To Praise or not to Praise

Right-wingers are having a real tough time with this whole Bin Laden thing. Of course his death is a HUGE victory for America, but Republicans don’t want this to be a victory for President Obama.

Many Republicans have thanked Obama for getting the job done, but obviously only the ones not running for President. The ones we’re lucky enough to choose from in 2012 are finding every way possible to diffuse the relevance of killing UBL, or minimizing Obama’s importance in the event, or even omit Obama from the conversation altogether.

Some like Tim Pawlenty, have wisely congratulated the President for a ballsy-job well done, but then shower praise on the Special Forces who pulled the trigger or the intelligence that got us there. At least they’re actually crediting people who did something.

Even Donald Trump had to praise the Prez, but that was probably because Obama made Trump his bitch last weekend at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner

Many other Republicans are taking a different approach, and that’s half praising the current Commander-in-Chief while squeezing George W. Bush’s name onto the congratulatory list for catching this bum.

"Umm...why y'all draggin' my name into this shit?"

Ex-VP Dick Cheney put the real praise on the interrogation techniques (read: Torture) he and Bush instituted. After all, if they didn’t ok the right to torture in 2001, we would have never caught Osama in 2011, right?

House Speaker John Boehner praised Obama for finishing the job Bush started.

House Majority leader Eric Cantor thanked Obama for following “the vigilance of President Bush in bringing Bin Laden to justice.

Then there’s the crew that refuse to give our President ANY credit in the operation. Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are some of the people who “forgot” to credit Obama at all, but still heaped praise on the Republican administration that had nothing to do with catching him.

"Heil, Me!"

Take lady-genius Sarah Palin’s comments in Colorado:

“Yesterday was a testament to the military’s dedication in relentlessly hunting down an enemy through many years of war,” the former Alaska governor said. “And we thank our president. … We thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory.”

“Our president?” Did you forget his fucking name, or are you implying that Bush is STILL your president?

And the “right calls”? Sure there was the whole “wanted dead or alive” thing, but do these dolts all forget the fact that Bush LOST Bin Laden at Tora Bora, then kinda searched for him for the rest of his presidency without luck? That’s not opinion, that’s his words in March 2002:

“I don’t know where Bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority….I am truly not concerned with him.”

From that point on, Bush rarely mentioned him by name. Sharp contrast to Obama’s take on Bin Laden. Then take what he said while running in 2008.

And if we have Osama bin Laden in our sights and the Pakistani government is unable or unwilling to take them out, then I think that we have to act, and we will take them out….We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaida. That has to be our biggest national security priority.

To prove it was more than rhetoric, just into his presidency, Obama sent a memo to CIA director Leon Panetta:

“In order to ensure we have expanded every effort, I direct you to provide me within 30 days a detailed operation plan for locating and bringing to justice bin Laden.”

Big Difference, right?

"My mission has always been to bring you the biggest, most bad-ass banners in the world. So what?"

I get it, Republicans are in a bind, they have to applaud the guy’s death in public, but God Forbid they actually say something positive about the current leader because he isn’t one of them. They attack his leadership, but then he balls up and orders the hit on the worst human on the planet, our most wanted criminal, and stabs a dagger through the heart of Islamic Terrorism.

They will NEVER say a good thing about the guy. He wants universal health care insurance, he wants to stick it to the banks and Big Oil, he wants to kill fetuses and let the gays marry… so fuck him.

Hey, Repugnicans! You might want him voted out in a couple of years, but BARACK OBAMA IS YOUR PRESIDENT now. You don’t need to vote for him, but SHOW SOME RESPECT for once. Not just for him, but for your country and for your constituents. The bump in the polls won’t last; by next week people will be back to remembering they’re unemployed. You’re losing even more credibility and making yourself even more un-relatable to the people for not giving credit where the credit is due. You’re making yourselves look less American, not more so.

Obama always gives the scary face before coming in for the Tickle Monster

Just suck up the fact that he’ll get a big bump for a little while because he ordered the hit. Americans are happy with Obama for making the call. We now see him as a bit more “presidential”, which says a lot because many people didn’t think so last week. It was a tough call, we appreciate the fact that he made it, and we love the fact that it worked.

Leadership? While you were crying about his birth certificate, he was exacting justice for our country.

Just get off my television altogether. I want to watch more of this coverage without you pissing in my living room.

Palin thanks President Bush for killing Bin Laden, not Obama — LA Times

GOP v Obama in Bin Laden attack — Seattle PI Blog

Killing Bin Laden adds wrinkle to 2012 race — LA Times

4 Comments

  1. “God Forbid they actually say something positive about the current leader because he isn’t one of them.”
    Wow Leftie. You really do not understand. Put the bong down. What do you mean, “isn’t one of them”. You mean leftist, radical, idealistic sabatour right?
    I get it…your are a young male (good looking by your addmission) probably in the 19-26 demographic where going out to the movies and obbsessing over Fantasy Football counts as significant contributions to society.
    On planet Earth, there are thoughtful people, including Republicans, that base their observations on experience and intellect. It isn’t difficult to give credit where credit is due. The President is SUPPOSED to get the bad guys. It is his job. (Please Google Chris Rock’s “always want credit for some shit they supposed to do”).
    You treat the President like he’s your starting Fantasy quarterback. Great he scored at the White House Correspondance Dinner (let me guess, it is the first one that you have ever seen in your life, and you saw it on YouTube). Kudos, your starter took to the telepromter and announced that the years long intelligence operation netted the lead and, “under my direction”, Osama Bin Laden is dead.
    Excellent! Woo hooo! Jump up and cheer! JaMarcus Russell just scored his first touchdown!

    • Great reply! Finally showing some personality, Eaton. For the record, I’ve watched every single White House Correspondent’s Dinner since the Clinton administration.

      And I wasn’t talking about Obama claiming credit, I was talking about your peeps blatantly pretending he had nothing to do with it and giving credit to someone who clearly didnt catch the guy. But, once again, you read my words (religiously, which I LOVE) but twist them into something to suit your fanaticism.

      And I’d never EVER start JaMarcus Russell. Tebow is another story.

  2. You dodged the question. What do you mean when you say, “God Forbid they actually say something positive about the current leader because he isn’t one of them.”?
    Specifically, what do you mean by “isn’t one of them”.?

    Of course you have watched every single WHC Dinner for the last 10 years. You are the rhino, you cut through the BS…how could I have been so wrong. Sorry to have questioned you…of course you have watched the Saturday night C-Span program every single time for the last decade. Sorry to have suggested otherwise, keep on “cutting through the BS.”

    Now, answer the question.

    • No question was dodged. Read the article. Answer is obvious.

      And I might be a Presidential history geek, but the WGCD is genuine entertainment for me, and Ive watched more than just the past decade. All of them going back to 1999. Your sarcasm is noted.

      How about a comment on something that matters like http://therynoshorn.com/2011/05/06/is-scott-galvin-a-childmolester/

      Could use some help bringing this monster to justice.