Call it payback by the Huffington Post founder, Arianna Huffington. But when President Obama used her organization as the butt of one of his many jokes in Saturday’s Correspondents Dinner, everyone knew it was just a matter of time before Ariana attacked.
On Saturday, President Obama jokingly congratulated Arianna’s Huffington Post on winning the Pulitzer. The President then went on to say, “You deserve it, Arianna. There’s no one else out there linking to the kind of hard-hitting journalism that HuffPo is linking to every single day.” The joke was a hit and the audience enjoyed the moment. But in Arianna’s head, the wheels had to be turning and on Monday – two days after the President made his remarks – the Huffington Post Founder finally found her opportunity to strike back.
She used a video the President’s re-election campaign put out five days ago, where the question was asked if Mitt Romney would have made the same decision to capture and kill Osama Bin Laden. Of course, Mitt Romney found fault with this video calling it divisive, and the so-called “liberal” Arianna echoed Romney’s words almost verbatim.
“I don’t think there should be an ad about that. I think it’s one thing to celebrate the fact that they did such a great job, it’s one thing to have an NBC special from the ‘Situation Room’ … all that to me is perfectly legitimate, but to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do,” Arianna said.
She then went on to say that the President had no way of knowing that Mitt Romney would not have made the same call to get Bin Laden.
“There is no way to know whether Romney would have been as decisive and to actually speculate that he wouldn’t be is to me not the way to run campaigns on either side.”
But the question on whether Romney would have made that decision if he were president is a very legitimate one and it is a question every voting American should ask. The person who occupy the Oval office should be someone of convictions, someone who is capable of making the right decisions not for political reasons, but for the good of the country. And from what we’ve seen from Mitt Romney so far, he is not a man of convictions. Mitt Romney’s decision-making process depends on what direction the winds are blowing at that particular time. There are tons of reasons why he’s called a flip-flopper.
Arianna, you are wrong on this one. Pointing out the fact that Mitt Romney changes his position faster than a porn star is not speculating, it is a legitimate point that the American voter must look at. Have you ever heard of the Etch A Sketch?