John Bolton, one of President Bush's ambassadors to the United Nations, declared that President Obama does not deserve credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
"Osama bin laden was killed while Barack Obama was president," Bolton said at the National Rifle Association annual meeting today. "He was not killed because Barack Obama was president; and the rest of the world knows that."
Vice President Joe Biden has described the operation to kill bin Laden as the most "audacious plan" in at least the last 500 years. Biden has also said that he opposed the raid that resulted in bin Laden's compound, and he praised Obama for having "a backbone like a ramrod."
President Obama's campaign has cited the raid as proof of the president's foreign policy abilities, and as a chief example of the president's national security achievements.
Bolton equated Obama with the "malaise" president Jimmy Carter. "I think we're going to take care of another malaise this November," he said, predicting an Obama defeat.
The president has been hailed almost universally, on a bipartisan basis, for ordering the raid that resulted in Osama's bin Laden's death.