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Bin Laden death brings lots of praise on Fox News, not so much for Obama

AndyCard A couple of hours into television coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden, commentators rightly congratulated a host of winners: the U.S. military, intelligence officials, the victims of the 9/11 attacks and their families.

But on Fox News, at least, credit was faint, at best, for one other individual: President Obama.

The conservative cable outlet quoted a string of former Republican officials who seemed unaware, or unwilling to acknowledge, that the commander in chief had ordered the mission that took out the world's most wanted man, with no American casualties.

Stephen Hadley, President George W. Bush's assistant for national security, told Fox the successful mission by U.S. forces was a "great moment" for the military, intelligence officials and Muslims who had been victimized by Bin Laden.

Former Bush Chief of Staff Andrew Card recounted how Bush had promised the mother of one of the firefighters killed at the World Trade Center in New York that he would never forget her son. Card said it was Bush's resolve that "led to the resolve that President Obama showed."

Regular Fox commentator Charles Krauthammer called the successful attack on the Al Qaeda terrorist leader a "great day for the United States." He said the mission showed America's resolve. Krauthammer didn't say anything about Obama's resolve, though the Democratic president had said getting Bin Laden was his top national security priority.

I switched to several stations through the night, so I might have missed a tip of the Fox cap to Obama. The first words of clear praise I heard came just before 2 a.m. EDT, when Greta Van Susteren said Obama would have been blamed if things went wrong. She added that, because of the mission's success: "He gets lots of credit, so does our military." 

Out on Twitter, political consultant Mike Murphy acknowledged the boost that the winning end to the 10-year manhunt would give the president. "Huge American victory," Murphy wrote. "Politics are great for Obama, not so great for continuing the current mission in Afghanistan."

Indeed, the complications and continuing threats from Muslim extremists can't be underestimated. That's as much the news in the decade-long war on terror as the death of a terrorist mastermind, in an operation ordered by President Obama.

-- James Rainey

Photo: Andrew Card.  Credit: Alex Wong / "Meet the Press" / Associated Press 

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Did MSNBC praise George W?

Did NPR?

Did ANY leftist Thank God?

How is this newsworthy?

At least Obama didn't pull a "Clinton".

MSNBC and NPR didn't praise Bush because:
1) He never caught Bin Laden
2) He invaded the wrong country (Iraq)
3) He turned a budget surplus into a deficit
4) He shouted "Mission Accomplished" when we all knew it wasn't.

Other than that, Mrs. Kennedy, how was the parade?

First there has to be something to praise G.W.Bush for, I can't think that invading the wrong country does it, or letting Bin Laden off the hook at Tora Bora, or his saying "he really doesn't concern me" I wish Bush all the best in his retirement, and hope he was truthful when he said recently "I'm through with politics"

Praise Bush for what?

Your grandfather - were he POTUS - could have ordered Boob Laden taken out; it's no great achievement.

BTW, Wolf Blitzer and the Obama-lovers at CNN weren't exactly singing The Chose One's praises, either.

Why should he be praised? He is only a God to liberals who appear to be brainwashed.

Its the military personal and the intelligence agencies that need to be praised.

@Lisa -

The president could have ordered a drone or B-2 strike but he wanted minimum civilian casualties as well as proof of success. He chose a high-risk, high-reward approach. This could have easily been another Desert One or Black Hawk Down, something that could have easily brought down his presidency, yet this was a risk he chose to take.

If it's "no great achievement", why couldn't Bush the lesser do it in eight years while Obama did it in two? Why did Bush disband the CIA team assigned to the task halfway into his 2nd term?

Report: CIA closes bin Laden search unit
Updated 7/4/2006 7:30 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) The CIA says efforts to hunt down Osama bin Laden are as strong as ever, despite a report that the agency has shut down a unit that hunted for the al-Qaeda leader and his top lieutenants.

The New York Times reports two dozen analysts in the unit were re-assigned to other counter-terrorism duties late last year.

George W. laid the groundwork, but bin Laden was killed on Obama's watch. The trophy goes to the hunter who puts the prey in his crosshairs and pulls the trigger.

@aarzi -

if the operation had failed, would you have blamed the military and intelligence agencies and not Obama? You're unwilling to give him credit. Would you not have given him blame?

Does that mean that Carter is off the hook for Desert One? Clinton is off the hook for Black Hawk Down?

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