, they have answered the call to serve in distant and dangerous places. In an age when so many institutions have come up short, these Americans stood tall. They met their responsibilities to one another, and the flag they serve under. I just met with some of them, and told them that as Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder. In their faces, we see what is best in ourselves and our country.”…

“This time of war began in Afghanistan, and this is where it will end.”

Yeah, like I said in my earlier post, tonight’s address is as much about reminding swing voters that the troops are coming home as it is about kicking Bin Laden’s skull through the uprights. The poll numbers on Afghanistan have turned toxic, and not just among Democrats and indies. There’s not much spring in his “Bin Laden bounce” but there may be a few points for him in reminding the public that things are winding down in a war to which they’ve long since given up paying close attention.

Two interesting things about the excerpts from his speech that the White House released. One: No Bin Laden reference. He’ll mention OBL at some point tonight, rest assured, but maybe his team’s starting to tone down the self-congratulation after the criticism of the past few days. Two: The excerpts emphasize his praise for the troops, something that’s been lacking lately as Team Hopenchange goes fishing for credit for the Bin Laden raid. Speaking of which, check out the brutal — and I mean brutal — vid released by “Veterans for a Strong America” taking Obama to task for trying to make the raid all about the O. That’ll keep you entertained until showtime at Bagram; the second vid below is just to put you in the mood for the occasion.

Update: Here’s the vid and the transcript. Read it and you’ll see that, as noted above, the ball he really wanted to spike tonight was “victory” in Afghanistan and a drawdown of U.S. troops. And the path to victory in this case lies through narrowly defining who the enemy is:

Fourth, we are pursuing a negotiated peace. In coordination with the Afghan government, my Administration has been in direct discussions with the Taliban. We have made it clear that they can be a part of this future if they break with al Qaeda, renounce violence, and abide by Afghan laws. Many members of the Taliban – from foot soldiers to leaders – have indicated an interest in reconciliation. A path to peace is now set before them. Those who refuse to walk it will face strong Afghan Security Forces, backed by the United States and our allies…

As we move forward, some people will ask why we need a firm timeline. The answer is clear: our goal is not to build a country in America’s image, or to eradicate every vestige of the Taliban. These objectives would require many more years, many more dollars, and many more American lives. Our goal is to destroy al Qaeda, and we are on a path to do exactly that. Afghans want to fully assert their sovereignty and build a lasting peace. That requires a clear timeline to wind down the war.

Read this depressing Seth Jones piece about how AQ franchises are actually building up in places like Yemen and Somalia despite the best efforts of U.S. drone operators. (He doesn’t even mention Syria, which is well on its way to becoming the biggest jihadi magnet in the Middle East.) Read David Ignatius too on how, thanks to the Arab Spring and its Islamist tide, “electoral Bin Ladenism” is in ascendance in the region. Memo from Bush to O: Be careful about declaring victory prematurely.

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BISHOP ! ???

pambi on May 1, 2012 at 7:12 PM

It’ll still be all about him. He can’t help himself.

Drained Brain on May 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Those are actual excerpts?He’s claiming credit for ending the war? really? I mean really?

sandee on May 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Two serious questions:
 
Are we really establishing an annual presidential celebratory speech over someone’s death?
 
Do any supporters think this will happen again next year if he wins reelection?

rogerb on May 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM

much ado about little, the msnbc crows will gush, the rest of us will shrug or get annoyed.

rob verdi on May 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Did he haul his Styrofoam columns over there with him for the speech tonight???

BigWyo on May 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

do jihadists know the war is over?

rob verdi on May 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

“..RARE ACTUAL ACCOMPLISHMENT..”?

C’mon, AP, you mean by the SEALs? O.K., I award the save to Panetta who dragged that sackload’s asss off the golf course and told him to put on the windbreaker so his golf shirt wasn’t showing.

The War Planner on May 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

much ado about little, the msnbc crows will gush, the rest of us will shrug or get annoyed.

rob verdi on May 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM

..or not watch.

The War Planner on May 1, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Obama to celebrate rare actual accomplishment

actually made by other much more worthy individuals.

ray on May 1, 2012 at 7:16 PM

OK, precedent panty waist should just avoid all sports related photo ops. Mom jeans, a limp wristed first pitch, and the lamest heisman pose ever.

