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On "I Question the Timing" | Main | 7 Minutes Vs. 16 Hours: How The Media Reports Delay
May 03, 2011

Howard Fineman: Obama Watched A TV Show So He's Pretty Awesome

"By calmly and meticulously overseeing the successful targeting of Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama just proved himself -- vividly, in almost Biblical terms -- to be an effective commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States."

"Calmy and meticulously overseeing" seems to be a resume-padding way of saying "He watched the SEAL team act on closed circuit video."

Like, "I facilitated urgent inter-organizational communications" (i.e., I routed calls to my boss).

Yes, he was Commander in Chief. He ordered the strike -- or acquiesced to it, when Leon Panetta really urged it.

But does anyone, apart from Howard Fineman, believe he was making tactical decisions? That's what his "meticulously overseeing" is meant to stupidly, and dishonestly, imply-- he crafts words which are deliberately vague but can be read to mean quite a bit.

No, Obama wasn't "meticulously overseeing" this. He was authorizing others to act. Those others "meticulously oversaw" it and then reported back that everything was being "meticulously overseen."

Amazing.

But of course they're going to do this -- bear in mind, this is a media which has praised Obama for accomplishing nothing at all. The media even swooned over drawings he drew as a seven year old!

They might as well have gone the full proud-parent route and babbled praise at him for making a nice poopie.

So, of course, when he finally achieves (as in, was a part of) something important -- well, all that previous, ahem, restraint they demonstrated goes out the window.

Question: Is the media saying it was possible that Obama might have made the decision to not authorize the raid?

That's how a decision becomes critical -- only if there was the possibility of choosing the other way. If there's no other possible decision, there's no real decision.

So -- is the media telling me that Obama is the sort of man who might have chosen not to take out Obama?

If so, please elaborate: And tell me why this should be a reason to vote for him rather than against him, which seems the more reasonable response.

Howard Fineman Is Truly An Idiot: I said it back in 2007, in a very funny piece in which I noted his tendency to drool on down to his pants when the name "Barack Obama" was mentioned.

Good to see his trousers are still wet.

Question for a Debate: "Mr. President, I'm going to read you the names of several people who were president, or who might have been president, had history worked out differently.

Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush the Elder, Bill Clinton, George Bush the Younger, John McCain, Rudolf Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, and Sarah Palin.

Now, Mr. President, I'd like you to tell me which of those people, if any, would not have made the decision you did to take out Osama bin Ladin."



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