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From:madlori
Date:May 2nd, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)

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I thought his use of the word "I" was restrained and appropriate. He started out with a great deal of "we" statements, meaning the military/intelligence/governmental "we." But I think it is IMPORTANT for him to make clear that he authorized this personally and he takes responsibility. He cannot stand up there and act like the military did this all by themselves without direction from the commander in chief. Republicans have crowed about how the USA needs a strong president with military leadership and yadda yadda and the buck stops here. He made the call. He authorized the operation. He directed the agencies to make this happen. He NEEDS to say so. He SHOULD say so. It's not taking credit. It's accepting responsibility and demonstrating leadership. And he did so in a sober, fact-based fashion. Without, need I say it, a giant Mission Accomplished banner behind him.
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From:theferrett
Date:May 2nd, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)

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I don't know if you heard, but the speech took place on the eighth anniversary of "Mission Accomplished." Obama knows what that means.
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From:madlori
Date:May 2nd, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)

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Also the anniversary of the day Hitler's death was announced. Coincidental things are coincidental.
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From:bart_calendar
Date:May 2nd, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)

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They had the entire mission in place and ready to go since Thursday night. They put it off until Sunday night to get maximum weekday news coverage, didn't want to have to compete with wedding bullshit on Friday and knew that cancelling the White House Correspondent's dinner would have set up some red warning flags.

Obama actually gave the order Friday morning, which puts some of his jokes Saturday night into a whole new context.
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From:theferrett
Date:May 2nd, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)

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I know. It's kind of great. Even if he didn't have guaranteed success.
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From:bart_calendar
Date:May 2nd, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)

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The interesting thing is he knew about this in early March which is when the royal wedding invitations were being sent out. People made a bit of a fuss about him not being invited - though I now wonder if he didn't ask to not be invited because he knew he'd be planning the last minute details of a major military strike at the time.
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From:flirtaciousj
Date:May 5th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)

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My understanding is that the order was given on Friday, the operation was on for Saturday, but weather forced the postponement until Sunday.

I seriously doubt this mission was timed for news coverage. If the operation had gone toes-up (Desert One Redux), then that would have been timed maximally as well. If political motivations were driving this truck, then the order would never have been given, because this was a "bet your Presidency" moment. It would always have been easier to say "hey, we weren't sure, it's a populated area in another country ... " and not go. But Obama didn't do that. That takes big brass ones, and the fact that the operation came off doesn't mean we should think for a moment that the outcome was inevitable, or even overwhelmingly likely.
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From:ravenblack
Date:May 2nd, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)

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That seems rather a missed opportunity.

He should have done this with a banner that said "ACTUAL MISSION ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED".
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From:dornbeast
Date:May 2nd, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)

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My first reaction upon reading that was wondering if there was a LOLObama website somewhere.
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From:kilbia
Date:May 2nd, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)

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If you haven't found it yet: lolobama.livejournal.com/profile
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From:kibbles
Date:May 2nd, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)

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If it turned into a Jimmy Carter Iran moment...it would have all been resting on HIS shoulders, of course. So yeah, "I" is important.
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From:theferrett
Date:May 2nd, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)

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Exactly.
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