Your morning jolt: How to celebrate Osama bin Laden’s death — without mention of Barack Obama’s name

The killing of Osama bin Laden is sure to have some impact on President Barack Obama’s poll numbers and – by extension – his chances for re-election.

No doubt the first survey will come by day’s end.

But another measure of the political import of bin Laden’s death can be found in the fact that, in their former celebratory statements, Republicans by and large declined to offer the Obama administration credit for the trackdown. At least not by name.

There were a few exceptions.
President George W. Bush was generous. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner leavened his praise for Obama by issuing similar congratulations to Bush.

But most prominent Republicans said nothing that might be used by a White House resident who just announced his re-election bid.

From U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta:

“It is testament to the unwavering courage and tireless efforts of our men and women in uniform and the intelligence community that the last 9 years, 7 months, and 20 days have undoubtedly been difficult for bin Laden and his terrorist thugs. While this is a monumental development, we must remember that al Qaeda remains committed to our demise, as do we remain committed to ensuring that terrorists cannot threaten the livelihood of free people.”

From U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell:

” Evil has met justice. The brave men and women of our military forces and intelligence services are to be commended for their defense of our liberty and freedom. May God Bless America.”

From U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee:

“This is a historic moment for the U.S. special operations and intelligence communities. I highly commend the special operations units who undertook this mission and carried it out with no injuries to women or children inside the compound. The CIA and others in the U.S. intelligence community did a phenomenal job over several months in carrying out this assignment.”

(In a conversation with AJC blogger Jamie Dupree in Washington, Chambliss later credited Obama with making a “gutsy call.”)

From U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson:

“This day comes as a result of the hard work by the Central Intelligence Agency, the national security agencies and especially our military. We have hunted down and killed the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, but we must not stop here.”

And just a few minutes ago from GOP presidential presumptive Mitt Romney:

This is a great victory for lovers of freedom and justice everywhere. Congratulations to our intelligence community, our military and the president. My thoughts are with the families of Osama bin Laden’s many thousands of victims, and the brave servicemen and women who have laid down their lives in pursuit of this murderous terrorist.

A quick sweep turns up only Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey among Republicans willing break the rules:

“I want to commend President Obama’s Administration for its commitment and dedication to finally bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. As the former U.S. Attorney and now Governor of New Jersey, I speak for all the families of this state who have courageously endured the unspeakable and devastating consequences of terrorism.

“There is hardly a life that has gone untouched in New Jersey by the horrifying assault on American soil that took place on September 11th and today, after years of waiting, justice has finally been delivered.

Added at 9:55 a.m.: Politico.com has this from Rudy Giuliani, the former GOP presidential candidate who was mayor of New York on 9/11:

“I feel a great deal of satisfaction that justice has been done, and I admire the courage of the president to make a decision like this because if something had gone wrong everyone would be blaming him,” Giuliani [said]Monday morning in his first comments since the capture. “And I admire the courage and professionalism of our military intelligence officials who carried this out and this is a great victory against terror. nobody can minimize it. [Bin Laden] was a symbol more than anything else right now but…symbols are really important.”

Among Democrats, of course, the story is different. From U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop of Albany:

”I congratulate President Obama, our military and the intelligence community for conducting a successful mission to kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. While this is a great moment in the war on terror, the threat from those who wish to harm our country will continue, and we must remain vigilant.”

And then there is U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta, who has dedicated his life to non-violence. He tried hard not to celebrate:

“I am not one to rejoice in the death of any person, but Osama bin Laden took the lives of thousands of innocent people in this country and around the world…

“His terrorism changed not only individual lives, but it promoted an environment of fear and the need for ever-ready security to assure the defense of this nation and others around the world….”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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91 comments Add your comment

P. Diddie

May 2nd, 2011
8:35 am

Thank you President Bush! Yes, he gets some of the credit.

Too bad Obama did not hide this information until 1 week before the November 2012 election. He’ll need something positive in an attempt to win re-election.

In 1991, Bush 41 had a 95% approval rating. Where did that get him in November 1992?

Avery

May 2nd, 2011
8:35 am

Sad that it has turned political already. Both Bush and Obama deserve credit, but mostly the intelligence analysts who have worked 10 years on this.

