Obama gets personal: President claims credit after killing of Bin Laden

When he was running for President what so many people liked about Barack Obama was his willingness to pass praise on to others. When he would be hailed as a great orator he would go to great lengths to stress that he was the voice of a movement. When asked about his popularity he would point out that he was nothing without the grass roots.

Not any more. Today the President claimed personal credit for the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

In a speech delivered late on Sunday evening US time Obama claimed personal credit for the finding and killing of Osama Bin Laden.

I will quote just one section:

“And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.
 
Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden.  It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground.  I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan.  And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.
 
Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.  No Americans were harmed.  They took care to avoid civilian casualties.  After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”
 
I count five uses of I or my in just three paragraphs. There is a clear message here: Barack Obama made this happen.
 
Consider the line:  “shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority”.
 
This is clearly an attempt to suggest that under Bush there was another top priority – that he was too focused on Iraq or other gals and had taken his eye off the ball when it came to chasing down Bin Laden. In fact Bush would deny this, he always claimed that getting Bin Laden was his top priority, but history is written by the victors and in this case that is Obama.
 
Obama has been battered over the last two years, including his infamous “shellacking” in the midterms last November. He has come out fighting today and this may well be the catalyst to him winning again in 2012.
 
There is no doubt that he will enjoy a huge boost in the polls. The scenes of thousands of Americans on the streets celebrating show just how deeply ingrained into the American psyche Bin Laden’s name is.
 
But the choice of words used in Obama’s speech (delivered an hour late, presumably because of frantic rewriting) are clear and decisive. In the week in which he has had to prove his place of birth in the face of ridiculous rumours by Republican figures Obama is saying “vote for me and I will things done.” Last week he said that he didn’t want to produce his the certificate as he had other things to do. At the time that comment was thought of as a bit silly but maybe now it makes sense. While Republicans were squabbling over birth rights the President was hunting down the most wanted man in the world.
 
This is no longer about “Yes we can” this is “Yes I do”.
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4 responses to “Obama gets personal: President claims credit after killing of Bin Laden

  1. Fr. Michael S. Marquette

    Right on the Mark. I was a raving lunatic shouting at my TV last night watching Obama’s use of the personal pronoun “I”. He is the consummate narcissist. Personally, the killing of Osama should be an article under the fold on page 3. He was rendered ineffective long ago. The victory is one of revenge and justice. Obama has directed that the body of Osama is to be treated with respect under Muslim religious practices. What a crock of pandering ____________. You may fill in the space with your own words. Me, I prefer bovine scatology.

  2. While many question the survival of the man who ordered the 9 11 attacks until now the counterterrorism community as a whole still believe that Osama Bin Laden is alive this is his voice but arguments are different and diverse. In my view the two salient indicators about him being alive are the fact that he mentions contemporary events assuming this is indeed his voice and as important the issue of leadership of the organization. He begins by reminding the Jihadi audiences that the current Arab and Muslim regimes are penetrated by the West and are incapable of delivering a fight against the Kuffar anywhere on the globe.

  3. ..CHRIS MATTHEWS HOST Who lost Osama? Why did a man who attacked us who an American president promised to get dead or alive escape our grasp escape even our attention except when he sends us some video sticking it to us?..Let s play HARDBALL…Good evening. I m Chris Matthews. Welcome to HARDBALL. The big story tonight Osama bin Laden six years after he ordered the attack that killed thousands of Americans he s still out there. He likes to remind us each year that he s still out there with a little video. But President Bush has gone from We ll get him dead or alive to being completely bogged down in Iraq. Why isn t bin Laden a priority for Bush? Why aren t any of the presidential candidates including the Democrats making bin Laden priority number one? What happened to America s cry for justice?..The second story tonight The FBI sends four men to prison for life knowing they are innocent. How could our government be so evil? We ll talk to one of the men who served time three decades for a crime the FBI knew he never committed…In the political headlines Michelle Obama tells us that her girls ..I can t believe this say Barack Obama their father quote stinks. And our HARDBALL debate tonight Who lost bin Laden? We ll talk about that with former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown and radio talk show host Heidi Harris….. corporations and their money…Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski has more. Mik the significance the message of this tape please?..JIM MIKLASZEWSKI NBC CORRESPONDENT Well the significance first of all is that al Qaeda tries to release a tape around the anniversary of the 9 11 attacks six years ago. The true significance of this tape is that it appears it is proof that Osama bin Laden was alive at least as late as last June. That appears to be the benchmark that appears in this tape. It is probably the better indication in what bin Laden had to say that he was alive at that time because he makes specific reference to the inauguration of the new French president in May and the installation of the new British prime minister Gordon in Gordon Brown in June. So U.S. intelligence officials say it appears that bin Laden was alive at that time…I can tell you that they are still analyzing the tape to try to authenticate that this is in fact bin Laden but U.S.

  4. 2002 – “I don’t know where he is, and honestly I’m not that concerned about him” G.W. Bush on Osama Bin Laden
    2006 – C.I.A closes unit responsible for hunting Bin Laden
    2008 – “We have to kill Bin Laden… that has to be our biggest national security priority”

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