First, here's the spot:
Now, three quick thoughts:
(1) Some of the initial outrage on Twitter indicated that O's campaign used actual footage from the Bin Laden raid in the ad, but I don't think that's the case. Nevertheless, the grainy night-vision footage is obviously intended to evoke imagery of the Abbottabad mission. Message sent: Don't forget who was president when we got OBL, America.
(2) After Team Obama's tawdry and baseless assertions that President Romney wouldn't have pulled the trigger on bin Laden, it's hard for me to get too worked up over this. Who knows? Maybe I've just become desensitized to their shameless endzone dancing. Plus, they at least packaged their politicizing of this stuff as a (deserved) tribute to our troops and veterans this time around.
(3) I guess I simply don't have a big problem with Obama crowing a little bit about the Big Get. He and President Bush share political credit for getting this job done, but Obama happens to be the guy running for re-election. And in this case, he's also more than sharing the spotlight with the those who literally risked their necks -- which is a lot more significant than making a call from Washington, no matter how gutsy.
Okay, what say you? Is this relatively inoffensive, or is my outrage meter broken?
UPDATE - This is one of two new positive ads Obama's rolled out this week. The other one is about, er, Medicare; you know, the entitlement program that's hurtling towards insolvency, and that Democrats have no plan to save. Terrific. To counter the Dems' $25 million ad barrage this month, a conservative SuperPAC is answering with a huge swing state media buy of its own:
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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