May 2nd, 2011
07:13 PM ET

Tense moments

These pictures were taken by White House photographer Pete Souza on May 1, 2011, while President Barack Obama and senior staff oversaw the mission against Osama bin Laden.


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  1. Tim

    Insert Donald Trump into those pics and it becomes a bad episode of Celebrity Apprentice.

    This is why you elect the smartest person, who surrounds themselves with people just as smart or smarter. Don't elect another clown – the last one got you into this mess.

    May 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
    • sweet2th

      I couldn't have said it better myself.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Monster Zero

      The last one that got us into this mess is the one that established the network of anti-terrorism and intelligence gathering that put the nail in OBL's coffin. If you pull the Kool aide out of your ears and listen to their own words and reports, this was a culmination of over ten years of intelligence gathering and information gleaned from a unified coalition of military and intelligence networks as established by GEORGE W. BUSH...Hats off to President Obama for having the sack to pull it off and complete the job but let's put credit where credit is due! I do agree that Trump is a chump and will not be the Republican pick but history will ultimately reveal the good work GW Bush did and what a bunch of dolts the left have degenerated into...smartest people, legends in their own minds...funny.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
      • wARD

        the 'one' that got us into this mess had his chance and he cried "STAND DOWN" when OBL was in his sights and let him go free – course this was before he decided to invade Iraq...

        May 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
      • wARD

        It's too bad that 'one' didn't have the courage to actually carry through on the hit. No Guts No Glory!

        May 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
      • James, AL

        Monster Zero, you fail to understand that the trail to bin Laden had grown cold during the Bush administration and that the Bush administration did not put forth half the effort to catch bin Laden as the Obama administration has. Lets not forget that they were too busy trying to democratize Iraq. I give Bush the credit for forming JSOC and that is about it.
        President Obama was the one who had to make it his policy to capture or kill bin Laden. Lets not forget President Obama is the current commander in chief who could have changed the focus and mission of the military whenever he chose.

        May 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
      • Monster Zero

        What kool-aide induced dream world do you and ward live in? If Ward is talking of Tora Bora, our special Ops team was accompanied by the Afghan army regulars that when within 100yards of Osama refused to allow the Ops team any further effort in killing him. The Ops team requested to drop cluster land mines on the backside of Tora Bora to inhibit OBL's retreat, it was denied at the Pentagon level. If you don't think GW took out as many of these bad guys as possible you are either stupid or just plain blind. This happened from 10years of CIA and military intelligence, Obama provided the go, and more power to him for that, I am sure he put a big giant bulls eye on himself and his family with that responsibility. As far as the aftermath of the search, I am sure the very best of our nations intelligence forces have been hard at it, and I am also sure that the people we have been giving billions in aide to have been helping hide this SOB.

        May 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
      • Linda

        Funny how people still want to credit George Bush! He said, on tape, that 'he didn't really even think about Bin Laden anymore" . He was more interested in getting into the illegal war in Iraq so his cronies like Cheney 's Halliburton could make monstrous war profits. Barack Obama targeted Bin Laden from the first day of his presidency and he got him! Not George Bush, Not Dick Cheney, Not Donald Rumsfeld- they all let him go. Barack Obama and his good guys got Osama. Live with it !

        May 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
      • Monster Zero

        Linda-Without the organization between military and intelligence gathering networks and GITMO that GW Bush created and Barrack Obama campaigned against...OBL would NEVER have been killed. You deal with it, no one ever knowingly let him walk, that is about as ludicrous as thinking our own Nation staged 9/11, wait let me guess...

        May 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
      • TT

        NO. W Bush started a war in Iraq that had NOTHING to do with Bin Laden. Bush used the horror of what happened on 9/11 to push forward an agenda of war against a country that had nothing to do with what happened in New York.
        The Iraq war did a lot to push us into a massive debt by using tax payer dollars to set up a huge military theater so that private war services providers, like Haliburton with a 285% increase in war arena profts, can get richer. These are friends of Bush and Cheney. Bush didn't go after Bin Laden. Bush used Bin Laden to create profit.

        May 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
      • sadstateusa

        Monster Zero...you are correct, lets give credit where credit is due. So, Bush was responsible for the Economic Mess, Iraq, Afganistan, Failed Banks, Loss of Jobs, Poor Economy, TARP, Killing Osama Bin Laden, Trade Imbalance with China, etc., etc., etc. If want to give credit to Bush, don't pick and choose, give it all to him...he created it all!

