Should Obama tout bin Laden killing in campaign speeches?

For a guy who rhetorically shook his finger at the American people and told them not to "spike the football" on the Osama killing, the president is doing a bang up job of tooting his own horn when it comes to reminding voters who the man in charge was at the time.

Reuters:

President Barack Obama brought up the killing of Osama bin Laden at a fundraiser in Texas on Tuesday, but treaded carefully by crediting troops and intelligence officers for catching the al Qaeda leader."We're taking the fight to al Qaeda," the president said at the first of two events expected to raise about $2 million for the Obama Victory Fund.

"Because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation's uniform and the outstanding work of our intelligence agencies, Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States," he said to cheers from the audience of about 750 people at a downtown Austin theater.

The White House has tried since Obama announced bin Laden's death last week not to appear too triumphant about the killing.

Some critics have charged that Obama has taken too much credit for the shooting of the world's most wanted man by an elite special forces unit.

A Democratic Party official had suggested Obama would not even bring up bin Laden in his fundraising remarks, although that seemed unlikely given the enormity of the event and the public's huge interest in the story.

I don't mind the president making political hay out of OBL's death - as long as he treads as carefully as he appeared to in Austin. What I can't stand is the sanctimony from Obama and the left where Americans are told it would be inappropriate to cheer and chant "USA, USA" and then have Obama basically do the same thing for political purposes.

Obama shouldn't be the only one given a pass in celebrating Osama's death. If he can do it, then it should be perfectly alright for the rest of us to do a dance on the terrorist's grave.


For a guy who rhetorically shook his finger at the American people and told them not to "spike the football" on the Osama killing, the president is doing a bang up job of tooting his own horn when it comes to reminding voters who the man in charge was at the time.

Reuters:

President Barack Obama brought up the killing of Osama bin Laden at a fundraiser in Texas on Tuesday, but treaded carefully by crediting troops and intelligence officers for catching the al Qaeda leader.

"We're taking the fight to al Qaeda," the president said at the first of two events expected to raise about $2 million for the Obama Victory Fund.

"Because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation's uniform and the outstanding work of our intelligence agencies, Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States," he said to cheers from the audience of about 750 people at a downtown Austin theater.

The White House has tried since Obama announced bin Laden's death last week not to appear too triumphant about the killing.

Some critics have charged that Obama has taken too much credit for the shooting of the world's most wanted man by an elite special forces unit.

A Democratic Party official had suggested Obama would not even bring up bin Laden in his fundraising remarks, although that seemed unlikely given the enormity of the event and the public's huge interest in the story.

I don't mind the president making political hay out of OBL's death - as long as he treads as carefully as he appeared to in Austin. What I can't stand is the sanctimony from Obama and the left where Americans are told it would be inappropriate to cheer and chant "USA, USA" and then have Obama basically do the same thing for political purposes.

Obama shouldn't be the only one given a pass in celebrating Osama's death. If he can do it, then it should be perfectly alright for the rest of us to do a dance on the terrorist's grave.


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