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Posted on 05/05/2011 5:18:44 AM PDT by Kaslin
I'm a nonpartisan pollster, but I'm also a columnist with a strong Republican background. So let me be clear right from the start: I believe President Barack Obama and his national security team performed admirably in the near-flawless effort to capture and kill Osama bin Laden.
It's disingenuous and just plain silly for anyone to say otherwise just because the president is a Democrat or because they disagree with his other policies. The snuffing out of the world's top terrorist demonstrated the power and determination of America and its leaders.
A poll we conducted just after the announcement of bin Laden's demise showed a modest upward bump in approval ratings for the president. I expect these numbers to keep inching up over the coming weeks.
But another name has been connected with the Navy SEALs raid in Pakistan, if perhaps in the background -- George W. Bush. He left office with not the best of popularity ratings. But according to the poll just mentioned, Bush, too, is greatly appreciated by the American people for the policies he put in place that led to bin Laden's abrupt end.
In our nationwide survey of 1,735 registered voters, 65 percent of Americans said that Bush's policies contributed to bin Laden's capture. Amazingly, 48 percent of Democrats felt the same. And among all age groups, a majority gave the ex-president his due for the manhunt that ended so successfully last weekend.
To me, it's both interesting and praiseworthy that Obama referenced George Bush in his national address after the killing of bin Laden. The president was also gracious enough to invite Bush to a celebration at Ground Zero. (Bush politely declined.)
The fact is that when momentous events happen, the old cliche about all of us first being Americans becomes true. For once, our partisan views take a back seat.
That doesn't mean Obama hasn't made huge mistakes -- including, in my mind, a stimulus package that only stimulated the nation's debt and the creation of reams more of bureaucratic red tape that have had the net effect of making life more difficult for most of us.
That aside, we now may well be witnessing the maturation of a president. Looking at the photographs in the situation room, as the president and his advisors watched the bin Laden mission in real time on video, one can't help but notice the similarities to John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Here was a president -- maligned by many -- making historic, and historically good, snap decisions.
During all this, somewhere in Texas was the man who endured nearly eight years of fighting against the savage, relentless al-Qaida. While Obama and his team finally breathed relief, George W. Bush likely was receiving word of bin Laden's capture and killing.
I believe that Bush contributed to the massive federal debt that now weighs down America. And sometimes his style of leadership seemed hard to understand.
As readers may recall, Bush got me pretty good when I wrote a column in praise of then-first lady Laura Bush just before Bush left office. A handwritten letter was sent to me. In it, Bush thanked me for complimenting his wife. But he also made it politely clear that, contrary to what I had suggested in the same column, he indeed did read newspaper columns. I mention this because I believe many people have done what I did in that column: underestimate Bush as president.
Who can forget the image of Bush standing atop the rubble of New York's Twin Towers after 9/11? He stood with a fireman, sleeves rolled up, and said in no uncertain terms that those who had perpetrated that evil on America would get what was coming to them.
In an important sense, I view Bush's pointed promise and Obama's resolute fulfillment of it as two bookends in American history. This week, I don't feel like a Republican, a Democrat or an independent. I feel like an American.
Will this capture and killing of bin Laden assure re-election for Obama? Both the polling numbers and my own gut tell me no. Our economy remains weak, and a vast majority of our poll respondents believe that we may yet be the victims of retaliation by our terrorist foes.
But for the moment, we must recognize that Bush and Obama finally got their man. Anyone -- Republican, conservative or anyone else -- who attempts to deny Obama his due credit is only spiking the celebratory champagne with sour grapes.
This week we're all Americans. And two presidents deserve their due.
Sorry. Can’t bring myself to praise Zero. Not gonna do it. I give full credit to our military and our intel and that’s as far as I’ll go.
I believe the man-child was forced into this action by Peon Patheta.
I believe that Bush contributed to the massive federal debt that now weighs down America.
Well, you're wrong. Bush's contribution amounts to pennies on the dollar compared to what the quisling Soetoro has done.
Now we know why this particular photo was released.
They are trying their best to help this president not look like a baffoon.........didn't work.
Thank you to Bush for sticking to his guns on GITMO and waterbording so we could obtain the intel we needed. Too bad the Paki's caused it to take so long.
“This week we’re all Americans.”
Two years ago we were instructed by the drooling class that we were all socialists. This sentiment under this administration is worthy of Peggy Noonan.
There is ample justification to be proud of and grateful towards our military and intelligence personnel. That is the truth, and that is sufficient. Don’t spoil it with social and political spam.
OUR MILITARY PERFORMED PERFECTLY... THE BEST IN THE WORLD BY A LONG SHOT. THEY WERE ABLE TO DO THIS INSPITE OF THE ABSOLUTE INCOMPETENCE AND ANTI AMERICAN AGENDA OF THE MARXIST REGIME NOW CONTROLLING AMERICA. FUBO AND ALL THAT ARE IN YOUR ADMINISTRATION. POLITICAL WH0RES ALL!
GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!
They are trying their best to help this president not look like a baffoon.........didn't work.
It looks photoshopped to me.
And it makes Obama look like Dukakis in the tank.
It looks odd, to say the least. BO looks to be a smaller man than usual!
I do not see the death of Ben Laden as a cornerstone for uniting the people at all!.... Bull Crap! Anyone who is united was already that long before this...via 9/11.
WASHINGTON - George W. Bush won’t be at Ground Zero with President Obama Thursday in part because he feels his team is getting short shrift in the decade-long manhunt for Osama Bin Laden.
