(Image source: White House)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden has often applauded President Obama’s decision to green light a raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout last May. But at a New Jersey fundraiser Monday he took that praise to new heights — many pundits would say too high.

 

According to White House pool reports, Biden told a crowd:

 

"You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48 percent probability that [bin Laden] was there ... Do any one of you have a doubt that if that raid failed that this guy would be a one-term president?”

 

Some reactions to that comment in the blogosphere have not been particularly kind. Outside the Beltway writes:

 

“Oh really? The most audacious plan in half a millennium? ... D-Day and Inchon come to mind most immediately, but there are plenty of others... At the very least, one has to say that the Vice-President is guilty of some extreme exaggeration here.”

 

Similar story at The Atlantic — a blogger for the site’s Election 2012 section had little sympathy for the VP, writing:

 

“Only Joe Biden could oversell the bin Laden raid”

 

And The National Review says:


“And Here You Thought Hope was Audacious”

 

In a White House press briefing Tuesday, CBS’ Norah O'Donnell asked Press Secretary Jay Carney to explain Biden’s comment. She got a lighthearted reaction from the White House press corps, but Carney wasn’t laughing.  

 

O’DONNELL: “... if you go back in history 500 years... What did he mean by that?”

CARNEY: “The decision the president made, as you all know and are aware of, was a very difficult one.”

 

But it wasn’t all negative reviews for Biden’s speech Monday evening. The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein writes:

 

“Biden's penchant for rhetorical flair may have been at work. But at other points, he was decidedly on message.”

According to pool reports, Biden noted:

“Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive... Think about it.’”

 

 

The White House has yet to release a handful of documents about Operation Geronimo and the days leading up to it. A White House spokesman told Politico it will probably be a few months until those are available.

Biden: Bin Laden Raid Most 'Audacious Plan' in 500 Years

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Mar 21, 2012

Biden: Bin Laden Raid Most 'Audacious Plan' in 500 Years

(Image source: White House)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden has often applauded President Obama’s decision to green light a raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout last May. But at a New Jersey fundraiser Monday he took that praise to new heights — many pundits would say too high.

 

According to White House pool reports, Biden told a crowd:

 

"You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48 percent probability that [bin Laden] was there ... Do any one of you have a doubt that if that raid failed that this guy would be a one-term president?”

 

Some reactions to that comment in the blogosphere have not been particularly kind. Outside the Beltway writes:

 

“Oh really? The most audacious plan in half a millennium? ... D-Day and Inchon come to mind most immediately, but there are plenty of others... At the very least, one has to say that the Vice-President is guilty of some extreme exaggeration here.”

 

Similar story at The Atlantic — a blogger for the site’s Election 2012 section had little sympathy for the VP, writing:

 

“Only Joe Biden could oversell the bin Laden raid”

 

And The National Review says:


“And Here You Thought Hope was Audacious”

 

In a White House press briefing Tuesday, CBS’ Norah O'Donnell asked Press Secretary Jay Carney to explain Biden’s comment. She got a lighthearted reaction from the White House press corps, but Carney wasn’t laughing.  

 

O’DONNELL: “... if you go back in history 500 years... What did he mean by that?”

CARNEY: “The decision the president made, as you all know and are aware of, was a very difficult one.”

 

But it wasn’t all negative reviews for Biden’s speech Monday evening. The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein writes:

 

“Biden's penchant for rhetorical flair may have been at work. But at other points, he was decidedly on message.”

According to pool reports, Biden noted:

“Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive... Think about it.’”

 

 

The White House has yet to release a handful of documents about Operation Geronimo and the days leading up to it. A White House spokesman told Politico it will probably be a few months until those are available.

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