        May 5, 2011 at 9:28 am |
      • Punkin

        Right On! You are correct! If it wasn't for George W. Bush putting his foot down after 9-11, there probably would have been MORE terrorist attacks against the U.S. I admired him for his guts, unlike Bill Clinton who would never want to follow through on an attack when he had the chance! I salute our awesome Navy Seals for their bravery and expertise! And for people like you who aren't afraid to tell the FACTS! Thank You!

        May 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
      • Monster Zero

        Wow, where to begin if that is what you truly believe. Do you suppose that entitlement spending and non-sustainable pension legacies were created under the Bush Administration? Do you believe that the mission in Iraq and Libya differ other than perhaps level of involvement, it's not okay for Ghaddafi to kill his people but it is okay for Hussein? Have you heard of Fannie and Freddie tax funded mortgage banks that are the root of the derivative trading cooked up under Greenspan and Clinton? I no longer have the time or inclination to try to enlighten those that seem entranced by the never ending stream of liberal propaganda...the truth is that we got here with the assistance of ALL Parties in Washington stuffing their pockets and not taking care of what is good for the common citizen of the Nation. This quasi -socialism crap is NOT ever going to work in America and when people get sick enough of no jobs, high prices and stupid political moves and corruption, the pendulum will swing and swing hard. I think it is about at the peak and beginning it's downswing...look out!

        May 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • troothteler

        "The last one that got us into this mess is the one that established the network of anti-terrorism and intelligence gathering that put the nail in OBL's coffin" ??REALLY?? Check the facts there Zero. GW actually DROPPED THE BALL on terrorist intelligence. When GW took over from Bill Clinton he was specifically warned about OBL and the first tower bombing. What did he to to prevent further terrorism attacks prior to 9/11. NOT A G** D***N Thing. I believe the 9/11 attacks rest on the shoulders of the GW administration and their lack of action during regime change from Bill Clinton and their chest beating machismo after defeating Al Gore. Furthermore before history clouds the truth too much, remember GW's first focus of his administration (prior to 9/11) was dismantlement of domestic regulatory agencies which the gulf coast paid for last year. GW was a TRAIN WRECK as president that stymied our nation for a DECADE

        May 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
      • glenn robert

        The good work that George W. did.. let me count the ways! (0) Got that????

        May 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
      • smackme420

        @ Monster Zero, You truly are just another inbred, green-toothed, "Tobacky" chewing, sister-as-a-wife, ZERO, just like your screen name suggests at you own hand. If the bush baby said it, then it must be true huh? Why don't you put down your cousin and go educate yourself. Maybe, just maybe a smidge or two of truth might infiltrate that rotten melon you use when trying to remember your ABC's and you just might actually form an opinion all by yourself! Now wouldn't that just really impress your friends and family! "Wow! we got us uh smarty-pants in the Klan", they would proudly say.

        May 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
      • Arizona_Huey

        For god sakes – what are we in the 5th grade? Teacher, little Johnnie took my brownie!!! You whiny little teapublicans can't stand the fact that Obama, from day one, said Afghanistan was where we need to be focused to crush those who pulled off 9/11 – NOT getting daddy's nemesis by making up intel about WMD and invading Iraq. After Bush let 9/11 happen, he tramped on our Constitutional rights, left Afghanistan with ineffective troop levels to pursue Saddam, then pulled off all kinds of war crimes including torturing suspects. Nice! Bush was the one who actually stated he didn't care where bin Laden was. Sorry, Bush and his band of criminals deserve NO credit for any of this effort. If they did have the facts, they let them sit on Bush's desk, probably right next to the memo titled OSAMA BIN LADEN WANTS TO ATTACK AMERICAN!!! Obama took the intel, made it the CIA's number one priority and gave them the resources they needed! Nice try teapublicans but you FAILED to keep your eye on the ball where Obama nailed it out of the park.