Fighton03 on May 1, 2012 at 7:16 PM

It’ll still be all about him. He can’t help himself.

Drained Brain on May 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Drinking game? Count the “I”s?

The War Planner on May 1, 2012 at 7:16 PM

What a tool ……

t on May 1, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I heard His comments and wish I would have counted the “we’s”. But for Him, that’s a step up from “I’s”. What a POS.

Dingbat63 on May 1, 2012 at 7:18 PM

The great thing about the West Coast is that I dont have to hear any of this crap live.

Apologetic California on May 1, 2012 at 7:18 PM

much ado about little, the msnbc crows will gush, the rest of us will shrug or get annoyed.

rob verdi on May 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM

..or not watch.

The War Planner on May 1, 2012 at 7:15 PM

You know I meant to say msnbc crowd, but I rather like crows.

rob verdi on May 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I refuse to watch any of Comrade Chairman Dear Leader’s speeches. I don’t even watch Obama segments on the news — DVRs and the 60 second instant skip ahead are among the greatest inventions ever. But I will read analysis and commentary here.

farsighted on May 1, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Killing others without a trial whether it be OBL or with drones is all cool now….but Bush was a war criminal for allowing water boarding…up is down and down is up.

CW on May 1, 2012 at 7:20 PM

That’ll keep you entertained until showtime at Bagram; the second vid below is just to put you in the mood for the occasion.

showtime? sorry, i’ll skip it

r keller on May 1, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Already planning fun activities to avoid speech with.

SMACKRUNNER on May 1, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Me! Me! Me!
I! I! I!
Me! Me! Me!
Let me be clear…

annoyinglittletwerp on May 1, 2012 at 7:21 PM

much ado about little, the msnbc crows will gush, the rest of us will shrug or get annoyed.

rob verdi on May 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM

There is no longer an upside for 0bama. He has politicized this to the point no walk back.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Matthews already had an orgasm while on air with Barry’s speech to the troops at the Air Force base. Can his heart survive two in a row within hours?

galtani on May 1, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I’d rather take a beating than listen to that arrogant *bleep*

tru2tx on May 1, 2012 at 7:24 PM

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”
He’ll BS his way thru this (apparently good enough for the lefties) and some on the mainland will swoon, too !!

pambi on May 1, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Second thought: He is a brave guy. He has to go to the family quarters and deal with Moochelle. That would be intimidating.

Dingbat63 on May 1, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Any bets on how late he’ll be starting?

Oldnuke on May 1, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Is there a golf course in Afghanistan?

bgibbs1000 on May 1, 2012 at 7:26 PM

There’s not much spring in his “Bin Laden bounce”…

There never was. Right after the killing of Bin Laden, Obama’s approval rating was up +6 pt rise over a 2-week period. The average boost to Presidential popularity for an event like this is +13 over 22 weeks. Bush 43′s boost after the capture of Saddam Hussein was twice as high and lasted 3 times as long as Barry’s Bin Laden bounce.

His 1-year anniversary self-celebration barely merits a fist bump.

de rigueur on May 1, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Yeah, like I said in my earlier post, tonight’s address is as much about reminding swing voters that the troops are coming home as it is about kicking Bin Laden’s skull through the uprights.

AP! Between this and the dangling eyeball in the other thread, you are getting really cranky and it’s showing up in some high quality snark.

Keep up the good work!

kim roy on May 1, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I guess I have to watch this, like a crash on the road, you can’t not look.

There is a new Deadliest Catch on later at least.

There are some real Americans.

Brian1972 on May 1, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Thanks for watching so I don’t have to.

Naturally Curly on May 1, 2012 at 7:28 PM

“I went after OBL. It was then I was phoned by Mr. Holder who reminded me my gun was traversing across the Mexican border. I then phoned the Seals. Vote for me”.

Sincerely,
Chief Head of Narcissism

hillsoftx on May 1, 2012 at 7:28 PM

They know the boasting on others’ accomplishments was backfiring. I wonder how many last second changes there were to the text and how long the trip had been planned.

forest on May 1, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Do NOT miss the pic on Drudge… LOL

pambi on May 1, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Already planning fun activities to avoid speech with.

