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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: OBAMA’S BIN LADEN CAMPAIGN AD GOES TOO FAR

RNC Communications - May 1, 2012

Obama’s Decision To Use The Bin Laden Raid In A Campaign Ad Has Ignited Criticism That He Is “Inappropriately Politicizing A Grave Matter Of National Security.” “The Obama campaign's bin Laden ad, which has stirred a fierce debate, looks to some like a hit below the belt, using a questionable premise to make a political argument that Democrats can be just as tough in dealing with the nation's enemies as Republicans. Critics, including Huffington Post Media Group Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, have said President Barack Obama is inappropriately politicizing a grave matter of national security.” (Jon Ward, “Obama's Bin Laden Ad: Hit Below The Belt Shows Democrats Can Be Tough Too,” The Huffington Post, 4/30/12)

Admiral Mike Mullen Said He Hoped That The Bin Laden Raid Would Not Be “Spun Into Election Politics.” MULLEN: "I do worry a great deal that this time of year that somehow this gets spun into election politics. I can assure you that those individuals who risk their lives - the last thing in the world that they want is to be spun into that. So I'm hoping that that doesn't happen." (NBC’S “Rock Center With Brian Williams,” 4/30/12)

The Wall Street Journal Questioned Obama’s Attempt To Turn The Bin Laden Raid “Into A Wedge Issue.” “Is Barack Obama trying to become the most polarizing President since Richard Nixon? That seems unlikely since he's running for re-election, but his campaign's latest stunt of turning the killing of Osama bin Laden into a wedge issue has to make you wonder.” (Editorial, “Obama’s Ron Burgundy Campaign,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/30/12)

The Washington Examiner: “With His Chances At A Second Term Increasingly Uncertain,” Obama Has Resorted To “Vulgar Political Boasting” About The Bin Laden Raid. “Sadly, the quiet dignity and restraint of last May gave way to this April's vulgar political boasting. With his chances at a second term increasingly uncertain, Obama's campaign has begun hyping the bin Laden raid. The most overt instance is its release of an ad extolling Obama's decision, with Bill Clinton as narrator and featuring multiple pensive images of the commander in chief.” (Editorial, “Obama’s Boasting Cheapens His Bold Attack On Bin Laden,” The Washington Examiner, 4/30/12)

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank Called Obama’s Bin Laden Campaign Ad “Sleazy.” “The preezy of the United Steezy is making me queasy. I’m not troubled by President Obama’s slow jam with Jimmy Fallon, who dubbed the commander in chief ‘preezy’ during Obama’s appearance on late-night TV. No, preezy is making me queasy because his nonstop campaigning is looking, well, sleazy — and his ad suggesting that Mitt Romney wouldn’t have killed Osama bin Laden is just the beginning of it.” (Dana Milbank, Op-Ed. “President Obama, Campaigner In Chief,” The Washington Post, 4/20/12)

The Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington Criticized Obama’s Bin Laden Campaign Video As “One Of The Most Despicable Things You Can Do.” “Democrat Arianna Huffington, founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, said the campaign ad went too far. ‘I think it's one thing to celebrate the fact that they did such a great job. All that is perfectly legitimate,’ she said on CBS' ‘This Morning.’ ‘But to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do.’" (Steve Peoples, “Romney Says He Would Have Ordered Bin Laden Killed,” The Associated Press, 4/30/12)


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