President Obama on Republican accusations of appeasement: ‘Ask Osama bin Laden.’
Woo! Damn. This is the kick-ass President Obama liberals pine for and Republicans fear.
QUESTION: Republican candidates have taken aim at your approach to foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East and Israel, and accused you of “appeasement,” and I wanted to get your reaction to that.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al Qaeda leaders who have been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement—or whoever’s left out there, ask them about that.
Healthcare reform? Credit card reform? Withdrawal from Iraq? Consumer protection agency? Stimulus package? fair pay act? Student loan reform? Food safety act? Revitalized the image of America in the foreign world (maybe not to pre-Bush levels, but it was a vast improvement)? 9/11 first responder healthcare? SCHIP expansion? Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell?
Killing Osama was just the only thing that even his opponents couldn’t criticize. It was hardly his greatest success, though.