Obama's touchdown dance

Opinion Zone,Christian Tappe

President Obama’s back on the campaign trail, and he’s nearly up to full speed already.

During his historic run to the presidency, Obama proved himself to be, if nothing else, an excellent campaigner. And that was when he had basically no track record. He certainly has one now, although, you know, not a good one. Though I guess if you asked the cheering crowd in Austin, Tex.,  they might have a different opinion.

At a fundraising event yesterday, the president wowed an adoring crowd as he ramped up his 2012 reelection campaign. This despite his less-than-stellar results with the economy thus far, his controversial, at best, “Obamacare” initiative, and his, um, overzealous, TSA.

Still,  he can point to some legitimate foreign policy successes, although not without caveat.

The “kinetic military action”  in Libya quietly and aimlessly drags on, and despite the fact that he has “pulled the troops out of Iraq,” Americans are still present and dying.

But, of course, there is the killing of Osama bin Laden. It was a truly momentous event, and from all accounts a job very well done by the president and his team of advisors, strategists, intelligence officers, and military personnel.

Obama should receive credit for the vanquishing of bin Laden, although certainly not all of it, or even most of it. But, the fact remains that he was instrumental in bringing the face of Islamic terrorism to justice.

Now comes the fun part. At the Austin event, after “someone shouted out, ‘Thank you for getting Bin Laden!’’’ Obama  replied, “case in point” for the American people letting him “finish what we started." The president then proclaimed that “Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States,” to a chorus of cheers. 

And the deeper we get into the 2012 election cycle, the more Obama and his team will play the Osama card. It’s understandable, because it’s a real accomplishment with little real controversy among the American people.

But it’s clearly becoming a new cheering line for Obama.

And if it keeps up, Obama’s not just going to be “spiking the football,” he'll be doing the Ickey Shuffle.


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