The media has been freaking out for about 24 hours about the President’s new ad featuring Bill Clinton suggesting that Mitt Romney wouldn’t have made the call to kill Osama bin Laden, and Mark Mardell rushes to His defense. I’m not even going to bother linking to criticisms in the mainstream media, because you know Mardell wouldn’t be roused to action if it wasn’t a major problem.
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: It’s not His fault if someone else thinks this boastful ad politicizes the killing. And He’s The Man, you know.
President Barack Obama is being accused by opponents of making political capital out of the killing of Osama Bin Laden a year ago.
That’s not surprising – he is indeed making a big deal out of it.
The question is whether doing so is distasteful and whether his campaign is politicising something that should be above politics.
Mardell knows this is a problem. He knows this is “unseemly”. He knows that using a targeted assassination of someone in cold blood, without due process of law, as a campaign slogan is not the kind of Hope & Change we were sold in 2008. Even Arianna Huffington is calling Him out on it. So what does the US President do? He blames His opponents for it being a problem, and makes sure to remind you of His prowess.
It is just as inevitable that opponents will portray that as unseemly immodesty.
The crudeness of the presidential pitch may put some off, but any row that is created only serves to highlight that Bin Laden was indeed killed on Mr Obama’s watch, on his orders.
Even when it comes to acting like the very kind of warmongering cowboy Mardell loathes with all his being, he still must defend Him to the bitter end. Nothing is His fault, you see.
But please, the BBC asks you to continue to look to him for your understanding of US issues.