Today, at the White House:
At 5:22 in the video:
President Obama: ….All right, with that, I’m going to take a couple of questions. Ben.
Question: Thank you, Mr. President. It’s a very busy time. If I may, I’d like to ask you about two other, uh, quickly, two other important issues in the news. Republican candidates have, um, taken aim at your approach to foreign policy, particularly the Middle East and Israel, and accused you, uh, of appeasement. I wanted to get your reaction to that. And also, I’m wondering if you personally intervened in any way in halting the sale of the morning after, uh, pill to those under seventeen, and whether you think, uh, politics trumps science in this case.
President Obama: Uh, ask Osama bin Laden and the twenty-two out of thirty top al Qaeda leaders who’ve been taken off the field, uh, whether I engage in appeasement. Or whoever is left out there, ask them about that….
And, compare, from his predecessor (March 13, 2002):
Question: Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden.
Question: Why is that? Also, can you tell the American people, you have any more information, if you know if he is dead or alive?
dubya: Um, hm.
Question: Final part [crosstalk]…
Question: …deep in your heart don’t you truly believe that until you find out if he is dead or alive you won’t really eliminate the threat of [crosstalk]…
dubya: Well, deep in my heart I know the man’s on the run, if he’s alive at all. And, uh, I, I, uh, you know, who knows if he’s hiding in some cave or not. Uh, we hadn’t heard from him in a long time. And the idea of focusing on one person, uh, is, um, really indicates to me people don’t understand the scope of the mission. Uh, terror’s bigger than one person. And, uh, he, he’s just, he, he’s, he’s a person who’s now been marginalized. Um, his network is, uh, his, his host government has been destroyed. Um, he’s the ultimate parasite who found weakness, exploited it, and, um, um, met his match. Uh, he is, uh, you know, as I mentioned in my speech, I do mention the fact that this is a fellow who’s willing to commit youngsters to their death and he himself tries to hide, if in fact he’s hiding at all. So, I, I don’t know where he is. Nor, you know, I just don’t spend that much time on him, really, to be honest with you. I, I’m more worried about making sure that our soldiers are well supplied, that the strategy is clear, that the coalition is strong….
Who was appeasing when? No matter how hard they try not to, the republicans can’t help but point that out.
Game, set, match, election.