        May 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
      • Che-3

        Monster; if you have your PIG brains breached and disinfected hot stream you will understand things better. You're a wasted human with an IQ the shoe size of a baby PIG. How is that? As unemployed trailer park racist you're just jealous that Pres. Obama got OBL in less than or in a mere record time of 2-1/2 yrs. in office even with the massive huge weighty US problems over his shoulders created by the last mentally deficient Pres. GWB who reads at 1st Grade level even with a written prepared speech. In all your stupid racist posts all over the internet, you exhibit the same disdain hate for this Pres. Obama no matter what he does. Facts undisputed: The actions of imbecile GWB by dropping the ball has brought extreme hardships to every corner of this World. Not only that; you seemed to have your brains turned backwards just like the evil one aka, Osama Bin Laden. Your corrupt GOP imbecilic Pres. GWB intentionally allowed his former buddy OBL to escape so that he could extend the war only for the benefit of his greedy buddies whilst they cowardly hole themselves out in the comfort of bunkers.

        May 6, 2011 at 6:46 am |
      • Jess Kuzi

        Funny, you utilize the word "CREDIT" when discussing Obama's presidency...Credit has been the MAJOR (no, not MAJOR credit card, our country would be declined) cause for turmoil in Obama's "REIGN"...oh, how I wish it would "RAIN", like when the rain comes down and washes the spider out, you know, like the fast approaching storm we shall all have a hand in, come 2012? It looks like the storm clouds are already forming in the distance; oh wait, maybe it's just the cloud arising from a steaming TEAPOT?...I don't know, I can't tell from here, with all the flying accusations of being racist to cloud my vision! And, lastly, I would advise some of you to start working on your storm cellars NOW as it takes awhile to dig out of chunk of the Earth – oh, maybe that's what Obama meant by his shovel-ready projects!

        PLS TAKE THIS POSTING AS INTENDED, as a HUMOUROUS OPINION. I recognize it takes great courage, intellect, and vigor to run for political office and I hope I shall be able to speak from personal experience one day (maybe when I grow up, right? HAHAHA!, see I can poke fun at myself too), and in the end we all have the same goals despite bipartisanship, WE WANT THE BEST FOR OUR CHILDREN, OUR COUNTRY AND BOTH OF THEIR FUTURES. And we shall embrace our differences, not become soooooooooooooooooooooooooo politically incorrect that we can't recognize nor revere those exceptional characteristics that make this country the greatest country in the world.

        STAY SAFE THRU THE REAL STORM IN TODAY'S FORECAST & COMING FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS SURVIVED A CATERGORY 5 HURRICANE, PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE; CHARGE ALL YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICES; & YOU CAN NEVER GO WRONG WITH A CAN OF ROTEL, VELVETTA & A BAG OF TOSTITO'S (VELVETTA MELTS MUCH EASIER ON A CAR BATTERY THAN CHEDDAR!) GOD BLESS!

        -Kuzi

        August 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • carboncow

      Yes, let's give Bush some credit for giving vision to a strategic anti-terrorist program...but let's also giving him credit for convincing 80% of the public and 90% of congress that Iraq had something to do with 9/11...and the mess that has created for the USA in the eyes of the rest of the world...

      May 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
      • Monster Zero

        Do you not think that Libya and Iraq are one in the same? Do you not think that overthrowing an oppressive dictator that slaughters his own people in an attempt to establish Democracy in the middle east a worthy attempt? Let us remember that unless you believe that GW Bush fabricated his own CIA intelligence reports he relied on the information provided. America had been attacked by fanatical Muslim terrorists, every American wanted some payback...I do not particularly care for the Iraq war but when you look at Iran and the disruption in the Middle east and think of the future and what may come of our intervention in Iraq, well, only time will tell...and please remember Congress voted to go to Iraq, they were provided the same information as the Bush Administration.

        May 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
      • Relax

        @ monster zero fundamentally I see Lybia and Iraq as two different strategies and from the Lybian view I do not see it tied so much with Iran. The only thing that ties them is they are ME geographically. Have you noticed know Spring Awakening is taking place in Iran (yet)? Have you noticed Obama has repeated their will be "no boots on the ground" in Lybia? Have you noticed Obama in an effort to protect our tarnished image in the eyes of more moderate Muslim countries has "put NATO ie...France, UK" in to key leadership roles" regarding this action? Some will call it leading from the rear and it is in a sene. In this case President Obama is getting NATO to "man up" and carry out a limited mission and control the mission. America can do this NP but we really shouldn't, should we? Obama is against nation building Bush was for it. Sure they both share the same targets and wishes to up hold and secure American interests but the interests has changed from being the strong arm for World Oil corporations to being a defender of the right to protest and speak out against your own government and defend out numbered and poorly armed enemies of our enemies. Obama's strategy is cheaper and in the short term much more effective. IMO.

