For the record, ladies and gentlemen, in his brief announcement last night President Obama used the word “I” ten times, he used the word “me” three times, he used the word “mine” five times, and the word “my” three times.
Despite Obama’s self-serving announcement of the demise of Osama bin Laden, he deserves credit for the decision to send in SEAL Team 6 to do the job instead of relying on a few well placed aerial explosives. But lost in all the leg-tingling Mainstream Media adulation¹ currently being larded upon the Warrior Prince is the indisputable fact that, had it not been for the intelligence gathering methods authorized by George W. Bush and roundly reviled by liberals everywhere (including Barack Obama), OBL would still be spending his evenings watching Jack Bauer DVDs and snacking on fried pork rinds in beautiful downtown Abbottabad. As Andrew Malcolm put it in the LA Times,
Here’s something else that didn’t get much recognition in all the street celebrations or all-hail-Obama briefings:
The trail to Monday morning’s assault on Osama’s Pakistan compound began during someone else’s presidency. That previous president authorized enhanced interrogation techniques which convinced folks like Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to give up, among many other things, the name of their top-secret courier, now deceased. His travels ultimately led the CIA back to Osama’s six-year-old suburban home.
¹DAVID “RODHAM” GERGEN: This is going to be a huge help to President Obama in the election! Obama got Oooosama!
ANDREA MITCHELL: This is a game-changer for Barack Obama!
BOB ORR: The Obama administration will ride high on that!
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: What a political boost there will be for President Obama!
JEFF GREENFIELD: This would be a complete game-changer if the presidential election were next week!
DON IMUS: This guarantees his reelection!
ALISYN CAMEROTA: For the president, whom critics recently have accused of not showing enough leadership, is this a turning point?
UPDATE – See Progressives Hated–Smeared Heroic SEAL Team 6: All Credit Goes To Bush’s GITMO & SEALS (Maggie’s Notebook):
During the Presidency of George W. Bush, the heroic SEAL Team 6 was routinely defamed by the Left. Seymour Hersh writing for New Yorker called SEAL Team 6 Dick Cheney’s personal assassination squad, but today, Obama’s SEAL Team 6 members are heroes, cleverly led by the “gutseist” leader of all time, who had to “evaluate” information from the World’s finest military and decide whether it was valid – the leader who had at his fingertips, all the proven and successful tools for fighting terrorism developed by G. W. Bush. […]