No class: Obama snubs Bush, praises him­self

The Washington Times Weekly - - Editorials -

It can be awk­ward when a dove tries to pass him­self off as a war hero. From the tone of Pres­i­dent Obama’s speech on May 1, it’d be easy to con­clude he was the one who came up with the idea that Amer­ica should hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden. He also made it sound like he was the one who for­mu­lated the take­down plan. We can look for­ward in com- ing days to de­tails of the ac­tual op­er­a­tion, em­pha­siz­ing Mr. Obama’s in­ti­mate in­volve­ment.

“Shortly af­ter tak­ing of­fice,” the pres­i­dent said, “I di­rected Leon Panetta, the di­rec­tor of the CIA, to make the cap­ture or death of Osama bin Laden the high­est pri­or­ity of the war on ter­ror.” Of course, this had been a high pri­or­ity since shortly af­ter Sept. 11, 2001. “I want jus- tice,” Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush said on Septem­ber 17. “And there’s an old poster out West . . . I re­call, that said, ‘Wanted, Dead or Alive.’ ”

The only men­tion of Mr. Bush came when Mr. Obama de­fended him­self by quip­ping that even his pre­de­ces­sor in­sisted Amer­ica isn’t at war with Is­lam. Left un­said was how Mr. Bush set­ting the ground­work for the con­duct of the war on terrorism pro­vided Mr. Obama with the tools to get this job done. The na­tional unity, sense of pur­pose and of­fen­sive pos­ture were largely the re­sult of Mr. Bush’s de­ci­sive ac­tion and strong lead­er­ship fol­low­ing na­tional tragedy. Had Mr. Obama been in Mr. Bush’s po­si­tion on Sept. 11, 2001, bin Laden would still be alive to­day, and prob­a­bly win­ning.

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