Book: Obama Claimed to Be 'Really Good at Killing People'
And he's right: Michael Kelley
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 3, 2013 4:15 PM CST
President Obama shakes hands with the crowd after delivering a speech at a campaign rally for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in Arlington, Va., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – A new book on the 2012 election has President Obama making a rather brutal claim, particularly, as Michael Kelley notes at Business Insider, for a Nobel Peace laureate: The president said to aides that he's "really good at killing people." The quote comes from Double Down, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, and it's mentioned briefly in Peter Hamby's Washington Post review. (Hamby gives it as an example of the book having "click-bait aplenty.") Kelley, for his part, observes that Obama's comment is quite accurate.

While there were 52 total drone strikes while George W. Bush was president, Obama's administration has overseen 326 drone strikes in Pakistan, 93 in Yemen, and some in Somalia. That's on top of the surge in Afghanistan, the killing of Osama bin Laden, and drone strikes during NATO's Libya mission in 2011; Business Insider has even more examples. Click for more tidbits from the Game Change sequel.

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pearlybay
Nov 4, 2013 11:18 PM CST
President Obama is a real man. Who could go for 6 years with the team of half-wit republicans at his throat all the time? What they have come up with is petty to say the least, as hard as they are working him over that's all they got? It isn't fair because he is a good man. Politics has taken a wrong turn. Where has the respect gone? President Obama is more politically intelligent than anyone on this site, yet who are you to bad mouth him? Where are the days when you may not like what a president is doing but you had respect for him? Where are the days when an opposing party used their talents and strategies to outdo the other side? Now it is about using media to destroy a persons character. Today it is how much disgust you can heap on your opponents head. It has noting to do with using your brain and one-up using dignified methods. Laugh at me if you will, but the republican party has no class. How many times have you herd that the republican party has no good ideas so they resort to this type of practice? Trust me I really want to see the republican party come up with a good idea that helps America. I really had big hopes in President Obama to do good things for America, but the republican party is taking that away(not talking about the ACA only). It makes me furious. It makes me more furious that what they are doing also hurts the U.S.A. Cant you see this? They hurt the U.S.A. to crush the other party. Is this something you are ok with? Come on here and defend the Republican party. Come on here and put me down, but ask yourself if what they are doing hurts the U.S.A., chips away from our prosperity and well being? If it is ok with you, I hope it was worth it, seems like a lot of damage to me.
whacrusaders
Nov 4, 2013 10:10 PM CST
ummmm ..... does this mean he has to give back his Nobel prize?
NorCalHal
Nov 4, 2013 9:47 PM CST
When he says he is "really good at killing people" was he talking about the drones or his ACA ?