Monday, May 2, 2011

2012 Presidential Contenders and America React to Osama Bin Laden's Death

Mitt Romney:

This is a great victory for lovers of freedom and justice everywhere. Congratulations to our intelligence community, our military and the president. My thoughts are with the families of Osama bin Laden's many thousands of victims, and the brave servicemen and women who have laid down their lives in pursuit of this murderous terrorist.

Mike Huckabee:

"It is unusual to celebrate a death, but today Americans and decent people the world over cheer the news that madman, murderer and terrorist Osama Bin Laden is dead ... Welcome to hell, bin Laden. Let us all hope that his demise will serve notice to Islamic radicals the world over that the United States will be relentless is tracking down and terminating those who would inflict terror, mayhem and death on any of our citizens."

Sarah Palin:

"Thank you, American men and women in uniform. You are America's finest and we are all so proud. Thank you for fighting against terrorism."

Tim Pawlenty:

"This is terrific news for freedom and justice. In the hours after the 9/11 attacks, President Bush promised that America would bring Osama bin Laden to justice -- and we did. I want to congratulate America's armed forces and President Obama for a job well done."

Michelle Bachmann:

"Tonight's news does not bring back the lives of the thousands of innocent people who were killed that day by Osama bin Laden's horrific plan, and it does not end the threat posed by terrorists, but it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end of Sharia-compliant terrorism."

Rick Santorum:

"This is extraordinary news for all freedom loving people of the world, and I commend all those involved for this historic triumph. Americans have waited nearly 10 years for the news of Osama bin Laden's death. And while this is a very significant objective that cannot be minimized, the threat from Jihadism does not die with bin Laden."

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH:

Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.

Vice President Dick Cheney:

"The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of American forces is a victory for the United States and a tremendous achievement for the military and intelligence professionals who carried out this important mission.   Their tireless work since 9/11 has made this achievement possible, and enabled us to capture or kill thousands of al Qaeda terrorists and many of their leaders.  I also want to congratulate President Obama and the members of his national security team.  At this moment when bin Laden has been brought to justice, we especially remember the sacrifice of the young Americans who've paid the ultimate price in defense of the nation, as well as the nearly 3000 Americans who lost their lives on 9/11.  Al Qaeda remains a dangerous enemy.  Though bin Laden is dead, the war goes on.  We must remain vigilant, especially now, and we must continue to support our men and women in uniform who are fighting on the front lines of this war every day.  Today, the message our forces have sent is clear -- if you attack the United States, we will find you and bring you to justice."







66 comments:

Anonymous said...

Only 3 had the class to congratulate the President on this. This is Obama's win, just as getting Saddam is Bush's win.

DanL said...

I'm glad that you got this up before Race did.

It does speak volumes that Huck, Palin, and Bachmann couldn't congratulate Obama on this.

Anonymous said...

It does, Dan.

Matt said...

"I'm glad that you got this up before Race did.

It does speak volumes that Huck, Palin, and Bachmann couldn't congratulate Obama on this."

It doesn't matter. RACE will Run with RS's idea and post something very similar. And the RACE sheepies will respond as usual.

DanL said...

Matt, that is true. There have been several times lately where Mark Lowe has taken something he first read here and made his own blog about it at Race without so much as a hat tip.

DanL said...

I thought about writing a blog to express an important idea, but I don't want to bump Bosman's thread down the page. So I'll say it here.

Obama is not Jimmy Carter II. This is a wishful meme often expressed by writers on the right. They claim that Obama is so ineffectual that he may make Carter look good. Tonight, Obama laid that pathetic meme to rest.

Carter lost reelection because of his bungled attempts to rescue the Iran hostages. Obama and the Pentagon have gotten Bin Laden using the same tactics that Carter failed with. Furthermore, Obama got Bin Laden after Bush couldn't for 8 years and Clinton couldn't for 3 years.

Republicans had better wise up and stop insulting Obama and stop underestimating his military abilities.

ellie said...

Oil dropped by more than a dollar this AM on news of Bin ladens demise.

OhioJOE said...

"It does speak volumes that Huck, Palin, and Bachmann couldn't congratulate Obama on this." And what speaks even louder is that the other candidates could not bring themselves to congradulate the troops. The people who actually got him.

Noelle said...

Happy and proud today. Congratulations to all who had a part in the death of Bin Laden. And my undying gratitude to those who have sacrificed their lives to protect this country.

