PBS's Tavis Smiley: I Hate Seeing Obama 'Bragging About Having to Off Bin Laden'
It's becoming crystal clear that President Obama stepped on his foot while taking a victory lap for the assassination of Osama bin Laden one year ago.
Joining the growing list of even liberal media members offended by this shameless act of self-promotion was PBS's Tavis Smiley who on ABC's This Week Sunday actually said, "I just hate seeing the president play into the hands of the right by running around bragging about having to off Osama bin Laden...I don't think it's presidential" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
TAVIS SMILEY, PBS: But I'm just troubled by the fact that this president has sitting behind his desk a bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I regard Dr. King as the greatest American this country has ever produced. We could debate that, but that's my assessment, he's the greatest American we've ever produced.
And for a person who talked about nonviolence, who the president quotes often, Dr. King once said that war is the enemy of the poor. And I just hate seeing the president play into the hands of the right by running around bragging about having to off Osama bin Laden. It's not -- I don't think it's presidential. I think it's bad strategy, with his playing into their hands. But more importantly for me, it's antithetical to the person he says is one of his great heroes.
This followed the perilously liberal Arianna Huffington expressing a similarly negative view on Monday's CBS This Morning about Obama's bin Laden ad.
Have we now entered a parallel universe where liberal commentators are starting to sound like conservative ones, or is the current White House resident beginning to make such a fool of himself that even his most ardent supporters are having a hard time restraining their disgust?