Rightbloggers: Obama Unfairly Uses Bin Laden, Jokes, and Slow Jam to Get Reelected

tomt200.jpgWe're coming up to the first anniversary of Osama Bin Laden's demise. Some media outlets celebrated with cute headlines ("Osama Bin Laden Used Viagra And 'Just-For-Men' To Keep His Wives Interested In Him"). President Obama celebrated with an ad reminding everyone that he killed him.

To rightbloggers, this was an outrage. So was Obama cutting up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. How dare he thus demean the office of the Presidency? That's their job.

The Obama campaign spot that so ticked them off showed Bill Clinton praising the current President's Bin Laden decision ("he took the harder and more honorable path"). Inserts contrasted that approach with a 2007 quote from Obama's presumed 2012 opponent Mitt Romney, "It's not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person."

In other words, standard political guff of the sort that every political campaign pumps out by the tanker-load. But this one disturbed rightbloggers more than most -- just as the original event had. The War on Terror, after all, had been their thing; a Democratic President bragging on his own signal WoT accomplishment struck them as deeply unfair.

"Hey, obAMATEUR needed some 'victory' for his administration, which is the only reason he went for it," reasoned Blogs 4 Victory. Ed Morrissey of Hot Air considered Obama hypocritical because he'd once denounced "the politics of fear," yet here he was trying, Morrissey claimed, "to scare voters over Mitt Romney's supposed inability to kill Osama bin Laden," or at least scare those who believe that Zombie Bin Laden could come back from the dead and require re-assassination.

Reliapundit demanded props for denouncing Obama's Bin Laden caper "4 FREAKIN' MONTHS AGO," in a post comparing the Bin Laden mission to "[Al] CAPONE TAKING OUT HIS RIVALS ON VALENTINES DAY." "REGULAR READERS KNOW WE SCOOP THE BIGGIES ALL THE TIME," he added. "SPREAD THE WORD. BOOKMARK US. FOLLOW US. BLOGROLL US."

At American Thinker, Jeannie DeAngelis detected a similarity between Bin Laden and Obama: The late Al Qaeda leader dyed his hair, and so, DeAngelis claimed, does the current President: "Although it's never been mentioned by him," she wrote, "it appears Obama has also been known to address a stray gray or two now and then."

This curious rumor has been denied by Michelle Obama, but DeAngelis knew the real truth: "Yet, despite the ongoing mystery," she concluded, "Barack Obama's weekly disappearing and reemerging salt-and-pepper head gives observant Americans like my newly-dyed self the insight that, at least as far as hair dye is concerned, what went on in Abbottobad is probably not that different from what goes on 7,053 miles away, on touch-up night in the White House family quarters." Next week: Exclusive photos show Obama "dresses to the left," just like Bin Laden.

Laura J. Altcorn of Americans Stand With Israel offered an Obama bumper sticker, "I Killed Healthcare and Osama bin Laden, TOO!" and several others on the same theme. Though we don't expect these to catch fire, Alcorn mentioned others she didn't have time to Photoshop that would "cover the vast array of things [Obama has] killed, with things like, ya know, Middle East stability vs. Israeli security, American spirit, Hope, Family Values, the Rule of Law, the sanctity of free and fair elections..."

Some rightbloggers were at least as outraged that the despised Bill Clinton was involved with the ad.

"If there is anyone to blame for the rise of al Qaeda it is Bill Clinton," seethed RedState. "It was on Bill Clinton's watch that all the events happened that resulted, ultimately, in the tragedy of September 11." (Ahem.)

"None other than 'Mr. Honorable' (sarcasm) Bill, 'blue dress' Clinton narrates," said Geoff Caldwell of Caldwell's Corner.

"Despite Clinton's Many Chances to Kill Bin Laden Media Love Obama Using Him to Imply Romney Wouldn't Have," breathlessly headlined Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters. "If we had an honest media, they'd all be laughing in the President's face for using a man this way who allegedly passed on up to ten chances to take out bin Laden before thousands of innocent Americans were killed leading to two wars which cost our nation many more lives and treasure." (This is our favorite use of "allegedly" in many months.)

