Monday, March 12, 2012

Melodrama Obama


Obama should put a stop to this type of pitch, and I say that as an Obama supporter. With all due respect to Vice-President Biden and Bill Clinton, writing President Obama into Profiles in Courage because he gave a green light to killing Osama Bin Laden just won't do, especially after he was known as "no-drama Obama" during the campaign. Yes, he took a chance that the mission could have failed; it would have been a bad metaphor for his re-election campaign, like the abortive hostage rescue attempt under President Carter. But the guys who carried out the mission risked their lives, which is their job. Making tough decisions is the job Barack Obama applied for when he ran for president. You asked for it, pal! 

Striking Mount Rushmore-like poses about killing Osama Bin Laden for campaign videos---though that was a good job well-done---just makes him look like a ham and, well, a drama queen.   

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3 Comments:

At 12:51 AM, Blogger Nato said...

This is intended for campaign volunteer recruitment and folks who need a story on which to hang their vote. Those of us who like Obama's restraint

 
At 5:20 PM, Blogger Nato said...

Whoops. "Those of us who like Obama's restraint and technocratic approach aren't really good targets for campaign ads."

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

What I'm saying that the post didn't make clear: as long as Obama is president, it's not really about him. It's about his doing what he thinks is good for the country. Later, when he writes his memoirs, he can put himself in the middle of the narrative and tell us how he felt and what he thought at the time.

 

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