Pataki: Obama should apologize for politicizing bin Laden mission

posted at 12:01 pm on May 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Former New York Governor George Pataki minced no words when during his interview today on Fox News when it came to Barack Obama’s ad campaign attacking Mitt Romney as a squish on Osama bin Laden.  Pataki, who dealt with the aftermath of 9/11 directly along with then-mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, said Arianna Huffington used the right word to describe Obama’s ad — “despicable.”  He pronounced himself “appalled” at the deliberate politicization of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, and suggested an apology from Obama would be in order:


“We still have brave men and women out there in Afghanistan and around the world fighting the war against terror and too many of them are dying,” he said. “You don’t celebrate your brilliance when it’s because we have brave young Americans out there putting their lives on the line.”

He continued, “It’s wrong. I think it should stop and I think the president should apologize for having done this.”

At the time when bin Laden was killed, he said he was “appalled” that Obama called out the Navy SEAL Team 6 because they are still out there risking their lives for America.

“We should be thanking them and praying for their safety everyday and not patting ourselves on the back as politicians and trying to use it in a campaign,” he said.

If Pataki were in Obama’s shoes, he said, “I would do what a leader is supposed to do. And that is give credit to others, in particular, give credit to those who are out there on the front line.” He went on to say that it is wrong that Obama is trying to gain a political advantage against his opponent, in his opinion.

Pataki also mildly scolded Romney for taking a swipe at Jimmy Carter yesterday in his response, but noted that it was on a different order of magnitude.  Romney offered an off-hand quip to skewer the issue, while the ad campaign launched by Obama and his team was a deliberate campaign strategy.  It’s worth noting that Pataki doesn’t really have a political dog in this fight, either.  He’s not running for any office, nor has he made himself a high-profile talking head in the presidential campaign coverage.  Presumably Pataki will back Romney, but Pataki has a lot of moderate credibility, especially in New York.  Having him call the Obama campaign “despicable” is going to sting a bit, although perhaps not as much as having Arianna Huffington say it.

Is Obama’s attempt to wrap himself in glory doing him any good?  ABC’s Amy Walter doubts it, saying that “Walmart Moms” care more about GDP than OBL:

Nowhere is this frustration more evident than among a group of 29 moms brought together by Walmart for an online discussion about the economy and the upcoming election.

These “Walmart moms” – defined as a voter with kids under 18 living at home who shops at Walmart at least once a month – are a sought-after demographic. Even more important, the women engaged in this online discussion were from the key battleground states of Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The discussion was moderated by Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican polling firm, and Momentum Analysis, a Democratic firm. What they found was that these women are hurting financially. Almost every one of them had a story about how she and her family had to cut back, go without, or sacrifice.

When asked to pick their most important issue, all picked the economy or “domestic issues”. Not one picked “foreign policy issues like Iraq, Afghanistan or the war on terrorism.”

Moreover, these women expressed a deep frustration with the disconnect between what they experience in their day-to-day lives and what they see going on in Washington

“I do not think elected officials and running candidates understand my life and what matters most to me,” said Jamie from Pennsylvania. “They make too much money to understand what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck and for someone to be on disability. All they care about is their personal agendas.”

In other words, Barack Obama picked another irrelevant fight in order to take a victory lap on an issue that is at best a tertiary concern for voters, in order to distract from what really matters to them in 2012.  The pattern is become very noticeable, isn’t it?


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In other words, Barack Obama picked another irrelevant fight in order to take a victory lap on an issue that is at best a tertiary concern for voters, in order to distract from what really matters to them in 2012.

That’s ok. Free contraception will take care of that.

Doughboy on May 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Even in OZ…Obama would always be the smallest man in the room.

HumpBot Salvation on May 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I thought 0bama considered Wal-Mart the enemy?

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I think Obama may be cracking up.

His sane advisers may be pulling away.

faraway on May 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

this entire event has become another political Rorschach test. i’m not sure it will change anyone’s mind.

Steven McGregor on May 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

meh – It is the one year anniversary…. We are ALL glad the seals got the bullseye- I say giv’em this one for a day or too.

