BY KIMORA COCHRAN
President Barack Obama is not the first President to have an enemy of the United States defeated – and to promote his success accordingly. So what gives on the uproar over his latest One Chance ad?
One of the Obama administration’s most inadequate areas is promoting its achievements over the past four years. And when they do, they don’t know how to explain it simply (take the health care reform law, for example).
Now that they’ve stepped out to do just that, everyone is screaming bloody murder.
Mitt Romney and his camp have their panties in a bundle over the ad, mainly over the fact that it suggests Romney would not have had the courage to kill Osama Bin Laden, if given the opportunity.
The video references a quote by Romney from 2007 that reads, “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”
Romney’s entire quote was as follows from the original article: “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person. I wouldn’t want to over concentrate, on Bin Laden. It is worth fashioning and executing an effective strategy to defeat global violent Jihad and I have a plan for doing that.”
The quote was not taken out of context, or morphed into a separate translation. Of course, Romney can’t say that’s it’s all about him being “taken out of context” in the ad, so he’s dispatched GOP minions and surrogates to spin the ad as some sort of shameless plug on the part of the President – as if political leaders since Caesar haven’t been doing victory laps in the coliseum after winning major wars. So, Romney is not the only person irked by the President’s latest web ad.
Huffington Post’s founder Arianna Huffington said on CBS “This Morning” “Using the Osama bin Laden assassination, killing, the great news that we had a year ago, in order to say basically that Obama did it and Romney might not have done it … to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do.” Really? She read any history books lately?
Even Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) threw his two cents in buy putting out a hypocritical statement last Friday calling the president shameful for turning 9/11 and Osama bin Laden into “a cheap political attack ad.” Yet, McCain – with his blazing saddles, Arizona cowboy star emblazoned on his 2008 campaign slogan – has always promoted his time as a Vietnam War pilot who was shot down and thrown into an enemy prison camp.
McCain must be a victim of selective amnesia, because back in 2004, he was the head cheerleader in a Bush-Cheney web ad which promoted Bush’s confidence in the “fight for our survival” against America’s “depraved enemies.” Ironically enough, there was no backlash from the McCain over President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” caper in 2003, either. There, Bush actually used an entire aircraft carrier and crew for his pre-reelection bid prop, landing on the deck of the ship in an actual naval jet fighter.
Where was Romney, Huffington and McCains’ complaints in 2004 when President George W. Bush campaigned for re-election promoting the fact the he had overthrown Saddam Hussein in Iraq? Where was their disgust over Rudy Giuliani crowning himself as the “9/11 Mayor” during his 2008 presidential campaign? No one was talking then about how Rudy might be using the grieving of 9/11 victims for his own political gain.
Republicans see that President Barack Obama doesn’t have to rely on his “his winning TV persona” to be re-elected. Simply reminding Americans about his esteemed accomplishments will do the job, and that is a problem for many on the right wing – not the One Chance ad as they would have us to believe.