President's secret trip to Afghanistan?
Real deal or political showboating?
- Duration 5:00
- Date May 5, 2012
Real deal or political showboating?
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Out of the media coverage this week they jumped all over.
The Obama campaign this they think think quite rightly thought it was inappropriate and in -- -- to do it and I think the Obama administration from the Obama campaign is a difference I think.
Is gonna face a sort of quality control issue on these videos will get to another segment they -- seemed to have a little operation out there Chicago cranking out stuff which -- blows up in their face.
And -- pay attention to what they're putting out and the -- just responsible for violent videos -- TV commercial but they're paying a lot less attention to them and videos like this one just and even the Huffington Post which.
Usually pretty fond of -- Obama administration was critical of of the release of Baghdad -- Arianna Huffington actually was critical of the entire.
Nature of using foreign policy strength and campaign ads and not -- in my view.
You know this was all ridiculous we just came from a presidential administration.
That a lot of people -- pointed out.
On campaigned on an aircraft carrier and now it suddenly inappropriate I just don't think people are buying it -- -- well this definitely gave the writers at The Daily Show -- a lot easier time they probably were able to take time off.
Because it's so easy to take those clips from the bush administration and basically show.
The exact opposite sentiment coming from many of the top conservative talkers.
And all the way up to the vice president and you can compare the ads so it's a lot of fodder for those who want to say what you're holding.
Democrats are holding President Obama to a much different standards.
And I agree with mark -- in the Daily Beast it would be absurd for him not to tout his greatest foreign policy achievement.
But -- -- while care but I guess the the question is you know one of his National Security Council people rich said that this.
Trip took months of planning and there was no way to know in advance what the political atmosphere would be like.
On the day of this trip but.
You gotta know that as a speech that's given before dawn in Afghanistan.
It would seem has political -- At a superficial level it was brilliant media and management because they have this that.
A week or so it's going to be inherently very controversial -- takes a cheap shot and Mitt Romney.
Chum in the water you get everyone debating.
And the death of -- line and boom.
Next thing you know president in Kabul saying look I'm commander in chief and understand from his hulking armored vehicles and give a speech -- it was a cover and there's nothing you can -- -- -- so you have to admire the technical.
Proficiency but it just I don't have any problem with the president touting foreign policy accomplishments he should these important questions but even Mark McKinnon he cited.
Said he went over the line you can do it subtly and away it doesn't grossly politicized well and even building.
Clinton makes an appearance in this there.
Right that there's two issues here one is to do presidents show -- about their victories or proceed victories and the answer is just a yes bush was on the aircraft carrier -- years -- -- -- -- and Afghanistan -- That is one thing to do that -- an incumbent we'll do that's nothing to say my opponent would have done the same thing that was the thing that got him in trouble main part of the kind of trouble was.
Impugning Romney that he would not have the wisdom -- that are them.
To do the same thing.
You and you'll never know that bush did not do that to the tire call -- John -- -- -- Is that a difference just.
-- I think bush to do that to John Kerry in 2004 you know we saw a lot of ads that really question whether or not Democrats.
Would have been on the offensive we saw that -- wolf that which is now a famous part of political lore.
And frankly I think we're a little too quick to subscribe the Afghan trip to solely politics.
If the media had been doing its attention and not focusing solely on the campaign.
A lot more Americans would know that we are at a pivotal point in Afghanistan right now.
We are about a month away from the NATO meeting that trip happen on the same day -- a new report.
Really detailed progress that was happening right now and I just.
I think it's not fair to say an American president can't.
What's truly -- and there's no doubt the agreement is important but.
Happened that they you know it took -- -- and randomly if you got stuck it and make -- a calendar -- things happened that it its -- bin Laden died.
And had no awareness that this ad -- taking credit for the death of bin Laden.
Would be running right before hand I -- that takes an incredible night.
-- to believe all those things but like you said it was brilliant media manage management but at the end of the -- going back to 2004.
Not only did the bush campaign -- exact same thing.
Vice President Cheney said if John Kerry was elected.
We would be attacked he -- it would make it worse that they would come after us in in a much harder way.
This is I think a perfect example.
Where you're watching the media hold this president to a different standard than -- Ever -- -- -- W price bush guy and it added that it alignment.
Hold for him it's usual for him to pat itself on the back so it's not -- thoughts and that's an Arctic -- -- -- -- Lincoln look where President Bush just had some nine elevenths footage in his one of his campaign -- and it was a huge uproar -- of the ideas that.