Patrick Vaughn, the American Family Association’s general counsel, on AFA Report attacked President Obama for meeting with the families of the victims of the September 11th attacks. Following the successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden, Obama visited Ground Zero to honor the victims and met with victims’ families and local firefighters. Vaughn alleged that the President was “spiking the football at Ground Zero” and “feeling his oats” in a political stunt motivated by “calculated political gamesmanship.” Vaughn said:
I think our leaders shouldn’t lead on the basis of polls. I think the President’s visit to Ground Zero yesterday was probably hoping that he’d get a—I mean the man was spiking the football at Ground Zero, he tried to say he wasn’t gonna do that but he had never been there before. Last year at Memorial Day he had a schedule conflict, couldn’t go there and honor those who had given their lives for our country. He was feeling his oats and he decided to go spike the football yesterday. I’m glad we took out Osama bin Laden; I think that the President, really everything he does is a calculated political gamesmanship.