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Obama's Unity Call: Show, Don't Tell

By Michelle Malkin · May 4, 2011

In the spirit of post-bin Laden peace, love and harmony, President Obama has asked all Americans to “harness” national good will and stand together. The commander in chief could practice what he preaches – by inviting President Bush to stand with him at Ground Zero in New York City on Thursday.

It would be an extraordinary – dare I say “unprecedented,” to borrow one of Obama’s favorite words – act of political maturity, good faith and transcendent unity against our common jihadi enemies.

Last night, some reported that Obama had invited Bush – who declined. If that’s true, Dubya needs to change his mind – for America’s sake.

Stay with me, folks. Suspend your disbelief, cue John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and wave your olive branches in the air like you just don’t care. Now, picture the uplifting, patriotic post-partisan scene:

Side by side, the Democratic commander in chief and his GOP nemesis would join hands at the former site of the World Trade Center towers; pay heartfelt tribute to the thousands of victims of Osama bin Laden here at home and around the world; and pledge continued support for our military, intelligence and homeland security personnel in the U.S. and across the globe.

Bush would graciously reiterate his congratulations to Obama for a “momentous achievement” in “the fight against terror.”

Obama would sincerely reiterate what he told Capitol Hill lawmakers at a dinner Monday night: “Obviously we’ve all had disagreements and differences in the past. I suspect we’ll have them again in the future. But last night, as Americans learned that the United States had carried out an operation that resulted in the capture and death of Osama bin Laden, we, you know, I think we experienced the same sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. We were reminded again that there is a pride in what this nation stands for, and what we can achieve, that runs far deeper than party, far deeper than politics.”

And then, instead of merely paying lip service to this renewed sense of unity, Obama would actually lead from the front.

Imagine the Nobel Peace Prize winner, in front of the entire world that reviled George W. Bush for his post-9/11 response, acknowledging his predecessor’s love of country.

Imagine Obama acknowledging the daunting challenges that faced Bush-era national security, homeland security and legal advisers in defending our country against enemy combatants waging asymmetric war.

Imagine Obama acknowledging Bush’s unwavering support for the troops and grace under eight years of fire from radical leftists bent on sabotaging every last counterterrorism measure – from immediately arresting thousands of illegal alien fugitives from terror-coddling nations after the attacks, to tearing down the Clinton-era wall between intelligence and law enforcement agencies, to grappling with thorny detention and interrogation policies that bore fruit years after he left office, to weathering endless cries of “fascist,” “bloodthirsty war-monger” and vengeful “cowboy.”

Imagine Obama condemning the unhinged accusations of “war crimes,” “racism” and “Islamophobia” leveled by progressives at Bush’s top Pentagon and Justice Department officials over two divisive terms.

Imagine Obama rising above the din of poll-obsessed liberal opportunists – from Democratic N.Y. Rep. Gary Ackerman (who crowed that bin Laden’s death is “the ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment President Bush only fantasized about”), to incoming Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida (who squawked that Obama “deserved credit” in a partisan press release just hours after the bin Laden announcement), to the ladies of ABC’s “The View” gabfest (who are all ready to cancel the 2012 election and anoint Obama king), to a race-baiting Grist magazine writer who exulted, “We booted the cowboy and elected a black, liberal urbanite, and he’s the one who tracked down the bad guy. It’s just too, too delicious.”

And then, before departing Ground Zero with President Bush, visualize President Obama making clear to the nation that the rally for “unity” should not be used – as “civility” was after the Tucson shooting massacre – as a tool to silence political opponents and squelch dissent.

Yes, you may say that I’m a dreamer. But wasn’t it Obama who urged us all to “expand our moral imaginations”? Let the healing begin.



Jonah Walton said:

Dream on...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 1:22 AM

Hard Thought said:

The hyper-partisan Obambi administration would never give any credit where credit is due. The Bush Administration started what the Clinton administration failed to do by starting the search for bin Laden. The Bush administration did what the Clinton administration failed to do by upholding international law and the UN Resolutions in Iraq.Obama occupied the Oval Office at the culmination of the Long Search and hesitantly gave the order to continue it, leading to its' conclusion.In Democrat parlance, bi-partisanship means shut up and agree with us. It hasn't changed.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 1:44 AM

robdog said:

Hi Michelle,It was my understanding that Mr. Bush was invited to the World Trade Center tribute. Mr. Bush turned down the invitation per his ongoing belief that he should recuse himself from current politics. Considering the President's previous behavior after inviting people to his speaches (attaching Rep. Ryan, ridiculing the memebers of the Supreme Court), I think this was a pretty wise move.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10:11 AM

George Rogers Clark said:

Yes, Michelle, some might have that dream. But we know your tongue is firmly in your cheek.I used to think there should be more polite give and take in politics. I held that view until two years ago. Then, as I began to radicalize on the right, I at first felt a little guilty, though circumstances dictated that I fight back against socialism.The edge of guilt feelings caused me to research. I learned that historically, the more each side of a political battle stood on principle, with uncompromising faith in their ideas and ideals, the better outcome for the nation. When the politicians are fighting tooth and nail, at least they are concentrating on issues instead of concentrating on reelection.No, Michelle, I do not want President Obama to use President Bush as a mere prop in a media event designed to make Obama look better for reelection.Obama did not "get" bin Laden. A bunch of CIA folks with no concept of time worked relentlessly to find an opportunity to get him and then helped with the strategic planning. The SEAL team, God bless them, were the tip of the sword that finished the job, at great personal risk.Let us give those folks all the credit. Obama can polish his own apple without President Bush's help, or yours, or mine.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Richard Ryan said:

It was with great satisfaction that I read President Bush`s refusal to go to ground zero with Obama.Mr.Bush displayed the Bush family`s true class.He had made the decision to stay out of the limelight after leaving office,and has stuck to that pledge.No doubt Obama would have managed in some form or fashion to embarass Mr.Bush had he fallen for Obama`s invitation.The Bush family is a class act, and Obama is a classless boob.Richard RyanLamar,Missouri - Birthplace of Harry S Truman

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 12:50 PM

JAC in Texas said:

I agree with robdog and Richard Ryan. Given Obozo's track record, he tried to lure George Bush into a situation where he could be attacked in public without recourse by this classless a**hole and his teleprompter controllers. As it is, any ceremony will be all about him instead of about the actual victims.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Linda said:

Did anyone notice the "great leader" in the picture from the WhiteHouse where Hilary and others were watching the SEALS mission live? Obama was in the corner all hunched down. No way did he look like the director of the operation. Still leading from behind.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 3:53 PM

MoeLarryCurly said:

Correct Linda...Obama was up against the wall looking around the room at who he'd point the finger of blame to if something went horridly wrong.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 5:10 PM

pete said:

I agree with President Bush's refusal and accept his reasoning that bho's whole idea behind the invitation was to use Bush as a political/campaign toy. Those of us who have been paying attention since 9/11 can see crap for what it is. As for finally getting bin laden, THANK YOU, PRESIDENT BUSH!

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Leon said:

You are so right Pete. I wish that the Liberal Media could see him for what he really is . Now is going everywhere Making himself the HERO . he doesn't want to show the pictures of because he order to have one of his Radical Muslims kill by our very best . Why, did order to give him a full Muslim BURIAL ? Not to offend his friends. I just hope that DON'T RUN OUT OF CHICKEN AND WATERMELON WITH ALL THE CELEBRATIONS HE IS DOING ".

Friday, May 6, 2011 at 5:37 PM