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Scandal: Obama Campaign Mentioning Osama’s Death To Help Win Reelection


A CBS radio reporter sent White House press secretary Jay Carney, along with President Obama and Vice President Biden, to detention today. It’s called accountability, folks. Their crime: Mentioning the death of Osama bin Laden in speeches so often that it’s beginning to look like they’re using this for what experts call “political advantage.” If true, this would be… illegal… bad… something else… huh?

We’ve scanned thousands of pages in the Political Press Corps’ Almanac of Dumb Little Prissy Rules About Campaign Etiquette and still can’t find anything that says, “If your administration kills Osama bin Laden, you are not allowed to use this to your political advantage in the ensuing election.” Jay Carney doesn’t seem to have heard of this rule, either. Maybe they just forgot to include it? It will have to be added to the almanac, right now, and with a broader scope. “Presidential administrations are strictly prohibited from campaigning on popular things they’ve done” — that should cover it. Now let’s all fold our hands and pray for everyone to get along.

[“Is Obama campaigning on Bin Laden death?”, CBS]

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  • Callyson

    Hey, at least Obama's not having sex with OBL's corpse…

    • johnnymeatworth

      Let's not get crazy, this isn't Egypt….

      • Lascauxcaveman

        Besides, they weren't married. Or even dating, as far as I know.

    • IonaTrailer

      No, that's who Newt's having sex with…

    • Gunner Asch

      But oh, those first six hours…

    • Biff

      Well, not any more…

    • Chichikovovich

      Don't give Romney any ideas: "Once again, Obama is projecting weakness to the world. Sure, he killed Osama bin Laden, but did he have sex with his corpse? I would have!"

      • glasspusher

        Romney would have killed him by tying him to the top of the car.

  • Schmannnity

    If Bush had killed Osama Bin laden, you can bet Cheney would have been drinking from his skull at every public appearance.

    • SkinnyNerd

      I would not be surprised if he made it the seal of the president.

      • MissNancyPriss

        It would be the seal, the face of the one thousand dollar bill and emblazoned on skull cups in every home department of every wal mart from sea to shining sea.

    • fuflans

      this is ALMOST skull fucking.

  • SkinnyNerd

    We have come a long way in the USA. "We kill people, vote for us."

    • http://wonkette.com Jim Newell

      It's a brave new century!

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      What's the Bush/Cheney death score? Obama's got a lot of catching up to do!

    • Chichikovovich

      How soon they forget: "Rumsey dumsey, rumsey dumsey, Colonel Johnson killed Tecumseh!”

    • Naked_Bunny

      It worked for Washington!

    • OneYieldRegular

      I dunno – haven't we rather been that way since the beginning?

    • fuflans

      HAHAHAHAA i was JUST reading charles taylor's bio and apparently that was (almost) his campaign slogan – the one that swept him into the presidency in 1997:

      "He killed my ma, he killed my pa, I will vote for him."

      maybe bamz should think about this.

  • Boojum

    Can Obama take credit if he kills Peter Maer? Just a straightforward question.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Funny that Obama can't mention Bin Laden, but the wingnuts can carry on about Breitbart.
      Apparently, like with the GOPtards' "Stand Yer Ground" laws, it's all about who you kill.

  • tihond

    Rudy 9-11 likes their hustle.

  • Beowoof

    Oh they are only pissed because they thought he said Obama was dead. It is unseemly to let your disappointment show that much.

  • Callyson

    "Is there any discomfort at the White House about politicizing the decisions and everything else that surrounded the takedown of bin Laden?"

    Yeah, we're actually very embarrassed to remind people of President Obama's successes in an election where his foreign policy cred is being attacked.

    Moran.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      More than there would have been in Dumbya's White House, I'm sure.

    • Naked_Bunny

      Obama should be more demur, like Bush, who never even mentioned defeating Saddam Hussein during the 2004 campaign.

  • edgydrifter

    Muhammed Ali said it best: "It's not bragging if you can back it up." Then again, he was a Muslim just like Obama, so go figure.

    • HistoriCat

      Didn't Satchel Paige say it first?