Team Obie reaching waay to far into Repub primary fiasco for material. I think it was a question the ABRs woulda asked if Super Mitt had the testicle fortitude to have the Navy Seals pull the trigger on OBL. So there just trying to use it – but enjoy the clumsiness of their “attack”

So…. Let the dims move along past this one, so as not to diminish the joyousness of the OBL take down.

FlaMurph on May 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

“I do not think elected officials and running candidates understand my life and what matters most to me,” said Jamie from Pennsylvania. “They make too much money to understand what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck and for someone to be on disability. All they care about is their personal agendas.”

Probably the scariest quote if you are pimping for Obama.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2012 at 12:09 PM

i’m guessing the walmart moms don’t necessarily find Michelle that impressive. enter the ‘unemployed’ Ann Romney.

Steven McGregor on May 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

The SEALs will bring him down a few notches, for good reasons.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I thought 0bama considered Wal-Mart the enemy?

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Doesn’t mean he doesn’t want their vote. Lefties love to insult people then turn around and expect to be loved for their tolerance.

Fenris on May 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

So what’s Obama doing in Afghanistan?Getting another terrorist single handed?

sandee on May 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Doesn’t mean he doesn’t want their vote. Lefties love to insult people then turn around and expect to be loved for their tolerance.

Fenris on May 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I think that speaks more about the 0bama supporting Wal-Mart moms than it does about 0bama.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

El rushbo talking a out Walmart moms

cmsinaz on May 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

It’s worth noting that Pataki doesn’t really have a political dog in this fight, either

How you wrote this with a straight face baffles me Ed.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

This is interesting…

WHITE HOUSE INSIDER: Obama Hesitated – Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden

Ogabe on May 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

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You know Barack Soretoro could not have been 100% on board with a muslim assassination- in his fave Pahkeeshtan.

FlaMurph on May 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

But, uh, Mommy! Uh, Mommy! I, uh. It was, uh, me! me! me! me! Mommy, uh, me! I killed, uh, bin Laden. Me! Me! Me! Uh. Me! [crying, while sucking thumb].

- Barack Obamuh

OhEssYouCowboys on May 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

The discussion was moderated by Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican polling firm

Brilliant acronym you PR geniuses got yourselves, there…

thirtyandseven on May 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Almost every one of them had a story about how she and her family had to cut back, go without, or sacrifice.

and you can thank Bathhouse Barry for that.

repeat: you can thank Bathhouse Barry for that!

GhoulAid on May 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

If Pataki were in Obama’s shoes, he said, “I would do what a leader is supposed to do. And that is give credit to others, in particular, give credit to those who are out there on the front line.” He went on to say that it is wrong that Obama is trying to gain a political advantage against his opponent, in his opinion.

Not to mention the CIA, whose “enhanced” interrogations of Gitmo detainees led to intelligence about Bin Laden’s location, so that the Big O with the Big Stick could have him killed. All those eeeeeeevil, horrible “tortures” conducted under the Bush Administration in that eeeeeevil Gitmo that Obama closed down by Executive Order on his first day in office. Er, maybe not.

Obama didn’t mention that, and neither did Pataki. But Jose Gonzales did.

Steve Z on May 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

How you wrote this with a straight face baffles me Ed.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

How you can string semi-coherent sentences together baffles many here.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Plus Politico is such a right wing attack machine. Can anyone believe Obama’s poll numbers nosedived since he started attacking Sketch?

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/05/obama-april-approval-highest-since-bin-laden-death-122145.html

Opps

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

“I do not think elected officials and running candidates understand my life and what matters most to me,” said Jamie from Pennsylvania. “They make too much money to understand what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck and for someone to be on disability. All they care about is their personal agendas.”

I think that is a sentiment from all sides of the ideological divide, and one Washington had better wise up to very quickly. This is the reason Congress’ approval ratings are in the single digits, moreso than passing any particular piece of legislation. It’s an overall feeling that Washington cares about only one thing… themselves. And they will spew any BS to get re-elected and do whatever it takes to fill their campaign coffers regardless of whether it is good for the average American or not.

gravityman on May 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

The SEALs will bring him down a few notches, for good reasons.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

..excellent link, Schade!! Permit me to excerpt the first two graphs for emphasis:

Almost eight years ago, presidential candidate John Kerry accepted the Democratic nomination with the infamous line: “I’m John Kerry, and I’m reporting for duty.” His military service, in a war three decades old, became the centerpiece of his campaign.