        May 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
      • MikeSa

        You don't give that Congress much credit. I don't recall anyone suggesting Iraq had anything to do with 9/11 except a bunch of libs trying to find a way to criticize Bush. Iraq was sold to the Congress on WMD which Hussein hd already used in Iran and his own country. Iraq was all about regime change, Lybua is the exact same mission today but with lib at the helm. You libs ought to be distraught that a liberal would behave just like the conservative you all hated with a passion.

        May 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • Monster Zero

        Relax- You are missing my point, sending military into either Nation is based upon the exact same premise. Iraq was presented to us over and over as ruled by an oppressive dictator that brutally killed his own people, the same has been done with Libya. Iraq, we actually declared war and Congress approved for our ground troops to invade, Libya we have not quite followed the same route and so far we have not seen regular military in with the UN coalition troops. Iran is the primary player in the ME, they are actively seeking control of the Gulf and making strategic coalitions with Islamic Nations that control the other oil outflow choke points. Anyone that agrees with Libya yet opposes Iraq is completely off base and without reason, they are one and the same yet different in the way the war is waged. Libya does not export oil to the US, they export primarily to Europe, it is not our fight yet I believe we should back up our allies. You cannot LEAD from the rear, the mission is convoluted and has been an utter disaster without forethought of what the outcome is even desired other than killing the leader of a foreign Nation? At a time that our Nation is spending over $450 billion a year on interest alone, I do not think entering yet another conflict is in America's best interest. We shall see, we shall see...

        May 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
      • Enlightment

        Monster Zero – live in Disneyland. Have no clue of reality. Carboncow, I wish Monster Zero move with Bush and stay out of sight for good. Stay in his farm and milk cows.

        May 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • Monster Zero

        Disneyland, that's funny...gee, I think it so paramount as to what the "rest of the world" thinks of the US, especially as they take billions of our dollars annually for their full blown support...It seems to me that the first attack on the Trade Center came during Bill Clinton's Administration along with a few other "raids", and I can't recall who was President during the bombing of the US Marine barracks in Lebanon...wonder what the Christians think of us in the former Yugoslavia where we bombed the shit out of them to help the Muslims...seems to me, I live in reality and you and carbon cow live in the dark world of the herd...baaaaa, baaaaa!

        May 5, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • MikeSa

      I am shocked you libs are extolling BO's virtues in sticking with Bush's policies on terrorism. When Bush did it you couldn't stomach it. Now that a lib is at the switch it's okay. I shouldn't be shocked I guess. Your all hypocrites of the first order.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
      • Larry

        "You're", not "your".

        May 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
      • Scruff

        Let it go Larry. You know what he meant. It's sad that people out there are far more concerned with correcting people rather than debating the topic.

        May 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
      • TT

        You're not making sense. What about Obama are libs agreeing with, that is the same as Bush?
        If you mean to say that torture gets you information, well it's unclear that any one piece of info led the team to BinLaden.
        I am a liberal, and if Obama used information gotten through torture, then no way do I agree with that tactic.
        Should Obama end the war in Iraq? YES. Should he have escalated the war in Afghanistan? NO. Seems neither of these wars helped get Bin Laden anyway. So, it's been a big waste of tax dollars, and great profit for war monger profiteers. The libs are different in that we don't swallow all the BS from the person we elected. We like to think for ourselves and if we disagree with our leaders, then we'll disagree even if they are on the same "side". Conservatives tend to accept whatever the party serves up be it right or wrong. That is a major difference between supporters of either party. I will say that it is one reason why conservatives are more successful in elections. But, when the conservative supporters don't have to think for themselves, but only accept the party line, it's easier to lead them and appear more unified. The liberal party tends to lose votes when things get more complex and the general public has to start thinking more. Well, the general public tends to then take the easy road, pick the proverbial black of white position and tow the company line, as it's easier for most to follow and not be bothered with individual thought. In tough times the more simplistic "black/white" positions of the conservative party is more appealing to the masses.

