But let me make this clear: There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf will not act, we will.
~ Senator Barack Obama, August, 2007
There has been quite an uproar this week about a White House campaign ad in which former President Clinton touts President Obama’s courage in making the call to kill Osama Bin Laden. The ad directly questions “Which Path Would Mitt Romney have Taken?” and several are accusing the administration of crossing over some imagined line of decorum in presidential politics. John McCain accused Obama of turning the capture into a “cheap political attack ad” and Arianna Huffington called the spot “despicable.“
President Barack Obama has been attacked like no other president or presidential candidate before him. During his quest to get the nomination, he had to pause and address a vicious attack on his faith and race due unbelievable reactions to remarks made by Reverend Wright. Sarah Palin accused him of “palling around with terrorist” because Bill Ayers served on a charitable board with him. Repeatedly, he has subtly, and often not so subtly, been accused of being a Muslim. His place of birth continues to be questioned and attempts to tie him to his Kenyan family are pounced on with vigor.
During the election in 2008, his biggest weakness was said to be his lack of leadership experience. He was accused of not being “ready” to make the tough decisions. First by Hillary Clinton in the primaries, then by McCain during the general election. During his first years in office, Republicans often told us the actions and words of the President were making us less safe.
Now he is being called “despicable” because he dares to advertise the single biggest symbolic accomplishment of his presidency. And while the then Candidate Obama was publicly explaining his position, Romney hedged his bets and told the Associated Press it was “not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” Why is it now “despicable” to question Romney on those documented words?
Get over yourself John, Mitt and the rest of the conservative wing who couldn’t get the job done. Your hypocritical outrage is nothing but thinly masked envy. And Miss Huffington, with all due respect, I disagree with your assessment. This anniversary is a chance for the President to advertise his success. This ad demonstrated that this President is politically tough and he is ready to FIGHT to maintain his position in the White House. Asked about the criticism of the ad, Obama eloquently responded, “’I’d just recommend that everybody take a look at people’s previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out bin Laden. I assume that people meant what they said when they said it. That’s been at least my practice.”
The country has been reminded that President Obama stood by what he said in 2007 with the actions he took in 2010. We have seen yet another example of Mitt Romney’s inconsistency as his past words come back to haunt him. Osama Bin Laden is dead. The Democrats own national defense. Romney is weak on national security. All in a 90 second spot.
Despicable? Hardly. That ad is brilliant.