Barack Obama on bin Laden anniversary: What would Mitt Romney have done?

In celebration of the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama has launched this 90-second video in which former President Bill Clinton – now a full partner in the Obama re-elect – explains the gamble taken by the man who beat Hillary Clinton in ’08.

But what had everyone talking over the weekend is the suggestion — raised not by Bill Clinton personally, but in within the ad – that GOP rival Mitt Romney might not have been up to such a decision.

I’m trying to remember the last time a Democrat went after a Republican this hard, this early and this forcefully on national security. Jack Kennedy on Richard Nixon?

Here’s the ad:

From Bill Clinton:

”That’s one thing George Bush said that’s right. The president is the decider-in-chief. Nobody can make that decision for you. Look, he knew what would happen. Suppose the Navy Seals had gone in there and it hadn’t been Bin Laden? Suppose they had been captured or killed?

“The downside would have been horrible for him. But he reasoned; ‘I cannot in good conscience do nothing.’ He took the harder and the more honorable path. And the one that produced, in my opinion, the best result.”

Then comes the attack on Mitt Romney:

”Which path would Romney have taken? Mitt Romney criticized Barack Obama for vowing to strike al-Qaeda targets inside Pakistan if necessary.”

Bill Clinton continues:

“He had to decide. And that’s what you hire a president to do. You hire the president to make the calls when no one else can do it.”

Here’s the immediate reaction from the Romney campaign, via the Associated Press:

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says “of course” he would have ordered Osama bin Laden killed.

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has raised questions about Romney’s willingness to assassinate the former terrorist leader and mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. Obama authorized the U.S. military raid in Pakistan that ended with bin Laden’s death one year ago this week.

Speaking to reporters in New Hampshire on Monday, Romney said he would have made the same decision.

“Of course. Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order,” Romney said, answering a reporter’s question.

Romney has scheduled an appearance Tuesday in New York City with firefighters and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani to mark the anniversary of bin Laden’s death.

On Sunday, Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said it was unclear whether Romney would have made the same decision as Obama.

“Look, just a few years ago, President Obama — then a candidate — said in a speech that if we had actionable intelligence of a high-value target in Pakistan, we’d go in and get that high value target,” Gibbs said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” ”Mitt Romney said that was foolish. He wouldn’t do such a thing. That he wouldn’t move heaven and earth to get Osama bin Laden.”

Former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu, a key Romney supporter who was chief of staff in President George H. W. Bush’s White House, said Obama is wrong to take credit for bin Laden’s killing. Sununu said the decision was ultimately made by a Navy admiral.

“It’s wrong in taking credit and it’s wrong in implying that someone else would not have made the same decision,” Sununu said before Romney addressed a crowd on Portsmouth Fish Pier. “There is no way that anyone sitting in that White House would not have at least done what he did.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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216 comments Add your comment

ByteMe

April 30th, 2012
2:53 pm

Mitt Romney criticized Barack Obama for vowing to strike al-Qaeda targets inside Pakistan if necessary.”

That was then. A few shakes of the etch-a-sketch later…

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says “of course” he would have ordered Osama bin Laden killed.

Flip. Flop.

Centrist

April 30th, 2012
2:56 pm

Galloway blogged this: “I’m trying to remember the last time a Democrat went after a Republican this hard, this early and this forcefully on national security.”

Then he, like the rest of the liberal media, repeated the paid Obama ad for free.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
2:58 pm

Strawman: “Obama is to be given credit for taking out Bin Ladin, but his other crazy left wing economic policies counter anything he did to deserve credit for this. Oh, and as a businessman, I would instinctively know how to do the job better.”

tb: “I’m a pretty pretty pretty bird. I mean…wait, is this thing on? Obama is terrible and his policies are ruining our country! Anything Obama does is bad because Obama did it. And it was our seals that he ordered that did the job, not him. When a president is a Republican, they get credit for the good things for the military and economy. When a president is a democrat, they get credit for nothing, no way no how.”

Going wrong: “Bama sucks! San…Cai…er…Gin….(sigh) Romney 2012! San Diemas High School Football Rules!”

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
2:58 pm

Oh! Burn! Strawman didn’t even give TOKEN props to democrats this time, once again proving his CENTRAL position on everything.

DannyX

April 30th, 2012
2:59 pm

August 2007
Barack Obama:”If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.”

Romney response: “I do not concur in the words of Barack Obama in a plan to enter an ally of ours… I don’t think those kinds of comments help in this effort to draw more friends to our effort,”

Centrist

April 30th, 2012
3:05 pm

Below dialogue from the movie Casa Blanca. Substitute Blogger Galloway for Captain Renault, and the DNC for the Croupier:

Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
[a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]
Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.

Taxi Smith

April 30th, 2012
3:05 pm

Well, show me a politician who hasn’t “flip-flopped” and I’ll show you an idiot. Haven’t any of you wizards ever changed your minds?

DannyX

April 30th, 2012
3:06 pm

If Romney had his way Bin Laden would still be alive in his compound popping Viagra and watching porn.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
3:13 pm

@Taxi Smith – Changing your mind is fine. Encouraged even.

Changing your mind and criticizing your opponent for his actions, or admitting that you were wrong and acknowledging your past actions is, however, a required part of the process whilst still having ethics.

When Romney comes out and praises Obama for his actions and decisions on Bin Laden, that’s one of 100000 things that he hasn’t flip flopped on.

DannyX

April 30th, 2012
3:15 pm

Below dialogue from Nancy Kerrigan after her chins were whacked with a billy club. Substitute “Centrist” for Nancy Kerrigan:

Nancy Kerrigan: Why me???? Why me???? Why me??? waaaaah… Why me???

WST2

April 30th, 2012
3:24 pm

ByteMe… Let’s see, how about Obama’s flip flops…

2008: “Navy Seal Team 6 is Cheney’s private assassination team.”
2011: “I put together Seal Team 6 to take out Bin Laden.”
2008: “Bin Laden is innocent until proven guilty, and must be captured alive and given a fair trial.”
2011: “I authorized Seal Team 6 to kill Bin Laden.”
2008: “Guantanamo is entirely unnecessary, and the detainees should not be interrogated.”
2011: “Vital intelligence was obtained from Guantanamo detainees that led to our locating Bin Laden.”

Political

April 30th, 2012
3:28 pm

Desperate actions by a desperate prez. How many other times had decisions been made that did not pan out? How many times did this prez say “here are the dates we are leaving. or here are the dates we are arriving?” It’s easy to be 20-20 AFTER the action has been successful. The prez has no other success stories to tell. His domestic as well as foreign policies and actions are a disaster. Like I sadi desperate.

AtticusFinch

April 30th, 2012
3:29 pm

Political

April 30th, 2012
3:29 pm

And well said WST2. I agree

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
3:30 pm

@WST2 – Hey there disgusting. Let’s see a non Fox link quote that says Obama actually said those things.

You are truly disgusting. I mean that sincerely. DISGUSTING.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
3:30 pm

@Political – Then you are also DISGUSTING.

Political

April 30th, 2012
3:31 pm

Get your facts straight AtticusFinch, snopes and other internet sites that have trashed the real facts have been found that they are supporters of obama and the democrats. You need to look at the independent orgs.

BP

April 30th, 2012
3:32 pm

Great video. It’s right on point. These comments above are non sense. It’s hard to tell if it’s spam of just stupid people.

Either way the President made an impossible call and deserves credit. Everyone needs to be reminded of this because most Americans tend to forget. It took him 3 years as Commander and Chief to take out Bin Laden. I’m glad he’s my president.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
3:32 pm

Political – That’s right. Snopes is compromised because its not conservapedia.

DIS-GUST-ING.

ObamaLover

April 30th, 2012
3:32 pm

I love MY PRESIDENT!! He is one smart, well spoken man who puts Romney and every other Republican candidate thus far to shame. Needless to say, this race will be a breeze for him and boy am I glad. Obama 2012 in full effect!

JB

April 30th, 2012
3:33 pm

I find it unbelieveable that the man who could have had bin laden taken out in the late 1990s, and didn’t, DARE to question what someone might or might not have done. He had the chance, and we know what Bubba DID NOT DO!!! We also know how dearly that decision cost us as a nation on November 11, 2001. Now the desperate D’s are resorting to hypotheticals as a strategy?! Really?! I always say that the D’s play down to the lowest possible forms of voters, and this new thing just proves that. Good Lord!!!

