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Love: Obama Played Cards During Bin Laden Raid

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

President Obama played cards during the bin Laden raid says his longtime aide Reggie Love

14 August 2013

President Obama’s longtime aide Reggie Love says he and the president played cards during part of the raid in Pakistan that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

‘Most people were like down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, "I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing,"’ Love recalled of the May 2011 raid during a forum hosted by the D.C.-based Artists & Athletes Alliance in Los Angeles last month.

We thought Obama was ‘like’ on the golf course.

He said that he and the president, along with White House photographer Pete Souza and Obama aide Marvin Nicholson, gathered in the private dining room to play a couple rounds of cards. ‘We must have played 15 games of spades,’ Love said.

Marvin Nicholson is the man who replace Love as Obama’s ‘body man." Pete Souza is the photographer who took the famous photo of Obama and his top staff watching the mission unfold in the situation room. (Which was the first time the super secret White House ‘situation room’ had even been shown to the public.)

Obama has previously said that he watched the raid in real time in the Situation Room with members of his national security team. It’s not clear when he stepped away to play cards.

Nit pickers.

‘This was the longest 40 minutes of my life,’ the president told NBC News a year after the raid, referring to the amount of time the Navy SEALs had to complete their mission after landing at the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad…

Love, 32, has worked for Obama as a personal assistant since the president was a junior senator. He was invited to the forum last month to reflect on his time as one of the president’s closest aides…

Asked about what he learned from his time working for the president, he said ‘The thing I learned the most from working with the president, I think, [is] empathy.’

Right. We saw Mr. Obama’s empathy during the Benghazi attack.

Meanwhile, The Hill emphasized another portion of Love’s revelations:

Love: Obama wanted ‘impromptu press conference’ on birth certificate

By Justin Sink | August 14, 2013

President Obama’s former personal aide said Wednesday that the president was so "irritated" by controversy over his birthplace that he wanted to hold an "impromptu press conference" when he discovered the long-form version of his birth certificate, only to be dissuaded by his advisers.

Reggie Love, the former body man to the president, told UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs that the delay in producing the president’s birth certificate was because when "your parents don’t live together (and) you travel all over the world, documents get lost."

We haven’t followed all the ins and outs of the birth certificate controversy. But when has anyone ever claimed that the long form was lost?

"He wanted to just have an impromptu press conference, just walk in to the press briefing room in the White House and put it down on the podium. And everyone was like ‘That’s a really bad idea,’ " Love said. "But he was very gung-ho about doing it, because he was so irritated about it."

The president did, in fact, appear before the press when the certificate was released in April 2011, decrying the issue as a "sideshow." “We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do," Obama said…

So why has Obama told Mr. Love to go out and start up the birther stuff again?

By the way, the video of Mr. Love’s interview was removed from YouTube almost immediately. Which would tend to indicate that Mr. Love screwed up his mission.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Love: Obama Played Cards During Bin Laden Raid”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    First thing, I’ve played hundreds of games of Spades and 15 games would take many, many hours. Games are usually played to 500 points. The most a team can score in one hand is 200 points and that’s bidding a “blind nil”, which is to say you bet you won’t win a single book, and you bid this before you even look at your cards. I have never seen anyone be successful at this as it is a last ditch effort by the losers at the end of a game.

    In reality you can only score 100 points in a hand and that’s if you bid nil and didn’t take a single book. This is pretty rare as your hand must be perfect and your partner must be an exceptional player to cover you. Years of playing together fosters this level of play unbless you have the perfect hand.

    So, most hands you will score between 40 and 70 points and each hand takes about 5 minutes from dealing to adding up points. That means each game takes about 10 to 15 hands for one team to aquire 500 points and that takes at least an hour.

    Was Obama playing cards for 15 hours? Because Reggie corrected himself and said not “hands” but “games” of spades.

    Golfing all morning and spades all afternoon and night. What a life.

    Second, Obama’s long form birth certificate has been proven by Sheriff Arpaio as forged.

    Here’s proof it was a forgery. And a bad one at that. I think Reggie tried too hard to help Ears.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Other “sideshows” President Erckle says are not an issue:
    Fast and Furious

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