Monday, May 2, 2011

‘JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE’
A Post-Osama America: What Bin Laden’s Death Means For Obama, Our Country

Crowd Celebrates Outside White House.. LATEST UPDATAl Qaeda Leader Killed In Pakistan.. WATCH: The President’s Speech.. Politicians React.. Twitter Responds.. Massive Outpouring At Ground Zero..  

Osama Bin Laden Dead: Inside The Raid That Killed Him

Osama Bin Laden Dead: President Obama’s Announcement Prompts Outpouring Of Reaction (PHOTOS)

Republicans laud Osama bin Laden’s demise  

President’s Vow Fulfilled

Full text of President Obama’s announcement  

QUOTES OF THE DAY (Then and Now)

“We will kill bin Laden; we will crush Al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority.” – Senator and Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on October 7, 2008.

“Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children…We must also reaffirm the U.S. is not and will never be at war with Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims. … His demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.” – President Barack Obama on May 1, 2011 while announcing the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

COMMENTARY

I don’t expect anyone reading this to believe me; I know I wouldn’t. But, as God is my witness, while reading the LA Times yesterday (Sunday) morning, from out of nowhere, this thought popped into my mind: Whatever happened to Osama Bin Laden? I went so far as to write down those words on the legal pad I use for notes for items to include in The Flyer. However, even with having thought about him earlier in the day, when the news that President Obama would be addressing the nation crawled across the bottom of the screen while I was watching NBC’s Dateline last night, I didn’t think for a moment that he’d be talking about Osama Bin Laden. Like most people, I thought it might have something to do with the situation in Libya. Other than that, I couldn’t imagine what would necessitate President Obama making a national address late on a Sunday evening (in the East).

The events of yesterday, along with the trip President Obama made to Alabama on Friday to personally see the aftermath of last week’s deadly storms, crystallize why the release of his long-form birth certificate last Wednesday, should have been a non-story and why Mr. Obama was so irritated – and rightly so – about the whole situation. Here he is dealing with everything the President of the United States faces on a daily basis, plus sensitive situations like this that the public has no idea of and he has to take the time to deal with something that, to most people with the sense of a neutered Cocker Spaniel, had already been settled. This is why whenever his opponents, particularly those who are either running for or may run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, pontificate on what “I would do…”, I dismiss them for the reason that they don’t know what President Obama knows. They don’t see the intelligence reports or sit through the briefings he does before making what he believes is the correct decision.

Looking back at the events of last week, starting with the birth-certificate on Wednesday through Saturday’s appearance at the White House Correspondent’s dinner, the revelations that the operation to take out Bin Laden was in its final planning stages, the calm, collected demeanor of President Barack Obama never cracked. He never gave even the slightest hint that the hunt for the world’s most wanted person was about to come to a successful conclusion.

Unlike others, I’m not going to tell you that President Obama ensured his reelection with last night’s announcement. There is still a long time until Election Day on November 6, 2012 and as we saw last night, anything can and may happen between now and then. I remember President George H. W. Bush riding high in the polls in early 1991 after the success of the first Gulf War, only to lose to Bill Clinton in November 1992. The fact is that the events of yesterday, while of the utmost importance to the war on terrorism and hopefully, the situation in both Afghanistan and Iraq, will most likely have little if any effect on the president’s reelection hopes. In a few days, as soon as the afterglow and warm feelings wear off, his opponents will be right back attacking him and his policies.

But I’ll say this much: what happened last night should make tonight’s White House dinner with bipartisan congressional leadership and key committee leaders that much more interesting. I can’t imagine that both Democrats and Republicans won’t give President Obama a much deserved standing ovation when he enters the room.

ON A MUCH LIGHTER NOTE

White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2011: What Michelle Obama Wore

Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Friend, First Lady, Role Model

 Donald Trump pushes back at prez jokes

“I don’t care what the half-n***** showed the other day, I don’t care what he and that little punk-ass Seth Myers said about me Saturday night, you just wait until I show you what my f***ing private investigators dug up in Hawaii and at the Ivy League schools ‘Barry’ supposedly went to. You’re going to shocked. Shocked I say! Now, excuse while I go have sex with my future ex-wife, what’s her name.”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Ever wonder what this president could accomplish if he didn’t have to spend so much of his time cleaning up George W. Bush’s messes?

For someone who likes to pick public fights with people and call our president everything but a child of God, Donald “Yes It’s My Hair Because I Paid For It” *****, sure has a low threshold for being able to take what he’s been so freely dishing out the last few weeks. I know some people have said that by acknowledging him at Saturday night’s White House Correspondent Dinner, President Obama “elevated” ***** to equal footing, I believe that the president has learned a very valuable lesson over the past month or so: it’s best to nip some things in the bud early rather than trying to ignore them and trusting the American public, especially the ignorant who walk among us, to do the same.

Seriously, can’t someone, anyone – it could be the person who washes his car for all I care – close to David Arquette, get him to just shut the hell up Coming to terms with myself’ and stop sharing all his thoughts with the world? Geez Louise.  

Yesterday’s game against the Celtics -38 points – showed why I still consider Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr the true leader of the Miami Heat.

There’s still a LOT of Inglewood in Paul Pierce.

It’s time to take the Memphis Grizzlies seriously.

FINALLY

A somber President Barack Obama walks away after announcing the killing of Osama Bin Laden by US and Pakastani forces on Sunday.

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