  • OC_Surf_Serf

    Bush can run on trying to defeat him but Obama can't mention actually killing him…

    Can I haz that damn scary liberal media they are always going on about?

    • edgydrifter

      That's because Bush talking about it was purely aspirational.
      Obama mentioning it after the fact is plain tacky, obviously.

    • Tundra Grifter

      Actually, during the Presidential debate with Sen. Kerry, President Bush denied he'd ever said he didn't care about Osama Been Forgotten.

    • Naked_Bunny

      Obama didn't personally cap Osama, so he shouldn't take credit. It's so crass!

  • johnnymeatworth

    Does George 9/11 Bush have any comment about this yet?

  • SorosBot

    Certainly no Republican would ever have politicized 9/11 or Osama bim Laden; why George Bush's entire reelection campaign wasn't based on "Osama gonna get you if you elect Kerry!"

    • Wile E. Quixote

      Yes, and the Bush administration never had Homeland Security change the color of the terrorist threat for political gain either.

      • SorosBot

        Nope, they certainly didn't whip out a color change and reports of a vague threat every time some good news for Kerry came in, then immediately stop using the system after the election. Never.

    • HistoriCat

      Be fair – they also had "teh gheys want to marry – society is falling apart!"

    • fuflans

      this is one of the few unalloyed delights of the obama presidency: thinking of bamz at last year's whcd – and then thinking of the chicken hawks dealing with the fact that the socialist muslim fist bumping terririst got america's enemy #1.

  • mavenmaven

    Obama is not allowed to campaign on this point because Bush wasn't able to.

    • Blueb4sunrise

      perfect.

    • Chichikovovich

      Exactly – I can hear the wingnut chorus now: " Bush never said he killed Osama bin Laden, and you know that the elite liberal east coast Ivy League liberal America-hating liberal media would have shredded Bush if he talked about how he did it. But of course they're perfectly fine with Hussein Obama going around saying it. More evidence (as if we needed any) of the left-wing bias conservatives have to face."

      • Man0nTheStreet

        Well, they're right, aren't they? Fox News says they're right – so there!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Whereas the Bush Administration never killed him but dropped his name all the time to gain political advantage.

    I'm your boogie man
    That's what I am…

    • Schmannnity

      KC libel!

  • Groupshrug

    Just to be clear: Obama can not claim responsibility for killing Osama Bin Laden but GWB can claim responsibility for being our fearless leader on 9/11.

    • SorosBot

      When he bravely ran away…

      • Boojum

        George "Sir Robin" Bush.

  • CountryClubJihadi

    Osama as the Bumper Sticker for the campaign, bitch? The Bumper Sticker says "Run Mitt. Run" and it goes on the front of the car.

  • Lucidamente1

    IOKIYAR. IOKIYAR. IOKIYAR.

  • Bluestatelibel

    You know who else campaigned on killing their enemies? (Honestly, I don't know, just curious.)

    • finallyhappy

      all of them, Katie?

    • Boojum

      Attila the Hun?

    • http://www.wonkette.com smokefilledroommate

      Attila them Hunny?

      • Boojum

        Attila them, Katie?

    • Chichikovovich

      I think I can get a lot of mileage from this one on this thread:

      "Rumsey dumsey, rumsey dumsey, Colonel. Johnson killed Tecumseh!”

    • Man0nTheStreet

      Queen Elizabeth?

    • not that Dewey

      Inigo Montoya?

    • horsedreamer_1

      Ulysses Grant?

    • Generation[redacted]

      Look I voted for the Governator because I thought he was going to "Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women." But like most politicians, he promised more than he could deliver.

  • SayItWithWookies

    I can see the problem — mentioning that they killed Osama bin Laden is tacitly blaming the Dubya administration for the failure to have killed him. In much the same way that mentioning ending the recession is blaming Dubya for causing it, and mentioning getting us out of Iraq is blaming Dubya for not having been able to do that, and mentioning passing the Lily Ledbetter Act is blaming Dubya for keeping it from passing.

    So the problem is that it's cowardly — see, if Dubya could win an election on a solid four-year record of colossal failure, it's just kind of sissyish of the Obama administration to run solely on its successes. Play fair, guys — really.