        May 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
      • Che-3

        Mikesa: Dummy Pres, Obama took down the most evil human being on earth aka, OBL in record time of less than of 2-1/2 yrs. You’re trying tooooo hard to be a trailer park uneducated toothless idiot. You're a disgrace to your trailer park folks in your narrow minded community. Did you by chance missed the school bell toll or you missed Pres. Obama's yellow school bus pass you by? Trailer park punk; you have yourself to blame. Eat your heart out; and let me rub it in. Pres. Obama is intelligent that all the US Pres. put together. The last imbecilic one who reads at 1st Grade level can't even shine his shoes. What benefit or profits a man when an idiot sits on info. he's clueless about or know how to analyze and use it to take down the devil? I bet if lay eyes on OBL you will cowardly run to your little hole with your bloody tail between your legs. Pres. Obama wouldn’t. The world rejoice toay, in that in the last hours of this evil human being aka, OBL cowardly looked in the eyes of American Seals sent by the Messiah, Pres. Obama to knock some sense into his primitive backward brains. This you envy so much, racist idiot.

        May 6, 2011 at 7:26 am |
    • MikeSa

      Your so called smartest person in the room is simply following the policies and tactics put in place by Bush. Guess that makes them equally smart. Now I'll start to think Obama has a little on the ball when he can get off his duff and do somethign positive about the economy and unemployment and underemployment. His smart idea was to spend a trillion dollars which did nothing but put is further in debt with nothing to show for it. Yeah.......smart.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • charles

        He's following policy established by George Bush........??????
        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PGmnz5Ow-o&w=640&h=390]

        May 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
      • Steve

        To all right wingers, a quote from a famous conservative Archie Bunker," SHUT UP, YOU".

        May 4, 2011 at 11:51 am |
      • Monster Zero

        Mike, these dolts will never get it, how many Al Qaeda linked terrorists did Bush wipe out during the Iraq war? With troops being killed daily in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and Osama on the run, where do you think a President is to position his primary attention? Bush put the heat on Osama so hard that SOB knew if he revealed himself he would be toast. This goes hand in hand with their inability to acknowledge that waterboarding, GITMO and the entire network set up specifically to deal with these douche bags works like a charm! Accolades for getting the killer President Obama, and brickbats for the economy, securing our borders, gasoline prices, inflation, etc., etc. etc. If they wish to throw up sound bites, I believe there are thousands out there with Obama and a size 10 in his mouth...

        May 5, 2011 at 10:20 am |
      • Che-3

        Micksa: Here you go again; ENVY of Smart Americans whilst your trailer park primitive backward education can't match up and ain't cutting it for you. Little farm boy; it's called wide world web (aka www) of intellectual, critical thinking, analytic ocean sharks and not some trailer park PIG farm full of drunken toothless hillbillies. You will drown if you can’t swim upstream. How’s that?

        May 6, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • Howard

      If it wasn't for the INTEL from the Bush term, Obama would not have found bin Ladin. That INTEL came from GITMO, you know, the place Obama wanted to close. That INTEL resluted from interrogations ... you know the interograions Obama wanted to stop.

      Obama is an shameful opportunist and narcissist, who will gladly take all the credit, regardles of contributions by anyone else ... while conveniently avoiding responsibility, by blaming problems and defeats on everybody else. I doubt if Obama will concede to the fact that Bush's actions contributed to the bin Laden killing. Like the story of the scorpion and the frog, It's simply Obama's nature to feed his huge ego at all costs. So, I can only assume that George Bush will continue to be Obama's favorite whipping boy ... and the excuse for all Obama's short comings.

      Obama probably did not release photos and video at this time, so when he releases them later, so he can string out this story, continue getting more credit, and milk it for every last drop of media coverage he can.

      From Audacity of Hope:

      "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." – Barack Obama

      May 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
      • Linda

        You must be a Tea Partier- they all rewrite history with made up facts that have no basis in truth. Barack Obama is a Christian president, an honest American, who cares for regular people. Don't you guys see that the only thing the Tea Party and the Republican party work for are the huge corporations who pay for their campaigns? How can anyone be against cleaning up our magnificent planet? Yet they are, because it would impede corporate profits. Its called hegemony- when the ruling class controls the message so well that the working class and lower classes buy into the message EVEN if it goes against their own personal self- interest. Don't continue to be fooled by them. Think about what is good for your and your family, not what is good for General Electric or Halliburton

        May 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
      • TT

        If Bush has this intel, then he should have acted on it. The truth is that he didn't, so your premise is incorrect.

        Also, you never read Obama's book so why then used a falsified quote and attribute it to him?
        I know. Because you use internet Obama bashing with all of it's fabricated lies by which to get your "information".
        Here is something to help you, and others.

