Obama pulls the trigger on Bin Laden

by Russell's Rants

Originally published May 1, 2011

Finishing a gym work-out in Los Angeles this evening, I noticed people looking up at the television monitors anticipating a special but as yet unknown announcement coming from the President. As the monitors then read “Osama Bin Laden Is Dead,” shouts of joy rang out.
President Obama Announces Death of Osama Bin LadenHere are a few thoughts on President Obama’s announcement tonight on Bin Laden’s demise:

President Obama got his man.

Unlike Jimmy Carter, and despite the loss of one helicopter in the raid, the President oversaw a very important tactical military success against America’s Enemy No. 1. Nothing succeeds like success! It reminds me of the prowess shown by Israeli intelligence in hunting down the Palestinian perpetrators of the Munich Olympics massacre.

Mission Accomplished.

President Obama continues to clean up the mess left by his predecessor. This is a narrative that now extends beyond his reviving the economy from the depths of recession to finishing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – and now against al Qaeda. Much is left to do in order to truly win these wars, but today’s events are a big step in the right direction.

America United.

In his speech tonight, the President touched upon the theme that first brought him to national prominence: not a red and blue America but the United States of America, one country united together:

“On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country. On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.”

President Obama Makes Statement At White HouseAmerican Exceptionalism.

Not the cheap triumphalism spouted by Newt Gingrich and company who don’t understand the term and use it as a not-so veiled critique of President Obama. Rather, the President cited the pledge made by us all from our grade school days that most cogently sums up the true meaning of the term:

“The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

“Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Trump Is so Fired.

When Brian Williams completed his special coverage on NBC News tonight, the network went back to its regular programming, which just so happened to be the lead-in to Donald Trump’s Apprentice. The Donald looked physically the same, with his pouty face, garish suit and ridiculous, multi-colored comb-over. But politically he’s never looked so small and irrelevant.
As we Americans gather in our homes and public places to commemorate the news of today, we can be very proud of our country and our President.