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RUSH: A lot of people are upset that Obama is running around… What’s the word? I’m having a mental block on this. Well, not politicizing it. Oh, he’s “spiking the football.” He’s spiking the football over the death of Osama Bin Laden and he said he wouldn’t do that. He said he wouldn’t do it. He’s out there doing it, and he’s also saying that Romney would not have pulled the trigger. Folks, let me find something here. Here we go. Have you ever heard the name Admiral William McRaven? Does that name ring a bell? Let me read to you a story here from the Washington Post. Ahem. The Washington Post. A guy named Craig Whitlock. This is May 4th, 2011, a year ago.

“As US helicopters secretly entered Pakistani airspace Sunday, the Joint Operations Center at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan was under the control of a square-jawed admiral from Texas who had labored for years to find Osama bin LadenÂ’s elusive trail. Vice Adm. William H. McRaven, one of the most experienced terrorist hunters in the US government, had tapped a special unit of Navy SEALs for the mission two months earlier. A former SEAL himself, McRaven had overseen weeks of intensive training for a covert operation that could cripple al-Qaeda if it worked, or strain an already troubled alliance with Pakistan if it went awry. The search for bin Laden was led by the CIA, which painstakingly pieced together scraps of intelligence that eventually pointed to a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.”

You know I’ve always liked saying “Abbottabad.” It just rolls after the tongue. Abbottabad! It’s one of those words you like saying. “But when President Obama gave the authorization to invade the site, CIA Director Leon Panetta delegated the raid to McRaven, who had been preparing for such a moment for most of his career.” Uh, I wish I could cite my source for you. I can’t. I’m sworn to secrecy. But I’m just gonna tell you: They had to go call the president off the golf course and get him into that Situation Room an hour and a half before the attack so he was there for the photo-op. And if you’ll notice, if you’ve seen the picture of Obama looking with the deer-in-the-headlight eyes at the monitor supposedly of the op taking place, you see a golf shirt under that jacket that they put on him.

Now, it’s perfectly understandable. When this kind of stuff happens, any president would take credit for it. “I’m the big guy. I pulled the trigger. I gave the order,” and probably so. But these people go further. They want you to believe that Obama planned the op, that Obama gave the shoot order, that Obama may as well have had a remote control on the trigger. No, he didn’t. But that’s what they want you to believe. I’m positive there was no remote control on the SEAL triggers. Obama could not push a button and have the SEALs’ guns fire. They want us to believe pretty much the opposite. Grab sound bites four and five. This on Meet the Press yesterday. David Gregory talking to former spokesman Robert Gibbs. He said, “You’ve seen Senator McCain saying that this is over the line here, Obama spiking the football, celebrating, talking about how great he was for getting Osama.”

GIBBS: Certainly it’s not over the line. Barack Obama, as our commander-in-chief, asked our intelligence community to find him. He was brought actionable intelligence —

RUSH: Hold it! Just a second. See, this is what I mean. He “asked the intelligence community to find him.” So the intelligence community was sitting around doing what? Playing tiddlywinks? Trying to find out when the next Secret Service trip to Colombia was? The intel guys were sitting around minding their own business, not doing their jobs, and Obama… What did Gibbs say? Obama “asked our intelligence community to find him.” Do you realize nobody did that? Bush hadn’t even done that. Do you realize nobody had “asked the intelligence community to find” Bin Laden! But Obama figured out that’s what would have to happen if we were gonna get him. But only Obama knew that we were gonna have to find Bin Laden. So he told ’em to do it. Here’s the rest of what Gibbs said…

GIBBS: He directed, uh, the brave men and women in our military to go in, uh, and kill Osama Bin Laden, which is exactly what they did under extraordinary circumstances. Uh, and Osama Bin Laden no longer walks on this planet today because, uh, of that brave decision and the brave actions by the men and women in our military. Uh, and quite, frankly, Mitt Romney, uh, said it was a foolish thing to do, uh, a few years ago. And, look, there’s a difference in the roles they had play as commander-in-chief, and I certainly think that’s fair game.

RUSH: Right. And of course Romney would also tell Medvedev: “Look, dude, sit tight, wait ’til I’m reelected, and then I’ll have the flexibility to get rid of our nukes. You tell Vlad to sit tight and hang on. Go to Georgia, whatever. I’ll handle this once we get into December.” Romney woulda done that, too, right? So Obama told the intel people, “You find Bin Laden!” Nobody else had told ’em that. It was a brave decision to finally issue the “go” order from the golf course. Right. Uh-huh.


