Bin Laden as Political Playing Card

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Today marks the anniversary of the Navy Seal mission in Abbottabad, Pakistan that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Catching Bin Laden was the government's foremost security goal since September 11. How much leverage did his death actually give Obama for the upcoming election? And how is Mitt Romney going to fight back?

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains Bin Laden's place in the election rhetoric.

Produced by:

John Light


Todd Zwillich

Comments [3]

Angel from Miami, FL

I think the president can use the killing of Bin Laden as much as he can use the saving of the nation's auto industry. He can also not use either or both in getting re-elected. These two things are at least positive ways of getting elected.

It's nothing like George W. Bush and other candidates who used Americans' fear of Bin Laden and terrorism as the reason to get elected. Instead of saying "we stopped the threat" now we're going to improve your lives, Bush and friends said "we're the only ones keeping you safe from an inevitable apocalypse and we're going to use all available funds to do so".

Which way do you perceive hope?

May. 01 2012 12:00 PM

I hope that On the Media will cover this story. The meta-story, that is. The story about how the Obama White House has organized a virtual campaign of celebration surrounding the anniversary of the U.S. assassination of bin Laden.

Elements of the Official Celebration:

~The White House Situation Room interview with Brian Williams.
~The Time magazine cover story.
~The Bill Clinton campaign commercial.
~Various other ObamaBiden '12 campaign events.

What am I missing? I know that there must be more to it. Its a big effort. A real, true media campaign, as though Obama were rolling out the dead Osama as a new soft drink.

May. 01 2012 10:51 AM

"Is this a real controversy" is a question that can be played on a loop while covering the Obama campaign talking points which desperately try to distract and dissemble.

Does President Nixon get the credit for six moon landings on his watch or JFK who called for it years earlier?
Did Nixon oppose NASA during the 1960's like Obama opposed the Bush/Cheney military, intelligence and legal tactics that led to the location of OBL? Did Obama attempt to prosecute CIA officers who led the interrogations of terrorist leaders who gleaned the information that Obama now takes credit for in an election year?

Had the OBL mission failed the President would do what he has done with his other failures and deflect blame onto to others with a credulous media playing along and doing their best to distant him from the mess.

OBL and other foreign enemies of this nation have tried to topple us and failed miserably. Only Americans can do what they tried.

"“From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia...could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.” ~ Lincoln

$16 trillion in debt anyone?

May. 01 2012 10:16 AM

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