Political

April 30th, 2012
3:33 pm

For AaronBurr v Mexico: It’s disgusting for someone to have a different view than you? What country do you think you live in? Look at the 1st Amendment again or try reading the Declaration of Independence, all of it!

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
3:33 pm

Where’s your original source link there Political? And don’t do what your friends do and link to some totally unnavigable OMB website. Hell, show me a ‘professional’ website that said those things, even Drudge or Fox. Seriously, I hope Fox did say that because I would LOVE to use it to ram it down the throats of people like “centrist.”

Political

April 30th, 2012
3:35 pm

obamalover – open your eyes.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
3:35 pm

@Political – It is DISGUSTING that you spew your crap without backing it up. The first amendment protects Speech. Unlike our bogus supreme court I do not believe in the right to LIE without consequence.

Where’s the proof Political? You are disgusting because you are literally spreading LIES. FLAT OUT LIES.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
3:35 pm

@Political Disgusting – Open. Your. Eyes demonspawn. :)

DannyX

April 30th, 2012
3:37 pm

“Hell, show me a ‘professional’ website that said those things, even Drudge or Fox.”

He might want to try blackhelicopters.com

Political

April 30th, 2012
3:39 pm

AaronBurr – first of all, never trust links, that’s how you infect your computer. I read newspapers, or internet news or watch Fox,CNN,Local News, but I make my own opinions and views. I look at what the results are. Since 2008, our house values have dropped dramatically, our money and our manufacturing are being shipped overseas, our jobless rates are at their highest. Who did this? Our Congress and the Prez who signed the legislation. That rests solely on one person’s shoulder

Political

April 30th, 2012
3:42 pm

AaronBurr V Mexico – relax buddy, you get 1 vote and I get 1 vote. we’ll cancel each other out. lol

Roekest

April 30th, 2012
3:42 pm

When you can’t run on your lousy record……DIVERT! DIVERT! DIVERT! HOT BUTTON! HOT BUTTON! HOT BUTTON! NON-CAMPAIGN ISSUE! NON-CAMPAIGN ISSUE! NON-CAMPAIGN ISSUE!

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
3:42 pm

@Political – OMG – So ‘because I don’t trust links’ I can then therefore spew whatever lies I want. You make your own opinions? Dude, you make up your own facts.

Congress did it you betch your asterix, and is Obama incompotent on a lot of things? Sure.

Rests on one person’s shoulder? Are you from mars?

Are you really that mentally contarted? I mean seriously.

You just sit there and tell me to read the declaration of indepdendence and the constitution and then place the blame for this mess on one person?

Are you really just that stupid? I means seriously. ONE GUY? ONE GUY is responsible for that? Even if you blame democrats there’s a whole roster to choose from and is Bush some kind of immaculately conceived sinless president in thine hole filled head?

Get the behind me nimrod.

Wow, you win the stupid contest today Political. Seriously.

You have set a new low bar for tb and Gone Wrong.

Political

April 30th, 2012
3:43 pm

AaronBurr – Unless you are part of the party that goes to grave sites and “signs up” voters

Political

April 30th, 2012
3:44 pm

AaronBurr – Seriously? OMG? How bout lol? What are you 12?

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
3:45 pm

@Political – I fight for cow viewing space Political. And what makes you think I’m voting for Obama? Hello. Weakling that puts up with people like YOU too much.

@LeroyJenkins – Yeah, the distractodance aint comin from Obama pal. Killing Bin Ladin IS PART OF HIS RECORD. Killing Bin Ladin IS PART OF HIS RECORD. Killing Bin Ladin IS PART OF HIS RECORD. Killing Bin Ladin IS PART OF HIS RECORD. Killing Bin Ladin IS PART OF HIS RECORD. Killing Bin Ladin IS PART OF HIS RECORD.

Look, I can shout like a four year old too! :)

Ben

April 30th, 2012
3:45 pm

Obama had as much to do with killing Osama as Nixon had to do with landing on the moon.

Also, Clinton really should stay out of this. He had the chance to capture or kill Osama in the late ’90s and didn’t.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
3:46 pm

@Village Has Lost an Idiot – Actually if there was a necromancy party I’d TOTALLY vote for that. Cthulu 2012, why go for the lesser evil! :)

Well I’d say the full saying but they have filters here. Kind of like the filters that keep you from perceiving reality in a recognizable fashion. :)

DannyX

April 30th, 2012
3:47 pm

“Obama had as much to do with killing Osama as Nixon had to do with landing on the moon.”

The point is Obama ordered the killing, Romney wanted Kumbaya.

Road Scholar

April 30th, 2012
3:47 pm

“Sununu said the decision was ultimately made by a Navy admiral.”

So, under Romney, a naval admiral is allowed to invade another country w/o permission and direction from the Commander in Chief?

““It’s wrong in taking credit and it’s wrong in implying that someone else would not have made the same decision,”; Like other decisions by President Obama? Continued second guessing when they don’t have all the facts?

Have they no shame? Hell, no! Damn! Just dropped my etch a sketch. I wonder what will come up next?

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
3:48 pm

@UncleBensRice – Actually Nixon had quite a bit to do with landing on the moon. Which shows you have zero understanding of history.

And yes, Clinton should stay out of this.

Obama, on the other hand, did direct the death of Osama, unlike Bush and Clinton who didn’t have the guts to do it. Or Romney. Or you.

Political

April 30th, 2012
3:48 pm

AaronBurr V Mexico – I think Obama trained Seal Team 6 also as well as lead the team in.

Don't Tread

April 30th, 2012
3:48 pm

Clinton: But he reasoned; ‘I cannot in good conscience do nothing.’ He took the harder and the more honorable path. And the one that produced, in my opinion, the best result.”

And Billy, you had the same choice and chose to do nothing. Maybe thousands of lives and billions of dollars may have been saved if YOU had taken the “honorable path”.

Liberals disgust me.

Utah Dawg

April 30th, 2012
3:49 pm

Yep tough guy Obama…Dems have opposed most anti-terror measures including enhanced interrogation methods. Curious wether we gained actionable intelligence from any of these measures that helped find Bin Laden. It’s really distasteful for the Prez to make political hay from this. It is the the men on the ground that really took the risk. He should be applauding them vs. taking a victory lap a year later.

Political

April 30th, 2012
3:50 pm

AaronBurr V Mexico – Try to follow, Bush is the President who started us on our way to finding osama for which the democrats AND obama opposed.

Bigred

April 30th, 2012
3:50 pm

Obama didn’t do CRAP. He didn’t train (never been in the military), he didn’t sweat, he has ate dog but that’s about all. The military commanders in the field made the decision and the Seals did the dirty work. Obama only rubber stamped it. How dare him take credit for the kill!

LMAO

April 30th, 2012
3:51 pm

Damn!!! YOU guys made flip flopping an issue in 2004. Remember what’s his name – John Kerry (LOL). NOW it’s doesn’t matter? You folks are SICK!!!!! That’s why no one cares for politics. Standard GOP line – “All politicians are crooks except the one I’m voting for (wink, wink)” LAMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DannyX

April 30th, 2012
3:51 pm

“It’s really distasteful for the Prez to make political hay from this.”

At least he didn’t fly onto an aircraft carrier donned in a flight suit with “Mission Accomplished” blaring in the background.

Political

April 30th, 2012
3:52 pm

BigRed – I agree, I was being sarcastic to our liberal readers.

Jack From Cumming

April 30th, 2012
3:52 pm

What a lame President. He cannot run on his record so he makes up stuff like racism, womens oppression and the fact that Romney would not have done the most obvious thing to do in Obamas presidency.

Centrist

April 30th, 2012
3:53 pm

Political posted “AaronBurr V Mexico – relax buddy, you get 1 vote and I get 1 vote. we’ll cancel each other out. lol”.

Since Georgia has many more conservatives than liberals (you wouldn’t know it reading the AJC and most of their posting followers), it is silly to have these passionate debates here. Georgia is a bright red state and its electoral votes will all go to Romney.

DannyX

April 30th, 2012
3:54 pm

“Obama only rubber stamped it.”

Where as Romney would have said “We can’t do that to our friends, Bin Laden isn’t so bad.”