Within weeks, the Republicans had turned what was seen as one of Kerry’s strongest assets against him. Swift Boats Veterans for Truth—which included over 200 Vietnam veterans, most who hadn’t even served with Kerry—succeeded in raising doubts about the heroic narrative Kerry was selling. What seemingly started as a scratch turned into a sucking chest wound for his campaign.

Yesterday, the Obama campaign got clawed.

Memo to the Pile-of-Crap POTUS: It’s gonna be a lo-o-o-o-o-o-n-g Summer Hatchet Asss!

The War Planner on May 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Wait, does this mean that when Ann Romney told her husband that the women she met on the campaign trail told her the economy was the number 1 issue they were concerned about, she was right, even though she’s *just* a SAHM? How can that be?

Dark Star on May 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I think that speaks more about the 0bama supporting Wal-Mart moms than it does about 0bama.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I’d say it speaks to different things about Obama vs WalMart moms. Which is despicable: taking advantage of the gullible, or being gullible?

Fenris on May 1, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I saw that poll too uppereastside, what a crock

cmsinaz on May 1, 2012 at 12:26 PM

You can’t proclaim yourself a hero. Like a man who goes into a burning house to save a baby may be asked “What’s it feel like to be a hero?” will always say something like “I’m no here. I just acted instinctively.” Certainly he won’t say “Feels great! But my neighbor Jim, he was just standing there, what a cowardly smuck.”
O’s trying to call himself a hero.

anotherJoe on May 1, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Had Jimmy Carter retired to his peanut farm and kept quiet like past presidents normally have (except maybe Clinton), he probably wouldn’t be fair came for a quip similar to what Mitt Romney said. Carter actively seems to sympathize with dictators and muslims over our allies and to some extent, this country. His dismal record is fair game.

iamsaved on May 1, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Correction: man would say “I’m no hero” not “I’m no here” !!!!!

anotherJoe on May 1, 2012 at 12:28 PM

“I do not think elected officials and running candidates understand my life and what matters most to me,” said Jamie from Pennsylvania. “They make too much money to understand what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck and for someone to be on disability. All they care about is their personal agendas.”
I think that is a sentiment from all sides of the ideological divide, and one Washington had better wise up to very quickly. This is the reason Congress’ approval ratings are in the single digits, moreso than passing any particular piece of legislation. It’s an overall feeling that Washington cares about only one thing… themselves. And they will spew any BS to get re-elected and do whatever it takes to fill their campaign coffers regardless of whether it is good for the average American or not.

gravityman on May 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Couldn’t agree with you more.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Is Zero in Afghanistan to take yet another victory lap? Perhaps he wants more photo ops with the troops? Reports say he’s meeting with Karzai, but the White House denies he’s there.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/obama_arrives_in_afghanistan_on_RtYMvl2qBHy4vwtwfdCT6M?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20International

dogsoldier on May 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

How you wrote this with a straight face baffles me Ed.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

In fairness, a lot of things seem to baffle you.

Dark Star on May 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Doesn’t mean he doesn’t want their vote. Lefties love to insult people then turn around and expect to be loved for their tolerance.

Fenris on May 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

sadly true…

jimver on May 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Plus Politico is such a right wing attack machine. Can anyone believe Obama’s poll numbers nosedived since he started attacking Sketch?

Fact: At the height of Obie-love, Obie-mania – he received 52.9% of the popular vote…
Do you really think that number has increased in 3.5 years of fail ?

Do you think its more likely he’s lost 4-5% of voting support ?

47% sounds about right. (McCainville)

FlaMurph on May 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

I saw that poll too uppereastside, what a crock

cmsinaz on May 1, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Let them dream, it surged all the way to 47%.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I’m not holding my breath waiting for that apology. But I am hoping Obutthead doubles and triples and even quadruples down in his narcissistic stupidity bcuz maybe a steady dose of his blatant idiocy will finally start to awaken the leftisproglibturd ObamaZombie dumbmasses–or at least enough of them on the fringes to overthrow the czariest of the WretchedHive czars in November.

stukinIL4now on May 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Kinda OT, but some interesting connotations to the Obama campaign’s new slogan, in case anyone hasn’t seen it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forward_%28generic_name_of_socialist_publications%29

thirtyandseven on May 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Pataki has an R after his name, so what he says doesn’t matter.

