Posts Tagged "Barack Obama"
The New York Times has some great reporting on the operation that the United States undertook to kill Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan Sunday.
Like the fact that, “In all, 79 commandos and a dog were involved.”
And that not everything went according to plan.
The tensest moment for those watching, he said, came when one of two helicopters that flew the American troops into the compound broke down, stalling as it flew over the 18-foot wall of the compound and prepared to land. After the raid, the team blew up the helicopter and called in one of two backups. In all, 79 commandos and a dog were involved.
President Obama considered other options that would have been less risky, like an airstrike, but ultimately opted to send in commandos because, Mr. Brennan said, “it gave us the ability to minimize collateral damage” and “to ensure that we knew who it was that was on that compound.”
Even a day later, not all of the details of the operation were known; some may never be. Officials did say that Bin Laden resisted arrest, but it was not clear, Mr. Brennan said, whether he opened fire himself.
In all, it took 40-minutes. And it was a 40-minute battle that the Pakistani government did not know about. Pakistan scrambled jets but the United States forces were apparently gone, with bin Laden’s body, before they arrived.
In addition, “the team removed a large trove of documents and materials from the residence.”
All of this went on while the President and his national security team monitored the raid from the Situation Room in the White House.
“The minutes passed like days,” Obama’s counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan said at a briefing Monday.
Business Insider reported that President Barack Obama and the rest of his team watched live video of the Sunday night raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound — possibly via a soldier’s helmet cam. I posted a picture of Obama and his national security team watching the action earlier this afternoon.
President Obama watched live video of the raid on Bin Laden’s compound yesterday, a source tells us.
In operations like this, our source says, soldiers and pilots often carry helmet cameras, and screens in situation rooms can carry live images from all of them.
In a press conference this afternoon, head of counter-terrorism John Brennan said Obama’s reaction when Bin Laden was killed was “We got him.”
Jeez. You would think that we, as a society, would be beyond this sort of thing by now. But apparently not.
OC Weekly has a racist email sent from an Orange County Republican Party central committee member and tea party activist that depicts President Barack Obama as an ape.
Under the words, “Now you know why no birth certificate,” there’s an Obama family portrait showing them as apes.The image attached to an email distributed among Orange County Republicans and Tea Baggers.
(Donald Trump must be elated to finally have an explanation about Obama’s true birth circumstances.)
Here’s the image attached to the email:
Reached by telephone and asked if she thought the email was appropriate, Davenport said, “Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people—mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.”
Unfortunately for Marilyn Davenport, the e-mail sender, some of the people who received the email were, to their credit, upset by it. Disgusting.
Here’s a longer explanation from Davenport which basically a longer, just as ridiculous version of the above. This is an e-mail she sent to her colleagues that The Orange County Register received a copy of:
"I’m sorry if my email offended anyone, I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth. In no way did I even consider the fact he’s half-black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race. We all know a double standard applies regarding this President. I received plenty of e-mails about George Bush that I didn’t particularly like yet there was no "cry" in the media about them. One only has to go to YouTube or Google Images to see a plethora of lampooning videos and pictures about Obama, Bush and other politicians. That being said, I will NOT resign my Central Committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing.
"Again, for those select few who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintances, unlike the liberal left when they do the same, I offer my sincere apologies to you – the email was not meant for you.
"For any of my friends or acquaintances who were the recipients of my email and were truly offended, please call me so I may offer a sincere verbal apology to you. Sincerely, Marilyn Davenport"
Ken Tremendous, aka Michael Schur, wrote on Twitter his version of her explanation.
"Sorry if you dummies found my racist email offensive. And hey, Bush got made fun of too, which is the same as racism."
"P.S. Also it *can’t* be racist, because I only meant for my friends to see it. So, point: me."
Decerga released a statement: “”I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport. I enjoyed playing basketball with him this morning. I’m sure he’ll be back out on the court again soon.”
Right now, there are only three mentions of “Ray Decerga” and “basketball” on Google, though I expect that to change pretty quickly with this news.
And for late-night talk show hosts to that Decerga has to fear for his job.*
*Yes, this changed from what I wrote in the earlier post.