WASHINGTON — Friends and foes alike had high praise on Monday for the biggest achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency — bringing Osama bin Laden to justice years after his predecessor, George W. Bush, pledged in vain to do the same.
After years of fending off accusations from the right that he’s soft on terror, Obama was lauded as a commander-in-chief with resolve and determination following the death of bin Laden in Pakistan when the president ordered U.S. Navy SEALS to move in for the kill.
Even former vice-president Dick Cheney, a relentless critic of Obama’s anti-terror policies for three years, called the killing “a tremendous achievement for the military and intelligence professionals who carried out this important mission.”
“I also want to congratulate President Obama and the members of his national security team,” Cheney said.
Bin Laden’s death, indeed, couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment for Obama, whose poll numbers have been steadily sliding as the country’s economic recovery stalls and gasoline prices soar.
They’re currently hovering below 50 per cent according to most recent surveys.