Remember how Barack Obama pledged during his 2008 Democratic convention speech that he would take out Osama bin Laden if given a chance—even if bin Laden were in Pakistan, something John McCain had ruled out?
It was one of the great lines of the speech, so Bill O'Reilly, in true Karl Rove fashion, went on attack, accusing Obama of making an empty promise. Here's the video:
O’REILLY: This story [Palin's nomination] has obviously stolen the spotlight from Barack Obama’s speech, but his presentation is very important and worth analyzing. The senator convinced me last night that his intentions are good, but he lost me in two important areas. Here’s the first one.
OBAMA (at DNC): When John McCain said we could just muddle through in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11 and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we had them in our sights. You know John McCain likes to say he’ll follow bin Laden to the gates of hell, but he won’t even follow him to the cave where he lives.
O’REILLY: What exactly does that mean, that McCain won’t try to get bin Laden, that Obama will invade Pakistan? Nobody knows. And on a subject as vital as bin Laden and al Qaeda, general comments like those are simply not worthy.
Well, Bill, now you know what he meant, and what he meant was what he said: that we will get bin Laden. And eight years after George W. Bush declared Mission Accomplished in Iraq, President Obama kept his word.