Ellie said...

OJ, they did. read again. From Mitt Romney: This is a great victory for lovers of freedom and justice everywhere. Congratulations to our intelligence community, our military and the president.

Right Wingnut said...

Palin's full statement:

Americans tonight are united in celebration and gratitude. God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who contributed to carrying out the successful mission to bring bin Laden to justice and who laid the groundwork over the years to make this victory possible. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of these brave Americans who relentlessly hunted down our enemy.

This is a victory for the American people, for the victims who were heartlessly murdered on September 11 and in Al Qaeda’s other numerous attacks, and for all the peace-loving people of the world.

May God bless our troops and our intelligence services, and God bless America!

- Sarah Palin

Right Wingnut said...

It does speak volumes that Huck, Palin, and Bachmann couldn't congratulate Obama on this.

Some of us are still waiting for Obama to acknowledge that Bush's surge strategy worked in Iraq.

DanL said...

So, Obama's ingratitude to Bush somehow justifies Palin's ingratitude to Obama?

OhioJOE said...

"Oil dropped by more than a dollar this AM on news of Bin ladens demise." That was short lived.

ellie said...

Not one word that the PRESIDENT has to give the order to shoot? The military could not have acted without the go-ahead.

Obama called Bush first. BEFORE this broke in the news. Read the Bush statement.

Anonymous said...

I am one Palin supporter who wishes Palin would have congratulated the President, for his part, in this victory.

I understand why she didn't but I think in the long run, it would have benefitted her more, with Indies and Centrists, than what she might gain, from the base, in the short run.

jerseyrepublican

Anonymous said...

Ellie take a step back and take a deep-breath...your true BLUE colors are seeping through.

jerseyrepublican

Doug NYC GOP said...

I thought obama's statement was on the crass side, they he emphasised his role..."My direction...I...I..I"

Great leaders use the word "We" and let others bestow the credit on them. Liberals always have trouble being gracious and humble.

I am proud of the 4(not 3 - Pawlenty, Bush, Cheny and Romney) who had the class to congratulate the President.

Right Wingnut said...

Also, Some of us think Obama gave himself enough pats on the back to make up for any perceived "ingratitude."

Revolution 2010 said...

Any predictions on what kind of bump in the poll Obama gets and how long it will last?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Romney's comment was eloquent and sincere. Palin, on the other hand, is incapable of taking the high road. Her jealousy of President Obama is eating her alive.

DD

Anonymous said...

Rev, I predict he'll go close to 60%. The bump will last until the price of gas supercedes the accolades the news media will bestow on our President.

jerseyrepublican

Doug NYC GOP said...

Obama Bounce Prediction: 5-10 points, begins to fade in 2 weeks - back to current levels by end of July 4th.

Doug NYC GOP said...

Inside the kill zone phots from ABC news....hopefully thsat's bin Laden's blood we see on the floor...God forgive me.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/slideshow/photos-inside-osama-bin-laden-kill-zone-13508190

OhioJOE said...

With respect DanL, just when I thought you were becoming sane, yoyu jump the sharks. It is nutty to think that Mrs. Palin should be show gratitude to Mr. Obama. It was not Mr. Obama who personally captured him.

Anonymous said...

@ OJ....it's called class as much as gratitude, which are two of many character qualities that Palin lacks.

DD

zappo said...

Fox said the intelligence info was gotten from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed at Gitmo led to Bin Laden.

Obama wants to close Gitmo! He doesn't deserve ant credit!

Doug NYC GOP said...

OJ - Like him or not, President Obama gave the order. Had they tried and failed or bungled it, we'd all be shredding him now.

He made a good a decision and it was executed perfectly.

Congratulate and move on.

Anonymous said...

I noticed Bosman has Bush & Cheney's statements and not Obama's.

Intentional or unintentional?

Anonymous said...

Great photo:

http://www.canadafreepress.com/people/liberty-osama.jpg

Anonymous said...

Even knowing that it was the right thing to do–both from a standpoint of simple decency and for her own self-interest–Sarah Palin last night could not bring herself to congratulate President Obama.
She’s just too mean-spirited and resentful. It’s in unguarded moments that character–or lack of same–most often reveals itself.
First, after the Giffords shooting and again last night, Sarah inadvertently gave us a glimpse of what passes for her heart.
It ain’t pretty.

Anonymous said...

