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Republicans Ticked That Obama Did What Bush Wouldn’t

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 1, 2011

President Obama addressed the nation tonight to inform us that he managed to do what George W. Bush and Dick Cheney couldn’t (probably because they were too busy getting us bogged down in Iraq), and that’s to finally take out the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden.

Response to the news, which was leaked beforehand, was immediate. Crowds gathered to sing the National Anthem at the White House gates. People wondered if this meant that the attacks on the Constitution — not to mention in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Pakistan — would stop and we could finally start cashing in the long-promised “peace dividend”.

And the everprescient Rude Pundit Tweeted:

“So, GOP, ball is in your court. Will you unify behind the President or be your usual dickish selves? Easy bet there.”

Indeed it was. Even before I got his Tweet, this had shown up in my Twitter feed from local conservative blogger Andy “Residual Forces” Apilkowski:

“What better way to change the subject of economic collapse & break down of our way of life, but a head on a stick outside castle Obama #tcot”

I had to grab a screen shot of it, just to show you all:

Res ipsa loquitor.

5 Responses to “Republicans Ticked That Obama Did What Bush Wouldn’t”

  1. Matt Carmody said

    Isn’t that what 9-11 originally did? Took Bush’s ratings out of the toilet and opened the Treasury vault like it was Supermarket Sweep.

    • Ah, but back then Bush had a healthy economy he inherited from Bill Clinton to be the wind at his sails. That and the fear factor helped him in 2002 and 2004. His father, on the other hand, had a craptastic economy, which is why his sky-high post-Desert-Storm ratings plummeted not long after.

      Obama, by the way, first heard of bin Laden’s location in August of last year. But, rather than attack him then — which if successful would have given the Democrats one hell of a boost just in time for a crucial set of midterms — Obama waited and made sure he had Pakistani and other backing lined up, as well as countermeasures prepared against probable Al-Qaeda retaliation. I give him credit for this.

  2. Charles II said

    Sorry, PW, I didn’t see your post (though I like my title better).

    No, of course the GOP will not change course. Obama has shown Bush up. That means they have to redouble their efforts to trash him.

    What’s more important is whether the country will change course. bin Laden’s ability to evade American forces gave him a semi-mythical status. His death won’t change much on the ground in central Asia. But maybe it will change things on the ground here, which is more important. As long as we think it’s sane to burn $150B per year on ragtag guerrillas, we are not winning.

    • Oh, exactly. (And I think your post is every bit as important as mine if not more so.)

      One hopeful sign: Sounds like they had first got word of his location back in August — which of course was right before a key set of midterm elections, one where the Democrats would have been glad for something to take with them into November; it very well could have saved the House and at least one Senate seat. If this had happened under Bush or McCain, they of the Office of Special Plans and of stovepiping, they would have gone ahead with it for the political gains. But Obama, to his credit, waited until it was confirmed and Pakistani support was secured, rather than using it as a ratings boost right before the midterms.

  3. […] In a wondrous case of projecting what they would have done onto Obama, various conservative and Republican commentators are insisting that the hit on Osama bin Laden was done purely for political reasons. Here’s a typical example from a Twin Cities conservative blogger, Andy “Residual Forces” A… […]

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