The Campaign Spot

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In 2008, Obama Hated ‘Invoking bin Laden to Make Political Points’


President Obama, shortly after announcing the killing of Osama bin Laden: “America doesn’t need to trot this stuff out as trophies . . . We don’t need to spike the football.”

Apparently he meant, “we don’t need to spike the football until 2012.”


It’s really good news that President Obama authorized the strike in Pakistan. In a culture such as ours, he’s entitled to take a victory lap. But it’s rather striking that the president’s campaign would take this tack when four years ago, Obama was hitting Hillary Clinton for “invoking Osama bin Laden to make political points.”

Then again, what is Obama going to tout about his record? The joys of 8.2 percent unemployment and 2.2 percent GDP growth?

Tags: Barack Obama , Hillary Clinton , Mitt Romney


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