Wednesday, May 04, 2011
No popularity bump for Obama after Bin Laden
Pundits and assorted presidential observers were expecting an approval bump for Obama following the successful hit carried out by SEAL-6 on Osama Bin Laden, and rightfully so. Any President who green-lights a successful kill mission on America's #1 enemy deserves a bump. But Obama isn't enjoying much of one...why not?
My guess is first, the economy is still in a tailspin as gas prices continue to rise and the future is indeed bleak. And two, the stupid, Islamically-consistent burial-at-sea of Bin Laden on which the Navy spent 40 minutes, sort of quelled the good feelings toward Obama. People are asking why did Bin Laden deserve that? Why are we bending over backwards not to anger crazed Muslims who're already angry? Are we worried about angering moderate Muslims by not giving public enemy #1 a proper burial?
I don't think having the Navy do that garnered any good will from any Muslims, anywhere. Regarding Bin Liden's demise, Muslims are either glad, pissed, or indifferent. I don't think the funeral ceremony changed anything one way or the other.