It will matter only if someone prominent with a D after their name says this, and that’s not going to happen.

farsighted on May 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

What good would apologizing do? Oh, right. As long as a lefty apologizes for doing and saying offensive, racist, sexist, you-name-itist, things the sheeple eat it up and forget all. Some things are not erasable via apology.

totherightofthem on May 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

How you wrote this with a straight face baffles me Ed.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

so what’s new, confusion/bafflement is a constant among dims and a defining characteristic…

jimver on May 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

It’s worth noting that Pataki doesn’t really have a political dog in this fight, either

How you wrote this with a straight face baffles me Ed.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Pataki is a renewable energy guy now. He also runs his own environmental consulting firm. That would place him more in the mold of O’bama than of Romney, despite the fact that he’s a Rethuglican.

PS: When does Dick Cheney go on trial at The Hague?

Del Dolemonte on May 1, 2012 at 12:36 PM

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.
Was it a coincidence, SEALs asked themselves, catastrophe hit Team Six so soon after being named as the team responsible for the killing?

The White House narrative on the Geronimo mission would soon come under scrutiny as well, after Chuck Pfarrer, a former member of Seal Team Six, published a book length account questioning the official version of the story. The controversial book was viciously attacked—a JSOC spokesperson called it a “fabrication”—and it was widely dismissed by the press.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Obama bungled an easy lay up with the anniversary of the Osama Bin Laden killing. I actually see this being a net negative for him from now on when he brags about it.

BradTank on May 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Pataki has an R after his name, so what he says doesn’t matter.

It will matter only if someone prominent with a D after their name says this, and that’s not going to happen.

farsighted on May 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

a lot of navy seals came out and spoke against the idiocy of politicizing this matter already, and they have no ‘R’s or ‘D’s after their names..

jimver on May 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/05/obama-april-approval-highest-since-bin-laden-death-122145.html

Opps

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

lol, one single poll?

Keep flogging…

Del Dolemonte on May 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

What the pushback revealed, however, was an extreme sensitivity in the White House as to who would have the privilege to tell the Bin Laden story, best expressed in a compelling, if well stage-managed, story in the New Yorker. The piece recounted the Abbottabad raid based on interviews with senior administration and military officials, while imbuing the story with the drama of a SEAL’s eye view. Yet the author conceded he had not actually interviewed the men who did the shooting.

May the punk be swiftboated into oblivion.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

This is interesting…

WHITE HOUSE INSIDER: Obama Hesitated – Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden

Ogabe on May 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Who is Ulsterman, and who is the “White House insider” he interviewed, if Panetta, Hillary Clinton, and Gates had planned the Bin Laden mission behind Obama’s back, against the opposition of Valerie Jarrett?

This wouldn’t surprise me that Hillary Clinton would do this. There was lots of criticism of Bill Clinton’s reluctance to take out Bin Laden when he had the chance before the 9/11 attacks, and Hillary would certainly jump on the chance to get Bin Laden AFTER 9/11, given all her campaign ads in 2008 about Obama’s weakness on foreign policy.

Steve Z on May 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Remember when Obama was condemning Gitmo as “a symbol that helped al-Qaeda recruit terrorists to its cause” and “a rallying cry for our enemies”?

Obama’s politicking for killing Bin Laden… what’s that?

The hypocrisy is breath-taking. The hypocrisy of his supporters possibly more so: “Our president is a bigger war-monger terrorist recruiter than your president”? Really?

de rigueur on May 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:31 PM

desperate

cmsinaz on May 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

ZERO is spiking the football in Afghanistan right now. Multiple foreign sources have confirmed it, but there is an unwritten rule here in the US to not mention these types of visits until the President is out. ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX etc probably already have the stories written. They are just waiting for the all clear signal.

