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Victor Davis Hanson

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August 15, 2013 - 11:24 am

 

I apologize to readers for an apparent imprecision. In a recent essay on the Benghazi scandal, “The Mother of All Scandals,” I wrote, “We saw minute-by-minute pictures of Obama in command surrounded by advisors during the bin Laden raid. Why not the same level of photographed attention on the night of Benghazi?”

Yet from the photographs and press coverage, many of us assumed that Barack Obama was glued to the monitors watching the bin Laden raid minute-by-minute in contrast to the news blackout about his inattention to the unfolding Benghazi disaster.

I was apparently wrong. In a recent interview, Reggie Love, the so-called “body man” who served as official go-fer to the president, said of the bin Laden raid:

“Most people were like down in the Situation Room and [the president] was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing.’ So he, myself, Pete Souza, the White House photographer, Marvin [Nicholson], we must have played 15 games of spades,” former Obama aide Reggie Love said at an event in Los Angeles sponsored by The Artists & Athletes Alliance in July.

Kicking back with a card game versus monitoring the most important event of his presidency (e.g., “Bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive!”) — well, no contest.

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Obama is playing spades while his Cabinet stooges are playing war.

The difference between the bin Laden raid and Benghazi...Seal Team Six was asked to go missioning in the former and 400 missiles have gone missing in the latter.
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"The military is better off if Obama is napping or playing cards. Any advice he would have would be less than useless. "

Nonsense! Mr. Obama has stated that “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

Surely he knows more about military tactics than "his" generals, right?

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Everyone should send the WH a deck of rodeo clown cards.
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I'e always wondered why Obamao was off in a corner like that. I guess that corner was the only place they could fit him in with out any trouble.
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When your name is Love and you are a "Body Man" you're not necessarily gonna be sensitive to the implications of "playing Spades." You jumped the shark a while back.
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I didn't believe this whole brouhaha about killing Osama.
First, Obama gave no credit to George W. Bush who, I'm sure, had started this whole hunt for Osama. Second, he gave little credit to those who had planned this raid and to the SEALS who had participated. His victory dance or speech about killing Obama was overdone. He is unquestionably a glib orator and I accet that for what it's worth. Hitler was quite an orator also.
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Might have been a good thing he wasn't there....not sure a wuss would have helped when it came to decision time.
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Several commenters have noted that the president's presence or absence would not be important in the raid itself. That's true enough.
The propaganda element of the image is disturbing. It's part of a package of knowing falsehoods that Obama uses more than other presidents have. It's also part of the charisma error that got him elected and re-elected. As an individual, it's bad enough that we have people like Obama. As a nation, it's truly alarming that we elect them to high office. And Obama is only the most prominent of his ilk and his kith and his kin.
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What we're they playing during Benghazi? Risk?
1 year ago
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The Islamist were playing ride'em cowboy. Not only did they murder our Ambassador, but the defiled him. And barry is still playing patsy.
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The weird thing about that photo is the first couple of times I saw it, I didn't even realize the president was there.

I remember being very perplexed as to why Biden was the one running the show.
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I always thought he was photo-shopped into the original one anyway. He looked abnormally small compared to the others.
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I always assumed such from the picture. He is scrunched down in what looks to be a temporary seat as though he pop in once in awhile, especially when the official photog called for a full team photo, and he was the last to enter
the room.

Looked that way from the get-go. Can't have been only me that saw it.
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If Obama's head was not photo-shopped in, his hat size must be about a 4.
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SPADES!?!?! They played spades? Tell me this is a misquote. Truly, this is beyond parody.
1 year ago
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It's true!
1 year ago
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I used to think that this "composite character" of a president was sort of like Peter Seller's character Chauncey Gardener in the film Being There, but I guess I have to amend that opinion. Or change the film title to Isn't There.
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Chauncey Gardener is a very apt description of Obama. He fits to a tee.
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Considering his record in the senate was mostly "present", this comes as no surprise what so ever.
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