BillS

April 30th, 2012
3:54 pm

BigRed, you’re an idiot with no understanding of responsibility. Eisenhower didn’t fire a gun in WWII, but his strategy led the Allied victory. Obama didn’t go to military school, but he made the decision based on military input. Grow up, Red.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
3:55 pm

@The Village Has Lost Its Idiot – Yes, because claiming Obama deserves credit for initiating an order means saying he trained the seal team. Wow. Clever bit there idiot.

@Utah Gaddianton Robber – Yeah, the dems have opposed most ‘anti terror measures.’ Remember when the mormon’s were persecuted in Missouri? Remember those prophesies about what will happen to the church and its members? Better hope the dems keep opposing that because when they retake power (and mean real dems not cowards like Obama) wouldn’t it be horrible if those were used on YOU for being Mormon? You think about that Son of the Morning.

@A Village Has Lost Its Idiot – Bush dropped the ball and ordered assets away from hunting Osama.

@AVeryStupidDog-Obama Did Do Crap. He ordered the soldiers in. You’re an arm chair commando.

Road Scholar

April 30th, 2012
3:57 pm

Utah Dawg: You are right about the physical risk taken by the Seal Team. President Obama took a political risk, and as Commander in Chief, his fingerprints were all over putting Seal Team 6 in jeopardy.

“He should be applauding them vs. taking a victory lap a year later.” Like Bush and the Mission Accomplished banner? I know it wasn’t a year later, but it was in haste!

You live in Utah? Are you a Mormon? Because you came across as a Moron in your post and school affiliation!

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
3:57 pm

@Jack Is Incapable Of – What a lame post. You have no record to determine whether anyone has a record. Your party is racist and does hate women.

@Strawman – You’re right, it is silly to argue with idiots, but I do love the smell of burnt contard (like you) in the morning :)

roy m

April 30th, 2012
3:59 pm

As far as Romney and Republicans are concerned, Obama was wrong because he got Osama bin Laden killed inside Pakistan. Romney would have done the same thing elsewhere (e.g. in the moon) but not inside any country in the world.

LMAO

April 30th, 2012
3:59 pm

@Bigred RIGHTTTT!!!!! George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were front line officers in who’s military? Bush played the rich kid game and joined the National Guard. Cheney nevered joined any military or deferred as customary with your type. Romney must have played the missionary role, I admit I don’t know. While Romney’s FIVE sons have done NOTHING and we’ve taken part in three WARS since 1990!!!!! If POTUS had one son of military age you yahoos would be screaming at the top of your lungs how UNPATRIOTIC he and his entire family are. Can’t win with your type.

That’s why it’s God’s will that Barack Hussein Obama is the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! Amen.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
4:00 pm

@Utah Gaddianton Robber – “We believe in obeying and sustaining the law…as long as it is our party.”

What a remarkable example you set for your church there Mormon. I’m going to post your words so that anyone who isn’t mormon knows that mormons from Utah only care about the constitution, the law and respecting the president when its a Republican.

Oh and by the way, Romney is a mormon, so let’s look at Utah’s behavior as an example of what Romney is like.

DannyX

April 30th, 2012
4:00 pm

“I do not concur in the words of Barack Obama in a plan to enter an ally of ours… I don’t think those kinds of comments help in this effort to draw more friends to our effort,”

Just wanted everyone to know there is going to be a drum circle on Friday at the state capitol to support Romney for president! We’re going to sing Kumbaya! We’ll all hold hands and everything. We’re going to end terrorism.

Romney 2012

Raiderbeater

April 30th, 2012
4:01 pm

Your pretty foolish to think that O made actually “hunted” anyone. Everyone was already hunting Bin Laden. An Admiral phoned O and advised him they found him. O said “OK” then watched on TV.

It would be the same way with CLinton/Bush/or Romney.

Your very misinformed if you think the Prez is making battlefield decisions.

Road Scholar

April 30th, 2012
4:01 pm

Centrist: Georgia may be a red state, but it isn’t bright! 49th out of 50 in education. Must be all that help from the parents getting lil’ Johnny and Betty through school!

MikeD

April 30th, 2012
4:02 pm

Obama has just won my vote. I had forgotten that Mitt Romney said all of this. Be candid, I don’t think Romney would have made the decision that Obama did. Just don’t think I can vote for an etch-a-sketch candidate like Romney. Romney has repeatedly lied during the course of the Republican primaries. If he lied then, then he would probably lie if he wins the election. I just don’t trust the guy. I am a senior citizen and I cannot remember in life time where the Republicans had a candidate that is as bad a Romney.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
4:03 pm

@Raideater – You’re pretty foolish to make fun of someone and misspell you’re. You’re pretty foolish to think that “O” would NOT hunt Osama because if he didn’t get him, you and your fellow idiots would be slamming him for not getting him.

An ‘admiral’ only did what “O” told him to do.

YOU’RE (double misspelling there Sherlock) double plus ungood AND misinformed if you think the pres did not make a decision on this.

Road Scholar

April 30th, 2012
4:04 pm

LMOA: You’re wrong. Bush/shrub led the invasion of Alabama when he was in the Air Guard! Now, how many planes did he crash? Good job, Bushie!

Newt is not

April 30th, 2012
4:05 pm

Jimmy Carter ordered the rescue of US hostages inside Iran, man. Using “even Jimmy Carter” is why Romney is an unelectable girlie mon. (and an idiot.)

Weetamoe

April 30th, 2012
4:06 pm

The point is that Gibbs lied. He knows perfectly well exactly what Romney said. The transcript is available to the public. Remember Carney? *the president was not clearly understood by some people.* That passive construction is evasive weasel wording worse than a so called etch a sketch moment. Let’s go on — not clearly understood *because he is a law professor.* The reason Carney gives is a non sequitur; that is, it does not compute. Further, a professor of all people, should be able to make his meaning clear. Finally, *he spoke shorthand.* Could any claim be more absurd? In the overwhelming evidence of what Obama really thinks about his relationship to the average citizen I am reminded in more ways than one of Brecht’s *Final Solution* poem. Look it up. It is as accessible to the public as Romney’s Bin Laden comments.

anna

April 30th, 2012
4:08 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
4:11 pm

@WeelooklikeMoe – The point is that when you whiffle whaffle all over the place, who are you going to believe, Gibbs or the fact that Romney said one thing and then said another.

You didn’t provide a link for ‘context’ either WeelooklikeMoe. You’re just trying to make it look different by pointing and saying, “Squirell!” in fact this mob sourcing is probably either ALEC or more likely a bunch of LDS volunteers who are defending ‘their boy’ by using as much lies as possible.

What a remarkable example for your church you set.

Because Christ condoned lying.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
4:14 pm

@anna – Anyone stupid enough to click a spam link deserves exactly what they get.

LMAO

April 30th, 2012
4:19 pm

@Road Scholar, I stand corrected. The state of Alabama apparently was under seige.

Road Scholar

April 30th, 2012
4:21 pm

LMAO: Only after Shrub got there….if he was really there…no records, you know! But that’s ok.

David

April 30th, 2012
4:23 pm

If this is all Obummer has I am not too worried about the fall election he will lose in a landslide.

illegal alien

April 30th, 2012
4:24 pm

No doubt in my mind nothing would have happened if Obama hadn’t given the go ahead.

He did so without knowing 100%, Bin Laden was there and not at all sure the mission would be a success. One chopper went down and we could have easily been looking at another Iran Hostage Rescue disaster. Granted we have great troops and equipment, but sometimes things go horribly wrong.

This was a gutsy call that would have certainly been the political suicide of Obama, which he could have easily side stepped.

Bill from Atlanta

April 30th, 2012
4:29 pm

Hey Aaron Burr..
Last week was Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia. I had a mint julip, whistled a little Dixie, honored the memory of the lost cause and viewed the stainless banner.
what did you do??

TruthBe

April 30th, 2012
4:29 pm

OBAMA IS A LIAR. Obama and the dishonest pack of perverted dogs of the democrat party will say or do anything to stay in power. Except to do what’s right for America. And ALL of you Liberal Losers know this to be true.

td

April 30th, 2012
4:30 pm

Yes, Obama is the commander and chief and gets credit for following the Bush doctrine of intelligence gathering and when that gathering found Osama he gets credit for making the call to take him out.

With that being said, Obama is also the CEO of the bureaucracy and has to to the blame for the GSA mess and the secret service mess.

