Last week the press outdid itself with lavish language. After the death of Osama Bin Laden, the media poured on the praise of Obama almost to the point of nausea.
First, Howard Fineman said, “By calmly and meticulously overseeing the successful targeting of Osama Bin Laden, President Barack Obama just proved himself – vividly, in almost Biblical terms – to be an effective commander in chief of the armed forces of the U.S.”
I’m not sure how much overseeing Obama did to begin with since he could hardly make his mind up about it, but in almost Biblical terms? Did he part the seas or rise from the dead? Fineman, get a room.
Other media outlets commended the president on his “courageous restraint.” Try to process that one. Last I heard (and it changes almost hourly), the raid was done by Navy SEALS under the direction of the CIA and the Defense Department. Obama seemed to have wandered in from the golf course almost accidentally if you look at that now famous photo. He doesn’t even seem engaged.
Sycophants and, disturbingly even conservative pundits, applauded Obama’s “gutsy call” in ordering Bin Laden’s death. How hard is it, though, to sit half a world away and OK other guys to go in and get the most hated man in America? Is it something that John McCain, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin or Rudy Giuliani would have hesitated about? And how opportunistic is it to put a redirect on Google to send the questioner to Obama’s reelection campaign site whenever “gutsy call” was typed in?
The big phrase of the week, however, was “spike the football.” All that has been going on is spike the football despite Obama’s objections. The trip to Ground Zero, the trip to the Navy SEALS, the appearance on “60 Minutes;” you couldn’t get away from praise of Obama whenever you turned on the TV. Had the administration not spiked the football, but waited to check out the intel they found, maybe we could have snared a few more Al Qaeda leaders before the blabbing began.
It was a dream come true for the obsequious media and they certainly used it to the max.