Avery

May 2nd, 2011
8:37 am

It does, however, seem that Obama has been more willing to pressure Pakistan. Although there was a regime change during the Bush admin.

ByteMe

May 2nd, 2011
8:39 am

Peter King, head of the House Committee on Homeland Security gave credit to Obama. Seems he’s a bigger person than most Georgia Republicans.

outsider

May 2nd, 2011
8:40 am

Agree with Avery. I am give credit to Presidents Bush and Obama, and the intelligence community, military leaders and soldiers, for making this happen. I wish our congressional delegation in Georgia could be a little less hyperpartisan on an occasion like this and give some credit to the current president when deserved.

Barbara

May 2nd, 2011
8:49 am

Not to worry, Obama congratulated himself throughout his speech early this AM. You would have thought that he, himself, went over there and took him out.

GOP Birther

May 2nd, 2011
8:49 am

I’m not going to believe it until I see the long form death certificate.

Wingnuts r us

May 2nd, 2011
8:54 am

It won’t take 6 months until the Right starts telling their idiot followers that Bush did it. Facts are never necessary with those folks.

Obama - the true golf President

May 2nd, 2011
8:59 am

The only thing Obama has been willing to pressure is his golf ball. Don’t be hoodwinked into believing this traitor to America actually had anything to do with eliminating his benefactors.

Cory

May 2nd, 2011
9:02 am

Anyone who does not congratulate President Obama for ordering the attack, the Navy SEALS for following through and then the leader of our great nation for making the news public to the citizens of this country….well, then you are an f-ing idiot who will never get it. Stay on the extreme of your beliefs and never open your minds to reality. Barbara, you’re an idiot. P. Diddle, you’re an idiot. This was not a political issue…this is a day for America to celebrate. This was not the Healthcare debate. You are the worst of what has become of America. Go f yourself.

B. Thenet

May 2nd, 2011
9:04 am

Obama said he would go after Bin Laden, no matter what country he was in. Something that he was attacked for at the time by GOP and Dem primary candidates.

Another campaign promise delivered upon.

Matt

May 2nd, 2011
9:08 am

Unfortunately, the us vs. them mentality will never go away. I’m not a big fan of Obama, but I give him this one. A lot of people don’t want to accept the reality but he played a part in the capture and death of Osama Bin Laden. Come on people, get over it and just be happy to be an American for once. You’re being no different than the people that hated everything that Bush did.

Hey Cory - lovely language

May 2nd, 2011
9:08 am

Cory you are such a linguist. What a magnificent mastery of the language you have. Know any words besides the F word?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 2nd, 2011
9:10 am

Obama was sure worried abotu following islamic law with regards to osama’s corpse..makes you wonder, if osama was not islamic, according to obama, why give him islamic burial rights..oh i forgot..like his DADDy and STEPDADDY taught him.

Dick Cheney

May 2nd, 2011
9:11 am

Of course Obama knew where Osama was hiding, after all they’re brother muslims.

CRW

May 2nd, 2011
9:11 am

thank you Cory you said it all for me, they are a bunch of haters. God Bless America.

Herbert Johnson

May 2nd, 2011
9:12 am

This is a great day in the history of the USA. Bin Laden is Dead. To Obama – the true golf President,Barbara it seems to me that both of you are just a waste of good American Flesh. You want to accuse the President of taking credit for this. But in reality you would have condemn him is it failed and american lives had been lost.So its time for you to grow up and deal with the fact that it’s a great day for America.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 2nd, 2011
9:13 am

Yeah, forgot the death certificate, We haven’t even seen a photo of the corpse..and now obama says buried him at sea..how CONVEEEEEEEEENIENT.

I want to see the dead mutiliated body so I can celebrate the death of one of mohammeds minions.

Mima

May 2nd, 2011
9:14 am

We can’t eat sea food from the gulf because of the oil spill, now we probably shouldn’t eat sea food from the Mediterranean because of the pollution there.

Fall Line

May 2nd, 2011
9:15 am

Everyone who has worked on making this happen since 9/11 is to be congradulated on the success of the mission. This was not politics, this was the United States showing the world that no matter how long it takes and no matter where we have to go, we will bring criminals to justice. It demonstrates that even if we change presidents or political parties, we will still come after you. There are a lot of people involved in this effort whose names will never come to light. Whom do we congratulate? We congratulate ourselves and thank God that perseverance is in the DNA of this country.

