In an earlier post, Sheya noted the predictable do*chebaggery from Team Obama at the
Pervertico Politico. This kind of calumny in the coverage of last night’s speech by Governor Palin wasn’t limited to Politico, however. The Obama chorus at CNN also jumped on the bandwagon, deliberately misquoting Governor Palin in order to perpetuate a lie. The following headline apears at the ABC affiliate in Baltimore, ABC 2, although the story is sourced to CNN:
Sarah Palin neglects to mention Obama on death of bin Laden
Underneath that phony headline, CNN provides the following "quote" from Governor Palin as evidence to back up their claim:
"God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who carried out a successful mission to bring Osama bin Laden to justice," Palin said. "We thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory."
One big problem for the deep thinkers at CNN, though: that’s not what she said. Let’s go to the video tape, shall we. The relevant quote begins at about the 11:30 mark.
Well that’s strange. It sure sounded to me like she said this (emphasis added):
"Yesterday was a testament to the military’s dedication in relentlessly hunting down an enemy through many years of war, and we thank our President. We thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory".
Now why do you suppose CNN would leave that out of their quote? Doesn’t that little tidbit destroy the entire narrative they were trying to promulgate with their headline? Or am I wrong and CNN thought "our President" and former President Bush are the same person and therefore that part of the quote was redundant and needn’t be included. If this is indeed the case one can only conclude CNN is unaware that Obama is currently the President, no? In any event, this false quote has been reported as fact in other media outlets; see here and here for just two examples. Sheya has further examples here. Since most are using the same misquote, it’s not unreasonable to conclude they came from the same place: CNN.
On another, albeit related note, I personally think the Governor may be giving Obama a bit too much credit. Here’s a guy who fought against "Bush’s War on Terror" the entire time he was in the Senate, and was particularly critical of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques. Now, when we find out that the intelligence gathered from those techniques is what ultimately led to Sunday’s killing of bin Laden, suddenly the media would have us believe that Obama’s been on board all along?
Indeed after hearing his statement Sunday night, one was left with the impression that he planned the whole mission and was directing it from the White House with a throat mic, authoritatively whispering instructions into the earpieces of individual members of Seal Team Six as they stealthily made their way across the compound, and that they wouldn’t have succeeded if not for his expert tactical direction. This vast military expertise, presumably, was acquired during his community organizing days in Chicago.
Sorry, media, but I’m not buying it. Sunday’s successful operation was the result of literally millions of man hours carried out by thousands of dedicated public servants, both military and civilian, over the better part of a decade, and Obama was just along for the ride. I’m not naive enough to believe that Obama won’t receive a short-term bump in the polls from this, but that’s all it will be.
At the end of the day, we’re still facing rampant inflation, particularly in the food and energy sectors, the national debt is still skyrocketing toward 100% of GDP and beyond, and Obama has no clue as to what to do to remedy the situation. Indeed his policies are responsible for it. I’m guessing that voters will be far more likely to remember Obama’s ruminations about windmills and solar shingles than whatever minor role he had in bin Laden’s death as those $100 trips to the gas station become the norm in the Age of Obama.
Update: (h/t Sheya) It turns out the media narrative that Obama stepped out of character and suddenly became a decisive leader with regard to the raid in Pakistan is wrong. Shocking that. As it turns out, he resorted to his usual dithering when it came time to make the decision, via Daily Mail:
Barack Obama kept military commanders hanging by declaring he would ‘sleep on it’ before taking 16 hours to give the go-ahead to raid Bin Laden’s compound.
Hit squads of specialist Navy Seals – who were not even told who they were preparing to capture – had practised the mission at two reconstructions of the terror chiefs sprawling compound.
The mission looked set to be given the all clear last Thursday when analysts confirmed beyond doubt that Bin Laden was in busy town of Abbottabad in northern Pakistan.
But the president stunned officials when he told a national security meeting that he wanted more time to think – and disappeared out of the room.
‘I’m not going to tell you what my decision is now – I’m going to go back and think about it some more,’ said Obama, according to the New York Times. He then added ‘I’m going to make a decision soon.’
The head of the CIA and other senior intelligence officers who were keen to proceed were left tense as they waited for the president’s decision.
Now this sounds like the Obama we all know.
Update II: (h/t Hal) Ace has more on Obama’s dithering:
George Bush was relentlessly mocked for waiting seven minutes (actually waiting for his security detail to ready the exit and for his vehicle to be readied) before leaving the school he was visiting. He calmly finished reading My Pet Goat for the kids before going to his now-ready helicopter.
On the other hand, after Obama was told (most likely for the fifteenth time) that the CIA was really, really, really quite confident that Osama bin Ladin was at that compound in Abbottabad, he decided he needed to sleep on it.
Sixteen hours later (hours during which Osama might have fled– bear in mind, his courier’s name had just been outed by WikiLeaks), he made up his mind.
So, after 16 hours of vacillation, during which the operation might have been rendered a failure by intervening invents, he fist-bumps a piece of furniture and finally makes up his mind.
This is something to brag about? This is, in Howard Fineman’s words, "almost Biblical"?
Seems like a very cautious, feckless, indecisive individual delaying and delaying on critical decisions and then attempting to sound heroic when he finally does what he’s being paid to do.
Update III: (h/t Mike) More on Obama’s great leadership skills here.
Update IV: The left-wing harpies on The View also repeated the false claim that Governor Palin didn’t mention Obama in her speech in Colorado, as The Right Scoop documents.