Once again this egotistical, elitist Obama makes a total fool of himself trying to politicize the killing of bin Laden...It's more obvious by the day that all he cares about is getting reelected and using any tactic to get that done....but this one appears to have backfired on him....
Obama facing broad criticism for 'politicizing' bin Laden raid
Published May 01, 2012 FoxNews.com
President Obama faced mounting criticism Tuesday for allegedly politicizing the anniversary of Usama bin Laden's death, with Sen. John McCain scolding the commander-in-chief and former New York Gov. George Pataki going so far as to call on Obama to apologize.
Current and former Navy SEALs also reportedly have criticized the president for using the elite unit's deeds as "ammunition" in his reelection bid.
"You know the thing about heroes? They don't brag," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Obama's rival in the 2008 election, told Fox News.
The debate over the administration's and the Obama campaign's treatment of the historic raid is heating up on the anniversary of bin Laden's death. The campaign touched off that debate with a web video Friday that touted Obama's decision-making prowess in approving the mission, and questioned whether Mitt Romney would have done the same.
Romney and other Republicans uniformly have said "of course" the presumptive GOP nominee would have approved the raid if given the choice.
Pataki, who was governor during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, said he was "appalled" by the president's political treatment of the raid.
"You don't celebrate your brilliance when it's because we have brave young Americans out there, putting their lives on the line," Pataki told Fox News Tuesday. "I think it's wrong, I think it should stop and I think the president should apologize."
McCain said Obama was "politicizing" the raid.
Even the president's former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman has warned about allowing the raid to be used as a campaign tool.
"The decision that he made and obviously the result stand alone in terms of the kind of call presidents have to make and he made it. I do worry a great deal that this time of year that somehow this gets spun into election politics," Adm. Mike Mullen said in an interview with NBC News.
"I can assure you that those individuals who risked their lives -- the last thing in the world that they want is to be spun into that, so I am hoping that that doesn't happen."
Britain's Daily Mail also published criticism from current and former SEALs. Ryan Zinke, a former SEAL commander and current GOP state senator in Montana, told the newspaper that using the SEALs as "ammunition" was "predictable."
Obama, though, has defended his campaign ad and denied using the anniversary for "excessive celebration."
At a press conference Monday, Obama also challenged Romney on a past statement in which he said it's not worth moving "heaven and earth" to catch one person -- a reference to bin Laden, though Romney later clarified the remark.
"I'd just recommend that everybody take a look at people's previous statements," Obama said Monday. "I assume that people meant what they said when they said it."
He continued: "I said that I'd go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did. ... If there are others who have said one thing, and now suggest they'd do something else, then I'd go ahead and let them explain it."