While hobnobbing at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Spring Ball on May 5, David Koch completely blew off President Obama's accomplishment in finding and killing Osama bin Laden. This isn't exactly surprising, seeing as how Mr. Koch is rabidly anti-Obama in just about everything.
He told New York Magazine:
He just made the decision, it was obvious where the guy is. He was one of the worst terrorists organizing attacks on the United States. I mean, no president in his right mind would not approve that decision to go eliminate him. So he's getting a lot of recognition and his polls have jumped up, but his decision was the easiest of them all. The real hard work was done by the intelligence and the SEALs.
Comments left on the New York Magazine under the article show just how little normal Americans value Mr. Koch's opinion. One reader named Harlemgurl wrote, "Mr. Koch needs a muzzle and a colonic."
Another reader identified as NeuronFlash wrote, "David Koch is calling Obama a hard core socialist. What a laugh! Koch is the biggest Socialist on the planet! His company has made billions off of taxpayer dollars and cheating the tax payers out of public land oil and other public land resources."
On May 4th, a New York Times article showed the President's approval ratings jumped from 46 percent to 57 percent, an 11-point jump. Perhaps President Obama didn't actually pull the trigger on bin Laden, but he had enough sense to analyze the data presented to him prior to making the decision. You see Pakistan had repeatedly denied any knowledge of bin Laden's presence, and now world leaders are wondering how he was able to live such a short distance from Kakul military academy in Abbottabad.
It seems as though Mr. Koch has effectively put his foot in his mouth by dismissing the actions of the president. If anyone remembers the 2008 presidential debates, both Hilary Clinton (while she was still a candidate) and John McCain sharply criticized Obama for saying he would aggressively go after bin Laden by using covert operations. Navy SEAL Team 6 was just such an operation, so credit to Obama is very much due, because he obviously had the intelligence and good sense to make what was once an unpopular decision.
Oh, and one more thing, Mr. Koch. If you think Obama shouldn't be getting all that credit simply because he made a decision, while the Navy SEALS did his dirty work, shouldn't you take a pay cut and give away your billions of dollars to those people who work for you businesses, toiling away? After all, you're not the one doing all the dirty work.