Washington Examiner: Hyping the Osama bin Laden raid a disappointing turn for President Obama

Published: May 3, 2012

Nor did Obama place himself above the fray. Asked about it by a reporter on Monday, he denied that there was any “excessive celebration,” and added: “As far as my personal role and what other folks would do, I just recommend that everybody take a look at people's previous statements whether or not they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out bin Laden.”

Team Obama is now acting on the same wrongheaded, hyperpartisan impulses that have led many conservatives to downplay or detract from Obama's role in the original raid. It is almost as though the president's campaign has forgotten the famous “3 a.m.” ad from the 2008 presidential campaign, in which Hillary Clinton tried to sow doubts about Obama's leadership and aptitude. Obama's spokesman, Bill Burton, responded indignantly, comparing Mrs. Clinton to the occupant of the White House at the time, George W. Bush: “It's ironic that she would borrow the president's tactics in her own campaign and invoke bin Laden to score political points,” Burton said. “We already have a president who plays the politics of fear, and we don't need another.”

No, but it looks like we got one after all.

— The Washington Examiner