Obama’s Been Leadin’, They’ve Been Lyin’

May 3rd, 2011

Inspired by President Obama’s announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death (read Osama bin Laden killed in U.S. raid, buried at sea for more info).


“[L]ast August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden.  It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground.  I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan.  And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.  No Americans were harmed.  They took care to avoid civilian casualties.  After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body… Justice has been done.” – President Obama
 
“I commend President Obama who has followed the vigilance of President Bush in bringing Bin Laden to justice.” – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)
 
“I also want to commend President Obama and his team, as well as President Bush, for all of their efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.” – House (Republican) Speaker John Boehner

 

Bush had over 7 years, but couldn’t do it,

In spite of his bombast that there would be nothin’ to it.


He had Osama trapped, but then let him escape

(For more on that, watch the Last Word videotape).


“I truly am not that concerned about him,” Bush then said,

While Obama made catching or killing Bin Laden a priority instead.


Obama tracked him down and gave the order,

For US Special Forces to secretly cross the Pakistani border.


Gutsy, since a failed op would have seriously hurt Obama politically.

(Do you think that Republicans and Fox might have reacted critically?)


But the GOP leadership still can’t bring themselves to commend him,

Beyond to Bush’s “vigilance” and “efforts” to append him.


Boehner and Cantor think it was Bush, not Obama

Who really deserves credit for killing Osama.


All Obama did was finish the work that Bush began,

Carrying out the final step of a Republican master plan.


Then again, if Obama had been just a continuation of Bush,

Wouldn’t Bin Laden still be lounging in his villa below the Hindu Kush?

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Here’s The Last Word’s report on the operation, a comparison of Bush v. Obama on Bin Laden, and Lawrence’s rewrite about the GOP trope that Dems are soft on defense.

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Here’s Rachel’s 5/02/11 report on the history of US presidential attempts to bring Bin Laden to justice.

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Here’s President Obama’s 5/01/11 announcement of the action.

Here’s Cantor’s statement.

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