        "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."-Fiction!
        This is a corruption of a quote from Obama's book The Audacity of Hope. It is from a section that talks about the concerns of immigrants who are American citizens.

        Here is the accurate and more complete quote: "Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

        May 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
      • Knight

        @ Howard...

        I was wondering if anyone else on here had the sense to stop and think about our current president and the things he has vowed.. So thank you! I wonder why all the blind people in this country can not see that Obama is dangerous as our leader, especially in this world we live in toda!? That is another reason why I don't trust him and his motives. He IS Muslim and again to quote the KENYAN BORN Barrack Obama........

        "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." – Barack Obama

        Wake up America! Instead of trying praise him and blame everything on Bush, just stop, open your eyes and look beyond the wool over your eyes this man has placed on you! Yeah he does a few good things here and there, to keep you happy and deter you from seeing him the real person he is. No president has been 100% honest or genuine, but at least we knew Bush honestly cared for America and the people! I can't say the same for Obama!

        May 4, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • charles

      awesome remarks!!!!

      May 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • Enlightment

      Donald and that rug, I mean hat, I mean hair! I don't want a president with that hair and that much hair spray. What about that skin color!!! He looks orange with white circles around his eyes. Yikes!!!! Scary, too scary. And an IDIOT! That's another one that is full of himself that cannot ride a subway! Not enough space for his ego and HIS HAIR!!!!

      May 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • sadstateusa

      Tim

      Thanks...I could not have said it any better.

      May 5, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • sadstateusa

      Tim...Thanks!

      May 5, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • Jack Pearl

      Bush was no genius, but niether was he an idiot. And IQ alone isn't everything. The presidents with the most intellectual credentials were Hoover and Nixon. Neither are exactly revered today.

      May 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  2. Reader

    Thank you!

    May 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • Wendy

      TO CNN – I like seeing the photos of the situation room group. PLEASE POST NAMES _ tell us who each person it.
      Thanks.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  3. SoooMeeee

    A job well done. Thank you, Mr. President and all who were involved. Special thanks to our brave military men and special forces. It couldn't have happened with you!

    May 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  4. SurRy

    Don't forget that in 2006 George W. Bush announced that it had closed the CIA unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden. Hmmm, isn't that about the time bin Laden built is mansion?

    May 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • joe

      The estimate was around 2005.

      May 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
    • Lisa Brennan

      Yep. He also wore a cod piece and said "Mission Accomplished".

      May 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
      • George bush

        Shut up lisa, you are an idiot......the reason they caught him was because of bush and the tactics used to get information

        May 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
      • PJinChicago

        Really. He wore a cod piece? I never heard that before. Do you have any proof or evidence? I'd love to learn more about this cod piece story of yours. I hope you can make it a major part of the 2012 re-election campaign. Go Obama Go! Lisa is your ideal (typical) voter. Huzzah!

        May 2, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
      • Obama killed Osama

        GEORGE BUSH TACTICS? You mean the ones that the Japs used on OUR troops in WWll? And I recall that we hung all the Japs that did that to our troops. And we got a tim about that 8 YEARS AGO! If the evidence was that significant we would have had him 8 years ago. God Bless Our troops. If only Bush had cared about getting Osama way back after 9/11, eh? But then, we tried it your way and it didn’t work so the President decided to use intelligence and look where that got us. Shocking, I know! Would you prefer we keep giving Bush credit for things he didn’t do, just to make you feel better, sort of like oh, gee, I dunno, an handicap or reparations for Bush’s failures? Oh, and by the way, Obama got Osama.

        May 4, 2011 at 1:04 am |
      • Obama killed Osama

        GEORGE BUSH TACTICS? You mean the ones that the Japs used on OUR troops in WWll? And I recall that we hung all the Japs that did that to our troops. And we got a tim about that 8 YEARS AGO! If the evidence was that significant we would have had him 8 years ago. We tried it your way and it didn’t work so the President decided to use intelligence and look where that got us. Shocking, I know! Would you prefer we keep giving Bush credit for things he didn’t do, just to make you feel better, sort of like oh, gee, I dunno, an handicap or reparations for Bush’s failures? Oh, and by the way, Obama got Osama.