Ben The Independent

April 30th, 2012
4:31 pm

I’m sure Romney would not have let Osama go as Bill Clinton did when president. Obama’s campaign of deflecting attention to any such speculation and non-issues rather than Obama’s record will be seen by the electorate for what it is.
Jim, your column will be appreciated by the Obama campaign planners however.

atlpaddy

April 30th, 2012
4:35 pm

Bill in Atlanta

I’m guessing Aaron Burr didn’t lick the boots of enemies of the United States like you did. Treason is the Reason for the Season when Confederate Memorial Day rolls around!

td

April 30th, 2012
4:38 pm

The biggest surprise of this whole article is that Clinton would want his name associated with Obama. This is making his creditability and standing decrease in America’s eye. Even Jimmy Carter has distanced himself from Obama and said Romney is electable to a liberal democrat.

atlpaddy

April 30th, 2012
4:40 pm

Yeah td,

I’m sure Jimmy Carter’s endorsement of Romney warms Tea Party hearts.

Political

April 30th, 2012
4:41 pm

@TruthBe – Well said

Political

April 30th, 2012
4:42 pm

@td – Well said

JoeP

April 30th, 2012
4:43 pm

“Then he, like the rest of the liberal media, repeated the paid Obama ad for free.”

The corporate conservative media – you know the networks and cable news etc play GOP ads all the time for free.

Hey Cumming from Jack, why don’t you get informed on the issues and the President’s record rather than puke AM radio infotainment talking points?

Romney, McCain and the many others – including AM radio and the Fox clowns ALL criticized then candidate Obama for stating he take actions on actionable intel in Pakistan.

ALL of the Republicans ***SAID*** that they would NOT TAKE ACTION.

In other words, if Romney or McCain were president, OBL would still be alive, just like he was when Bush was in office because Bush stopped trying in 2005/6.

The mission was very risky and took 6-9 months of careful intel gathering and planning.

I bet if the mission had gone terribly wrong, you all would be hanging it around Obama’s neck 24/7 until the election.

Bill from Atlanta

April 30th, 2012
4:43 pm

atlpaddy
atlpaddy?…does that mean your an Irish Atlantan??
Anyhow if it was treason why didn’t they all get put in prison…and how come Georgia still celebrates it?
Just having a poke at Aaron…I know how much he likes certain kinds of Southerners :)

MrLiberty

April 30th, 2012
4:44 pm

Osama has been dead since probably 2002-2003. Obviously Bush would never come forward with this truth because it would show what an even bigger liar he was (and that is saying something). What I cannot understand is how gullible the american public is to just believe anything and everything that comes out of the government’s mouth or its mouthpiece in the mainstream media.

If OBL was actually alive when 9-11 happened, that would have been the time to go after him, but clearly the administration had bigger fish to fry, what with securing the rights for a pipeline through Afghanistan for Shell, invading and occupying Iraq so the military industrial complex and banking complex could make tons of money, etc. But hey, what’s a few hundred thousand innocent lives lost between friends right?

td

April 30th, 2012
4:47 pm

JoeP

April 30th, 2012
4:43 pm

Keep drinking that kool aid and the world will meet all your wants and needs.

Obama had no choice but to pull the trigger on Osama because he knew if information ever leaked about no action before the election then he would only get 25% of the vote.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
4:47 pm

@Not Yet Bill In Atlanta – I enjoyed Not Going to the Margeret Mitchel House, Stone Mountain or the Cyclorama or any of the other racist traitor loser institutions strewn about town. I also enjoyed going to my job since, contrary to tb’s rather fantastic opinions of me, I do not work for the state and did not have the day off. I did, however, enjoying spying on tb from across the way in the white van investigating him for tax evasion.

@King Benjamin the Mormon Liar – Yes, Willard would have let him go because Willard is a coward.

@atlpaddy – Its true. I didn’t.

@tb – Only in the America where you live.

@Village Has Lost an Idiot – Here here, you are correct when they called you an idiot.

@King David the Adulterer – Don’t worry son. He’s got a lot more where that came from. See, unlike Utah, they care about what you said 4 years ago.

Political

April 30th, 2012
4:49 pm

What the liberals and/or democrats can’t stand is the FACTS!

Housing values is at an all time low,
Unemployment is at an all time high,
National debt is at an all time high,
Government scandals and wasteful spending is on the rise, etc.

He has to take credit for osama because he puts blame one everyone else for the failures.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
4:50 pm

@Imnota Bill – Southerners are the most fun people in the world to pick on. They have guns and are stupid enough to use them…and then get arrested and thrown into prison.

And they didn’t get put into prison because Lincoln was weak. The REPUBLICAN party of the time was right. Send carpetbaggers….I think it was a good idea then, and is a good idea now.

JoeP

April 30th, 2012
4:50 pm

td, get informed, grow up, and then come back with an intelligent post based on facts.

I called ALL of you wingnuts out. Period.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
4:51 pm

@A Village Has Lost Its Idiot – Bush. Bush. Bush. Bush.

Funny how you love the facts but hate the source of those facts.

Oh, I’m sorry. I forgot that reality has a liberal bias and can’t be trusted.

just the beginning

April 30th, 2012
4:53 pm

Hey, don’t look over there (at the economy) Look over here (anything else).

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
4:55 pm

@just the beginning of how much of a loser you are

Hey don’t look over there (Shamus the dog) look over here (everything else…because Romney has said it)

just the beginning

April 30th, 2012
4:57 pm

right, the dog. anything. fool.

JoeP

April 30th, 2012
4:58 pm

are you saying that just the beginning in hopes that the rest of us forget about the failed conservative polices that created the worst economic situation since the Great Depression and that we went from losing 750,000-800,000 jobs a MONTH during Bush and when Obama came in – to gaining 200,000 PRIVATE SECTOR jobs….

with NO GOP help, only obstruction. Yeah I can see why you wouldn’t want to talk about the economy and can’t talk about foreign policy either.

TruthBe

April 30th, 2012
4:58 pm

Aaron Burr, Why don’t you guys in the white vans go after Warren Buffet he owes the Federal Government over a billion dollars in back taxes? Maybe because he is protected by the Obama administration?

td

April 30th, 2012
4:58 pm

JoeP

April 30th, 2012
4:50 pm

“I called ALL of you wingnuts out. Period.”

You can not call us out because if we were not working and supporting you parasites then you would actually have to get a job.

td

April 30th, 2012
5:00 pm

JoeP

April 30th, 2012
4:58 pm

are you saying that just the beginning in hopes that the rest of us forget about the failed conservative polices that created the worst economic situation since the Great Depression and that we went from losing 750,000-800,000 jobs a MONTH during Bush and when Obama came in – to gaining 200,000 PRIVATE SECTOR jobs….

Answer this one little question if you can: How many total jobs were available when Obama took office and how many actual jobs are available today?

TruthBe

April 30th, 2012
5:00 pm

JoeP, Maybe you should ask your boy Harry Reid leader of the “Do nothing Senate” about not allowing any votes on the bills that the house approved so that the President can sign them?

DannyX

April 30th, 2012
5:02 pm

Political = UGA1999?

Name change?

td

April 30th, 2012
5:03 pm

Aaron,

Man you disappoint me by not telling us all what you are planning on occupying tomorrow. I really was looking forward to taking the day off to laugh.

Wes Hightower

April 30th, 2012
5:04 pm

America Before President Obama Took Office and Now

Before Now Change
Number of Unemployed1 12.0 Million 13.1 Million +9%
Long-Term Unemployed2 2.7 Million 5.6 Million +107%
Unemployment Rate3 7.8% 8.5% +9%
“High Unemployment” States4 22 43 +95%
Misery Index5 7.83 11.46 +46%
Price of Gas6 $1.85 $3.39 +83%
“Typical” Monthly Family Food Cost7 $974 $1,013 +4%
Median Value of Single-Family Home8 $196,600 $169,100 -14%
Rate of Mortgage Delinquencies9 6.62% 10.23% +55%
U.S. National Debt10 $10.6 Trillion $15.2 Trillion +43

JoeP

April 30th, 2012
5:04 pm

td, you keep proving my point with your responses. I would also recommend you not talking about “parasites” living in the South, among the parasite states. I would also suggest, If you don’t have a job, get one and join the rest of us. Either way, go to school, you are seriously uninformed.

zeke

April 30th, 2012
5:05 pm

romney, fearless warrior….and his sons too!

