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Obama and Staff Claim For Credit Everything

Good job, Obama. You got bin Laden.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

The most unseemly thing about the entire killing of bin Laden is the pathetic scrabbling about for credit that we’re seeing on behalf of both Obama and his staff.

From Obama’s statement last night:

I directed Leon Panetta… I was briefed… I met repeatedly… I determined… at my direction… I, as Commander-in-Chief,

As the Washington Post film critic, Stephen Hunter, writes:

Any joy one might feel in the intelligence of our analysts and the bravery of our door kickers was significantly diminished by Obama’s malignant narcissism. The first part of the announcement, evoking 9/11, was vulgarly overwritten as per Obama’s view of himself as some kind of gifted orator. The adjective bloated compote was unworthy of the subject, banal and self-indulgent.

Some of this bloviating has resulted in unintentional hilarity. Via Jake Tapper’s Political Punch we get this:

Sources tell ABC News that in March President Obama authorized the development of a plan for the U.S. to bomb Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound with two B2 stealth bombers dropping a few dozen 2,000-pound JDAMs (Joint Direct Attack Munitions) on the compound.

But when the president heard the compound would be reduced to rubble he chose not to pursue that option.

One has to ask exactly what Obama thought would happen if any structure was hit by “a few dozen 2,000-pound JDAMs”? In case the president has any doubts I’ve provided him with this “greatest hits” reel.

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