Weekend Edition: A Future President Finds Himself in New Bio
In the years since he took office, there has been no shortage of coverage of Barack Obama’s presidency and politics. But for journalist David Maraniss, it is the president’s personal history that remains intriguing. Barack Obama: The Story chronicles the president’s “classic search for ‘home.”
While some members of the president’s own party might be offended by Obama’s actions, the great majority of Americans seem blithely unconcerned. The stories will, in fact, neutralize Republican attack lines and bolster the president’s already strong public ratings on national security. In a country that still maintains ill will toward Iran for the hostage crisis 30-plus years ago and fears the potential machinations of jihadi terrorists, Obama’s actions are political winners.
I’m very concerned about Obama’s kill list, but that doesn’t make this any less true. That said, there’s no reason to believe that these are overtly political moves.
Throughout the 2008 campaign, then-Senator Obama was a loud, uncompromising advocate of ramping up cross-border drone attacks against al Qaeda in Pakistan. His August 2008 acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention didn’t feature a passionate call to close the Guantánamo Bay prison or wind down the war on terror. Rather, Obama said this: “I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights. You know, John McCain likes to say that he’ll follow bin Laden to the gates of Hell — but he won’t even go to the cave where he lives.”
Just when it looked like there might be some hope for our federal government, the GOP goes and talks about keeping parts of Obamacare if it’s struck down by the Supreme Court.
House Republican leaders are quietly hatching a plan of attack as they await a historic Supreme…
MORE FACTS AT THE LINK about the group’s attempt to do to Barack Obama what the Swift Boat Veterans did to Kerry’s 2004 campaign.
In four days, the first ad by Veterans For A Strong America garnered almost 1 million view on Youtube. [YouTube, 5/1/12]
Veterans for A Strong American is fully endorsed by Karl Rove. The man known as “Bush’s Brain” tweeted his support of their first web ad. [Twitter,5/3/12]
The group’s founder — posing as a “journalist” — organized and participated in a taxpayer subsidized propaganda trip to Iraq in 2008. [Charleston Gazette, 8/28/08]