Wigglesworth on May 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Hey Upper East,

How’s that Starbucks doing for you? You predicted it would hit $70.

LOL!

https://www.google.com/finance?client=ob&q=NASDAQ:SBUX

Any other investment advice?

angryed on May 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

a lot of navy seals came out and spoke against the idiocy of politicizing this matter already, and they have no ‘R’s or ‘D’s after their names..

jimver on May 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Right. what the SEALs are saying is much more damaging than anything Pataki says.

For example

Ryan Zinke, a former Commander in the US Navy who spent 23 years as a SEAL and led a SEAL Team 6 assault unit, said: ‘The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it but I would not overly pat myself on the back for making the right call.

‘I think every president would have done the same. He is justified in saying it was his decision but the preparation, the sacrifice – it was a broader team effort.’
Mr Zinke, who is now a Republican state senator in Montana, added that MR Obama was exploiting bin Laden’s death for his re-election bid. ‘The President and his administration are positioning him as a war president using the SEALs as ammunition. It was predictable.’

A serving SEAL Team member said: ‘Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because he speechwriters are smart.

‘But the more he tries to take the credit for it, the more the ground operators are saying, “Come on, man!” It really didn’t matter who was president. At the end of the day, they were going to go.’

H/T AoSHQ.

farsighted on May 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM

How you wrote this with a straight face baffles me Ed.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

…your brain is baffled easily…as has been proven time and again.
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also…
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…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Hey Upper East,

How’s that Starbucks doing for you? You predicted it would hit $70.

LOL!

https://www.google.com/finance?client=ob&q=NASDAQ:SBUX

Any other investment advice?

angryed on May 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

…oh look!…the trolls are starting to eat each other! yum…yum!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM

ol, one single poll?

Keep flogging…

Del Dolemonte on May 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

You obviously didn’t read the article. It says he’s at 47% which is the highest monthly level in a year. The trend is your friend and the trend is looking not so good for Mitt-tards.

But wait I forgot It’s february March April May, so it’s too early to talk about polls. Right?

angryed on May 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM

desperate

cmsinaz on May 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

It will make November 7th so much more schadenfreudingly fun.

That is, if I weren’t going to be on a roof in a certain part of Dallas keeping vigil.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

…oh look!…the trolls are starting to eat each other! yum…yum!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Unlike Rush/Sean zombies, some people can agree on some things and disagree on others.

angryed on May 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

…oh look!…the trolls are starting to eat each other! yum…yum!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM

This is turning into a beautiful day.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Opps

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

…the title of the biography of your life?

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 12:49 PM

This is too funny, serious as it is.

1. Bumbler hesitates.

2. Panetta, also an eunuch, makes the call.

3. An admiral is tasked to lead entire effort, so that if it goes wrong Child in Chief has escape.

4. SEALs risk/execute.

5. Oaf takes full credit, immediately, before intelligence et all are digested.

6. 22 SEALs from Team 6 die a few days later.

7. Oaf makes himself Military God on one-year anniversary.

8. SEALs, the only real heroes swiftboat him.

I like this a lot, except I question why the 22 had to die. It could be that their CiC enabled it, by vanglory alone.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 12:50 PM

…the title of the biography of your life?

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 12:49 PM

And he couldn’t even get that right.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

WWGWBD?

Seriously. What would he have done if he ordered Bin Laden killed? We saw what he did when he got through a month of war in Iraq…

cjw79 on May 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

indeed

snoopy dance will be allowed

cmsinaz on May 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Steve Z on May 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Steve, Ulsterman is a blogger who has 2 insiders. One in the WH another an extremely well connected wall street guy. That article was reported on May 3, 2011 just 2 days after Bin Laden was killed.

He has written some of the most important information I have ever read, most of which eventually is confirmed.

All the insider reports are on the web site though you need to go through the history. I could give you some of the most important ones if you are interested.

FLconservative on May 1, 2012 at 12:52 PM

We saw what he did when he got through a month of war in Iraq…

cjw79 on May 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Still willfully ignorant?

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:52 PM

angryed on May 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

…yes…but when dogs start eating each other here…we watch!….I’m ready to whistle over Michael Vick to referee!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Obama bungled an easy lay up with the anniversary of the Osama Bin Laden killing. I actually see this being a net negative for him from now on when he brags about it.

