I am often amused when advocates in the news media criticize a government official they don’t like of playing politics with an issue. The truth is politicians are always factoring politics into the decisions they make. That’s why they are called politicians.
Certainly, the detractors of President Barack Obama will now accuse him of playing politics with the death of Osama Bin Laden. He is already getting some flack for his upcoming trip to “ground zero” in New York. Detractors are saying that he is going to milk the incident for everything it is worth.
That’s why I always lament the lack of true journalists in our news media. True reporters that don’t have an ideological axe to grind would admit that any President would take advantage of such a momentous achievement for political gain. After all, if the Navy Seal operation had failed, Obama would be roundly criticized and face months of embarrassment in the United States and across the world.
Related to Obama’s trip to New York has been a decision by former President George W. Bush to not attend the ceremonies. The invitation by the President was gracious as was the reaction to it by the former President. A Bush spokesman said that the former President appreciated the invitation, but that he prefers to stay out of the limelight. Staying in the background has been a consistent stance of Bush since he left office. He has gone out of his way to avoid criticizing his successor. It appears at first glance that both Bush and Obama have handled the killing of Bin Laden with the utmost care and class.
Speaking of the former President, today the outgoing mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, met with the Chicago City Council for the last time as mayor. During his farewell address, he gave great credit to former President Bush for helping him revamp the Chicago Housing Authority. Daley said that Bush knew he wouldn’t get many votes, if any, from the occupants of government housing, but he shook hands with Daley on an agreement that would provide more money to public housing in Chicago than Daley ever expected. I wonder if the Bush haters in the liberal media will report on that. Don’t hold your breath.