    • http://www.wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

      Dubya was responsible for a lot of bad shit that Obamer's been trying to clean up.

      It's like they were a bunch of incompetent motherfuckers who didn't have the ability to manage even an ice cream truck.

  • FakaktaSouth

    Oh hell no, I am not listening to the assholes STILL CHANTING "Tear down this wall" bitch about a DAMN thing PresO is talking about. Not happening.

    • Boojum

      You go, girl!

  • LetUsBray

    Question about posts deleted by administrators: Are 'clusterfuck' and 'dumbassery' now forbidden words?

    EDIT: Not as forbidden as whatever else I posted. Huh.

    • Boojum

      You probably posted about higher math, involving sines and cosines and Signs Of The DEMON OBAMA!!!1!1!1!!!!1!!'

    • Man0nTheStreet

      However "*****" will still result in a PERMA-BAN!!

      … uh, oh….

  • sbj1964

    Nearly a year later ,and when seal team 6 took out Bin Laden I still want to go out ,and dance naked in the streeet! Hey,don't judge me.The best day ever!

    • finallyhappy

      What do you look like naked? Then we can judge.

      • sbj1964

        Those pics are all over the web,Ex wives can be a bitch.The clown in the background was a paid professional.That's all I have too say.

        • Man0nTheStreet

          So, what was the donkey's alibi?

          • sbj1964

            Who told you about the donkey?No animals were hurt in the production of this comment.

          • Man0nTheStreet

            Nor in the production of "those pics" – in fact, they seem eager

    • Man0nTheStreet

      No one's crying for Osama, but it woulda been good to get intel outta him…

      • V572 Fehrnstrom

        We're not allowed to think about that. Or "trials," or "evidence," or "due process." Sure, we have a decent argument for killing him on sight. But think of how the world would regard us if we'd given him a trial.

        Of course the dudes at Gitmo forever would be all "Hey what about us, Barry?"

        • HistoriCat

          Can you imagine the pants-pissing fit the Republicans in Congress would have had? They nearly wet themselves when Holder was talking about holding trials in NYC – actually capturing OBL would have probably left them sobbing in corners, begging for their mommies.

          • Man0nTheStreet

            And shredding evidence of negligence/complicity/profiteering…

          • Ducandy

            I can't believe all you idiots actually believe in that Op. Unbelievable.

            Thanks Mr. Bernais.

          • Boojum

            What's sad is that this is the kind of wingnut comment that is made in all seriousness. Snark, meet Paranoia; Paranoia, Snark.

  • owhatever

    Cold, incisive reporting, asking the uncomfortable questions of those in power. Or, put another way, he's just a dumb fuck.

  • Geminisunmars

    "Is there any discomfort…" in being a douchnozzle?

  • EtchySketchy

    Then I demand Romney stops mentioning "The America that Americas exceptionally because it's the Americanest America, and how he believes in it Americally."

  • emmelemm

    Quiet rooms, people! Geez! How many times I gotta tell you?

    • V572 Fehrnstrom

      Preferably mahogany paneled rooms at the Harvard Club, with only rich white males in attendance.

      The way it's always been.

  • http://www.wonkette.com smokefilledroommate

    Can't boast about the truth, now.

  • rocktonsam

    Since Bammerz inherited the OBL problem and killed him, shouldn't George Bush Jr. get the all credit?

  • Wile E. Quixote

    We’ve scanned thousands of pages in the Political Press Corps’ Almanac of Dumb Little Prissy Rules About Campaign Etiquette and still can’t find anything that says, “If your administration kills Osama bin Laden, you are not allowed to use this to your political advantage in the ensuing election.” Jay Carney doesn’t seem to have heard of this rule, either. Maybe they just forgot to include it? It will have to be added to the almanac, right now, and with a broader scope. “Presidential administrations are strictly prohibited from campaigning on popular things they’ve done” — that should cover it. Now let’s all fold our hands and pray for everyone to get along.

    Well duh, what you're supposed to do is campaign on popular things that you haven't done but have claimed to have done, like "Mission Accomplished."