JoeP

April 30th, 2012
5:06 pm

Wes points the long terms problems with the collapse in our economy from the conservative era.
Fortunately we finally have an adult in the White House cleaning up their mess, but unfortunately it’s going to take a long time to clean up such a big mess.

Curious

April 30th, 2012
5:07 pm

td

April 30th, 2012
4:30 pm

Yes, Obama is the commander and chief and gets credit for following the Bush doctrine of intelligence gathering and when that gathering found Osama he gets credit for making the call to take him out.

What is/was Bush’s doctrine for intelligence gathering? Considering Bush had been out of office for over 2 years and was in office 7 years after 9/11, the doctrine may need some tweaking.

Seems Bush himself had finally dismissed the idea of getting Bin Laden as irrelevant.

zeke

April 30th, 2012
5:10 pm

the secret service has always had it share of skirt chasers…..i guess that’s how they let off steam….not unique to obama administration….knew several during reagan administration

obama should have suspended gsa folks immediately and fire them once armed with info

Wes Hightower

April 30th, 2012
5:13 pm

@ Joe P. like a previous poster said…if it’s a good thing, Obama caused it. If it’s bad, blame Bush, Santa Claus, somebody’s mom, etc. Can anyone name me one good thing this puppet has done?

Mr Smiley

April 30th, 2012
5:19 pm

Aaron Burr, name calling (as you’re doing with EVERYBODY) is merely a resort to degradation to alleviate one’s inadequacies (in your case your arguments) for the purpose of self fulfillment. You don’t know what your talking about, you obviously don’t have a job (or a high paying one at least) because you’re voting democrat, and you obviously like to put others down to make yourself feel better.

Political

April 30th, 2012
5:19 pm

@Wes Hightower – “Can anyone name me one good thing this puppet has done?”
He is going prematurely grey.
He attends expensive dinners and mocks the GSA and Secret Service and the GOP.
After years of socialist education, he is trying to form this nation into a socialist regime with himself as dictator.
He has appointed a non-judge to the Supreme Court, the very person who bailed him out of legal issues.
Hang on I’m still thinking.

JoeP

April 30th, 2012
5:22 pm

still thinking is not something that can be applied to the bs that you puked on the screen…

Randy

April 30th, 2012
5:22 pm

Obama ordered an attack on bin Laden when his advisors said they were 40% to 80% certain he was in the target house. The target was in another country, and involved considerable risk to the both the assault force and diplomatic relations with Pakistan.

Bush was advised with 99% probability that bin Laden had been located in a specific set of caves in Tora Bora during open combat by 1) an on-site Delta team, 2) CIA / NSA radio intercepts, 3) regular Army. These three facts are corroborated in an entire shelf of books that have been published for many years. Delta actually had his location in sight, and were actively targeting his cave with laser-designated bombs from a string of aircraft. Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Bush decided to back down and call a cease-fire to let him go. This was in a situation without ANY of the risks of the Abbottabad assault. There was no reason to call off the attack – everything was in place and running smoothly.

A year later, the same three guys dissolved Task Force 121 to redeploy team members to Iraq, once again letting bin Laden go.

Why? There has never been any official explanation, except Cheney’s throughly discredited lie that “we weren’t ever sure he was there”. Cheney’s standard to attack Iraq was “even a 2% risk to the US requires military action”. But in this case, 99% was “sure” enough for him to continue an operation that had little risk to US soldiers and Afghan civilians (read a few of the books if you doubt this).

An investigation is long overdue.

Political

April 30th, 2012
5:22 pm

@Wes Hightower – “Can anyone name me one good thing this puppet has done?”

Oh yeah,

He has people in the EPA “crucify” the oil industry so as to stop oil production in OUR nation while paying OUR tax dollars to foreign powers to drill off OUR coast.

Political

April 30th, 2012
5:23 pm

@JoeP – whats the matter? Can’t deal with the FACTS!!

Political

April 30th, 2012
5:24 pm

@JoeP – You disagree he just attended a dinner and mocked the GSA and Secret Service??

Deny it, please!!

Political

April 30th, 2012
5:25 pm

@JoeP – Well? Deny it!

Political

April 30th, 2012
5:25 pm

@JoeP – you disagree he’s going grey?

Political

April 30th, 2012
5:26 pm

@JoeP – You disagree he appointed Kagan to the Supreme Court?

Road Scholar

April 30th, 2012
5:27 pm

You poor babies! Whine away!

Political

April 30th, 2012
5:27 pm

@JoeP – Hard to disagree with the FACTS!!!!!!

Political

April 30th, 2012
5:28 pm

@RoadScholar – stay in school

pb

April 30th, 2012
5:38 pm

It’s going to take more than Obama giving the order to go after bin Laden to convince most voters he is tough on national security or military issues. Yes, it was a risky and gutsy move to give the order. But it is not going to define or even be a major factor in his record for re-election, which is not so great, when you look at it objectively.

Tony C.

April 30th, 2012
5:41 pm

I am still chuckling about “Even Jimmy Carter would’ve ordered it”…One thing I feel is certain is that ANY POLITICIAN would have ordered it. The political currency gained from killing the first “public enemy #1″ that wasn’t a U.S. citizen (weird factoid right?) is tremendous. To think that a politician (which IMO, we have forgotten is a purposely altogether different word than “leader”), wouldn’t use this to his advantage is silly.

The irony that Billy Clint is trash-talking Romney is rich though

Curious

April 30th, 2012
5:42 pm

Political,

How about Harriett Myers?

Tony C.

April 30th, 2012
5:43 pm

and yes, I’m aware other foreign nationals have been on the “Top Ten” before….but if they were “#1″ we didn’t kill them.

Sister Sarah

April 30th, 2012
5:43 pm

“Obama only rubber stamped it.”

Yeah…because the President doesn’t attend daily intelligence briefings where he consults with all levels of the civilian and military command structure.

gm

April 30th, 2012
5:44 pm

Jack From Cumming

Put Obama record against Mitt and its not close:

Obama saved auto, while Mitt wanted to destroy it, this country was on life support when Obama took over, not it has a paulse.

The only problem with Obama is, he did not clean the rep mess fast enough, Mitt destroys companies lay off workers, this man dont give a dam about the middle class, and most Americans are not stupid.

David

April 30th, 2012
5:49 pm

In a few months Obama will join the sad parade of democratic ex-presidents who can’t get over the fact that their day is done and it’s someone else’s turn to take the stage.

Stay classy dems. Oh, and don’t forget that by cheering on Obama’s spiking of the football, you’ve also lost the moral high ground on politicizing the war.

Goober

April 30th, 2012
5:51 pm

So this is where all the smart tough guys hang. Impressive.

Look before I leap...

April 30th, 2012
6:19 pm

I dislike speculative attacks.
Mitt Romney does not get the NDIB (although he will starting in August) so it is unfair to assume or presume what he would/would not or will/will not do in any specific situation regarding national security.
In this case, Obama lays claim to a specific action. Romney can only lay claim to a policy course.
That is the nature of the difference between an incumbent’s campaign and a challenger’s.

That the operation to capture or take out bin Laden occurred under Obama’s administration may stick in the craw of some GOPers and Obama haters. So be it. These folks are blinder wearing partisans and wouldn’t be swayed if Obama walked across the reflecting pond in the national mall and personally cured cancer.

While personally, I think bin Laden’s death is a feather in Obama’s cap, national security is NOT the issue that will be on the minds of voters come November. It will be the economy and jobs.
Whoever does the best job of spin on those issues will be occupant of the the Oval Office in Jan, 2013.

Attack Dog

April 30th, 2012
6:32 pm

I hate it when someone starts off with an unremarkable statement and I don’t see it until we are in the 130 range. Claiming that Obama is getting “free” ads about his accomplishment of doing something two Presidents didn’t do and one who should have? How much free advertisment did GWB initially get with his 1. “Mission Accomplished”, or 2. “Weapons of Mass Destruction”, or 3. “Mushroom Cloud”, or 4. “Sadaam Killed His Own People”, or 5. ” Coalition of the Willing,” or 6. “Clinton had 8-years to find Bin Laden,” or 7. “It’s is not about Oil,” or 8. “We won’t attack unless the UN agrees,” or 9. “Sadaam funded Al Aaeda, or 10. “We’re not going to have any casualities?”

