Tales from the Trail

New DNC ad questions Romney’s claim that “any president would have” killed bin Laden

In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Saturday, Mitt Romney said he was “delighted” that President Obama “gave the order to take out Osama bin Laden.” It was something, Romney told Wallace, “any president would have done.”

Not so, according to a new ad from the Democratic National Committee. The video compiles praise from prominent conservatives, all of whom commend Obama for bin Laden’s death.

“I worked with a lot of these guys, and this is one of the most courageous calls, decisions, that I think I’ve ever seen a president make,” says former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

“The president, I think, handled this brilliantly, frankly,” former Secretary of State Colin Powell says in another clip.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is also shown lauding Obama. “It takes a lot of courage to make a decision like that. I admire him,” he says.

Now it’s official: bin Laden crossed off counterterrorism calendar

Now it’s really official.

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been crossed off the National Counterterrorism Center’s calendar.

In the online version, the photo of bin Laden, included since at least 2001 even before the Sept. 11 attacks, has a big red “KILLED” stamped across his face. And his status has been changed to “Deceased.”

We’re guessing there was a certain amount of satisfaction in the act of  canceling him on the calendar from an agency that has been chasing him for years.