BradTank on May 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Oh, you are not the only one! As John McCain perfectly said in so many words last night, “Real heroes don’t brag” – many potential 0bamessiah don’t disagree with that truism.

I thought John sounded very good overall on O’Reilly last night – too bad he had/has all of those psychological issues which kept him from caring enough to stringently resist losing to the absolute twit presently occupying the WH…

Bizarro No. 1 on May 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

GWB’s 2004 campaign was nothing but 9/11 and terr-rism. That was all fine and good by the right wing lunatics. But Obama dares mention OBL and all of a sudden they get their pretty pink panties in a bunch over it.

angryed on May 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

….I’m ready to whistle over Michael Vick to referee!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

And let 0bama taste the spoils.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

…yes…but when dogs start eating each other here…we watch!….I’m ready to whistle over Michael Vick to referee!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Congrats. You have officially overtaken Gunlock Billie Bob as stupidest poster on HA.

angryed on May 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

…oh look!…the trolls are starting to eat each other! yum…yum!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM

This is turning into a beautiful day.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Find a few minutes to watch this. Priceless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqsd0WNl8u0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

An Obama supporter joins a progressive web forum. Predictable results follow.

FLconservative on May 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

vanglory = vainglory

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

dogsoldier on May 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I noted that the WH clearly says ‘He’s NOT IN KABUL’.
Afg is a big country. Hmmm.

*tinfoil hat off*

pambi on May 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

But Obama dares mention OBL and all of a sudden they get their pretty pink panties in a bunch over it.

angryed on May 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Aw shucks little one, if all 0bama had done is mention it, it would have been yesterdays news. Try again.

Did W falsely claim that Kerry would run away from the WOT?

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Congrats. You have officially overtaken Gunlock Billie Bob as stupidest poster on HA.

angryed on May 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

…oh no putz!…no one will be able to take that trophy away from you!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Congrats. You have officially overtaken Gunlock Billie Bob as stupidest poster on HA.

angryed on May 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Don’t worry your pretty little head, you retain the title. We voted on it during your nappy time.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Bizarro No. 1 on May 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Oops, “potential 0bamessiah supporters” I meant to say…

Bizarro No. 1 on May 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I like this a lot, except I question why the 22 had to die. It could be that their CiC enabled it, by vanglory alone.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Which military unit carried out the bin Laden mission would have probably been leaked, but the CiC should have never said a word about it. Nor should any government official. Official silence about this would have preserved some doubt, not only about the unit responsible but also about means and methods.

By making all of this public Dear Leader Obama the Great painted a great big bullseye on the back of every SEAL Team 6 member, creating an unnecessary risk.

That is even more despicable than repeatedly taking credit for the mission.

farsighted on May 1, 2012 at 1:01 PM

An Obama supporter joins a progressive web forum. Predictable results follow.

FLconservative on May 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The 0bama version of a Romney fluffin’ nutball.

The whole time I was watching that, I was reminded of bluegills and csdeven.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM

pambi on May 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

He may have planned a photo-op, but who knows what effect the rising backlash is having on that. His campaign is in desperate scramble mode. Will he attempt to commemorate the the anniversary yet again, anyway?

Why else is he there?

dogsoldier on May 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Why else is he there?

dogsoldier on May 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I know its lame at this point, with 0bama being out of view since last night, but him going to Afghanistan to spike the football hasn’t been confirmed…yet.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

No one has ever accused Barry Obama of having any “class”.

GarandFan on May 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

FLconservative on May 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The 0bama version of a Romney fluffin’ nutball.

The whole time I was watching that, I was reminded of bluegills and csdeven.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Yes. My favorite is the “I don’t care” answers, particularly when calling Rahm a Right Winger!

Add libfree to that list.

FLconservative on May 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I noted that the WH clearly says ‘He’s NOT IN KABUL’.

pambi on May 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Kabul’s primary commercial airport is in Bagram. Bagram is also the location of the largest US airbase and military base in Afghanistan. Bagram is “not in Kabul”, but it is only about ten or twenty miles north of Kabul.

farsighted on May 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

How is it that teh One “inherited” everything… except his “gutsy” chance to send SEALs into “Pockee-staun” to assassinate UBL?

