Obama on Osama

For some reason, I can't stop thinking about Obama's announcement of Osama's death (how many people confuse those names, I'd love to know) so I decided to break it down. Come, join me.

0:00-0:20 Fast facts, just like I like 'em.
0:20-1:20 Am I heartless to be annoyed that Obama spent so much time giving us a syrupy rendition of 9/11? It was a big deal, of course! But Obama's painted picture of billowing smoke and empty tables was more distracting than it was uplifting. Maybe I was too young or far-removed for 9/11 to really be affected by this narrative but to me, Monday's event is not about closure, it's about what it could mean for the future of the fight against anti-American support.
1:20-1:50; 8:13-9:18 Way to bring it back to unity!!
1:50-1:59; 4:00-4:03; 7:15-7:18 Justice. Isn't that just a pretty word for revenge?
3:08; 3:30; 3:40; 3:51; 4:64 It's all about you, I guess. Is that a good way to assert that you do in fact have military prowess, or does it just make sound like your part was as big as they guy who jumped from the helicopter and shot OBL in the head? I dunno.
2:22-2:55; 3:33-3:35; 6:29-6:50; 7:21-7:58 The sacrifice of military is really so great. I want to punch people who don't get this. I will punch them.
4:13-4:17; 7:44-7:50 Wonder who was part of that team... Anyone I know? Maybe?
5:00-5:30 Thank you for both the reminder that we don't hate Muslims and that Bush didn't hate them either
6:18-6:27; 7:57-8:10 This is a much more moving homage to the importance of this event.
4:30-4:40 This is why Osama Bin Laden's death is important
4:47-5:00; 6:52-7:09 There's a long battle ahead of us

Besides a few moments of dissatisfaction, I'm happy with Obama's speech. I hope that as the inevitable dissection of the last ten years and the last three days and what they mean for our future, Americans and the media who inform them and shape their opinions can remember the last minute of this address:

And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.

The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.

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