Recapping The White House’s Osama Raid Stories
It certainly has been one busy news week. Sean took the opportunity to review the week’s events which began with the death of bin Laden and culminated with the constantly-changing story from the White House of how Osama was caught. Sean also mentioned a great article that appeared on today's DailyCaller.com written by Jim Treacher that illustrated the week's events in great detail. If you happened to stray from your computer, or missed an episode of ‘Hannity’ - you probably missed one of the White House administration’s tall tales about the Osama raid. So pull up a chair and gather around as we recap the stories spun by the most “transparent” White House administration in history:
• It all started with Obama’s Sunday night press conference in which he announced the United States had killed Osama bin Laden. It was originally announced for 10:30 but didn’t happen until 11:30. By that time, the news Obama was supposed to be breaking had broken already. “After months and months of bad news, Obama finally found that momentum, that mojo again many felt,” Sean added. “Some thought this news made him virtually unbeatable in 2012.”
• Initial reports stated Osama had a gun, and then he didn’t. “But he did put up resistance, although we’re still not sure what the resistance was,” Sean added.
• Then, John Brennan, Obama’s counter terrorism chief told us bin Laden’s wife died after being used by a human shield in the attack – implying a cowardly act of self-defense by a cowardly bin Laden. “Now we’re being told she wasn’t being used a human shield and oh, by the way, she’s alive,” Sean said sarcastically.
• We were told the president watched the whole thing go down. “The president and his team were supposedly watching the raid in real-time,” said Sean. Then CIA director Leon Panetta said that he and Obama didn’t actually see everything. Panetta told PBS that once the team went into the compound there was a period of about 25 minutes where they didn’t know exactly what was going on.
• We were told that Osama was killed after a fire fight. It appears only one person in the compound fired at the Navy SEALs and that person was killed. “After that no shots were fired and our special ops guys,” added Sean.
Those are just some highlights of the stories about the Osama raid coming from the White House and Obama administration. For more on how the Obama is managing to turn a near-perfect military and intelligence victory into a snowballing public-relations fiasco, see Stephen Green (“The Gang That Could Shoot Straight — But Not Much Else ”) and Andrew Malcolm (“Osama bin Laden dead: Yes, SEALs were in on the raid, but aides hail Obama’s office bravery ”).
Pawlenty Reacts To First Republican Presidential Debate
Sean spoke with Congressman Tim Pawlenty on last night’s ‘Hannity’ about his reactions to the first GOP presidential debate. Pawlenty appreciated the forum to allow the early candidates to discuss and debate the issues. Sean asked the congressman what he felt Obama’s greatest weakness is heading into 2012. “His economic policies are a disaster and his worldview about the role of government as it relates to job providers and growing jobs in this country is ridiculous. The number one thing I hear around this country, I talk to people about what it would take to provide more jobs, they say get the government off my back. This president is putting more of the government on their back and they're discouraged. It is too expensive, too slow, and the like.” Pawlenty explained he supported tax cuts and said that in order to balance the budget that he would substantially reform entitlement programs. You can read a transcript of Sean’s entire interview with Pawlenty right here.
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