Terp Mole on May 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

“I said WAG the dog… Not eat the dog” –BHO

Biden rejected the Chinese dissident’s retreat to the American embassy. What a little swine Biden is. If Obama doesn’t save the blind man, he can go straight to Hades.

He did nada in Iran during the revolution. This will be very telling. If I were the Chinese I’d test him to the hilt, just to expose his hypocrisy.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Terp Mole on May 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Because he is the 0bama silly.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

“I said WAG the dog… Not eat the dog” –BHO

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I think you got that backwards. They don’t do “Wag the Dog” in the 0bama administration…they fake everything.

As for the rest, yep.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

For clarification, Biden turned away another Chinese dissident. May the blind man have a better fate.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Which military unit carried out the bin Laden mission would have probably been leaked, but the CiC should have never said a word about it. Nor should any government official. Official silence about this would have preserved some doubt, not only about the unit responsible but also about means and methods.

By making all of this public Dear Leader Obama the Great painted a great big bullseye on the back of every SEAL Team 6 member, creating an unnecessary risk.

That is even more despicable than repeatedly taking credit for the mission.

farsighted on May 1, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I agree with you.

What’s difficult for me, if not impossible, is deciding which is more despicable: His creation of the unnecessary risk for Team 6, or His doubting of Romney’s decision-making. Since I do understand what He did to Team 6 had far worse real-life implications, the only reason why what He did to Romney is even in the running is because as stupid as He was in regards to Team 6, He didn’t intend to personally trash them like He did Mitt.

It’s not possible for a smaller person than 0bamessiah to occupy the WH, which all of His pathetic, partisan sycophants, like Uppereastside, would agree is the case, if He had an (R) instead of a (D) behind His name…

Bizarro No. 1 on May 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

This is too funny, serious as it is.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 12:50 PM

..Jeeee-zus! Marvelous stuff (again). This is unraveling faster than 3-year-old K-Mart underwear. A commenter over on Powerline Blog makes this salient observation:

Al Case · Top Commenter · South Dakota State University
“Let’s put it another way. Has Obama taken responsibility for the Secret Service behavior? For Fast and Furious? For the frivolous spending by the GSA in Vegas? For anything that has gone wrong under his administration?”

The War Planner on May 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM

vanglory = vainglory

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

..saw that. Good thing you fixed it before FulminatingEd jumped on your case.

The War Planner on May 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Good observation, no make that great.

DDay on May 1, 2012 at 1:34 PM

For clarification, Biden turned away another Chinese dissident. May the blind man have a better fate.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

We can’t get these anti-humanitarian idiots out of office fast enough…

Biden, a true genius, probably thought that taking the Chinese gov’t's side would guarantee him a job with Google…

Bizarro No. 1 on May 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Can we track down the White House name board so we can put the gold star next to his name and move on already.

It’s like a child bragging about a horrible drawing that was on the fridge a year ago. Congrats, you finally did something good enough to go on the fridge, but it was something anyone could have drawn and someone else did the outline, you just had to color it in.

nextgen_repub on May 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I know its lame at this point, with 0bama being out of view since last night, but him going to Afghanistan to spike the football hasn’t been confirmed…yet.

cozmo on May 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Yup, that’s why I asked the question. The principal report mentions he is there to meet with Karzai. That’s a little thin IMHO.

dogsoldier on May 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM

We really don’t hear from everyday people anymore, and when we do, a demographic like “walmart moms” is created. At what point, does the truth for all Americans matter?

lea on May 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Biden, a true genius, probably thought that taking the Chinese gov’t’s side would guarantee him a job with Google…

Bizarro No. 1 on May 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

..Plugs just guaranteed this guy a bullet in the brain stem at the half time of the next soccer match.

The War Planner on May 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM

We really don’t hear from everyday people anymore, and when we do, a demographic like “walmart moms” is created. At what point, does the truth for all Americans matter?

lea on May 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

..gotta hunch we will hear from them on November 6th.

The War Planner on May 1, 2012 at 2:02 PM

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