A Year after SEAL Team Six took its heart-stopping tour of the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad and took out the world’s most evil man, we’re talking about who deserves the credit.
That didn’t really seem to be a subject of controversy a week ago, but it has become one now — and oddly, that’s due to the man who actually got the credit.
President Obama got it, and he should have gotten it. He made the call, he gets the credit and anyone who says he shouldn’t is blinded by unreasoning hatred.
Or maybe is annoyed by just how much President Obama is demanding that everybody give him the credit.
It’s getting to be like Jerry Lewis at the end of the telethon, begging with tears in his eyes for America’s love.
Apparently, the president and his team feel that the universal celebration of his leadership on the matter last year was insufficient. They want more. Now.
It’s understandable. Obama is running for re-election, and politicians running for re-election will use any advantage they can to win. This was the most popular decision of his life, and hitting people over the head with it on the occasion of an anniversary of something positive for them is just what politicians do.
But note this distinction: We’re talking here about Obama the politician, not Obama the president. Shnorring for credit is an understandable act for a politician. It’s a little discomfiting for a president.