The Rock knew about Bin Laden before we did

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05.03.11 25 Comments

Here’s something interesting (and movie-related, thank God) to come out of Bin Laden-capped-in-the-face gate: apparently The Rock knew about it before the rest of us (Paul Walker might have too, but who knows what that guy’s ever thinking). As Devin Faraci over at BadassDigest discovered, The Rock tweeted this “teaser” at 7:24 pm LA time:

Meanwhile, the president’s announcement that Bin Laden was dead didn’t start until 7:30 – 7:45 pm Western time.  According to the thorough, minute-by-minute account in the New York Times, even the first rumblings online didn’t start until after The Rock’s tweet:

Wishful thinking about bin Laden’s death ricocheted across the Web — and then, at 10:25 p.m., while Mr. Obama was writing his speech, one particular tweet seemed to confirm it. Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, wrote at that time, “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.”

Thus, it would seem that either The Rock knows some people in the know, and/or that “The Rock Obama” sketch from SNL (some of their best work in years, by the way) went over better than we imagined.  I like to imagine someone deep in the White Situation Room yelling, “Bin Laden is dead?? CALL THE ROCK!” and furiously snactching up the red phone.  And all I’m saying is, is it too much to hope for that the Navy SEAL team referred to their operation as “Mission In-Freakin’ Sanity?”

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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