The ironic thing about American politics is although at it’s roots it’s about writing legislation and passing laws most politicians don’t get elected based on how good they are at doing that. Politicians get elected most of the time because they have a compelling story or how they appeal to the emotion of the electorate. In fact President Obama who is a constitutional lawyer has been criticized for actually being too smart. But with his recent announcement of the death of Osama Bin Laden, he’s created a mythology so powerful it might sweep him right into a second term.
I say mythology because we really don’t know what happened, we weren’t there so you either have to take the government’s word or not. We really don’t even know if Osama Bin Laden was the “mastermind” behind 9/11, because it’s never been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt in a court of law. But it doesn’t really matter politically because in the minds of most Americans Bin Laden is the most wanted outlaw on the planet, and Obama was the cowboy who killed him and got justice for the USA. The most powerful and endearing image of last night was Obama walking from the podium. It was almost like he was an entirely new man.
It also caused many to reexamine his performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Think about the ether he hit Donald Trump with about deciding who to fire on Celebrity Apprentice (which he coincidentally preempted). Not only does it make Trump look even more ridiculous, but Obama looks like the greatest poker player of all time. Plus, the GOP is frozen and even Rush Limbaugh said, “Thank God for President Obama.” Now the same guy that they were questioning whether or not he was a US citizen, was the reason people were outside the White House chanting “USA!”. Some have even gone so far as to say he’s guaranteed to be considered one of the greatest Presidents of all time. Mythology > facts in politics every time.