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Fox News’ Bret Baier Helps Divert Credit For Bin Laden’s Death Away From Obama To George W. Bush

Reported by Ellen - May 2, 2011 -

Bret Baier hosted a lengthy special report on the death of Osama Bin Laden late last night/this morning in which he seemed to be doing his best to make sure that President Barack Obama didn’t get too much credit for doing what President George W. Bush had failed to do: hunting down and killing Bin Laden. First, Baier offered no challenge as Bush’s former chief of staff, Andy Card, repeatedly suggested that Obama owed at least part of his success to Bush’s efforts. Then, while talking to a Democrat, Baier said, “Obviously, this is a bi-partisan win.”

Predictably, Card offered faint praise to Obama for the accomplishment. Card said we owe a great debt of gratitude to our military and intelligence community. He added, “I also really praise the resolve that President Bush had and also the resolve that President Obama demonstrated.”

Would that be the same resolve President Bush demonstrated when he said in 2002, “I truly am not that concerned about (Bin Laden)?” The L.A. Times reported,

"I was concerned about him when he had taken over a country," Bush continued. "I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban. But once we set out the policy and started executing the plan, he became -- we shoved him out more and more on the margins. He has no place to train his Al Qaeda killers anymore."

Or how about Bush saying in 2006 that capturing Bin Laden is “not a top priority use of American resources?”

Either Baier didn’t know about those statements or he chose to overlook them. He uttered not a peep of challenge as Card went on to
suggest that Bush played some kind of crucial role in the final outcome. Baier listened without comment as Card said Bush “worked very hard” to get Bin Laden, that it was “one of the great frustrations of his presidency” that he had not done so and then suggested that Obama had Bush to thank for the accomplishment by adding, “but he made sure that everything was in place so that President Obama could have an opportunity to get Osama bin Laden and it finally happened.”

Card also said it was “a reflection that President Bush did give the country resolve to follow through on the promises that had been made to the victims of September 11 and their families and we said that we would bring Osama bin Laden to justice and America has done that… The resolve that President Bush showed I think helped to strengthen the resolve that President Obama has shown and I’m grateful that he followed through.”

Later, Baier interviewed Democratic Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger. As Ruppersberger talked about the importance of getting Bin Laden, Baier volunteered the following comment which had nothing to do with anything Ruppersberger said, “Obviously, this is a bi-partisan win. The president mentioned President Bush and it’s, it changes the dynamic.”

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