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood condemns Bin Laden death

Anonymous said...

Ellie, Martha and dd...don't you guys ever get tired of writing the same boring comments? I mean seriously if you guys spent as much time arguing for a candidate as you do against Palin...your candidate would win in a landslide. Ellie/dd your preferred candidate(Obama) could really use your help.

jerseyrepublican

DanL said...

Even though the point I made was legitimate, I wish I hadn't done so. I don't want to stink this thread up the way that TTT are.

Doug NYC GOP said...

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/266211/bin-laden-bump-andrew-c-mccarthy

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/266184/presidents-speech-mark-steyn

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/266197/about-last-night-kathryn-jean-lopez


Three good articles from NRO regarding the bump and Obama's classless speech.

All 3 nail it.

Anonymous said...

@jerseyrepublican.....speaking of boring comments, you certainly have posted your quota.

Anonymous said...

Jersey, get over me already. This is my first comment on this thread!

I agree that Palin and others should have mentioned Obama. It's the right thing to do.

-Martha

ellie said...

JR. Don't you get tired of your same postings? I mean seriously. The president does something, and your queen won't even acknowledge his work? I get it that he 'was not there', but neither was GWB when the noose was put around Saddams neck, yet, Bush (rightly) got the credit for it. Reagan was no where near East Germany when the wall came down, and he got credit (rightly so again).

Ellie said...

And btw, in case you think I or my fellow women have been here posting all morning, I can assure you, I was not. If you could read, I did not mention your queen until the post I made a 2:57. You mustn't assume that there are only 3 who think she's a mean and bitter woman who should never be in national office.

DanL said...

ellie, Jersey had the good grace to say that Palin should have acknowledged Obama's contribution. He has been gracious in this thread. You have been a pig wallowing in a mire.

Anonymous said...

Dan, TTT? If you mean me, then say so.

I have one comment on this thread, at 3:02. Bosman can vouch for me. I'm NOT AFRAID to own my opinion, and I NEVER post anon.

Please pardon me saying so, but I believe your comments about and to Ellie are as offensive as anything she has ever said. We are all friends here, I thought.

-Martha

Anonymous said...

Dan, TTT? If you mean me, then say so.

I made one comment on this thread at 2:56. I'm not afraid to own my opinion, and I NEVER post anon. Ask Bosman.

Pardon me for saying so, but your comments about and to Ellie are as offensive as anything she's ever said. I thought we were are friends here.

-Martha

BOSMAN said...

"I noticed Bosman has Bush & Cheney's statements and not Obama's.

Intentional or unintentional?"


INTENTIONAL!

Right Wingnut said...

Martha, I think what Dan is trying to say is that you and Ellie have ruined this site. Too bad Bosman doesn't see it.

Anonymous said...

RW, you and Dan have both said things to Ellie, and about her that are just as bad or worse than anything she ever said about Palin. It's okay to call Ellie the horrible things you called her, or a pig as Dan has done today? Please.

You too are just as obsessed with Ellie, as she and I are with Palin. The difference is that we don't aspire to national office. I admit that my comments tend to offend Palin supporters. For that, I'm sorry. I truly like all of you characters.

If the majority of the RS community doesn't want me around, I'll happily stop posting my comments. I don't want to be a bad reflection of RS because I think Bosman has a great site here, and he's a great guy. I don't want to ruin anything.

-Martha

James Taylor said...

http://mobile.politico.com/iphone/story/0511/54079.html

Anonymous said...

Martha...please don't leave. We ladies need to stick together. Is it just me...or is it always the men who feel they have to defend Sarah? Women know who she is and are not afraid to speak the truth. Men, are in lust with her and will accept anything she spews from her big mouth. It seems a prerequisite to being a Palin supporter is to have the ability to be as nasty and belittling as Sarah is and these guys have definitely met that requirement. Don't you think it's funny that some of them think she could beat Romney! Hahahahaha

Romney 2012

DD

BOSMAN said...

Martha,

I would be very upset if you left and/or stopped commenting here.

Everyone has a right to be critical of candidates and/or issues. I would not frequent a site where everyone pats each other on the back. In fact when people I enjoyed arguing with at ROS began to disappear, I knew it was time to move on

If I criticize a candidate harshly that I don't support, I would expect the supporters of that candidate to defend that candidate strongly.
Personal attacks and name calling are unnecessary and are usually reserved for those who have run out of things to say to defend their opinion on something.