RUSH: Romney wasn’t even talking about Bin Laden. In 2007, Romney was addressing Obama’s claim that the war in Iraq was just a distraction. He wasn’t talking about the effort to go get Bin Laden. And now Gibbs and Obama are trying to say that Romney was saying that getting Bin Laden was a distraction. He wasn’t. He wasn’t talking about Obama’s claim that Iraq was. That’s how these people are lying and running the campaign these days.


RUSH: I need to clarify something here. Romney was talking about Bin Laden insofar as Obama was claiming that Iraq was a distraction and that all we really needed to do was kill Bin Laden and the war on terror would be over. The Democrats are running around saying that. When Bush did not get Bin Laden, the Democrats were defining that as the sole means of win or lose the war on terror. So they said we’re losing the war on terror because Bush hasn’t got Bin Laden. If we’d just kill Bin Laden, the war on terror would be over. Romney was saying, sure, it would be great, but that’s not the end-all and be-all just to kill Bin Laden, that we would still have to fight the war on terror.

Now, what the Obama people have done is turn that around into saying that Romney would not have cared about getting Bin Laden, and that’s not what Romney was saying at all. But that’s not all. I hold in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers a story from TheHill.com. The headline: “One Year Later, Obama Campaign Looks for Lasting Bin Laden Bounce.” And the reporters here at The Hill, you read the story and they’re just dismayed at the injustice of all this, that Obama hasn’t gotten a big bounce from killing Osama. They didn’t have a bounce, didn’t have a lasting bounce, they don’t have a bounce now, so they’re trying to actually create the first bounce by celebrating the anniversary. That’s why I asked if today or tomorrow would be a national holiday last week that nobody had told me about.

I’m not gonna bother reading the whole story to you, but it’s funny. It’s typical of a State-Controlled Media outlet who is dismayed they had not been able to create the bounce for Obama. Here we are just a year after the killing of Osama Bin Laden, which The Hill here describes, quote, “undoubtedly a crowning achievement in President Obama’s tenure at the White House.” Man, if that’s all they got to crow about, then I’m telling you they’ve got nothing. And that’s all they’ve got to crow about and they’re trying to dredge that up. And they’re dismayed here because Obama’s not getting any bounce in the polls. Because the American public doesn’t realize what a brave and courageous thing it was that Obama did. And the American people are too darned fickle, and they just don’t have the level of appreciation that TheHill.com thinks they should have.

But I find it a bit ironic, ladies and gentlemen, for this to be Barack Obama’s primary accomplishment as president since he ran as an anti-war candidate. Gonna get us outta Club Gitmo. Gonna get us out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and now the big claim, after seven years of bashing the war on terror and calling all of it a waste of money, what’s the only thing that Obama can hang his hat on, and that’s getting Osama. And that was already Bush’s policy. I don’t care what Gibbs said. That sound bite is still hilarious. Obama told the intel people to go find Osama. Yeah, a very courageous thing he did. I don’t want to hear the whole thing, just a couple sentences. You gotta hear this again.

GIBBS: Certainly it’s not over the line. Barack Obama, as our commander-in-chief, asked our intelligence community to find him. He was brought actionable intelligence. He directed, uh, the brave men and women in our military to go in, uh, and kill Osama Bin Laden —

RUSH: Stop the tape. It has never been policy. Bush hadn’t done that. See, it was Obama who told the intel people, (imitating Obama) “Uh, I want you, uh, I want you to go find Osama.” In fact, if I have this right — I know I had this right — they had Osama ready to go for like two-and-a-half or three weeks. They couldn’t convince Obama to go and somebody had to tell him they were gonna lose their window if they didn’t move now. It was Obama who was reluctant to go. They had to push him to this. They knew what block he was in in Abbottabad. Abbottabad. Not Obbottabad. It was Abbottabad. Any number of ways you can say it, but it’s not Obbottabad. It’s Abbottabad or Abbottabad or Abbottababbitabod. Or one of those. Look, folks, I’m telling you, they had to drag him to this. They had this operation to go for two or three weeks and maybe a couple of months. So they’re terribly upset.

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