"What the Hell is Bill Clinton doing being the narrator of the ad?" asked National Review's Jonah Goldberg. "I could have sworn there was a general rule that former presidents don't get too mired in partisan politics."

Someone may have reminded Goldberg of Ronald Reagan telling the 1988 Republican Convention to "Win one for the Gipper," because Goldberg stipulated, "Sure they can endorse someone and all that, and give a speech at the conventions, but they don't become partisan hacks either. That's why there was so much controversy when Jimmy Carter became so anti-Bush in 2004. Or at least that's my sense of it. Maybe I'm just imagining it?" No one can deny Jonah Goldberg asks the hard questions.

"This obviously means there is either money or women in it for Bubba. Probably both," observed the irrepressible Angry White Dude. "Or perhaps Obama has agreed to have the Secret Service provide the names and locations of their favorite South American hoo-ahs to Clintoon. Or his wife. Probably both."

"Yes, Clinton blew his shot at getting bin Laden before 9/11," said Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit, "and when that was dramatized in The Path To 9/11, the Clintons used their influence to ensure that the made-for-TV movie never aired again. And it still hasn't. It's not available on DVD, either." Considering the pent-up demand for a TV movie about George W. Bush's presidency, media conspiracy is really the only possible explanation.

Since Obama wasn't fit to take credit for the Osama caper, rightbloggers nominated other heroes to rightfully take his place.

Time magazine obtained a decision memo from Leon Panetta, then head of the CIA, which read:

"Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1. The decision is to proceed with the assault. The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven's hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am."

The memo was, to Ben Shapiro at Breitbart's Big Peace, "a CYA maneuver by the White House... It was Obama's way of carving out space for himself in case the mission went bad...he didn't do anything but give a vague nod, while putting his top military officials at risk of taking the hit in case of a bad turn."

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No fair, libtards -- firefighters belong to us! (Except when they unionize.)
"Yeah, the real hero who had control over the entire mission from beginning to end was Admiral McRaven," seconded The Right Scoop. "He controlled everything, yet Obama is acting like he made this huge freaking decision to kill Osama bin Laden."

The American Thinker's Richard Butrick said, in a post titled "The Collapsing Story Line on the Obama Take-down of Osama," "If the mission succeeded the credit goes to the brave and daring Commander in Chief, had it failed the Admiral goes under the bus. Does that make Obama brave and fearless or wily and cunning?" You make the call!

"Some would say that this is a distinction without a difference, sort of like a head coach in football drawing up the game plan and letting his offensive coordinator actually call the plays," admitted Investors' Business Daily. "Then, technically, President George W. Bush gets the credit, since it was on his watch our war on terror was declared, Navy SEALs and Special Forces funding was increased and the hunt for Osama bin Laden began."

Others agreed that Bush was the real hero of Abottabad: "Conservative groups could run ads pointing out that Obama would never have been presented with the chance to green-light the operation without President Bush's decisions, which the 43rd president made despite partisan carping from the likes of Barack Obama," said Guy Benson at TownHall.

"Yes, Obama was able to locate and kill Osama bin Laden," said Alana Goodman at Commentary, "but he did this by using intelligence and gathering methods put into place by the Bush administration."

"Bush policies and actions led to Osama Bin Laden getting found," explained David Bellow. "Waterboarding a Guantanamo Bay terrorist resulted in the tip that eventually let to Osama Bin Laden. Obama was against waterboarding and Guantanamo Bay so if Obama had his way, we would have never gotten the tip in the first place. Obama just happened to be President when Bush Policies came through!"

It is cheering to see conservatives hail the example of George W. Bush instead of running away from it at top speed, as they have been doing for the past four years.

Anyway, it doesn't matter, reasoned William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection, because the Middle East is not at peace, as it was in the good old days when the United States was busy blowing up Afghanistan and Iraq.

