First, there was the dramatic presidential late Sunday evening announcement of Bin Laden’s death. OK, fair enough.
And there’s also today’s trip to Ground Zero. Fine. Presidential healing is in order.
But then there was also Monday’s briefing by White House Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan. As one of our readers, Langley Barfly, points out, since this was a military operation, the initial briefing about the raid could have been held at DOD. Instead was it was staged at the White House, where Brennan lauded the president for making one of the “gutsiest calls of any president in recent history” and got plenty of operational details wrong.
By the way, the domain www.gutsycall.com was registered yesterday by an anonymous owner. It redirects to President Obama’s campaign website.
Obama this Sunday will appear on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” If he wants to explain his decisions to the American people, how about a press conference where he’s grilled from a variety of different angles rather than just a single correspondent – Steve Kroft of CBS – who has interviewed him before and with who he’s comfortable with?
This is getting out of hand. Let them rest up and bring them to the White House for a quiet gathering in a couple of weeks.
The White House knows the Bin Laden hit can help recast Obama’s floundering foreign policy image. It could be a crucial element in his reelection. And, as subtly as they can, they are playing it up.