Two days ago I wrote a post about Obama’s and his campaign ads’ bragging about the killing of Bin Laden and insinuating that Romney would never have done it. Towards the end of the post I wrote, “I’m not sure why this particular episode has galled me so much.”
But today, on reading this piece, I had an insight that helped me understand the reason: it’s the fact that it’s a four-pronged assault. There isn’t just one outrage, there are four:
(1) the bragging, which is unpresidential and unworthy of someone with true valor
(2) the hypocrisy of using the incident for campaign points, after criticizing others for doing so
(3) the misrepresentation of what Romney had actually said, with carefully- and mendaciously-truncated quotes
(4) the fact that despite all this, so many voters still consider Obama above the political fray.
Obama has always been audacious, all right, and so far he’s always gotten away with it. That’s one of the reasons why the Alice Palmer incident galls me so. It was nasty, it was ruthless, it occurred at the beginning of Obama’s career when he was supposedly untested and relatively naive—and he got away with it, because most people haven’t a clue that it occurred, or what it revealed about his most-definitely-not-a-nice-guy character.