"The killing of one person has been against the backdrop of a complete disaster for the United States throughout the Middle East and Central Asia," said Jacobson. For one thing, he explained, "North Africa is or is on the way to domination by radical Islamists" -- that is, the Arab Spring has happened, pushing out previously-U.S.-backed leaders like Murbarak and Gaddafi; thus, "the Muslim Brotherhood and even more extreme Islamists are nearing control."

And though the same sort of people are also banging on the door in Syria, their failure thus far to break it down is also Obama's fault, said Jacobson: "In Syria," Jacobson wrote, "where for once we could have dealt a crushing blow to Iranian influence, we have helped Bashar Assad hang onto power to the extent that both sides hate us." Isn't it something how Obama always winds up forcing out the dictators rightbloggers want left in office, and leaves in the ones they want forced out? Incompetence is the only possible explanation.

Obama's non-Osama-related PR appearances also enraged the brethren. The President's appearance on Jimmy Fallon's show, where he slow-jammed the news with The Roots, infuriated them.


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waldo
waldo

Best shorter ever--

 'I wish the ad had at least one or two really solid clips conveying how desperately Obama wants to seem cool, which is always the great coolness-killer.....if only we had a picture of him with poop in his pants, holding a commie flag, everyone'd know what a poopy-pants commie he is! Faart.Barry farts cooler than Jonah will ever be.

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet
Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

Obama did mention that Romney tried to get equal time on the Merv Griffin Show. Funny, I thought, a gig on the David Frost show might have been more revealing.

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

This from Jonah is pretty sweet:  "I wish the ad had at least one or two really solid clips conveying how despearately Obama wants to seem cool, which is always the great coolness-killer. It would have helped set the tone of the ad much better."

Remember when Jonah was hanging around with the guy who wrote "Conservatism for Punks"?  Sure you do.

Danielle Belton
Danielle Belton

I hear Michelle Shaniqua Obama wore a ghetto fabulous velvet dress.

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

The Cranky GOP (Grandads-Only Party) looks out window, sees Democrats playing on lawn. Much complaining and pissing-of-pants ensues.

They really don't see what a bunch of pedantic idiots they look like outside of their stupid bubble.

Horatius
Horatius

Obama eats dogs.

There. I just sprayed some Treachericide in the comments section. No free clicks for you Roy.

Mike Francis
Mike Francis

Jonah Goldberg: "Maybe I'm just imagining it?"

Yes, you are.

This has been another edition of "Simple Answers to Stupid Questions."

Susan Wood
Susan Wood

Well, first the teleprompter, now the Grecian Formula. Folks, Saint Ronaldus Magnus used both throughout his Presidency.

Danielle Belton
Danielle Belton

I see he is up there flapping those big purple lips again saying nothing of consequence.

torchie4269
torchie4269

Anyone who doesn't drink Blue Koolaid is a right-winger, apparently.

Glenn
Glenn

Oh, hell, why don't they just say what they really mean - it's unfair for Obama to campaign at all!

Nate Kelly
Nate Kelly

Reason is right wing? Lucy is right wing? Your partisanship is making you look really ignorant.

Jennifer
Jennifer

"President Obama celebrated with an ad reminding everyone that he killed him."

Well, this was unforgivably tacky, I really must agree.  Everyone knows that to do it with class, you need to park an aircraft carrier a few miles offshore, thus delaying the return home of all troops aboard and the expenditure of some many thousands of taxpayer dollars, and fly in on a fighter jet in a flightsuit, the crotch of which has been stuffed with a pair of socks, to pose in front of a huge "Mission Accomplished" banner.  How else are the rightbloggers supposed to get their boners?

Also, "Great to know that our fearless watchdogs are busy swilling wine with the people they are supposed to be covering and introducing them to their wives and posing for pictures with Mila Kunis," is only ok if you wander around the stage, looking under the podium, while playing a clip of searching the Oval Office for "missing" WMDs to the uproarious laughter of those same fearless watchdogs who actively covered up your lies, enabling and encouraging the tragic and needless waste of the lives of thousands of American soldiers, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, and at least a trillion dollars.  Now THAT'S comedy, folks!

