Monday, May 9, 2011

Obama Didn't Kill Bin Laden? Actually, He Kinda Did

So, I've been seeing a lot of THIS posted on Facebook lately:

Let's be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, 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 the SOB and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!! REPOST IF YOU AGREE!!!

And guess what, kids? I'm really getting sick of it. There are so many things wrong with this, I could barf up my own liver. Let's make a list.

1) The President Leads Our Country's Military

President Obama is the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Military. He's in charge of it. He is the highest ranking officer. He gave the order, took the risk. And, as a friend of mine pointed out, if he'd failed, he'd be blamed for that, too.

2) He Does Not, However, Possess Magical Powers

Obama never debated paying soldiers. He was not behind the proposed government shutdown, and he's not behind the budget problem. That's Congress. Congress is responsible for budgets and pretty much everything else. The President may be a powerful man, but he's not Gandalf.

I know we all got used to hating the President during the Bush Years, what with all that “is our children learning” and “Mission Accomplished” sh*t we had to sit through. But honestly, you guys, chill out. The Prez is not all-powerful. He shares power with the Congress and the Supreme Court. Three branches, checks and balances. Basic government. Learn it.

3) Nor is the Post Arbitrarily Assigned

Excuse me? Obama “just happened” to be the one in office? He “just happened” to be there? Was it an accident? Was he confused for a Kennedy? Did he go on a bender and wake up there three days later?

The Secret Service just went, "Meh." -- Marcn

No, he didn't. He won by a landslide 364 electoral votes. Unlike some Presidents I could mention, he got the popular vote, too. “Just happened” to be there, my ass.