In light of a comment received on my blog post entitled: Day Eleven: A picture of something I hate, I would like to react to the recent news of the heroic military efforts that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden. First, during the "30 Day Photo Challenge" that I have been working on, I prepare my blog posts in advance and schedule them for 8:00 AM posting. (No, I'm not awake in the wee hours of the day preparing these entries then flawlessly posting them at precisely 8 o'clock each morning . . . good as you think I am . . .) That being said, I did not hear the news of OBL's death then subsequently choose to express my negative opinions of President Obama. It was, contrarily, the opposite--unfortunate, bad timing. I won two superlatives my Senior year in high school: "Most Likely to be President" and "Most Opinionated." How can I live up to both of these titles . . . and run a public website . . . without looking like a jack a$$ every now and then?
Now, I would like to make a few things perfectly clear. I, like countless other proud Americans, tuned in to the late news yesterday evening. I jostled my snoring husband awake several times proclaiming "Look! Osama Bin Laden has been killed. Watch!" I experienced a bit of disbelief that it had finally happened as well as overwhelming satisfaction. Mostly, I considered the victory for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their families. How sweet it must have been to finally taste such overdue justice and closure. Nothing will ever resurrect their loved ones lost that September day, but OBL's death was surely a symbol that America has not forgotten these heros' sacrifice.
While I admit that my still-relavent opinions of Obama posted at a poor time, I would like to quote a friend's Facebook status from today:
Let's be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. American Military Personnel, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found OBL and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!!
This statement is particularly dear to my heart. First because while United States Navy Seals risked life and limb to take down Al Qaeda's dangerous leader, I'd be willing to bet that Barack and Michelle still sat down to a nicely prepared dinner together that very evening . . . no blood, sweat, or tears lost. Please let's remember that while our President may have given the "go ahead," he most certainly did not GO AHEAD. So, God bless our miliatary servants who tirelessly give of themselves to ensure our American freedoms. And just think . . . if our greedy Congress members had not been able to essentially 'agree to revisit to save face' on our budget . . . those blessed Navy Seals would have killed OBL for free. I thought we say "Freedom Isn't Free"? That's an interesting thought, isn't it?
It also merits mentioning that these vigilent efforts to track down and capture or kill Osama Bin Laden began on September 11th, 2001 (or before) with a gentleman named George W. Bush. I recall his promise to the American people that our country would not stop until OBL and his followers were brought to justice. I certainly belive in giving President Obama credit for his continuing promotion of the search; however, I refuse to give him the all the credit. It was genuine political luck that OBL was killed during Obama's presidency. There were 7 years of ground work laid before he even stepped foot into the Oval Office. Let's not forget about that fact.
Lastly, while I take full responsibility for the terrible timing of my previous post, I do not apologise for its content. Osama or no Osama, I think our current President has disappointed the American people with the deafening lack of "Change" in the USA since he took office. I do not think the recent wonderful news has anything to do with frivolous government spending, socialized healthcare, and the like. The two are largely unrelated, and I maintain my strong opinion that the United States is in perhaps the worst financial and social state in which it has ever been.
No matter what breaking news airs, it would take a great deal of "Change" to silence that opinion.