As most Americans today, I am thrilled that we have finally taken Bin Laden out of the picture. I am so proud of our troops, and the great work they do every day. The last thing I want to do is take any focus away from that fact.
However, I must comment on Obama’s statement. First of all, he was more than happy to take credit for this development, despite being against the war on terror from Day One. He also previously spoke out against our interrogation methods, the same methods that gave us the intelligence needed to find Bin Laden. The entire statement last night was all about Obama. And of course, he had to throw in the “this is not about Islam” statement….although it is very much about Islam. But I digress…
My 2nd observation is one that some people may not have even noticed, but I think it speaks volumes about the difference between President Obama and President Bush, when it comes to our troops. In his statement, Obama said the following:
These efforts weigh on me every time I, as commander in chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded.
This is what separates the two. Obama signs letters to the families of our fallen soldiers. President Bush actually wrote these letters himself….over 4,000 of them during his presidency. They were personal thoughts and genuine emotions from President Bush, not merely some form letter that he signed. He also met privately with hundreds of families of troops killed in action, and with wounded vets. This says everything. President Bush had such respect for our troops, and even after leaving office, he still supports them, helping with causes such as Wounded Warriors and Folds of Honor. President Obama does not have the same respect for our troops, and it shows.
That being said, much thanks to our awesome military! We love and support you!