SMACKRUNNER on May 1, 2012 at 7:21 PM

..me too; I have to clean out my septic tank.

The War Planner on May 1, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I!
me!
aaaaaand
me me me!

sloopy on May 1, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Do NOT miss the pic on Drudge… LOL

pambi on May 1, 2012 at 7:29 PM

..marvelous! One for the hall of fame gallery of wire-tooled dem males like, um, Michael Dukakis and John Freaking Kerry.

The War Planner on May 1, 2012 at 7:31 PM

The excerpts emphasize his praise for the troops, something that’s been lacking lately as Team Hopenchange goes fishing for credit for the Bin Laden raid.

Lincoln and Eisenhower, whomm the kindergartner imagines to emulate, heh, gave all the credits to their troops.

Alas, they were real men and he’s an eunuch.

May the SEALs swiftboat the Pinnochio in Chief.

“You lie” is the truest thing ever said about him.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Heeere’s Scooter!

kingsjester on May 1, 2012 at 7:32 PM

What does it say about the state we’re in, when I’m walking to the TV to turn it off, with the president of the US supposed to make an important speech?

UGH.

cane_loader on May 1, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I WANT MY NCIS, DAMN IT!!!!!!

ThePrez on May 1, 2012 at 7:32 PM

You lie!

cane_loader on May 1, 2012 at 7:32 PM

“I” within the first 30 seconds. A new record!

kingsjester on May 1, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Listening on radio (cuz I cannot stand to watch him), and DVRing for anything to refer to.

pambi on May 1, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Green screen projection… not surprising

Ugly on May 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Love that video by the Veterans for a Strong America.

“I did”
“I did”
“I did”
“I did”

He’ll need to visit the burn unit if he is allowed to view it.

tru2tx on May 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

No way in Hades am I going to watch this self congratulatory pat on the back.

Just curious though, will he mention the $192 million he gave to the PA last week as it wasn’t covered by the MSM?

Just joshin’.

parke on May 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Drudge better watch his surroundings.

The man is steely.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Do NOT miss the pic on Drudge… LOL pambi on May 1, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Oh, so it is not just me that think He looks like a dick (more than usual). Maybe a Dukakus (sp?) moment?

Dingbat63 on May 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Nice dig at Bush re: Iraq.

Classy.

cane_loader on May 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Hmmm, you know I wonder if I could get a quickie colonoscopy over at the hospital right now. It’s less painful and has genuine benefits.

Wethal on May 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Cmon’ Obama, you know you wanna do it! Spike the skull!

itsspideyman on May 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Alright, I’m upset. I’m missing my Jeopardy fix for this!

22044 on May 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Paak-ey-Stan. I say drink.

FLconservative on May 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I don’t like him looking at me in the eye.

It’s creepy.

use the prompter, Barry

cane_loader on May 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Gonna listen on the Mark Levin show. It eases the excruciating pain a little.

22044 on May 1, 2012 at 7:35 PM

“The goal I set…”

Curtiss on May 1, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Does anyone believe he is anywhere but a bunker?

Ugly on May 1, 2012 at 7:36 PM

This had BETTER be done by 7pm CT !!

pambi on May 1, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Is the child learning?

That ad is killer good.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 7:36 PM

same war in Iraq you POS

http://husseinandterror.com

jp on May 1, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Sounds like the war will be managed from Chicago. By Field Marshall Axelrod, I guess.

Curtiss on May 1, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Taleeban

22044 on May 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

There is no way we can be “partners” with Afghanistan.

Enough nation-building. That country will always be primitive. We need to get out, with a warning that if we come back next time, we’ll use nukes.

Negotiated peace.

blah blah blah

cane_loader on May 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Everytime he says Tolly-bon I hear some phantom voice off in the distance going daaaaaaaaay-ooo

JusticeFrog on May 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

cane_loader on May 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Caught that, too !!

pambi on May 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Negotiating with the Taliban. Idiot.

kingsjester on May 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Come Mr. TOLLY-bohn, tolly me bananas.

DRINK

cane_loader on May 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Sounds like the war will be stagemanaged from Chicago. By Field Marshall Axelrod, I guess.