These guys embody that Biblical passage about "swallowing camels and straining at gnats."

 

TimSPC
TimSPC

The right is in full deflection mode. They nominated someone weak on foreign policy. Romney waivers too much to seem credible enough to make the tough decisions Obama has had too make. Sooner or later, they're going to have to face up to Romney's wimpiness.

jnbstraight
jnbstraight

I hate these people more and more each day.

mommadillo
mommadillo

"Conservative groups could run ads pointing out that Obama would never have been presented with the chance to green-light the operation without President Bush's decisions"

Also, if Bush hadn't been asleep at the wheel and allowed 9/11 to happen, there'd have been no reason to hunt down bin Laden in the first place!  Suck it, libtards!

gocart mozart
gocart mozart

Shouldn't McCain and Palin get the credit for killing Bin Laden, I mean, if McCain wasn't such a crotchity old man and Palin wasn't such a dunderhead then Obama might never have been elected and had the opportunity.

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

"Then, technically, President George W. Bush gets the credit, since it was on his watch our war on terror was declared, Navy SEALs and Special Forces funding was increased and the hunt for Osama bin Laden began."

Similarly Bush passed that prescription drug bill thus laying the foundations of Obamacare.  Hail the Decider!

ColBatGuano
ColBatGuano

 I think your Klan robes need cleaning. You just shit all over them.

Aaron M Dellutri
Aaron M Dellutri

I wish Michelle Obama had the middle name Shaniqua and sumptuous bee-stung lips. I wish that she would coat her cornrows of hair in vaseline and beat the living shit out of Sens. Lindsey Graham & James Inhofe on national TV. Unfortunately for me and for you, Michelle Obama is a solidly middle-class, self-possessed lady who will never that.

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

I think you conservative dumb fucks overestimate peoples' interest in Michelle Obama.  But like racism in general, because you're obsessed...

o3
o3

I hates to be all pendantic horatius, but  "obama ATE dog" is the correct conjugal.

Julia Grey
Julia Grey

They know that, they're just pretending to have forgotten.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Who would that be, again? 

coozledad
coozledad

I guess we're about to hear the libertarian variations on the dog-eating joke form, with" i'll find out where you live and pull out your fingernails, because that's how I roll" libertarians following suit.

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

Yeah, Reason is so mavericky and independent on the 2 or 3 things on which they mildly differ with Republicans.  /Yawn.

Horatius
Horatius

 All KoolAid is red for a reason.

Aaron M Dellutri
Aaron M Dellutri

 Yeah, dumbass, Reason is totally right wing. The Libertarians' allies will always be the Religious Right and the Neoconservatives and the Libertarians for their part seem to be perfectly aware of this fact.

Jay B.
Jay B.

Yeah, it's not like whores are right wing or left wing, they are simply whores. Well, except for Reason, they are a right-wing whore that every once in a while criticizes the police state. Except when they celebrate it. 

Horatius
Horatius

 Look who's paying their bills. Good old Granpa Koch.

mds
mds

 "Reason is right wing?"

Yup, pretty much.

"Your partisanship is making you look really ignorant."

... Okay, this succint observation has forced me to reconsider.  He's got you there, Edroso.  Reason is absolutely stuffed with genuinely left-libertarian points of view like Nobody McFuckall, with occasional special guest the silently gesticulating ghost of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.

Robert M.
Robert M.

Quoting from the author's (excellent) blog: "...libertarianism only exists to give young Republicans something marginally less repulsive to call themselves when they're trying to get laid."

edroso
edroso

As a regular Reason reader, I've said it before and I'll say it again: Libertarians are conservatives with social anxieties.

coozledad
coozledad

Aw, Nate you're just a "libertarian" because your dad hasn't had one of his friends "screw you Republican" yet.