Aquagirl

May 2nd, 2011
9:16 am

Ohh, did Cory strike a nerve? Good. Partisans who can’t celebrate this news without political spin deserve the f-bomb. So if you’re offended, eff you.

For everyone else…USA! USA! USA!

mehlman rings twice

May 2nd, 2011
9:17 am

Either way TrishaDisha, he still got him and you’re still fuming.

say what?

May 2nd, 2011
9:20 am

Great day for America. Nightmare for those who define their lives by political idealogy. The bigger picture is that America won on this one.

Bubba

May 2nd, 2011
9:20 am

The POTUS did his job. Chalk one up for him, the intelligence community, and not least to the Seals team that was the point of the spear.

no longer Republican

May 2nd, 2011
9:23 am

Just wondering why we can’t go a single day as Americans to celebrate this without trashing the President. We have spent almost 10 years and gazillions of man hours and taxpayer dollars trying to get this guy, we finally do and we can’t even enjoy it because of moronic idiots who can’t give credit where credit is due because they carry their hate more than they love their country. geesh!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 2nd, 2011
9:23 am

@AQNah cory did not you struck a nerve in me, because well..I don’t much care about other people. I do aplaud Military and I will even say good job barry hussein soetoro, for not giving the veto on the OP for fear so some collateral damage, a trait that up till not he and Bush shared. Lets face it, it is hard to see how a bomb going off in islamabad does anything but improve the neighborhood. It still doesn’t detract fom his horrible domestic agenda, weak foreign policy, and general angry black clown with big ears ‘look.

Bubba

May 2nd, 2011
9:24 am

POTUS announces firing of Osama bin Laden, preempting Trump’s firing of some wannabe on “Celebrity Apprentice.” You can’t make this stuff up.

Great job by all

May 2nd, 2011
9:25 am

Obama finished the job that Bush aptly began. End of story. Great day for our country.

I guess some of you pathetic, bitter curmudgeons couldn’t go a day without crying about something. Oh well, you have the freedom to remain miserable!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 2nd, 2011
9:25 am

nope,
no longer repub, you have it backwards. I love my country, I hate many of the people living within its borders.

John K

May 2nd, 2011
9:26 am

This should be a national, unifying victory. But so many in the GOP, who believe in party over country, would rather have Bin Laden alive than give any credit to this administration.

Obama’s administration built on intelligence gathered under Bush, and waited until they were sure before reacting.

Amazing

May 2nd, 2011
9:29 am

The lack of civility from the left and the right in this discourse speaks to the ignorance that permeates our society. As several posters have commented, George W. Bush deserves some credit as his administration did attempt to find Bin Laden and probably laid the foundation that led to today’s demise of Bin Laden (and I was no fan of Bush). President Obama deserves credit for taking the risk by approviing the raid. Imagine how he would have been maligned if he had not approved the raid.

I am sure the decision to not parade Bin Laden’s body around the world was a difficult one. I think respecting the norms of his religion was the right call. It demonstrates that we believe in our values as a country and are willing to do the right thing even when it may be unpopular. I am now waiting for Trump to request a copy of the long form birth certificate and to send a team of deep sea divers out to retrieve the body.

The real credit goes to the men and women of our intelligence and military communities. Their tireless pursuit of Bin Laden has been rewarded. I send a heartfelt thank you to all who are serving iin the military!

why?

May 2nd, 2011
9:29 am

The idea of this discussion just shows how royally screwed we are as a country. Thanks Repugnicans and Dumbocrats…..even you knuckle-draggers can find a way to politicize something that should have been joyous to everyone despite their differences.

Flash

May 2nd, 2011
9:30 am

Great day for all Americans except the pretenders, The entire world celebrates a great victory for our president, the nation, and the planet, except for the fuming and hate filled trishadisha. Must be horrible to live a life so devoid of reality.

Nice try

May 2nd, 2011
9:30 am

Trisha Disha – your attempts to belittle the achievement here are sad. This was the most wanted criminal on the planet. We’ve spent billions and nearly a decade to destroy OBL’s organization and life. Well, WE did it! Celebrate OUR victory! USA USA USA! Be Happy!

