The Obama administration keeps talking about President Obama’s “gutsy” call to take out Osama Bin Laden. (Joe Biden even called it the most audacious operation in 500 years!) That is a strange perspective, since our last president would not have even hesitated to order the operation.
I’ve tended to view this as just politics, but a revelation in Ed Klein’s new book (I heard Klein interviewed on the Hinderaker-Ward show) casts the braggadocio in a different light: perhaps he thinks it really was gutsy! Klein reveals that Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s closest adviser, recommended against the operation, saying it would politically damaging if it failed. Obama disregarded her advice (possibly for the first time, Klein says) and ordered the operation anyway.
From Obama’s perspective, disregarding political advice from a key adviser probably is the height of gutsiness.