Olbermann: ‘Mr. President, you are wrong’

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Friday, April 17, 2009

In a “Special Comment” regarding the release by the Obama Administration of “the remainder of this nightmare of Bush Administration torture memos,” MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann offered the current Commander in Chief some praise for going “half-way,” then blasted him for issuing a statement which said that “nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.”

“This President has gone where few before him, dared,” Olbermann said Thursday night. “The dirty laundry — illegal, un-American, self-defeating, self-destroying — is out for all to see.”

Olbermann continued,

“Mr. Obama deserves our praise and our thanks for that. And yet he has gone but half-way. And, in this case, in far too many respects, half the distance is worse than standing still. Today, Mr. President, in acknowledging these science-fiction-like documents, you said that:
“This is a time for reflection, not retribution. I respect the strong views and emotions that these issues evoke.”
“We have been through a dark and painful chapter in our history.
“But at a time of great challenges and disturbing disunity, nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.
Mr. President, you are wrong. What you describe would be not “spent energy” but catharsis.
Not “blame laid,” but responsibility ascribed.”

The following video is from Thursday’s broadcast of Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC Countdown show.


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