President Barack Obama was met with nearly universal praise immediately after the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, but as the dust settles, some on the right are now coming out swinging.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, whose initial reaction was clouded with ambiguity, slammed Obama yesterday, saying the president and the Democrats owe the country an "apology" for taking credit for Bush administration policies that led to bin Laden's killing.
"Virtually every tool, every apparatus, every technique, every policy used to effect a successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden was [campaigned against] by this current administration … and now they claim credit for being gutsy and courageous when none of this would have been available to them if they had their druthers?"
Fox News host Andrew Napolitano questioned whether "the government is telling us the truth or pulling a fast one to save Obama's lousy presidency," adding that Obama violated the law by ordering the mission that led to bin Laden's death.
"This business of the president deciding to kill people is very dangerous, and very unlawful," Napolitano said.
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer echoed the sentiment, defending the Bush administration's handling of terror suspects after the 9/11 attack.
"If Sen. Obama had been president at the time, it's quite likely we wouldn't have had this information [that led to bin Laden's death] and this result," he said.
And during a speech Monday in Colorado, Sarah Palin snubbed Obama, referring to him as "our president," thanking only the Bush administration by name.
"We thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory," she said.
Reps for Palin didn't return calls for comment.