Obama’s New Running Mate: Osama..?

Posted on May 12 2011 - 1:00am by Harrison

When you run for president you’re supposed to choose somebody who will help you in places where you might be weak.  For example, if you’re from the Northeast, choose someone from the Southwest.  If you are not really a “social conservative” pick somebody who is to help you with those voters.  If you’re behind in the polls maybe pick a woman to be your VP?  Or, if you’re thought of as being soft on terrorism… pick a dead mass murdering Islamic radical to be your running mate.  Of course, he’ll be dead and because he wasn’t born in the U.S. he’ll never be president, but why not go for it anyway?

This is the danger.

There was a curious, albeit unintended, exchange of ideas while President Obama was fundraising in Texas (ignoring the wildfires of that state and the flooding of the Mississippi River) regarding Osama bin Laden:

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Thank you for getting bin Laden.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, there you go. (Applause.)  Case in point. (Applause.)  It should inspire us to finish what we started.  Because of you, we were able to prevent a second Great Depression.  But in the next few weeks, in the next few months, the next few years, we have to make sure that the new jobs in industries of our time are created right here in the United States of America.  We have to make sure that America is prepared to win the future.

The message?  I have several things to accomplish in my next term and killing bin Laden is now one less thing I have to do.

As reported by the LA Times:

Later, Obama ticked off what he described as his administration’s accomplishments: lifting the ban on gays in the military; bringing troops home from Iraq.

And then: “And because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation’s uniform and the outstanding work of our intelligence agencies,’’ Obama said, “Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States.’’

The crowd roared.

We rightly give credit to President Obama for ordering the SEAL team in to go after Osama bin Laden.  This did take political courage.  One helicopter crashed what if the second had, also, and the SEALs were trapped in Pakistan and slain?  But the shooting of an unarmed man in cold blood, no matter how villainous he may have been (or who was president), was still morally wrong.  But is Obama using the death of America’s #1 (former) enemy to burnish his credentials as not being soft on terror (even though he is)?

Remember, Americans want GITMO open but the Obama administration claims they are still trying to close it.  Americans didn’t want terror trials in New York City while the Obama administration pressed for them until they lost that battle.  On a variety of fronts, Obama is seen as being soft on terrorism.

With bin Laden out of the way, the president can (somewhat rightly) claim he is a tough guy like his predecessor (not really) although he hasn’t given the previous president any credit for putting him in the position to move on bin Laden (or for the Surge in Iraq, either).

The press seems to want to help Obama look as good (and popular) as possible.  Case in point is the recent AP presidential popularity poll.  Nearly 100% more Democrats were counted in the poll than Republicans (the AP mentions it in tiny letters) and Obama magically has a 60% popularity rating!


A Rasmussen poll, weighing Republicans and Democrats equally has Obama pegged at 48% popularity.

Rasmussen nearly predicted to the percentage point the victor of the last presidential election, by the way.

Remember when the shoe was on the other foot and Democrats laid into Republicans for “politicizing” the War on Terror?

I’m sure President Obama went after Osama bin Laden because it was the right thing to do, and he does deserve his fair share of the credit.  The danger in having laid away the al Qaeda leader is that instead of moving on to the next order of business it will instead be a campaign issue.

For this, we shall wait and see.

We can imagine had Osama been killed or caputred under a Bush presidency we would be hearing how the president put the country in danger by angering a hornet’s nest and how he would have blood on his hands after the next terrorist attack.  Predictably, we have heard no such thing because a Democrat occupies the Oval Office.

I certainly hope President Obama moves quickly on to other business but, if he doesn’t, it’s because Joe Biden will no longer be his running mate for the 2012 presidential election.

We shall be watching.

11 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Steve Dennis May 12, 2011 at 3:45 AM -

    You are right,if Bush had killed bin Laden the media and the left would be claiming that the world is a more dangerous place.
    Obama is going to try to ride bin Laden’s killing all the way to a second term, but the fact is that if the economy doesn’t improve people are going to tire of hearing about it and will focus more on the economy.

    • Harrison May 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM -

      It does always come down to the economy in the end. I find it more interesting that Liberals now defend shooting an unarmed man in cold blood simply because their party is in the White House.

  2. Don E. Chute May 12, 2011 at 4:16 AM -

    It is and always will be )until aliens invade America and their not the nice ones), “it’s the economy stupid”.

    I heard, don’t know how correct the statement is that, no President has won re-election when the unemployment figure is above 7%’.

    And it’s going to be north of that! Sad but true.

    As my Daddy used to say, “we will see what we will see”.

    Happy Trails my friends…

  3. jonapope May 12, 2011 at 5:45 AM -

    Let’s just hope Obama doesn’t spike the football on this one…

  4. Jack Camwell May 12, 2011 at 5:47 AM -

    I have no doubt that the media would be crying foul had Bush went into Pakistant and tagged OBL. They would be upset that he “went into a sovereign nation without that nation’s permission! Bush ordered a hit! We’re assassins! Down with the Fascists!”

    Hell, Michael Moore would have likely made a movie about it. He could title it “You could be next!” People like that don’t realize that they’re nothing more than cheerleaders.

    • Jonapope May 12, 2011 at 10:18 AM -

      True true, your commentary on mr. Moore made me laugh. To bad conservatives are too intellectually honest to not have our own Michael Moore…

    • Dean May 12, 2011 at 10:28 AM -

      “You could be next!”… I love it, Jack.

      A year and a half from now, if gas and food prices and unemployment are anywhere near the levels they are now, people will have forgot entirely ol’ bin Laden.

  5. sharon smith May 12, 2011 at 10:56 AM -

    Love your title! Getting rid of bin Laden has definitely given Obama a lot of leverage in the polls. When I take a broad look at all the stories on bin Laden’s death a lot of the info. out there is very conflicting. What I question is; why is this “mastermind” now 600 feet under water with all his secrets? His minions are still out there.

    • Harrison May 12, 2011 at 11:31 AM -

      I can understand why he is sleeping with the fishes but Saddam Hussein and his two sons who were shot were buried in their hometown. It could be Saudi Arabia didn’t want bin Laden’s body.

      • sharon smith May 12, 2011 at 2:54 PM -

        When Hussein was caught, the American public saw the visual evidence of that event. Hussein was also put on trial for his crimes against humanity and then executed. Bin Laden was executed and buried at sea, which raises many questions about the authenticity of the event.

        • Harrison May 12, 2011 at 3:15 PM -

          Those things are true. Hussein was turned over to the Iraqi government and they decided to try and hang him. I think if bin Laden could have been captured alive it would have been preferable.