FLINT - Everyone else has an opinion on the week's big news, why not me?
Did the Vatican have a point when it said the world shouldn't rejoice at Osama bin Laden's death and instead use the occasion to reflect "on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men"?
Not in my book. Maybe it makes me a bad person, but I whooped when I heard the news, and I'm not about to feel guilty about it. The Vatican can reflect all it wants. I won't judge. But I figure there are some people the world is better off without, and bin Laden was about three of them all rolled into one.
So how about the flag-waving and chants of "USA! USA!"? Some people say it amounts to an end zone dance. Do you agree?
Not in the slightest. Unlike the NFL rules committee, I don't mind end zone dances when they are pure expressions of joy. Same thing here. Now if people outside the White House had done that choreographed end zone celebration where one guy acts like a bowler and others pretend to be pins, yeah, then critics would have a point.
Surely, though, you have compassion for the birthers, Tea Partyers and all the other Obama haters out there. This is hard on them - they have to admit the president stuck the landing on this one.
I know, and it's probably killing them, too. Although let's be honest, many of them aren't exactly giving the man credit. For instance, this little gem is circulating on Facebook: "Let's be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found bin Laden and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!! PLZ REPOST IF YOU AGREE!!!"
I take it you don't share that sentiment?
Actually, I agree on the part about it not being an Obama victory. I doubt he sees it that way either. Leave it to the killjoys on the right to find some way to twist this into an anti-Obama thing. And by the way, can anyone explain why haters are so fond of capital letters and exclamation points?
Clearly, they're worried that this will help Obama get re-elected. What do you think?
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. What do I look like, CNN? I'm fully capable of enjoying the moment without going into speculation mode like my least favorite news network.
Least favorite? What about Fox News?
Did Fox News refer to bin Laden as "OBL," as one of CNN's morning anchors did this week? Did Fox tease going into a break that it had "potentially explosive" information about the computers seized during the raid only to have that explosive information turn out to be that they had seized computers during the raid?
I rest my case then.
EDITOR'S NOTE - Andy Heller, an award-winning columnist for The Flint Journal, appears weekly in the Daily Press. He graduated from Escanaba Area High School in 1979. For more of his work, visit his blog at blog.mlive.com/flintjournal/aheller. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.