This is absolutely devestating. The epic backfire of President Obama's decision to spike the football of the Osama bin Laden raid - and spike it from the endzone, up and down the field, into the stands, in the stadium parking lot, and across the landscape - has continued with the release of an ad from Veterans for a Strong America that leaves Obama's self-obsessed narcissism in tatters:
Remember, this ad would have never been run (most likely) had Obama not made the calculated decision to disregard what he himself knew (and said) last year. That, to me, is the most condemning part of this ad. Obama himself recognized the inappropriateness of taking credit for the killing of bin Laden, and said as much. And make no mistake - it is inappropriate. The killing of bin Laden would have never taken place had the policies and ideas of Obama been in place for the 8 years prior to his taking office. And it certainly would never have taken place without the tactical decisions, strategy, cunning, courage and expertise of the Navy SEALs that carried out the incredible mission.
Obama seemed to appreciate all that last year. But now, facing an uphill climb to convince Americans he deserves a second term, he crosses the very line he drew. It subjects him to criticism. And as this Veterans for a Strong America ad makes clear, it is more than fair criticism.
Obama didn't take all of the credit for the death of Bin Laden. He has repeatedly thanked and praised all those whose lives were on the line for this. Also, I personally don't fault him for highlighting the fact that he made the decision; I'm certainly glad he did, as I think everyone is.It's not like the Republicans are above doing the same thing.