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Obama Can't Use Bin Laden but Bush Could Use Saddam and 9/11 -- Really?

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Are you kidding me? Seriously, are you kidding me? Actual, legitimate media pundits and political professionals are really asking if President Obama should tout the killing of Osama bin Laden during his re-election campaign? Really... seriously???

I honestly don't know where to start. These are some of the same people who sat around jack-legged while George W. Bush flew a fighter jet onto an air craft carrier with a jumbo red, white and blue banner noting "Mission Accomplished" (9 years ago mind you) after single-handedly dismantling the Middle East with a "go-it-alone" war in Iraq.

These are some of the same people who sat around tongue-tied while Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their band of merry men walked our country straight into a bloody war where thousands of our troops were killed and trillions of dollars lost looking for weapons that didn't exist.

These are some of the same people who happily reported on each and every instance of Bush and Cheney (and let's not forget dear Rudy G.) citing September 11 in campaign ad after campaign ad and I don't remember hearing a ringing media chorus of "is this appropriate?" (What's even more disheartening is that Bush's people are STILL claiming that Bush kept the country safe and very few ever correct them on the little fact that 9/11 did happen on their watch in 2001, ergo, they DID NOT keep the country safe!)

These are some of the same people who practically cheered during the 523 times that Bush and Cheney touted their capture and the killing of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, even though he had absolutely nothing at all to do with September 11.

Now, some of these same people are actually questioning President Obama's decision to highlight in his re-election ads the killing of the mastermind of 9/11 who killed over 3,000 individuals on U.S. soil... Really?

This was a promise that Barack Obama made during an actual presidential debate with John McCain in 2008, that he would have the military track down Osama bin Laden and kill him, even if he was found to be hiding in U.S. friendly Pakistan. At the time, John McCain, every Republican to the right of Nevada and even some Democrats roasted Obama for even thinking such a thing... but he did it -- and it worked! And now, people are saying that he shouldn't tout that as one of his successes. Give me a break!!! Boy, when the sun don't shine on a dog's tail you can still see it wagging can't ya!

FACT: Mitt Romney did say that it was not worth billions of dollars and "moving heaven and Earth" just to go after one person, he said that! ... and now there are people saying that President Obama shouldn't use that against Romney in his campaign... seriously??? Mitt Romney can stand in front of a factory that was closed in 2008 and publicly blame President Obama but President Obama cannot blame Mitt Romney for words that actually came out of his own mouth? C'mon my media friends, you can do better than this!

Republicans have used national security like a 2-by-4 to the heads of Democrats for decades but the first time a Democratic president tries to use it, everyone's asking -- is it appropriate? Hell yes, it's appropriate!!! The Romney campaign should stop whining (Hint: it's really irritating!). All we've heard out of them is what's wrong with everyone else (i.e. what's wrong with Newt Gingrich, what's wrong with Rick Santorum, what's wrong with President Obama, etc.), not once have we heard what's right with Mitt Romney! Everyone wants to ask President Obama why he should be elected for a second term, but I have rarely heard anyone yet ask Mitt Romney why he should be elected for a first! I dare him to answer that question without his usual stance of just talking about what's wrong with the other guy. And since we are just about 6 months away from election day, I think it's high time the media started asking him that very question... and demanding a legitimate answer!

When Republicans go for the jugular in politics, the media calls it playing hardball, when Democrats go for the jugular in politics, they call it inappropriate and despicable. I dare anyone to say publicly that had a Republican president been in the White House when Osama bin Laden was killed that Republicans would not be using it to bludgeon Democrats upside the head in this election and to tout the Republicans so-called super-human strength on national security. And I dare say that many on the Right would not only say it was fair game, they would chide the Democrats for whining about it and would tell them to "get over it!"

Fact: Osama bin Laden masterminded the killing of 3,000 humans on U.S. soil on September 11, 2001. Fact: President Obama's administration led the campaign to capture and kill Osama Bin Laden. Fact: This is a huge accomplishment under the Obama administration. Deal with it! Then again, maybe he would get more credit if he would have flown a 757 onto the Aledo Deck of a luxury cruise ship with a red, white and blue banner touting, "I shot the sheriff!"

Respectfully-
Dee Evans