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As the whole Osama bin Laden killing was playing out last night, I wondered to myself what the reaction from the GOP would be. I had a brief period when I thought that maybe they would see that this is a victory for all Americans, right and left. A victory for all the families and victims of Osama bin Laden’s treachery and maybe it would be a time for us to come together across political divides. Ya right! The thought lasted for about a millisecond in my “Theraflu Cold” addled brain. Sarah Posner at Religion Dispatches found one of the more outrageous and just plain crazy responses from one of Pat Robertson’s people…(emphasis mine)
I know President Obama understands that getting Bin Laden doesn’t mean an end to the war on terrorism but how about a smile? How about showing a little joy? How about a word or two saying something about how this is no doubt a happy or joyous occasion for Americans? We got nothing like that at all. Instead, we got Mr. Monotone. Mr. Bars and Tone. Mr. Non-Emotion. President Obama missed an opportunity to connect with Americans last night.
So why did he announce the big news like he was reading the dictionary? You know the answer. It’s because his speech wasn’t so much aimed at Americans. He was being careful of how the “Arab Street” would interpret his remarks. Any hint of gloating or happiness might be rubbing it in the face of some of the crazies in the Arab World and heaven forbid we get them upset! How dare we Americans look like we’re celebrating his death! The travesty of it all! Give me a break. Isn’t it time to stop catering to thugs?
So apparently the ACTUAL death of Osama bin Laden isn’t going to be interpreted negatively, but the President was not smiling because he didn’t want the “Arab Street” to misinterpret his remarks. I haven’t read many of the other wingnut responses but I have to imagine that this one ranks right up there as one of the most idiotic ones. Killing Osama bin Laden and then being grave and serious about it is catering to thugs?