I have to admit that speech last night was impressive as hell. It was 100% pro-American and I didn't notice Obama so much as flinching in discomfort even once as he proudly announced the death of a monster responsible for thousands of deaths by
There was none of the usual bipartisan derision or snarky comments about those who don't agree with him on everything, and he hardly made it all about himself at all. He certainly didn't downplay his role in this historic event, but when it was over he turned and walked away, leaving the American public to their exuberant celebrations and ongoing love affair with our military and everything they do for us.
I couldn't help but wondering where he got his new speechwriters (borrowed from Chimpy McBushitler?) or if he'd been replaced by an Invasion of the Body Snatchers-style pod Obama. Seriously, it was like listening to President Bush cowboying up in the face of a cruel, vicious enemy. In other words, it was like 2001 all over again, only without the horrifying images.
Speaking of Bush, I really need to listen to the speech again and much more carefully, to see if Obama gave the Kamikaze Cowboy credit for having the guts to launch the war on terror after the attacks of 9/11, especially after the criticism Bush was subjected to when he made his emotional statement about hunting Bin Laden ("I don't care. Dead or alive. Either way, it doesn't matter to me.") Because when you get right down to it, we didn't care either. Well, yes we did. We preferred dead and it took nearly a decade, but we got it. Right between the eyes, up close and personal. I take great pleasure in knowing that the murdering bastard spent his last few moments knowing an American serviceman was about to put a bullet in him. Cowboy up if you have a problem with that. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Bin Laden didn't get anything better or worse than what he deserved.
Biggest props of all go to the Navy Seals who selflessly and gladly put their lives on the line for this operation while the rest of us (especially our entitled, coddled politicians) were safe in our bubble at home. Best of all there were no American casualties in the take down operation. Score one for the good guys.
I also really hope this can give some comfort to the friends and loved ones of those who were needlessly slaughtered on 9/11 at the hands of Bin Laden and his fellow nutjobs.
Of course Tinseltown has to get into the act. It hasn't even been 24 hours, but is Hollywood suddenly jumping on the pro-America bandwagon? Via Big Hollywood: Hunt for Bin Laden projects could be fast-tracked and Hollywood Reporter: Upcoming book on Navy Seals suddenly hot (bidding war for screen rights commences in 5...4...3...).
Lastly, because it's not just a major news story without this guy anymore, You Know Who responds to the death of Bin Laden: