President Obama was criticized this week for “politicizing” the killing of Osama bin Laden in a campaign ad that stated that, had he been president, Mitt Romney would not have made the same call.
Republicans immediately fired back, reminding everyone that it was the Navy SEALs who carried out the raid and for the president to make any claim to success was, unfortunate, appalling and shameless “spiking the football.”
If this didn’t strike you as odd, you may have been born in 2009.
TPM took a trip down memory lane to the last time Republicans were tasked with the job of defending and promoting an incumbent president.
Eager to present themselves as staunch and strong defenders of the homeland, unafraid of tracking down terrorists wherever they were, Republicans of eight years ago were keen to let everyone know who was really keeping them safe.
So on politicizing national security, you might say they don’t have
a leg to stand on an aircraft carrier to land on.
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Originally from Scotland, Michael was a freelance video editor before joining TPM in the summer of 2011. He lives in New York with his wife and two cats and is a lifelong fan of The World Famous Dundee United.