Last year at the end of April, while President Barack Obama amused an assembled crowd of journalists, celebrities and pundits at the annual Correspondents Dinner, a team of dedicated and highly trained commandos were half a world away preparing to carry dispatch Osama bin Laden. When next we heard from the Commander In Chief, he was no longer tossing around jokes and quips. He was letting us know that we had bagged public enemy number one.
Eight months later Mister Obama was at the lectern once again, delivering his State of the Union Address. He opened and closed his speech with references to those brave soldiers who worked so seamlessly to do their job. He used it as a metaphor for what America can do when we all pull together. Maybe the Somali thugs who were holding Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted were busy watching the President's address when Navy Seal Team Six dropped into their back yard and commenced to do what they do best. The world woke up to seven less bad guys and two kidnapped aid workers released. If you're scoring at home, that would be a win for us.
It also should start giving terrorists and evil-doers across the globe pause. This is an election year, and Barack Obama will be giving a lot more speeches. Some will be amusing, some will be diverting, but any one of them could be cover for the next daring raid by America's enforcers. If you're a bad guy and want a heads-up, here's a link you might want to check out. Til then, keep your heads down.