President Obama: What a week!
Submitted 3 May 2011 11:08am
OBama, ‘one ‘helluva’ of a lucky and smart President’ writes Ekow Nelson.
The former UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson once observed that “a week is a long time in politics”. And what a week it has been for President Obama.
From hitting a new low in his approval ratings at the beginning of last week, he regained the upper-hand by pulling the rug from underneath Donald Trump’s ‘dog-whistle’ campaign and fantasy presidential bid. Having removed residual doubts about his place of birth (among reasonable people at any rate), he rounded off the week with the announcement that American forces had captured and killed Osama Bin Laden who orchestrated the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 that remains seared in the collective memory of Americans and the world at large.
It is now clear what President Obama meant by “I’ve got better stuff to do,” in his repudiation of the fringe elements in the Birther movement and parts of the complicit media last week. While Trump was ruminating over whether, as the conservative writer David Frum put it, “a pregnant Stanley Ann Dunham in the summer of 1961 boarded a propeller plane from Honolulu to Los Angeles, then from Los Angeles to New York City, then from New York City to Gander, then from Gander to London, then from London to Nairobi – and then repeated the trip backward a few weeks later – all so that her baby could acquire Kenyan nationality”, Obama was busy concluding plans with the CIA and the US military to take-out the mastermind of the single worst terrorist atrocity of the 21st century. The contrast between Obama and Trump could not have been starker. No doubt nutters like Trump will demand to see Osama Bin Laden’s body before they believe the President’s word. Continue reading “President Obama: What a week!”