Curtiss on May 1, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Fighton03 on May 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Everytime he says Tolly-bon I hear some phantom voice off in the distance going daaaaaaaaay-ooo

JusticeFrog on May 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

LMAO

Great minds…

cane_loader on May 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I think a more appropriate clip would be Theo from the movie Die Hard where he says:

Oh my god! And the quarterback IS TOAST!

Capt_Nemo on May 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM

TOLLY-bon

DRINK!

cane_loader on May 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Drudge changed THE picture of Doofus saluting in front of military vehicles. Hope there is an archive that the RNC will use.

Dingbat63 on May 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM

This fool is just setting himself up with his 5 point plan to be overtaken by events.

What a noob.

Curtiss on May 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Seperating al-Qaeda from the Tolly-bahn. Why? Do they behead infidels quicker?

kingsjester on May 1, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Is Chicago the new Washington. I know the conference is there but what happened to congress?

Tal-ee-ban.

FLconservative on May 1, 2012 at 7:39 PM

“We will, we will Barack you…we will, we will Barack you…we will, we will Barack you”…

Darn you AP – won’t be able to get this out of head for a time now.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 7:39 PM

LOL… hubby just came onto the patio (where I am) to say he could only stomach about 60 seconds of this … already had 3 points to croak over. Sigh.

pambi on May 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Negotiated peace.

blah blah blah

cane_loader on May 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

not listening here. can’t stomach it, but this reminds me of Nixon’s Peace with Honor.

Fighton03 on May 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Is anyone really watching? Personally I have a DVR of “The Unit” on that I recorded last week. I frankly don’t care to watch this POS (rather than POTUS) spike the football at our troops’ expense. He is not worthy.

karenhasfreedom on May 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I’m watching Storage Wars – has he done a victory touchdown dance yet?

gophergirl on May 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM

How the He@@ do you negotiate with Barbarians?

kingsjester on May 1, 2012 at 7:41 PM

How about you say,

“We need to WIN!”

Is that too hard?

Win the damn war and come home, for the sake of the blood we’ve spilled. We know where the TOLLY-bon are.

Kill ‘em. Until Mullah Omar is DEAD, we should not leave.

We forget that he’s the one who refused to hand over Osama.

Negotiate, my butt.

cane_loader on May 1, 2012 at 7:41 PM

what about our corpse-men?

JusticeFrog on May 1, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Dingbat63 on May 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I saved it… LOL

pambi on May 1, 2012 at 7:41 PM

not listening here. can’t stomach it, but this reminds me of Nixon’s Peace with Honor.

Fighton03 on May 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I’m watching because this is Vietnam all over again.

cane_loader on May 1, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Everytime he says Tolly-bon I hear some phantom voice off in the distance going daaaaaaaaay-ooo

JusticeFrog on May 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

+1000.

GrannyDee on May 1, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Is Chicago the new Washington. I know the conference is there but what happened to congress?

Tal-ee-ban.

FLconservative on May 1, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Where have you been the last 3+ years? Congress is an anachronistic, irrelevant institution, sort of like the British monarchy.

rbj on May 1, 2012 at 7:42 PM

shouldn’t it be Af-gahn-eee-stan?

iceman1960 on May 1, 2012 at 7:42 PM

“With faith in each other – eyes fixed on the future – as we move ahead and forge a lasting peace…..”

Last words.

cane_loader on May 1, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Thank you, Neville Chamberlain.

kingsjester on May 1, 2012 at 7:43 PM

I just watched the ad. When you’ve lost the Washington Post, Mother Jones, and Arianna Huffington, that’s not good.

22044 on May 1, 2012 at 7:43 PM

OMG… green screen, no one in attendance… what a load of SH!T

Ugly on May 1, 2012 at 7:43 PM

So he wants our children to be able to grow up without fear, to acheive their goals and dreams

and then become demonized for doing just that.

Asshat

JusticeFrog on May 1, 2012 at 7:43 PM

“A just and lasting peace.”

In our time.

In Afghanistan.

Curtiss on May 1, 2012 at 7:43 PM

F O R W A R D

Electrongod on May 1, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Wow, he invoked God. More pandering and politics. He’s despicable.

FLconservative on May 1, 2012 at 7:44 PM

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