I thought it was one of his best appearances. As I watched it, I kept thinking, “Do I know this guy?”
He said mostly all the right things, love of country, forceful defense, and so on and so on. I didn’t like his comment about how there was no need to “spike the football” because “that’s not who we are.” By putting it that way, he delegitimized those who feel differently.
He seemed to want to claim the credit, as he did the night of the announcement, but did in fact then acknowledge the long road which led to the intelligence breakthrough.
But overall, he came across as a Barack Obama I have never seen before, certainly not Senator or candidate Obama, who berated the Bush administration. The metamorphosis reminded me of this bumper sticker.
Obama acknowledged that this was a very risky decision since we weren’t even certain bin Laden was at the house.
But nothing succeeds like success. What for another president would have led to claims of cowboy-style foreign policy is viewed as Obama’s finest moment because it succeeded..
Now comes the even harder part, because there almost certainly will be retaliatory terrorist attempts. The old saying that we have to win every encounter, terrorists only have to win one, still applies.
It’s hard, though, to see what Obama’s next finest moment will be.