While the US military, with authorization to use force, was pulling off a heroic rescue effort the video above captures what conservative commentators like Glen Beck and Newt Gingrich had to say before the news came in that it was a success.
The problem with the 24 hour cable news system includes forcing people to have an opinion on an unfolding event when they don't have all of the information yet. Glen Beck attacking our president for calling in hostage negotiators in to minimize risk to the American captain just shows he was more interested in partisan politics than the actual story. Newt Gingrich also had harsh criticism for the president, which now looks really funny.
I would guess that past presidents would have handled the situation in much the same way. Why do people keep giving presidents either too much credit or blame for every situation?
The true heroes are the US Navy SEALS for rescuing an American held captive.