ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf reports:
Even Rush Limbaugh heaped praise on President Obama for giving the go-ahead to kill Osama bin Laden, although the kudos became so effusive on Limbaugh’s radio program today that they seemed more like sarcasm.
“Ladies and Gentleman we need to open the program today by congratulating President Obama,” said Limbaugh, one of the President’s most notable antagonists, at the open of his radio program Monday. “President Obama has done something extremely effective and when he does, this needs to be pointed out.”
He said President Obama succeeded by continuing the policies of President Bush and maintaining the U.S. presence in the Middle East. “He did not scrub the mission to get bin Laden,” said Limbaugh.
Then the praise turned into high gear. “In fact,” said Limbaugh, “it may be that President Obama single-handedly came up with the technique in order to pull this off.”
More Limbaugh: “You see, the military wanted to go in there and bomb as they always do. They wanted to drop missiles and drop bombs and a number of totally destructive techniques here. But President Obama, perhaps the only qualified member in the room to deal with this, insisted on the Special Forces. No one else thought of that. President Obama. Not a single intelligence adviser, not a single national security adviser, not a single military adviser came up with the idea of using SEAL Team 6 or any Special Forces.”
Limbaugh did not specifically say he was being sarcastic, but it would be a problem indeed if President Obama were the only member of the U.S. government who could think of using the SEALs for such an operation.
“According to news reports, not one member of the military – not Gen. Petraeus, nobody in the Intel community, nobody had the slightest idea of going in there and using special forces,” Limbaugh said, suggesting he was frustrated with the media’s coverage of the killing of bin Laden. Limbaugh also had to correct himself multiple times for referring to Osama bin Laden as Obama.
Limbaugh sounded more sincere when he said he was “as proud of the U.S. military as I have been in a long time.”