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Obama Dropping Al Qaeda Brag From Speech?

From Fox News:

Obama dropping ‘Al Qaeda is on the run’ from stump speech?

October 17, 2012

President Obama may be recalibrating his campaign rhetoric on Al Qaeda, in the aftermath of the Libya terror attack.

Before that attack and as recently as a week ago, Obama had taken to saying Al Qaeda is on the road to defeat. During a Miami stop on Oct. 11, he said: "And today, Al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead."

But at the debate Tuesday and on the campaign trail Wednesday, the Al Qaeda reference appeared to have been walked back.

"You know four years ago I told you we’d end the war in Iraq, and I did. I said we’d end the war in Afghanistan, and we are. I said we’d focus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have, and Bin Laden is dead," Obama said in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Wednesday.

What is hilarious is that the Obama people probably didn’t think anyone would notice. Or, rather, they just assumed that the fawning mainstream media would never point it out.

His language at Tuesday’s debate also marked a subtle shift. "I said we’d refocus attention on those who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have gone after Al Qaeda’s leadership like never before and Usama bin Laden is dead," he said.

It’s unclear whether the change is intentional, and whether the campaign intends to drop the "on the run" language for good.

It’s pretty clear to us. Though they might be shamed into Obama’s claims back in, if they get mocked enough.

A representative with the Obama camp did not return an email seeking comment Wednesday…

How surprising.

The president’s team, though, was voicing confidence about Obama’s performance, particularly on the Libya question, in the aftermath of Tuesday’s debate…

At the debate, Obama appeared to take responsibility for security failures leading up to the Benghazi attack but also pointedly suggested Mitt Romney was politicizing the tragedy.

Who has been politicizing the far greater tragedy of 9/11 more than Barack Obama?

Lest we forget, George Bush was not even allowed to mention 9/11 when he was running for re-election. But Obama has made the killing of Bin Laden and the ‘defeat’ of Al Qaeda the centerpiece of his campaign.

Unfortunately, for Mr. Obama, all of his crowing is now coming home to roost.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 18th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama Dropping Al Qaeda Brag From Speech?”

  1. untrainable says:

    I’d love to hear Romney, during the third debate, ask Obama flatly… “So, is Al Qaeda ‘on the run’ as you said during speeches on these days… blah blah blah blah, and blah… OR has your lackluster attempt at foreign policy turned the Middle East and Northern Africa into the biggest cluster f**k since George Armstrong Custer decided not to wait for reinforcements at Little Big Horn?”

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