I've been tooling around the Internet this morning, thinking about and processing the death of Osama bin Laden. I saw this caption under one of the many NY Times photos:
As crowds gathered outside the White House, there was little question that Mr. Obama's presidency had forever been changed.
"Little question"? "Forever changed"?
What's wrong with me? I didn't even really consider Obama in all of this. Yeah, he's CiC. But I thought about things/people that, to me, have "forever been changed" because of Osama's death at the hands of American forces: our reflections of the events of 9/11, Navy SEALS, our armed forces, the victims of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks, the children of victims, friends who died that day, first responders in NYC, Bush, Giuliani, our children's future history books, etc.
Obama? I didn't really think of his presidency. Yeah, he OK'd the strike. Yeah, he had been monitoring the situation closely. Yeah, he made a speech (I didn't see it). Yeah, he gets credit for being our leader while our armed forces finally completed a decade-long goal. Great. I believe he's as patriotically joyous as the rest of us. I do. But didn't he do what any other human would do? Say, "Yeah, go for it" when he heard there was a chance to get him. Right?
Has this really "forever changed" his legacy? Help me out. Is this another Timesian spin? I'm not hatin' on the guy. Really. I just don't get it.