A group of conservative Republicans says it has launched a campaign to shift credit away from President Obama for last weekend’s raid in Pakistan that resulted in the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden.
The National Republican Trust PAC, an independent political action committee, in a statement accuses Obama of engaging in “gratuitous self-congratulation.”
Credit, the statement says, belongs “primarily to the military and to intelligence agencies — not Obama.”
“Obama’s shameful attempt to take absolute credit for this in his speech Sunday evening was un-presidential,” says Scott Wheeler, executive director of The National Republican Trust PAC.
“Obama would have blamed the same people from whom he stole credit if something had gone wrong,” Wheeler adds. “This is an obvious attempt to prop up his reelection on the backs of the brave Americans who risked their lives to get bin Laden only to have Obama run out and snatch the glory for himself in an outrageous speech talking about his role in the operation. Obama was in the rear with the gear but once the mission was successful gave a speech in which he took all the credit for himself.”
Obama, himself, has heaped praise on U.S. forces and intelligence agencies since first announcing bin Laden’s death from the White House late Sunday night. bin Laden was the terrorist mastermind who plotted the attacks which were carried out on Sept. 11, 2001, which were the deadliest attacks on U.S. soil.
In those Sunday remarks, Obama said, “Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.
“We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country,” Obama added. “And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.”
Obama further praised the U.S. military and intelligence personnel in remarks earlier this week in remarks at a congressional dinner, saying, “I want to again recognize the heroes who carried out this incredibly dangerous mission, as well as all the military and counter-terrorism professionals who made the mission possible. I also want to thank the members of Congress from both parties who have given extraordinary support to our military and our intelligence officials. Without your support, they could not do what they do.”
The Washington Post reported that Obama saw quick spike in his job approval ratings in the wake of bin Laden’s death.
The National Republican Trust PAC says it “will be running television ads nationwide exposing Obama’s hypocrisy,” but offers no further specifics on where, or when, those spots would run.
Scott Nance is the editor and publisher of the news site The Washington Current. He has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.