President Obama’s first interview re: killing of Osama bin Laden: 60 Minutes.

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 8, 2011
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A Moral High Ground, Reclaimed.

A few random quotes from the below interview that reflect a kind of moral precision I haven’t heard for a decade.

“That’s something that makes us different.”

“That’s not us.”

“We had to remember what our primary focus was: who carried out 9/11, and how do we make sure we are laser-focused on getting them.”

“Were you nervous?”


“Every time I make a decision about [war] I understand that this will result in people being killed.”


I haven’t heard the United States of America described from a moral high ground in this way for a long time. When I was a child, I was easily patriotic. I always have been, but for the last decade or so, too often, it’s been heavy lifting.

The openness and candor, the thoughtfulness displayed in this interview reminds me of what I loved as a child: the feeling that our public servants were here to serve, not merely win or take advantage.

We must always seek to do the right thing, even if that’s more difficult or takes longer. We don’t have to spike the football.

Video embeds from CBS haven’t been working. Here’s the link.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “President Obama’s first interview re: killing of Osama bin Laden: 60 Minutes.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Sorry, video embeds from CBS not working. Link is:

  2. Alice2112 says:

    Excellent commentary Waylon. Totally agree. Great post. I hope everyone has seen this video.

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