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    Obama’s Correspondents’ Dinner Speech – Even More Remarkable Knowing What Obama Knew At The Time

    Obama’s Correspondents’ Dinner Speech – Even More Remarkable Knowing What Obama Knew At The Time

    I was harshly critical of Obama’s Correspondents’ Dinner speech Saturday night, and I still am. 

    The speech was petty and unnecessarily divisive, and the video played just before the speech — which at best bordered on mocking traditional patriotism — was no better.

    But in hindsight, the speech was even more remarkable because as Obama took the podium to lash out not only at Donald Trump, but at numerous Republicans figures, the operation to kill Osama bin Laden either was in progress or was imminent.

    The speech could have set the stage to bring people together, because regardless of the outcome of the military operation, national unity would be important.  If the operation failed, we needed to come together and value the attempt.  If it succeeded, as it did, it could be a moment to lessen the harsh linguistic attacks on each other, to change the tone.

    Instead, the Correspondents’ Dinner speech set a tone we saw played out all last night into today on Twitter and elsewhere, with mocking derision directed towards George W. Bush and Republicans in general, as if the hunt for bin Laden really only started on January 20, 2009.  (We now know that in fact a key piece of intelligence was gleaned approximately four years ago, likely from a detainee at Gitmo.)

    I congratulate Obama on giving the green light to the assault on bin Laden’s compound, it showed a maturity of thought.  I wish I could say the same about the Correspondents’ Dinner speech.

    Update:  Jake Tapper reports that the operation was given the final go ahead on Friday, and was planned for Saturday night but was delayed a day due to weather.

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    fortunately, there are plenty of real patriotic bigots like you that exist in this patriotic god blessed land of america who make a living criticizing your own president for laughing at hypocrites! God Bless!!

    Please. This operation is purely to distract from all the bad news coming for Obama. From the Blago trial opening, to Drake v. Obama (w/ tesimony about fraudulent use of Connecticut SSN), to stories about Obama Sr. being kicked out of the US, and how his "marraige" was to Dunham was likely a marraige of convenience, to Corsi's new book, to the OBVIOUSLY fake LFBC he just "released".

    For now, I'm perfectly willing to take my hat off to the President for giving the order.

    I will say, however, that for me this is a case of "one of these things is not like the others". President Obama's snarky speech on Saturday was in character, like his attack on Paul Ryan (when Ryan was sitting right there and couldn't respond) or the Supreme Court Justices (who were sitting right there and couldn't respond).

    Ordering a lightning raid that invaded a sovereign country for a targeted assassination — now that was OUT of character. Remember, until recently President Obama was all for public civilian trials of terrorist mass murderers.

    How do I explain the contradiction? I don't; I don't have enough data.

    Maybe someday we'll learn something that sheds more light on the subject. In the meantime, I'm happy to give credit to the President. He didn't set the events in motion, and in fact he viciously attacked the procedures that made this possible. But when the magic moment came, he was the one who had to make the decision… and he made the right choice, without dithering. Way to go, sir.

    (Will he show similar strength of character on other issues? One can hope!)

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