  • bagofmice

    Compare and contrast:

    Landing on an aircraft carrier when the war rages on and surges years later is "Mission Accomplished".

    Killing the 911 planners and ending the Iraq war is "Politicization".

  • http://dismalpseudoscientist.wordpress.com Mumbly_Joe

    I think you're burying the *REAL* scandalous lede on recent Biden remarks:

    Biden: "I promise you: the President has a big stick".

    • IonaTrailer

      How big do you think it is?

    • V572 Fehrnstrom

      Even Tweetie almost cracked a smile on that one this afternoon.

    • Man0nTheStreet

      That's what she (FLOTUS) said!

  • http://www.wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

    It's like Obama is reminding GOPers that they had 7 fucking years and didn't do jack except invade the wrong fucking country.

  • Hera Sent Me

    George W. Bush was able to run for re-election on the basis he finally learned not to pronounce it "new-KEW-ler'".

    Oh wait, he never learned that. Never mind.

  • Radiotherapy

    Bush/Cheney killed like 500,000 + civilians in their foreign policy "triumphs." But at least they had the dignity and respect to brag about it in quiet rooms.

    • http://krisbunda.com/blog/index.php Designer_Rants

      Cheney is so low key and unassuming when he explains how his criminal preemptive invasion & mass-murder campaign of Iraq started the Arab Spring.

      • Radiotherapy

        Thank you so much for shooting me in the face with that buckshot of an article. I hope it didn't upset you at all Mr. D_R.

        • http://krisbunda.com/blog/index.php Designer_Rants

          I will never apologize for it.

  • JackObin

    I'm waiting for them to ask Romney what color hair dye he uses, and if the mormons prohibit such stimulation of hair folicles.

    • Boojum

      The real question is: Who is your avatar and what is her phone number?

  • IonaTrailer

    Obama = He's a bad muther- Shut your mouth.

  • IonaTrailer

    Mittens might be worried Seal Team 6 is looking for him.

  • chascates

    AP Interview, Thursday, April 26, 2007
    Romney also said the country would be safer by only "a small percentage" and would see "a very insignificant increase in safety" if al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught because another terrorist would rise to power. "It's not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person," Romney said. Instead, he said he supports a broader strategy to defeat the Islamic jihad movement.

    • V572 Fehrnstrom

      Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  • Naked_Bunny

    Romney probably doesn't want people to wonder if he baptized bin Laden into the LDS post mortem.

  • not that Dewey

    ROMNEY: "You ate a dog"

    • Man0nTheStreet

      That'll get Obama some votes in certain parts of ReThug-Red Orange Co., CA

      • not that Dewey

        That's how I envision the entire series of Presidential debates going down, should there be a series of Presidential debates.

  • Chichikovovich

    Setting Osama B.L. aside for a moment, remember how, as the 2008 election approached, all the Fox news people and such kept repeating "Bush kept us safe" – it was clearly one of the Republican message central phrases of the week, several weeks running – when the worst terrorist act in American history happened on his watch, after he had dismissed explicit warnings? Strange how nobody on Fox is saying that "Obama kept us safe", even though (knock on wood) he's kept a clean sheet, and hasn't even needed to take the mulligan that you're apparently allowed under Fox rules.

    • MissNancyPriss

      (he ate a dog).

      • Chichikovovich

        My loud gush of laughter just convinced everyone in the coffee shop I'm nuts. The parentheses and lower case "h" are superb touches.)

  • PuckStopsHere

    I heard on Fox that BHO hasn't kept us safe the way W did. What about that threat from the Russians? Hengh?

    • not that Dewey

      He kept us safe after he didn't keep us safe.

  • Indiepalin

    W campaigned on 9/11 and nobody got upset.

    • Dashboard Buddha

      IOKIYAR

    • not that Dewey

      "Now, watch this drive!"

  • OneYieldRegular

    Has Obama ever said anything – even "hello" – that the Republicans haven't decided to turn into a scandal?

    • Dr. Nick Riviera

      Republicans? No. But this is supposedly the *straight* media

    • Tundra Grifter

      Remember the "Terrorist Fist Bump?"