Auntie Christ

April 30th, 2012
6:32 pm

JB at 3:30 PM said: ” We also know how dearly that decision cost us as a nation on November 11, 2001.” Quite the historian aren’t you.

And if anyone hasn’t noticed, it is risible how the cons on here insist tat it was bush’s actions that led to the discovery and death of bin laden. When it comes to the wrecked economy, joblessness, diminished home values, et al, we dare not blame bush, he had nothing to do with it, nothing is his fault. But somehow 3 years after he leaves office, he should be given credit for bin laden’s death. (to his credit, being the statesman he is, Obama gave bush some credit after the event, undeserved as it was). The cons blamed Jimmy Carter for twenty years of their screw ups, conveniently forgetting the previous 8 years of nixon/ford’s inflationary economics.

Auntie Christ

April 30th, 2012
6:41 pm

Also it was good to see Mr noun, verb, 911 was around to try to weasel some face time, lest we forget he was mayor on 9/11/01. That somehow, according to conservative minds qualifies him to speak on issues related to terror, despite the fact he put the Emergency Responder’s com systems in a building that had been attacked twice previously. But that is understandable though, given the fact that he was trying to juggle his time between his marriage and his mistress. He couldn’t be bothered with trivial things like making emergency communication systems secure.

Attack Dog

April 30th, 2012
6:43 pm

GWB and the GOP had 8 years and 9/11 to find Bin Laden!!! Just think, if McCain and Palin were in office, we would still be in Iraq, more of our precious treasure killed over major Afgan issues, would have invaded Libya, attacked Iran and North Korea, China would have called in our debt, and Ryan would still be following the failed Confederate issue of no taxes on the 1% to fund war on behalf their own best interest. You would think Plantation owners, now the 1%, would at least cover the cost on national security. Dixiecrats chasing their tails.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

April 30th, 2012
7:22 pm

“TruthTeam”?

Winthrop Rockefeller’s Arkansas white-trash yard-baby is who’s teaching America about what’s “honorable?”

The Emperor’s “new clothes”: Bush and Cheney committed 9/11. Bin Laden was dead long before the Seal “charade.”

G-d is Truth and Justice. The Rockefeller/Bush Fifth Column of the Roman Anti-Christ is a cancer on Our Land, even if their lackeys in Washington are going along with their transparently obvious treason.

TruthBe

April 30th, 2012
7:24 pm

gm, Sorry what’s your problem?

Buckhead Boy

April 30th, 2012
7:29 pm

Marginalize the liquidation of bin Laden if you want, but how can you marginalize the use of the actionable intelligence obtained in the raid to systematically dismantle the al-Qaeda network over the past year? I don’t know what Romney would have done. I only know what he has said. And, he has said that he will defer to the military leadership. In this instance, the military leadership counseled the use of a drone. Had the President followed that advice, there would have been no actionable intelligence obtained with which to further attack the al-Qaeda network. Hence, I am of the opinion that the President deserves much more credit than he is taking or being generally given.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
8:07 pm

@Mr Walmart – Yes. Because I insult you I have a low paying job and because I’m voting democrat (in theory except most are cowards) I’m less intelligent than you. Strike that. Reverse it. How’s that greeter job going for you?

@The Village Idiot Has Gone Missing – Ruh roh. Looks like kindergarten has gone home for the day. We shall see more of you and your foolishness later.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
8:11 pm

@Total Doofus – But I am taking the day off, to swirl around in the black helicopter to observe you from afar and record you breaking the law. I think we all know what your tax shelters look like. And that inventory you ‘leant’ to a friend ‘just a while.’

@TruthHurts – Yes. That’s it. WB owes the government a billion in back taxes. Oh wait…that’s only in your little imagination.

@DannyX – Smells like it. He didn’t like me giving his school a bad name by making fun of him.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
8:12 pm

@Total Dork – I’m KIDDING of course. I was talking about the imaginary Total Dork. I am entirely sure that YOU would NEVER do anything illegal and you’re not worried if I’m watching you right now, at ALL. :) Hello by the way. :)

Jackie

April 30th, 2012
8:13 pm

I can’t remember the last time the press tolerated this kind of gloating when it was really brave soldiers in Pakistan who showed the courage. Obama is acting shamefully and the media supports it.

Silent Jay

April 30th, 2012
8:14 pm

Romney would have fired bin Laden.

mttrains

April 30th, 2012
8:47 pm

The real irony is the choice of Bill Clintonica, who failed to pull the trigger on Bin Laden numerous times during his “administration,” to narrate the question. Romney actually should have said, “even Bill Clinton would have given that order-” -oh, wait, he actually never did, did he?

td

April 30th, 2012
8:56 pm

Obama is not the ideal conservative democrat we need in Georgia, yet he is better than any and all republicans inhabiting planet earth. Republicans are not good people, y’all. Do not go out and elect them to office. We need to participate in our own politics, and that is why we must restore the democratic party of Georgia!!!

td

April 30th, 2012
9:06 pm

One must differentiate between federal and state level governance. At the state level, republicanism will not work. They are not familiar with the history and culture of the south. Please help me vote out all the republicans so that the people most familiar with Georgia can govern the state correctly and fairly!!!

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td

April 30th, 2012
9:09 pm

A little something for you libs to think about:

“Serving and former US Navy SEALs have slammed President Barack Obama for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as ‘ammunition’ for his re-election campaign.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2137636/SEALs-slam-Obama-using-ammunition-bid-credit-bin-Laden-killing-election-campaign.html#ixzz1tZkmOerv

Bill

April 30th, 2012
9:14 pm

Td, do us all a favor and educate us!!! Of course republicans are trash! How do you we get them out?!!?

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 30th, 2012
9:34 pm

The commercial challenges the intellectual acuity of the American people like the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions challenge the mental competence of integrationist African Americans. I hope Americans fair much better than integrationist African Americans.

Americans should be asking first and foremost, is the President of the United States acting within the limits of the Constitution of the United States. Regardless of how noble the cause, our Constitution does not permit a President to send troops into a foreign country and force their way into a private residence and murder a “suspect” before his family without due process of law.

The American people expect that a President of the United States must in good conscience do nothing provided doing something is unlawful, Un-Constitutional… It is impermissible and Un-American to reason doing something or take the harder and honorable path that gets the best result outside of law.

Americans would expect a President Romney to stay within the confines of the Constitution of the United States, The American View, by doing nothing and taking the lawful easier and if necessary the dishonorable path. In doing so, we have preserved our own freedom at home and the freedom of others abroad. It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person if doing so violates the laws of our country, The American View.

Americans expect Obama and future Presidents to decide only if they are acting within the American view of the Constitution. If we as a people consent to Presidents violating the Constitution of the United States abroad regardless of how noble the cause, politicians certainly will violate it at home accompanied by countless ignoble acts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEis4ZeYsbI

Amen?

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 30th, 2012
10:22 pm

Did Obama give an unlawful order to kill Bin Laden, the wrong man?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS996qsF-3Y

Amen?

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 30th, 2012
10:24 pm

Progressive Humanist

April 30th, 2012
10:57 pm

Romney never would have had the gonads to kill Bin Laden. But he sure wanted GM dead.

Luckily for this nation, Bin Laden is dead and GM is is chugging along.

And let us not forget that the worst terrorist attack ever happened on Bush’s watch, as did the worst recession since the great depression.

Republicans: weak on terror and terrible with the economy.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 30th, 2012
11:01 pm

Kris

April 30th, 2012
11:15 pm

My Guess Mitt would have called former President Jimmy Carter for advice.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
11:40 pm

@Totally Dumb – Did you READ the article? They’re upset because they’ve been made FAMOUS, as if they weren’t famous to begin with?

The only one who directly criticizes the president is a sitting Republican State Senator…..GEE, that’s impartial.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 30th, 2012
11:42 pm

How can a man who can’t even decide what it is that he believes in effectively lead the country?

He’s going to have to consider what it might do to the church’s image every time he makes a decision and then publish a retraction within an hour 50% of the time when he actually does, just like he did with his statement on the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act.

GodHatesTrash

May 1st, 2012
3:46 am

Your country will be run by twelve aging polygamists in Salt Lake City – gullible followers of a horse-theif and conman – if Lord Mittens is elected.

