Folks are cheering and smiling-they're lauding Osama's death. I understand it can only be a good thing, but what the killing has me thinking about are the two main players in the drama, Osama and Obama.
Start with Obama. What a guy. He pulls the Osama kill off like a champ, like a battle-tested field marshall. And what is this Barack really? Just a guy, like you and I.
He didn't know his Pop well. His Ma wasn't around a lot, so his Gram raised him pretty much. I heard she had a couple of bucks which didn't hurt. He's sharp as a gimlet or at least smart enough to get into highbrow schools. He did well in the schools, gets out, does some community work here and there, connecting to people (I'll assume more of the right ones then wrong ones which is a talent). He gets elected to the U.S. Senate and through hard work and a clever game plan, mountains of help; perfect timing; gets elected U.S. President. I mean wow, that is impressive. I'm not BSing here my friends. That is impressive.
I've always been impressed and aware of the course of Barack's life, but until I saw the May 1 photo of the White House Situation Room watching the hunt for Osama unfold did it hit me that-son of a cuss-he's just a fella not too far distant from us; he was playing the '70s kid's game called "Battleship" (but he was playin' for real, man).
And the folks with him in the photo are less far separate from us. The gang in that room have to be pinching themselves over the fact that living a Hollywood blockbuster themed existence is their job. Good on 'em.
I also appreciate G.W. Bush's role in the hunt. Everyone agrees he and his gang worked hard and long on Osama. Obama himself said it. I just heard Obama invited Bush to stand with him at an event celebrating the family's of the folks who fell on September 11th, and I think it's totally great Bush is taking a pass and not attending (so is Clinton). His day is behind him now, he doesn't need to be there to distract from whatever there is to be celebrated. He's cool enough to give Obama and his gang their due without having to say, "Hey, I had a lot to do with this." Seems Bush knows he did his work-and for him, that's enough.
Bush's life course was unique, too, but I do think you could imagine him getting to the highest office of our land before you would imagine the son of a working class single Ma and an absent Pa. (As a result, I am not as impressed with Bush's ascension to the White House.)
What about the Navy Seal who put the holes in Osama?
As a school kid did that person dream of one day eliminating, with two shots, the number one enemy of the United States and the Allies? I'd bet he did. And 15 years later, what happens? He fires the second and third shots heard round-the-world. Nice work.
I can't help but think the person who killed Osama was the type of kid lots of other kids made fun of. How great is America's fruit bowl of opportunity? One guy goes from being a little ROTC kid to killing the world's most wanted man-a mass murderer-and another goes from making fun of ROTC kids to kissing their boss's behind to get ahead in life.
Well, I've learned much about life from Osama's death last week.
The crazed billionaire mastermind of the worse attack in our country, who turned care-free societies into care-cautious societies, who's followers raped and tortured women and men, who in his black heart thought most people are bad and should be killed-could in the course of a few hours be scared witless, then killed, have his body stolen, washed according to the Muslim way, and then buried at sea.
Osama's death stunned me. We all thought he was something, but in the end, he was nothing.
Rusty DeWees tours Vermont and Northern New York with his act "The Logger." His column appears weekly. He can be reached at email@example.com. Listen for The Logger, Rusty DeWees, Thursdays at 7:40 on the Big Station, 98.9 WOKO or visit his website at www.thelogger.com.