“[Bush] viewed this as an Obama victory lap,” a highly-placed source told the Daily News Wednesday.
Now, here is “O” ...like the guy watching a drowning man struggling in a lake. When the man finally makes it to shore, “O” is there to help him step onto the bank.
What a guy, thanks tons for all your help, “O”!
“And it makes Obama look like Dukakis in the tank.”
Good point - but if anything it is worse than that PR stunt gone bad. Dukakis looked like what he was - a civilian nerd out of his element and trying to put a good face on it. Obama was actually -in- what is supposed to be his element, and was clearly the runt of the litter.
“WASHINGTON - George W. Bush wont be at Ground Zero with President Obama Thursday in part because he feels his team is getting short shrift in the decade-long manhunt for Osama Bin Laden.
[Bush] viewed this as an Obama victory lap, a highly-placed source told the Daily News Wednesday.”
All true. And Redstate pointed out that Bush probably declined because Zero has a habit of bashing people while they are in attendance and not able to respond-like Paul Ryan and Supreme Court members. Since there’s no guarantee he wouldn’t do the same thing here, Bush did the wise thing and declined.
I agree with you totally.
The only thing “O” did was to keep the h&ll out of the way and, he didn’t interfere with people who ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING.
He made NO OTHER input into the operation.
Bumping your great post!
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14 references to the man and NOT ONCE was the word PRESIDENT or even Former President used in this bs article. Then again, the enemedia rarely referred to him as President when he was, indeed the President.
I will remember this if we are ever fortunate enough to rid ourselves of this plague currently residing in the WH.
thanks, that should help a lot :)
[quickly becoming one of my favorite posters]
Yes, that was my thinking as well. ;*)
(my election night rant still stands)
Lets review just a few of the Democrat Party tactics: They spent the first four years calling President Bush “illegitimate”, grown men and women in Congress (and the MSM) told Americans everyday that this President STOLE an election, they deliberately fostered hate and fear, knowing it was a lie. Nancy spent the last four years saying nothing but failure, failure, failure. It got to the point where Ring Around The Collar was Bushs fault. She, Obama, and Harry Reid declared the Iraq war LOST, all to score political points and turn Iraq into another Vietnam that the Democrats could run against for another 30 years.
They stole our troops honor in death, and stole their victories. The entire Valerie Plame scandal was made up out of whole cloth by the Kerry campaign, in conjunction with David Corn. It planted the Bush lied meme that Democrats rode all the way through the 2006 elections. Then they pulled the Dan Rather bull with the fake TANG memos to try to nail George W. Bush. Ray Nagin refused to call a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, left 200 school buses unused, and made no contingency plans for getting people out of the Superdome or the Convention Center after Katrina. But Reid was right there to blame Bush.
No terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11. But all the Dems says is we are not safer and the media laps it up. Not to mention that after 9/11 ....SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON HOLDING UP A FRONT PAGE OF A NEWSPAPER, ON THE UNITED STATES SENATE FLOOR...SAYING BUSH KNEW! They started websites, made movies, wore T-shirts, ran protests with hanging effigies and Hitler photo shops constantly in order to destroy the President and the Vice President of the United States.
Now they have foisted an anti-American President on us...who sat in an anti-American racist church with his children for 20 years, and a man who has friends in the WeatherUnderground. This political party proved they will lie, fabricate documents, and try to lose a war in order to gain power.
There is nothing easier than telling the guy you just beat that he should forget the depths you plumbed to do so. We remember “Jesusland”. And if you have a few hours, scroll through Malkin’s “Bush Derangement Syndrome” archive. We remember everything - being called racist warmongers, & Christianist nutbags.
They spent the last eight years engaged in a disgusting orgy of divisive political hatred. When we asked them to unite for the country it was in the course of a shooting war with an enemy who would like to kill us all. They told us to stuff it.
This goes deep and hot and I will not yield on this one. Jonah Goldberg wrote on NRO that the Democrats have spent the last eight years blackmailing the country: give us power or we will destroy America. We’ll stab the troops in the back, leak classified intelligence, block George Bush at every turn, loudly protest and bring things to a halt, do our best to drive the economy into the ground and make this country a smoldering ruin until you let us win.
I will laugh at every stumble Hussein makes, applaud his mistakes and cheer his enemies. I want him to spend the next four years cowering in a corner while our economy crashes and burns and our enemies kick his bony arse. I want him to leave office a broken man. And I want every disloyal American who voted for him to share his pain. These rotten bastards poisoned the well for the last eight years, and I want them to choke on it now. *No* bipartisanship, *no *compromise, *no* surrender *
We must create doubt. Question his judgment. Support his opponents. Ridicule his errors. Mitigate his successes with suggestion of unintended consequences. Refuse to praise his work. Challenge his advocates when they advocate; don’t let them own the conversation. Speak to personal liberty; it’s fertile ground.
STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
by George W. Bush on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 11:55pm
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So you can take your nationwide survey of 1,735 registered voters and stick it. Read through the comments above. They are running about 100:1 saying PRESIDENT Bush and HIS policies led to the Osama kill...carried out by our intelligence community and most of all by our awesome military and Navy SEALS!
So do I, especially since it came out that the Seals made the decision by themselves to kill UBL
So, in short, what you are saying is ...
... and this?
I can’t help but think that if Obama hadn’t been suffering in the polls, he would have never authorized this operation that killed Osama. Just a gut feeling.
He may have had to ok the going into Pakistan but the dead or alive order on Bid Laden was never retracted once Bush put it in place so to me the CIA and the military already hd the go a head.
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