Karl Rove tweeted his approval.
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This is absolutely disgusting. The Republicans will stop at nothing to win this election. This ad is shameful.
A criticism that applies to any President making a decision like this. Next they’ll be saying that if we hadn’t bought those helicopters for the military, they wouldn’t have been able to fly there.
There are plenty of valid criticisms one could make about this operation, and how it was handled afterward. They chose something trivial.
I knew this would come back to bite him in the ass. First he uses Bin Laden in a political ad. Then he fly’s off to Afghanistan ( secretly, ala Bush and Kissinger ) on the pretext of signing some long term agreement with Karzai, when he was obviously there to coo about Bin Laden, comes off as unseemly. In one breath he seems to be cherishing the troops and in the next he seems to be using them. What is it with Obama and his people.; time and time again they have stooped to using the same tactics as the Bush Administration. Just because it may have worked for Bush does not make it right; just as continuing Bush’s national security policies does not make it right. He actually seems to be enamored with Bush and his tactics. During the Bosnian war a reporter was quoted as saying the Serbs learned the wrong lesson from the Nazi’s. It would seem that Obama has learned the wrong lesson from Bush.
I don’t think his trip to woo Karzai worked. There was a bad attack just after Obama left.
Spot on, fangio..
But not that surprising from the “Democrat” who, last presidential election, said that Republicans were the ones with “good ideas.”
That ad will only have an effect on voters who already despise Obama and we know who they are. And yes, there are many of them, but they’re already planning to go out and vote in November. They don’t need convincing. They just out and out despise Obama (and his wife) and have never believed they deserve to be in the Whitehouse. Unfortunately, I know a few of these people; and when I’m with them, I almost always end up defending President Obama.
There is much I don’t like about the way Obama has governed, and I’m certainly a vocal critic. But that is not the same as despising him and all he stands for.
As far as Indendents are concerned, or at least the few I know personally, they have brains in their heads and they’re doing the analysis; and that ad is pretty far out there on the bullshit meter. ANY President, Democratic or Republican, who ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden and had a successful mission – is going to mention it during an election year.
And Obama, by the way, has put out some hard-hitting ads against Romney, too – and many more to come, I am sure. He will play as dirty as he has to. He’s good at it.
Spot on Audrey. Bottom line, General Motors is alive and OBL is dead.
Bottom line: Wall Street is alive and middle class is dead. If only the corpse of the middle class could so easily be tossed into the sea…
Seriously. I’m being told to vote for a guy because he saved a car company and ordered a murder.
Because that’s what Presidents are for nowadays, I guess.
Audrey…Good post. You hit all the points on how I feel about this new attack ad against Obama. There is so much more the Republicans could have went after Obama…but instead they choose the least effective method and topic. Obama has every right to mention the killing of OBL it happened during his presidency and he made the order. To not mention it in his campaign would have been absurd.
Just in case you are keeping score at home:
1. Accepting plaudits, massive media coverage, a multi-million dollar book deal, and the title of “America’s Mayor” for accomplishing the amazing tasks of being Mayor of a city which got hit by terrorism and not listening to experts on where to put your command center: Brilliant, and instantly makes you a Presidential Contender.
2. Landing on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit, whispering “I flew it” in response to a reporter’s query, and giving a speech under a “Mission Accomplished” banner is being Presidential.
3. Announcing that you gave the go-ahead for the assassination of the world’s Most Wanted Man= Spiking the Football.
Now that Obama knows the rules, I assume he won’t ever dare take credit for anything, ever again.
They must have read an earlier post of yours about this.
Note the darkened skin tone~
Timed perfectly to come out when Brian Williams’s inside view of the operation was aired. It was pretty damn good if you can ignore Williams pomposity. Of course being me I loved Hillary’s segments. I did not neccessarily agree with her but she owned her feelings and position on the decision with comforting authority.
Surely, Hillary Clinton is behind that darkened skin tone, just as she was in 2008.
Darkened skin? Why do you have to go to that weak tea? It just makes you look stupid? Very, very stupid.
Yes, the ad is stupid, but the Obama opened this can of worms in 2008: http://d.pr/usT9.
I’ll never understand criticism of that ad. If a candidate can’t offer the simple question “who do you want in charge if….?” what is the point of campaigns at all?
That’s the basis of what campaigns SHOULD be about, since all the rest- “comparing visions of the future,” etc. is just blathering hot air BS, forgotten the moment the votes are counted.
My own criticism of Romney’s ad is that it’s a hypocritical cheap shot. All candidates for political office talk up their accomplishments, but there is plenty of hypocrisy to go around. See my earlier post about Obama criticizing Hillary back in 2008.
U.S. reaches agreement on Chen
All hail, Hillary Clinton. I wonder if she will spike the football.
Hillary pulls out another tough one.
Just a few days ago Romney actually said ‘Anything Obama is for, I will oppose’. The Obama campaign laid a trap for Romney and he took the bait. Only people who hate Obama, including the Marsh people and the analysts over at Fox News gave their whining any credence.
In the three days since Romney starting whining about Obama politicizing the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the Gallup poll has reported Obama’s favorable rating rising to 51%.
Now that Romney is in his Etch-A-Sketch reverse course the polls are just beginning to report Romney’s favorable ratings:
Obamas favorability is 50%
Romney’s favorability is 35%
Romney’s favorabilty has been stuck ar 35% for more than a year.Romney’s favorability is the lowest for any candidate running aginst an incumbent President since Alf Landon ran against FDR in 1936.
Like Romney, Alf Landon was an extremely wealthy Kansas governor who ran against FDR on a platform of repealing the Social Security enacted in 1935, repealing FDR’s New Deal stimulus which was described as a failure that failed to reduce the unemployment rat which stood at 16% and increased the national debt to the highest levels in US history. The right wing media of the day tried to paint FDR as a socialist and a Bolshevik out to destroy American capitalism and the American way of life.
It’s time to resurrect FDR’s campaign song and the unoffical theme song of the Democratic Party
RA, can you just stop with the hyperbole? Nobody here hates Obama. You should reserve the use of that word lest you risk watering down its meaning.
Is your whole life looking up polls and posting them here? Seriously, go make a friend.
Romney was an extremely wealthy Kansas governor who ran against FDR on a platform of repealing Social Security? I had no idea.
“It’s time to resurrect FDR’s campaign song…” Yes, because that would be really easy. Much easier the resurrecting FDR’s leadership and principles, which is what we want and what you deride us for. All you care about is the symbolism and the Game, which is reflected in the polls you seem obsessed with.
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