Vice President Biden this morning went fishing in the Arabian Sea and retrieved the body of Osama Bin Laden, vowing to take his partially eaten corpse on campaign with him during the 2012 general election.
In an overtly political speech in Washington this morning focusing on foreign policy, Biden made no secret that the Obama campaign will use the successful SEAL operation as a political weapon against Mitt Romney.
“If you are looking for a bumper sticker to sum up how President Obama has handled what we inherited, it’s pretty simple: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,” Biden said. “We can’t say for certain what Gov. Romney would have done.”
While Obama deserves credit for going ahead with the risky attack, some may question the good taste of using for political advantage an operation in which the main heroes were America’s finest and bravest sailors, and for which George W. Bush – who built the military capability that put an end to Bin Laden’s – deserves ample credit.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Biden had not overemphasized the politics of Bin Laden’s demise.
“I think the way that we’ve handled it represents exactly the balance we need to strike,” Carney said.
Biden, being Biden, wandered into a faux pas that will certainly draw as much attention as the other portions of his remarks.
“I promise you, the President has a big stick,” said Biden. “I promise you.”