Isn’t Dewhurst’s statement about the death of bin Laden a bit bizarre?
“I salute President Bush, President Obama, the brave men and women of the United States military and our intelligence community who never gave up on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice for the deaths of 3,000 innocent Americans on 9-11.
“The demise of bin Laden sends a clear message to al-Qaeda and the enemies of freedom still seeking to do harm to America. We will never forget 9-11 and we will not rest until we bring justice to those responsible.”
I’d like to know the thought process that led the Dew to put the name of a president who has been out of office for more than two years and who tried mightily, but failed, to bring bin Laden to justice, ahead of the sitting president of the United States, who mounted the successful operation that led to bin Laden’s death. Did he think people would regard him as being soft on Obama if he mentioned him ahead of Bush? Did he think Republicans would be upset if he praised Obama at all? Why didn’t he ask his staff to get the protocol right? This just seems creepy to me. It’s totally inappropriate to put Bush’s name before Obama’s, and Bush himself would be the first to say so.
At least Dewhurst mentioned President Obama. Rick Perry’s statement did not:
After years on the run, Osama bin Laden was finally brought to justice Sunday night. On behalf of all Texans, I’d like to extend our gratitude to the brave men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to tracking this individual down, particularly the members of our valiant special forces who flew into harm’s way Sunday to finally put an end to bin Laden’s murderous reign. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who will continue to wage our global fight on terror, placing their own lives on the line to keep us safe back here at home.