BTW, DD, Ellie, and Martha are all different people from different states.

Right Wingnut said...

Bosman,

You can't defend against baseless conspiracy theories and left wing lies. All you can do is call them out on their lies. But, truth be told, it got to the point where I couldn't invite anyone to visit the site due to the unsavory nature of some of the discussions about Palin and her family. You're free to run your site how you want, but that's how I see it. Right Speak will probably become a Romney-only site before long.

DanL said...

I don't want Martha to leave. I wish that she would use a little more discretion when it comes to Palin. I do think that ellie is seriously dragging this site down.

DanL said...

RW, it could be that this site will become a Romney echo chamber. But my plans are to vote for Daniels if he gets in. I don't care how he's doing or if he can win the nomination, he's got my vote if he enters. I will be ok voting for Romney if he gets the nomination, but I have seriously cooled on him as a candidate. I still think very highly as a businessman, family man, and all around good person, but I don't have much faith in him to do what needs to be done to turn this country around.

DanL said...

Ellie, I apologize for calling you a pig. I will try harder to just ignore you.

Ellie said...

Dan, you might want to read what I wrote. I said NOTHING bad about 'her'. In fact, YOU brought it up, not I that she could not bring herself to acknowledge President Obama's role.

BOSMAN said...

RWN,

Come on. THAT conversation started in the LITTLE CHAT box that NO ONE knows about unless they visit the SITE.

YOU MY FRIEND escalated the conversation to a thread that brought the co-called loons to this site.

as to, "I couldn't invite anyone to visit the site due to the unsavory nature of some of the discussions about Palin and her family."

Do you mean that we've perhaps slipped below the high standards of the Free Republic and C4P that you frequent?

BTW, I like you and think you're a talented writer/blogger and wish you would comeback to the RS family again.

Now the bad news. You take much to many things personally. That's not a healthy way to long a happy life. If someone decided to viciously attack Romney, I would respond in kind. At the same time though, I wouldn't lose sleep over it.

Right Wingnut said...

For the record, I don't think anyone should be banned either. But, there should be some rules for discourse. I know, I know, I used some bad language and called Ellie a few names for which I apologized for. I'm normally a mild mannered guy, but a few people on this site bring out the worst in me.

ellie said...

Thanks for clearing that up, Bosman. I was wondering if I was in more than one place at any one time!

Right Wingnut said...

Bosman,

The thread was meant to debunk the truthers. Someone from this site invited the folks from Malia Litman's blog. We don't have to argue about who invited them, but SOMEONE very familiar with the site did. In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have written the blog. No amount of evidence would convince the truther triplets.

DanL said...

RW, how about this. If Palin hasn't declared by the end of May, could you just move on to another candidate and ignore the jerks who can't let their obsession with Palin go? Things are going to reshape here soon on this race and some of us will find ourselves moving into new camps. Take a break if you need to, but come back and maybe we can be friends working to stop Huck or some other unappealing character.

BOSMAN said...

RWN,

All that was in the past. I don't see Ellie or Martha bringing that crap up. I do see them responding to remarks that suggest that their opinions are less important than others on ALL issues lately.

I would do the same in their place. Snark for snark.

So they don't like Palin, Who care? If you do, You shoudn't.

Right Wingnut said...

Dan,

If Palin runs, she won't be declaring by the end of May. The only other person I could support in the primary, as of now, would be Allen West, but he's not running. None of the current crop interests me. So, I may just be a spectator during during primary season if Palin stays out. I still think it's 50-50.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot, Bosman. I appreciate you. As I said, I regret what happened.

Dan- jerk, pig, TTT, etc? 'I will try harder to just ignore you'? Those are not the words of the nice guy I know.

-Martha

Ellie said...

RWN. We're even. If Palin is our nominee, I too will be sitting out. I can vote for Pawlenty (won't be wild about it) but Romney is my first choice, Daniels my second.

Right Wingnut said...

Ellie, I didn't say I would sit out the general.

Right Wingnut said...

Palin gave credit to Obama in her speech last night. But, the majority of the credit was given to the military!

http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/05/palin-sort-of-praises-obama-on-bin-laden.html

DanL said...

Good for Palin. Now can OJ thank Obama?

Anonymous said...

The fact that there is a small controversy about whether or not Palin credited Obama, is an unnecessary mistake on Palin's part.

-Martha