Does the name Andrew Card ring a bell? He was the Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush until April of 2006. Card is the guy who whispered into Pres. Bush’s ear on September 11, 2001 while Pres. Bush was reading to school children in Florida telling him the nation was under attack. He was also the Chief of Staff for Pres. Bush during the now-infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech on May 1, 2003. You know… the one where Pres. Bush piloted an airplane onto the USS Abraham Lincoln. Yeah, that one.
Well, the man who was Pres. Bush’s Chief of Staff during that speech thinks Pres. Obama has “pounded his chest a little too much” after catching Osama bin Laden. Here’s part of his conversation with the German newspaper, Spiegel:
SPIEGEL: But now President Obama is the big winner…
Card: I think he has pounded his chest a little too much. He can take pride in it, but he does not need to show it so much.
SPIEGEL: He didn’t appear triumphant while announcing bin Laden’s death.
Card: I thought his statement was subdued, but I think his schedule is not subdued. Personally, I think it is premature to go to Ground Zero, in New York. I think my role model in this would be George H. W. Bush, when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. It was a day to celebrate, but we did not dance on the Wall.