Congratulations, Mr. President

By now everyone has heard the news that Osama Bin Laden was shot and killed by U.S. Navy Seals in a covert operation. The nation’s “Public Enemy #1” is dead and it has been reported that a respectful Muslim burial took place at sea.I’m posting to give kudos to President Obama. Why? Because if anything at all had gone wrong then he would have all of the blame laid at his feet so I think that as Commander in Chief a little credit is due…not that you would know it based on commentary coming from the right. Based on what I’m reading, I’m sure some dusty-arse confederate is going to ask for a long-form death certificate any day now.

It has been sad — but not surprising — to see that the Republicans have been giving credit to former President Bush for ‘laying the groundwork’ — which is kinda funny given that Mr. Bush said Bin Laden wasn’t a priority and Iraq, which had nothing to do with the events of 9/11, was a more important target.


When will THIS President ever get any credit at all?  Well, even if he doesn’t get credit, I hope he knows that there are still some of us who, even if we don’t agree with everything he’s ever said and done, understand that he’s working in incredibly tough times and under thoroughly difficult circumstances.

Some of us like knowing that there are still men out there who aren’t all about talk — keeping quiet but doing what needs to be done works quite well.


  1. Anonymous says

    Just have to support your commentary, I believe that the President is doing the best he can given the circumstances he was given.

    His decision to go after the Somali pirates, pro-Gadaffi Libya forces and now Bin Laden shows that he is very much capable and courageous.

    Of course, economic decisions could be tweeked but it needs some level of cooperation.

    Let's congratulate him on this decision of course the Navy seals have to commended for carrying out the successful mission.

    Thank you Mr. President Barrack Hussein Obama!!

  2. Some perspective is needed when we choose to celebrate death—
    "Are we seeking power for power’s sake? Or are we seeking to make the world and our nation better places to live. If we seek the latter, violence can never provide the answer. The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  3. The Brooklyn Dame says

    Giving credit to the President for doing the job he said he would do is not AT ALL the same thing as "celebrating death". If, in this culture, we "celebrate" the death of another human being then we are no better than the people we choose to call "uncivilised".

    My point is this: this President, no matter what he does that is deemed "right", will not get credit but for every single thing that he says/does that meets with disagreement and is considered wrong, he is dished out a disproportionate amount of blame.

    I am not waxing philosophical about whether or not violence begets more violence — it does. I'm not debating about whether or not it takes light to drive out darkness (flipping a switch will do); I'm stating that heaping praise on a prior, um, 'leader', who detached himself from one battle to launch into another unrelated fight — while blaming the current administration for all the ills in this country yet giving them no praise when they've done the job they've been tasked with — is hypocrisy at best and a display of deep-rooted hatred against the one who will always be seen as "the other" at worst.

  4. Anonymous says

    Ry could I murder your mother–wait, why stop there lets go for your entire family? Could I do it in front of you so you know who did it? Let me see what you will do to me.
    Will you recite this quote:
    Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive hate: only love can do that~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  5. Your point about giving credit when credit is due was clear enough. However, the lamentations about one person receiving more or less credit than another, the President in this circumstance, fails to acknowledge the ordinary course of politics and history.

    For most people the only credit due for a job well done is a paycheck. Praise and recognition are additional benefits, usually the product of a good manager.

    For a President, his due is yielded in the historical record. Any observer of politics knows full well that the instant analysis/polling of a President seldom reflects the more objective view that follows a more thoughtful historical analysis of his term. To that end, the current President suffers and benefits similarly, as did his predecessors.

    However, the instant moment, wherein a death is celebrated wedded with the comment of giving credit where credit is due is far from waxing philosophical. The two are in lock step with one another and commentary about how we comport ourselves as human beings in that regard is warranted. If only changing the animus of thought were as simple as turning on a light switch, I might agree with you.

    You cannot logically separate giving someone credit for a task with a celebration of death, when that same task culminates with death. It’s not all that difficult to appreciate when you re-read Dr. King’s comments.

    Kudos to the President for refusing to release the photos.

  6. The Brooklyn Dame says

    "For a President, his due is yielded in the historical record." That would be the end of this discussion if historical records were always accurate. That isn't always the case; if it were, then there would be no need for re-writes of history. When others are writing the books, the stories told will not necessarily be history but HIS-story.

    "You cannot logically separate giving someone credit for a task with a celebration of death, when that same task culminates with death. It’s not all that difficult to appreciate when you re-read Dr. King’s comments."
    Condescending tone aside, um, actually, yes I can separate giving someone credit for a task with the celebration of death — particularly since I never celebrated that death — that was your contribution to the post. The topic you segued from had to do with the assignment of a task, which was done (when this President's predecessor didn't succeed for all of his sabre rattling and posturing), and the fact that there is nothing that this President can ever do to attain the same level of respect for doing his job as those before him.

    Pontificate about the celebration of death as you see fit but that is straying from my point.

  7. Anonymous says

    Oh Ry is giving credit to the President, thank you.

    It is not about celebrating death its about crediting the president as you did for not releasing the photos. Even this is an issue for this president everything this president does is overly criticized and/or examined.

    Remember people celebrating this death are mostly people who lost family members and friends and of course some who identify with them. This may not be morally correct where a death of another human is involved but as I said before if I was to murder your entire family I am sure all these fine upstanding qualities you possess right now unless you are not human will be eroded somewhat. Or you can always re-read and appreciate Dr. King's comments.

    Thank you once again for giving the president some credit.


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