Much is being written all over the Internet today about President Obama’s speech last night, what these events portend, who should take credit for bin Laden’s death, and whether credit should be apportioned for political gain. I am re-printing here what I wrote in a Note to my friends on Facebook this morning, entitled “President Obama: Getting The Job Done:”
I am reading with great interest some of the comments here and elsewhere in reaction to yesterday’s news from the President that Osama Bin Laden has been neutralized.
While I agree with the concerns that we not “rest on our laurels,” so to speak, simply because Bin Laden was taken out, I don’t think any reasonable person can deny that President Obama has achieved an extraordinary outcome benefiting our Nation. He, and those around him, have done what the Bush Administration merely paid lip service to in order to advance their own distorted view of world order.
President Obama demonstrated to me the qualities of a true Commander-in-Chief — contemplative and cautious when he was presented with information about Bin Laden’s whereabouts; yet, determined and decisive, when it came down to striking out.
In everyday speak, folks, that’s called “Gettin’ ‘er done.” He deserves our praise, thanks, and respect. Can you imagine what the press, the people, the Republicans would be saying had this mission gone the way of President Carter‘s failed attempt to rescue the Iranian hostages. Remember that?
President Obama is not the kind of President who would, now, shrug his shoulders and say, “Guess that’s over and done with…We can all rest easy…Mission accomplished.” Whatever doubts I may have from time to time about our President, who does not make me happy all of the time, my faith in him was strengthened immeasurably last night.
Beyond this Note, all I have to say, as a citizen of the United States, is thank you, Mr. President. You make me proud of our Nation!
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