It started out as a routine appearance with a foreign leader: yesterday’s news conference with President Obama and Prime Minister Noda of Japan.
But it soon erupted in fireworks when a reporter asked Obama about accusations by Mitt Romney and others that he was politicizing the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, exactly one year ago. Was there, as Republicans claimed, “excessive celebration” going on?
The president didn’t hesitate to fire back. Without mentioning Romney by name, he urged reporters to check what Republicans had said about staging raids inside of Pakistan a few years ago. Romney, of course, was one of those who said it was wrong thing to do.
Romney also said it was a waste of money to go after only one man. Meaning that he, like Bush, would not have pursued Osama bin Laden.
But Obama said this was a successful operation the entire country could be proud of – and a decision that he was proud of making.
“I said that I’d go after Osama bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did,” declared the president.
End of story. He wins that argument, hands down.
That’s my parting shot for today.