"I face the world as it is and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people," he told the Nobel Committee in Oslo. "For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaeda's leaders to lay down their arms."
In the 11 months before the speech and the 22 months since, a president heralded as a liberal and hailed as a pacifist has built his national security record by taking out terrorists, stepping up drone attacks, sending 30,000 troops into Afghanistan and clearing the air for a NATO war against Libya that led to Moammar Gadhafi's death Thursday.
As he heads toward a difficult re-election race, polls show voters believe Obama is handling the title "commander in chief" better than other aspects of his job — the economy, for instance. Belittled during the 2008 campaign by Hillary Rodham Clinton as ill-equipped to handle 3 a.m. phone calls at the White House and by Republican Sen. John McCain for backing "the path of retreat and failure" in Iraq, Obama has built a record on national security that's proving difficult to attack.
"Without putting a single U.S. servicemember on the ground, we achieved our objectives, and our NATO mission will soon come to an end," the president said Thursday in the White House Rose Garden. (He might have added: without the initial backing of Pentagon leaders and without seeking approval from Congress.)
"This comes at a time when we see the strength of American leadership across the world," he said. "We've taken out al-Qaeda leaders, and we've put them on the path to defeat. We're winding down the war in Iraq and have begun a transition in Afghanistan. And now, working in Libya with friends and allies, we've demonstrated what collective action can achieve in the 21st century."
Sorry bagger. Truth is, he's the finest President we've had in decades. Not his fault that the very party (Republikans) that trashed this country are now the one's saying NO to everything that would help it. Who was President and Commander in Chief when Terrorist flew planes into the Pentagon and the Twin towers? WHO? Why, if that had happened on Obama's watch, you tea bags would be forming a mob to attack the White House and lynch the President. How sick and disgusted I am to here you so called patriots poo paw bin laden and Gadhafi and Egypt. Obama only gets blame from you BAGS. Never credit. Exactly WHAT did Bush accomplish those LONG EIGHT years? The truth is, we need to boot these do nothing congressmen on both sides of the aisle OUT ! We ( the USA for you baggers) need to do SOMETHING. We are not in a position to just say NO for four years while almost 20% of the country is jobless or under employed!