Atlantarama

May 1st, 2012
4:20 am

I’d be very concerned about America’s security if a milquetoast like Romney was in charge.

Look before I leap...

May 1st, 2012
4:28 am

Good lord “td”
I mean I know you a a non-thinking, partisan, psuedo-intellectua hack, but jeeebus, you have to go to the to DailyMail to make your point?

If you are gonna quote trash, please at least quote good American trash like the National Enquirer, or Bill O’Reilly or Rush Limbaugh.

Look before I leap...

May 1st, 2012
4:51 am

Ya know
I try hard not to snark on the various religions in the world.
I’d like to think its because a I am free-thinker and my motto is “live and let live”
But really, my thinking (or vocalized protest) is restricted because maybe one day, the Baptists, or the Catholics, or the Jehovah’s Witnesses will assume civil control of the US and I will find my heathen *ss in thumbscrews and perhaps get marched or dragged to the Iron Maiden.

But I can’t help but wonder, if while having my testicles roasted over a slow burning fire and at the same time being stabbed in 50 parts of my body at the hands of Torquemada the Sixth, if I denounce publicly, the idea of “magic underwear”, will I be saved from further torture and be allowed to meet my lord and savior with dignity and respect?

Ian

May 1st, 2012
4:57 am

If I change my mind, I have a better understanding of a subject or more information has come to light. If a politician has the same process, it is call a flip flop.
The economy suffers from the political process. Whenever politicians from either party tinker with a free economy, the law of unintended consequences is sure to raise its ugly head.

Buckhead Boy

May 1st, 2012
6:40 am

Look before I leap, the mega rich and corporations may momentarily need the votes of those who cling to their Bibles, but afford them real power — never! Their future is not in conducting some form of Inquisition but, like most, being too tired from working twelve hours a day, six days a week for minimal compensation to give a wit about anything but their subsistence.

zeke

May 1st, 2012
8:14 am

can anyone envision chris christie riding on top of a tank like dukakis and getting stuck? such warriors this latest lot of republican candidates.

Garth

May 1st, 2012
8:33 am

I can tell you this, Jimmy ol’ pal, Obama is losing tons of votes by trying to make poltical hay out of bin laden’s death–like he signed some law into effect. Check out Drudge this morning, the SEALS are upset about the “commander” stooping so low to turn their covert actions into overt propaganda.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 1st, 2012
8:40 am

@Chris Dains – Seal. Seal in that article is upset.

The ones that are actively serving are criticizing the publicity it is giving the unit.

And the one doing the criticizing is a standing Republican State Senator, and therefore not a human being.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 1st, 2012
8:41 am

And for the votes he’s losing, he’s also gaining.

Cows are impressed by strength.

jconservative

May 1st, 2012
8:48 am

““Of course. Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order,” Romney said, answering a reporter’s question.”

And Carter did give the order to rescue the hostages.

And as we all know, that attempt failed when the copters failed. And Carter’s reelection bid failed as a result.

An element of luck is always involved. The bin Laden take-out almost failed with the failure of one of the copters. But the SEALS were able to overcome that failure and the plan succeeded and the SEALS got out.

But what if the SEALS were not able to get out because a second copter failed? They would have been on trial today in Pakistan for terrorist activity and Obama would not be seeking reelection.

Cynthia Tucker McKinney

May 1st, 2012
8:50 am

BJ Clinton passed on Osama in the late 90’s. Owebama had to be drug of the golf course to make the call. The Romney quote Big Jim uses is taken out of context. Libs are silly.

Careful

May 1st, 2012
8:56 am

.. Cynthia, the truth doesn’t help with the reelection propaganda. And please don’t mention the economy. Try to keep the focus on Christie’s weight or Romney’s religion.

Misty Fyed

May 1st, 2012
9:20 am

News flash….All political candidates criticize the incumbents no matter what they the themselves would have done.

Frederick Douglass

May 1st, 2012
9:25 am

Be careful Careful; why isn’t the focus on 2 yrs. of positive job growth? Christie’s weight and Romney’s magic Depends look a lot better when you mention that huh?

yellowdog.

May 1st, 2012
9:58 am

im with i love my president……..lets get real; romney did not have the opportuity to do it, so what he wuld haved done is a waste of breath……..stop quarterbacking; it doesnt count; NEXT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get on with what matters and our future.

JoeP

May 1st, 2012
10:13 am

Get informed people, Clinton didn’t pass up on getting OBL, Clinton was actively trying to get him,. Bush failed to get him and then abolished the mission to get him.

in 2007 and 2008, Romney SAID THAT HE WOULD NOT GO IN TO PAKISTAN TO GET OBL.
McCAIN SAID HE WOULD NOT GO INTO PAKISTAN TO GET OBL.

AM Radio mocked Obama for saying he would take action in Pakistan, as did most of the GOP.

Elections matter. If Romney, McCain or most of the others on the right had been president, the risky mission would not have been ordered. Period. That’s not debatable.

Rudy is the ONLY GOPer who said he would also do what Obama did.

emo

May 1st, 2012
10:14 am

Romney said he wouldn’t spend millions tracking down one man when that money could better be spent on tax cuts for his wealthy friends.
Bush failed, Obama succeeded.
Suck it, haterz.

Careful

May 1st, 2012
10:14 am

Not sure what you’re saying, Fred. Your namesake was more eloquent and I’m sure he wouldn’t want you judging folks on the basis of their religion, Huh?

in other words

May 1st, 2012
10:17 am

Imagine if Bush had said that Kerry would never have gone to war with Islamic terrorists after 911. The left would pi$$ their diapers.

in other words

May 1st, 2012
10:17 am

“Clinton didn’t pass up on getting OBL, Clinton was actively trying to get him,.”

Not meant to be taken seriously. The only thing Clinton didn’t pass up was a BJ.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 1st, 2012
10:40 am

And for the record, Clinton DID, in fact, pass up the opportunity to get OSB.

JoeP

May 1st, 2012
10:41 am

emo

May 1st, 2012
10:45 am

‘Clinton DID, in fact, pass up the opportunity to get OSB’
Where and when? The Sudan story has been thoroughly debunked, and he did try to hit him in Afghanistan (well before 9/11, when we still didn’t just invade sovereign nations), but the Republicans started screaming “No war for Monica” as usual.

lmao

May 1st, 2012
11:19 am

Boing boing boing… this is a funny blog today… Headline: Liberals are bad asses and Conservatives are weak in the war against Terror…thats just funny!!! good luck selling it!!!!!
Aaron Burr is never wrong..just ask him…lol…your soap box called..every time some disagrees with you, your intelligence, wit and credibility are ousted because of your constant insults and attacks with name calling…
what can agree on, is the system sux and our elected officials are crooks..,even your beloved Savior OBAMA….one thing is for sure…thank GOD Obama is alive..can you imagine BIDEN in charge…lawd help us!!!

Frederick Douglass

May 1st, 2012
11:24 am

Careful @ 10:14

Eloquent or not; if my namesake were alive today, he’d probably be subjected to the same slings and arrows that Obama endures today…….the whole mulattoes aren’t part of us thingy.

JoeP

May 1st, 2012
11:33 am

lmao

May 1st, 2012
11:34 am

loving your president…it just sounds weird!!!
why and how can you “love” a president..because your 8 cats died and youre alone, he sent you a check, he is a powerful black man…
LOVE??? really?? am i missing something

lmao

May 1st, 2012
11:37 am

JoeP, thank you..i guess…i miss something? again

ed

May 1st, 2012
11:41 am

Before I’m convinced of Osama bin Laden’s assassination a year ago as claimed by the Obama administration I want to see the body. Absent the body show me photos. Don’t tell me Osama bin Laden was buried at sea in keeping with Muslim tradition of interrment within 24 hours. I could not give a hoot in hell about Muslim tradition after Muslim terrorists downed the World Trade Center buildings and incinerated more than 3,500 Americans. Only a closet Muslim/Marxist such as Barack Obama would give an unAmerican hoot in hell about Muslim tradition after 9-11.

lmao

May 1st, 2012
11:42 am

oh..i get it..you mean Obama had more intel than romney and when romney criticized he wasnt as informed..wow!!! a president made a decision based on Intel…
Yep romney..huge flip flop ( sarcasm entered here)…

you have to agree,,its pretty poor taste and tacky, including a stretch on obama to taking all this credit

in other words

May 1st, 2012
11:50 am

emo = retard

JoeP

May 1st, 2012
11:52 am

ed, they didn’t want to give them any martyr recruiting photos. If you don’t believe he’s dead, then that’s your issues that you need to work out.

lmao, you didn’t read the article. I posted it because some here don’t remember how seriously Romney, McCain, AM radio, Fox and most of the GOP was greatly – specifically against the mission that Obama stated at the time and what would be ultimately the mission that he ordered.

