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.
(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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