Veterans for a Strong America, a group committed to strengthening the country's military power, blasted President Barack Obama in a new ad for stealing credit for Osama bin Laden's death from the Navy SEALs who carried out the raid. [Pictures: One Year After Osama Bin Laden's Death.]
Obama spent the days leading up to the bin Laden anniversary, touting his success in killing the al Qaeda leader and suggesting presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney wouldn't have made the same call.
The ad titled "Why Does President Obama Take So Much Credit For Killing bin Laden," suggests that despite the super hero persona Obama has adopted, the president wasn't the hero of the raid.
The ad highlights just how much credit the president has taken showing clips of a speech saying "I can report, I directed, I was briefed, I met repeatedly, I determined, at my direction."
"Heroes don't seek credit," the ad says over shadowy images of troops climbing into helicopters and scuba diving. "Heroes don't spike the football. Heroes put their life on the line."
The ad then switches over to the contentious campaign ad former President Bill Clinton appeared in for Obama last week.[See pictures of Taliban Attacks in Kabul.]
"Suppose the Navy SEALs had gone in there," Clinton says. "Suppose they'd been captured or killed. The downside would have been horrible for him."
"Horrible for Him?" Veterans for a Strong America asks in the ad.
The group's leader Joel Arends is a veteran of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and worked for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney as a field director in 2000 as well as worked for John McCain's campaign in 2008.
Veterans for a Strong America is not the first to blast the president's politicizing of the bin Laden anniversary. Arianna Huffington, a liberal commentator and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, told CBS's This Morning she was appalled the president would use the bin Laden death as an opportunity to slam Romney.
"I think it's one thing to celebrate the fact that they did such a great job... All that is perfectly legitimate. But to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do."