      • LetUsBray

        Hell, remember the caterwauling and shitting of pants over Cheeseburger-with-mustardgate?

  • Come here a minute

    Also bowing and apologizing.

  • rickmaci

    Pansy Lame Stream Media doesn't like the fact that a Democrat POTUS took on an enemy with lethal force. Go drink a latte or something and dream about the Pulitzer you are never going to get.

    • MissNancyPriss

      True, it is their worstest nightmare. A fey librul Democrat President who kills people – and black to boot.

      • Man0nTheStreet

        They call him MISTER President!

  • cheetojeebus

    To be perfectly clear.

    dumbass.

  • Dr. Nick Riviera

    Bush campaigned on NOT getting Osama *and* on how prettily he threw a baseball while wearing a bulletproof vest after 9/11.

  • http://krisbunda.com/blog/index.php Designer_Rants

    OBL died?

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    It is going to be a long campaign and Hopey can't run on the killing of Osama till election day. Maybe he could reanimate Hitler for a campaign booster kill.

  • Biff

    No respect for the dead, inpeach him!

  • proudgrampa

    I agree with comments above that the President has been cleaning up W's poo. Go ahead, Rmoney, defend W's record and tell us how YOU would have fixed it all. Freakin' bastard.

    • Chichikovovich

      He's already told you: he'll cut taxes, eviscerate regulations, invade oil producing countries, increase military spending, project an unbroken attitude of mindless unremitting arrogance to foreign nations, friend and foe alike,…

      In other words, he'll do exactly what Bush did. But it will totally work this time, because what prevented it from working before are all those damned unions. And this time they'll smash Social Security and Medicare, which will make it 100% betterer.

      • Man0nTheStreet

        "Huzzah, Lovey! Sanity has returned to Washington –
        Have the butler bring us another bottle of chilled urchin's tears!"

  • Bluestatelibel

    Weird isn't it, how Dems nailed the country's biggest enemies – FDR and now Obama. Also add Woodrow Wilson. You'd think Repubs are a bunch of incompetents and wussies, wouldn't you?

    • Biff

      I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the fact that most of the saber-rattling that leads us into wars is done on the repub's watch, so the dems have to actually do the dirty work.

  • WonkCynic

    Obama Osama is going to get you. Right now you sit in bleachers and worship him with your goo goo eyes wide shut. But at the end of the game you tired little retards are going to kneel before him and wish you hadn't bee such stupid fucking losers. Osama Obama is da boogie man vampire. And you stupid retards are the ones that invited him into your house.

    • Boojum

      Yes, yes, that's exactly right. The Double O, as we (and FLOTUS) like to call him, is like a Tom Cruise movie and Twilight and Friday the Thirteenth all wrapped into one.

      I, for one, welcome our Kenyan Vampire Sex Fiend Magic Monster Overlords.

      • ttommyunger

        Sincere and batshit crazy or blunt-force snark? Wonkette reports; you: don't give a fuck!

  • DahBoner

    Are you better off now, than four years ago

    Osama: Yes!!! I was living with 3 wifes, so, uh, yeah…

  • ttommyunger

    Wonder if they would like some cheese with their whine.

  • Jus_Wonderin

    What a stupid question. That reporter should be in Gitmo.

  • OneYieldRegular

    Mission Accomplished.

  • zormsk

    If he wanted to make political hay, he would have waited to kill the bastard right before the election.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Fortunately for the CIA, it's named after Bush the Smarter.

  • Boojum

    And the George W. Bush Center for Intelligence would certainly be a secret facility, and very difficult to find.

  • Chichikovovich

    And, of course, it's just more messaging and spin – and it's brilliant, as much of their messaging is – because I haven't heard Obama mention Bush much at all. The Republicans realize they face the problem that, in fact, much of where we are right now is Bush's fault, and people know it. So they want to undercut that simple observation with the idea that Obama is constantly using it as an "excuse". Because nobody likes people who give excuses, even when they are, in fact, always completely exculpatory.

  • teebob2000

    It sodding was not! It was Shaw!