Angus MacAskill
Angus MacAskill

Yeah, if someone who expends a lot of words criticizing the human impact of Obama's drone attacks can be slagged off as a right winger, even as war-lovin' Democrats get to stay full members of the left wing club — then surely the words "left" and "right" have lost what little meaning they had.

o3
o3

well libertarians ARE the smart republicans

Horatius
Horatius

 Funny think is that they so fucked up their own shit that Obama can even defend gay marriage. Here's a sample exchange.

R-Money: The bible says marriage is between one man and one woman. Kenyan Muslim Usurper: Or One man and many women.

coozledad
coozledad

 TimSPC:I first read that as '"full defecation mode". Funny. It still works.

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

The GOP, or the wiseass commenters?

Jennifer
Jennifer

My thought was similar:  if Bush hadn't been such a fucking disaster and so poisoned the Republican brand, would a country as racist as this one ever have elected the black guy? 

pablo
pablo

Hey it was Bush ignoring the memo "bin Laden Determined to Strike Within U.S." that even made the hunt for bin Laden possible, so give credit when credit is due.

parsec
parsec

And they never pass up a chance to rewrite the history of 9/11.  Some of us who lived through the time remember that "terrorism" was written off as a Clinton obsession, an unwillingness to come to grips with the reality of state-sponsorship of this phenomenon and the need for adequate "missile defense."  Condi Rice ignored warnings from Richard Clarke, Sandy Berger, and George Tenet on the topic.  Bush dismissed the famous PDB with a brusque "All right, you've covered your ass now."  Ashcroft submitted a budget with cuts to the FBI's counterterrorism efforts -- on September 10.  That History is a stubborn cuss.

Dstatton
Dstatton

"...and the hunt for Osama bin Laden began."And ended at Tora Bora.

GeoX
GeoX

No, if you say it that way, no one will care.  It's necessary for The Cause to lie by putting it in the present tense.

mds
mds

 Isn't it obvious from the context, Jennifer?  Grimmis!

torchie4269
torchie4269

Right.  You must be an avid reader to know the place so well.

HMDK
HMDK

 Libertarians... they come in many variations, all myopic, but the prominent american ones seem to be basically about: cut all taxes and let business run wild, underage porn is okay, but let gays marry (maybe... at some point) and let me smoke weed (right now!) . Oh... and let us not forget the gold standard of idiocy: the... well, The Gold Standard.The weed thing is fine by me. I, as you,  don't believe it has any real negative effect, except making people boring to talk to. Weirder, more illegal, drugs would enhance conversation interest.

lacp
lacp

War-loving Democrats are left-wing?  According to who?

And it's probably not a good idea for people who don't want to be associated with right-wing ideology to take up housekeeping in a joint that stands for unbridled free markets.

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

No, they are the Republicans who smoke dope on the weekends.

Les Legato
Les Legato

Hey it was Clinton who ignored bin laden in 1993. Too bad OBL wasn't a chunky intern, Clinton would have nailed him.

Obama gets credit for getting Bin Laden the way Nixon gets credit for Armstrong landing on the moon

The main difference tween Obama and Osama is the BS. They both memorized the islamic call to prayer.

torchie4269
torchie4269

LMAO, I was wondering when someone would bring up TEH EVEEEEEL KOCHTOPUS. *sigh*

Horatius
Horatius

 Yes. How else do you think we know they suck at the Koch teats?

McSalmon
McSalmon

 Bollocks. The 9/11 commission totally dismissed those claims as the load of rubbish they were. In 1993, bin Laden wasn't even a target - we didn't get an indictment until 1998, and then Clinton tossed a missile at him. Obama deserves the credit for this, because had it gone down differently, your lot would be howling for blood at this failure. Better conspiracies, please.

lacp
lacp

You mean.....not only a kneegrow, but a Scary Mooselimb, too?  EEK! EEK!  SCARY KNEEGROW MOOSELIMB!

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