Obama's bin Laden ad is tacky but effective
The Kansas City Star
Count me among those who recoil a bit at the Obama campaign’s ad “One Chance” ad.
It’s rolling along, with former POTUS Bill Clinton soberly talking about the weightiness of the decision about whether to go and get Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, when no one was entirely sure bin Laden was indeed in Pakistan.
Then, about 40 second in, you see the words, “Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?” and the ad makes an abrupt shift from a message about statesmanship to a harsh political attack.
Personally, I would have preferred the Obama campaign had stuck with the statesmanship. We are observing, after all, not only the one-year anniversary of the assassination of bin Laden, but also a look back at all he wrought, including the deaths of 3,000 people in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. It’s a somber occasion and should be treated as such.
But I also don’t see why anyone should feign shock and indignation at this ad. Republicans have been falsely accusing Obama of being soft on defense and security since the day he took office. Reminding the public that Romney once expressed doubts about the wisdom of seeking out bin Laden is payback, tit for tat, whatever. It’s politics and this is a political season.
If nothing else, the ad should reassure people about Obama’s willingness to engage in combat of the political sort.
You can find the ad just about anywhere oin the Internet, including with this piece by the Christian Science Monitor, which gives some context to the controversy.