One thing about the Dems when they want to try to sell something they are very good at syncing the talking points.
In an attempt to make the Jr. Chipmunk sitting in the small chair in the so-called “iconic” photo seem more than he is, we have our word of the day as spread by the usual suspects. Toby Harnden caught the attempt. First John Brennan (wow, should that guy be somewhere else saying “would you like fries with that”, or what?) in the White House briefing room:
When President Obama was faced with the opportunity to act upon this, the president had to evaluate the strength of that information and then made what I believe was one of the most gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory.
Yup. Definitely more gutsy than ordering the surge in Iraq in the face of a political firestorm. Gutsy.
Then the French looking guy who I believe claims to have served in Viet Nam, John Kerry, was next up:
This was a gutsy decision by the president. A lot of things could have gone wrong.
No kidding – that chair could have turned over and dumped him in the floor. Gutsy.
DiFi takes a run at it:
It was a very gutsy decision made by the president. I mean, he could have sent some Hellfire missiles in there and destroyed everybody and everything.
Well, there you go – Much gutsier to risk the lives of our troops than to risk the lives of others, no? Gutsy.
All of those risks were debated. All of them were thoroughly explored. And in the end, I think that’s why the president made a very gutsy decision by deciding that for all of those risks, we had to do this.
Because, you know, he only ran on getting Osama, promised he’d go anywhere he had to to do so and, well, somehow doing that was “gutsy” on his part – especially since he really didn’t have to do any of that but could send the SEALs in instead. Then he took the small chair to the side and let it roll. Gutsy.
Denis McDonagh on CNN:
You know, the president had an opportunity, on a very granular basis, to work with those guys every day, particularly the leaders of the bin Laden team, two very impressive guys. And the president came away very impressed. And it was their information that allowed him to make this gutsy call.
Or, said another way, they presented so much hard evidence that Obama had no choice but to make the call. Gutsy.
Finally, the last to be passed the knee pads, and apparently one who wanted to ensure her bit of praise was the best was former Ambassador to Pakistan and Middle East Institute president Wendy Chamberlain:
But he made that decision to go without telling Pakistan and that took some real courage, as much courage as our Navy SEALs did in pulling off a near flawless operation.
Yessiree Bob – not telling Pakistan was just as gutsy as flying into a foreign land, at night, nap of the earth, hoping no one sees your helicopter and blows it out of the sky. Then fast roping into a compound of hostiles, number unknown, engaging in a firefight and clearing it. Then exfiltrating. Yup, not telling Pakistan is just like that.
You’re right, Chamberlain forgot to use the buzz word of the day but let’s be honest she was going for a 3-point shot from half-court here and “gutsy” just wasn’t enough. Tying Obama’s decision to the courage of the SEALs?