You appear to be very bright and intelligent, but the pessimism and hate that eminates from you is like a cauldron of stench. I wish you luck in finding some happiness and optimism before you leave this earth.

mehlman rings twice

May 2nd, 2011
9:32 am

Obama, you need to put on a flight suit and land on an aircraft carrier and pretend you did something. Oh wait, we already read that book.

2old4this

May 2nd, 2011
9:32 am

On Jamie Dupree’s blog Chambliss described the presidents actions as ‘Gutsy’. Maybe this blog is a bit biased????

Nice spin though.

C Smith

May 2nd, 2011
9:33 am

Regardless of who gave the orders, its over. You do have to give Obama credit for saying “go for it.” President Clinton had him on a platter and said, “thanks, but no thanks.”

Edward

May 2nd, 2011
9:33 am

Trisha, you are what is wrong with this country. You’re a selfish, self-centered, greedy, fascist freak who only cares about yourself (by your own admission @9:23 “I don’t much care about other people”). Our country will truly be great and can begin healing when you’re gone just like your spiritual equivalent, bin Laden. You’re the puss in the boil on the ass of the country.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 2nd, 2011
9:33 am

Why is following the norms of the cult of mohammed the right call, in one breath, then “bin laden was no muslim..he was a killer of muslims” in the next breath. I want to see the pictures of the body. If they said , “well, we went to the moon, but we can’t show you just trust us” would that have satisfied you too?

gm

May 2nd, 2011
9:34 am

Once again the greatest President of our life time, look at all the things this man has done, auto indust, wall street saved, dont asked dont tell, banks, now Biden Laden, nobel peace prize.
To bad we have so many stupid bigots in this country to give this man credit, just last week we were talking about birth certificate for the President, Obama history will show you will be the greatest President of our life time, thank you for representing America.

2old4this

May 2nd, 2011
9:36 am

oh yeah … gas and unemployment is still high and the economy is still in the crapper.

Bo U

May 2nd, 2011
9:37 am

Typical dumb Georgia politicians who just can not give credit where credit is due , I thank all President Obama and all Presidents before him……people who do give Obama credit realize he is the president so get over it. Shout out to those SEALS

no longer Republican

May 2nd, 2011
9:37 am

@ mehlnman – LMAO

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 2nd, 2011
9:38 am

@Edward, you may have a long wait :) I am 27, and My great grannies are both still alive in their late 80’s. Good Genes..I has them..but I also likes hatings the liberals. (And yes I still want a miniature giraffe)

gm

May 2nd, 2011
9:39 am

Obama, 2 years as President job done, Bush 8 years could not find Bid Laden, Obama doing his campaign said he was going to kill Bid Laden, this man has done everthing he said when he was running for office, all our bigots friends like Rush, Hannity, Sara this is what America is about please pack your hatred and bigots ways and leave our country.

MomPossible

May 2nd, 2011
9:40 am

Leave it to Obama to take credit for something our military did. His speech was so self-congratulatory it was pathetic.

gm

May 2nd, 2011
9:42 am

2old4this

unemployment is down, its your hicks of policticians that you elected in Georgia is the reason there are no jobs, look at Va, Iowa, Mn unemployment is 6% because the people dont elect the idiots ever Nov, wake up.

laaloo

May 2nd, 2011
9:43 am

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Freedom lover

May 2nd, 2011
9:44 am

The FBI’s own web page does not list 9-11 at all. What’s up with that? Now we have a great reason to continue attacking Pakistan (or even invading and occupying), a justification for keeping Gitmo open, and now an immediate hightening of security all over american with the accompanying reductions in freedom and liberty. Wow, all this within a day after the unjustified slaughter of Khaddaffi’s son and grandkids. You can’t make this stuff up. Or can you? Now the body has already been disposed of so nobody else can confirm its Bin Laden. The OKC bombing site was similarly cleaned up, also the Waco mass murder scene, and the 9-11 rubble. These were all crimes scenes that demanded serious investigations of forensic evidence but now we just have to trust the government – how’s that working out for you?

Frankly I feel sorry for any military personnel who actually know the truth of what happened in this incident. They will likley be lucky to make it out of the middle east alive. Gotta cover your tracks you know.