Obama isn’t “taking all this credit” He’s making a point. Others said they wouldn’t do it. Period. That’s significant difference in candidates and had real world results.

lmao

May 1st, 2012
12:01 pm

JoeP- ok..i read it..but my point…look how fast Obama changed his mind after Bush gave him the keys..GITMO stayed open, he increased drone raids, he sent in more troops..and why? because presidents get the real intel…none of the candidates get that kind of intel…
so ,i find it hard to believe that others wouldnt have done the same…I am impressed Obama did make the call…how many thought he wouldnt? he was against EVERYTHING when he was campaigning..repeat ..EVERYTHING but again, he had intel that drove his decision…
Romney and Cain would do the same, no questions about it..

and i do think Obama wants the credit..heros dont brag- its shameful…this is the only positive he has on his record…

nelson

May 1st, 2012
12:01 pm

I would say that Mitt would see the insurgents had to be defeated rather than playing with a deck of cards like Barack making Osama the Ace. If wars were fought like that the U.S. would still be looking for Hitler rather than winning the war. Making common bounty hunters out of our valiant warriors is wrong.
All of the above being said, the PC in Charleston is charging for web access and so is th OS in Orlando. Imagine my paying for my pearls of wisdom

lmao

May 1st, 2012
12:03 pm

in other word: that was funny..emo?

zeke

May 1st, 2012
12:06 pm

obama making hay out of bin laden….repubs cry foul…..w sitting on carrier deck proclaiming mission accomplished no problemo….go figure…..

swift boaters going after kerry ok….w ducking service by going national guard ok….

in other words

May 1st, 2012
12:11 pm

“w ducking service by going national guard ok….”

Clinton dodged the draft during Vietnam ok with zeke.

DawgDad

May 1st, 2012
12:11 pm

I’ve been around a LONG time and the reaction to this political ploy by the Democrats is about as disgustingly mindless as anything I’ve ever seen, on both sides. This is a non-issue, purely speculative, and it serves no constructive purpose to debate it from either side. If the ploy or the reaction are swaying ANYBODY I’d be shocked.

lmao

May 1st, 2012
12:26 pm

dawgdad– Agreed!!!..now im pissed i responded.. this is a retarded subject…damn i feel like a Democrat…ugh!! get it off..need to shower and get the “know it all”, elite, 99% , name calling, off of me…

CommonMan

May 1st, 2012
12:30 pm

Logic is the enemy of Conservatives:
Osama sat in a room and gave orders to execute Sept 11, and it was carried out by the hijackers and their handlers. Who do you hold responsible? Osama.
Obama sat in the white house and gave orders to execute Bin Laden, and it was carried out by the Seal team and their commanders. Who do you hold responsible? NOT Obama.
Do you see your hypocrisy?

honested

May 1st, 2012
12:34 pm

Common Man

It will all become obvious when the ro(money) campaign slogan is released…..

(Sneak Preview) “BACKWARD!”

emo

May 1st, 2012
12:39 pm

‘emo = retard’

Your closely reasoned argument has convinced me of… nothing.
Namecallers, all of you. I hope you enjoy your four more years of socialist, nazi, communist, terrorist government. You’ve used all the names you could think of, what will you call him when he’s reelected by smarter people than you?

honested

May 1st, 2012
12:58 pm

emo,

Thanks for the belly laugh!

I would settle for 4 more years of pushing back against the teaklanner ‘Great Leap Backward’.

This endless references to ’socialist, communist, etc.’ tell me somebody must have been asleep through political science class……because we have not even moved the needle to the left since 2009.

After running in circles and carping about the sky falling as serious business, what do you guys do for fun?

JoeP

May 1st, 2012
1:03 pm

lmao – Obama said he would focus on Afghanistan (and Pakistan for that matter) – no flip flop from him there. He stepped up there because Bush pulled back and the region was getting worse.

Gitmo hasn’t changed because yes once in office, some realities that are out of a President’s control factor in – he faced significant push back on where to put the people there elsewhere.

When you say he was against “EVERYTHING” please clarify, because just like going to Pakistan to take out OBL, Obama stated in others areas that he would act etc. So your point just doesn’t add on “EVERYTHING”

wfclyon

May 1st, 2012
1:05 pm

Since we are absorbed in hypotheticals, what would have a president John Edwards have done?

wfclyon

May 1st, 2012
1:06 pm

Since we are absorbed in hypotheticals, what would a president Jon Edwards have done?

JoeP

May 1st, 2012
1:30 pm

Well in 2007 and 2008 Obama stated what he would do and then Romney, McCain said that Obama’s policy was wrong and that they would not do it.

That’s not hypothetical. I don’t recall what Edwards said and thankfully we don’t have worry about that idiot.

honested

May 1st, 2012
1:44 pm

JoeP

I’m sure ro(money) could tell us what he would do to stop the imaginary threat in Iran.
It would probably be what the 51st state (at least those there following their ‘visions’) would tell him to do.

Taylor Wooten

May 1st, 2012
2:35 pm

Its a moot point.

All you need to know is:

The economy sucks
Gasoline prices suck
The amount of debt sucks
The amount of taxes suck
Obamacare sucks

And, are you better off now than you were 4 years ago? He77 no!

WAR EAGLE

May 1st, 2012
2:35 pm

Funny how no one checks to find out that Obama was playing BASKETBALL when the naval Commander asked permission to take out Bin Laden. So he took him out, BIG DEAL! Has that helped any one get a job? Has that helped lower energy rates? Has that helped the housing industry? NO! He has promoted BASKETBALL and the NBA way of life. Everyone is to blame except themselves for their failure. One thing Romney would do that Obama won’t- Back Israel with military strength!

zeke

May 1st, 2012
2:38 pm

in other words…..clinton dodged draft, must have learned it from dick cheney

zeke

May 1st, 2012
2:40 pm

taylor wooten, thank w for the depression….as they say, obama why can’t you fix w’s mess any faster…

in other words

May 1st, 2012
2:57 pm

“clinton dodged draft, must have learned it from dick cheney”

Unfortunately for you, Clinton was in office BEFORE Cheney.

Try again.

in other words

May 1st, 2012
2:57 pm

” thank w for the depression”

I had no idea W lived in the 1930’s. Hey, when’s Obama gonna focus on the jobs he promised four years ago?

honested

May 1st, 2012
3:16 pm

taylor whatever,

As a matter of fact, I’m way better off than I was 4 years ago!

The bush depression was terrible for small business!

honested

May 1st, 2012
3:18 pm

in other wor(l)ds…

cheney dodged the draft when Clinton was in college.

Have any idea how a calendar or history book works?

zeke

May 1st, 2012
3:25 pm

thanks honested, in other words probably a chickenhawk like the rest of them…and while technically not a depression, the filibuster minded repubs in senate made it seem that way

JoeP

May 1st, 2012
3:42 pm

in other words – W gave us MINUS 750,000-800,000 jobs a MONTH

Each month we lost that many jobs. Under Obama we saw that deficit turn into PLUS 200,000 ***PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS***

Imagine what could be done without GOP obstruction? Yes the country is FAR better off than it was for years ago.

in other words

May 1st, 2012
3:44 pm

JoeP

HAHAHA!!!!!!! You lie better than BillbobClinton.

honested

May 1st, 2012
3:56 pm

in other wor(l)ds……..

It would be nice to return to the Endless Prosperity of the Clinton years, it’s a shame that shrub had to fornicate it all up.

JoeP

May 1st, 2012
4:19 pm

in other words. No just facts.

One more time for the AM radio impaired: We lost 750,000-800,000 jobs per month because of Bush and GOP policies. Now we have adult in the White House and reversed that trend with gains of 200,000+ private sector jobs each month. Keep reading it until it sinks in. Better yet, do your homework and then comeback and make intelligent comments.