        May 4, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • PJinChicago

      With his busy schedule, wives, kids soccer practice, etc. where did he find time to build a sic mansion. And a beautiful mansion it is. I'd like the plans for my retirement house in Palm Springs. BTW, the reorganisation that the children of dope-crazed parents are getting all riled up about created task forces within JSOC, that collaborated with Delta, and the Teams, to make this happen – if you care.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
      • JSmith

        That others may live. Green feet, jolly green.

        May 3, 2011 at 11:01 am |
      • jrc

        You have to remember that Bin Laden didn't just go to a bank to sign papers to get approved for a mortgage to build a compound. There were others involved to where the property was in their name and secured and built, then after completeion, I am sure a little time went by to make sure the coast was clear then they slipped Bin Laden and his family in under the dead of night and he never waled putside the doors for any measure. He had to trust only a few people and no one else, so yes it was entirely possible that the majority of Pakistan never noticed. I can tell you making this liveable was no easy task, it was planned to the fullest and it almost worked completely thanks to the obvious courier.

        May 3, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Che-3

      You forgot the last president aka G. W. Bush severe mental and intellectual deficiencies. Only in America will such an idiot can be elected president. Now they're offering American delusional talking points clowns as potential candidate to such a high demanding intellectual position. Never again.

      May 3, 2011 at 7:41 am |
      • La, La, La

        GWBush is America's Idiot.

        May 3, 2011 at 7:57 am |
      • ha ha ha

        You said "Only in America will such an idiot can be elected president". Who is the idiot?? LOL!

        May 3, 2011 at 8:44 am |
      • Monk

        Funny that you dog Bush for lack of intellectual capacity. His IQ is listed as 134, while Obama's is listed as 129. Hmmmmmm. Anyone that holds that office must be fairly intelligent in order to be elected by the majority of Americans, whether you agree with their policies or not. Those that continually denigrate either individual for "lack of intelligence," is really showing their own lack.

        May 3, 2011 at 9:36 am |
      • John

        @Monk – Actually neither presidents IQ scores have ever been released. If you want to link to your sources I will stand corrected.

        May 3, 2011 at 9:56 am |
      • rich

        @Monk – where is it "listed"?

        May 3, 2011 at 10:51 am |
      • Got your facts from a cereal box

        Monk – you may be too young to remember (or too drunk) but Bush did not win the popular election in 2000. Nothing like checking your facts at the door rather than checking your facts at all...

        May 3, 2011 at 10:52 am |
      • @Lalala

        Though I despised GW through his term and afterward, I've learned in the past year that there is much more to him than what we know and see. For those who want to shamelessly denigrate George Bush as if he has done absolutely nothing for the United States, should do some research. I am and have always been an Obama supporter, but not blindly so. What Obama accomplished cannot be ignored and should be readily commended. However, Former President Bush got the wheels rolling.

        May 3, 2011 at 11:45 am |
      • Johan

        Please keep insults about intelligence to yourself.
        *looks at the grammer in that post* *dies*

        May 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
      • Altherbia

        @Johan
        *looks at the grammer in that post* Um, it's grammar.

        May 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • linda

      As bad as G.W. might have been, I am preetty sure they found Osama's courier while Bush was still in office. He deserves some of the credit in finding him.

      May 3, 2011 at 9:22 am |
      • John

        Your pretty sure they found him during Bush's administration... why are you "pretty sure" of this? Gut feeling?

        May 3, 2011 at 9:57 am |
      • John

        *You're

        May 3, 2011 at 9:57 am |
      • e harris

        You can't be pretty sure about anything. G W Bush had nothing to do with it. Give credit where credit it do. Bush is out and Obama is in. Obama is a man of GOD and I believe GOD will take care of him. He did what needed to be done and when the time came, as I am sure GOD lead him, everything was in place.

        May 3, 2011 at 10:30 am |
      • No BS

        I love these people who attempt to spread rumors with no factual basis.

        May 3, 2011 at 10:50 am |
      • dotnetbuddha

        one of the reports said they had been tracking the courier for four years and the intel gathered that lead them to even know about the courier was through gitmo supposedly.

        obama hasn't been in office for four years so according to that story. bush would have had something to do with it. and to say he didn't have anything to do with it is moronic.

        May 3, 2011 at 10:57 am |
      • A Mom

        Bush deserves the lion's share of the credit if you are comparing Obama/Bush. Bush has fortitude. He was a leader after 9/11 who was not afraid to call evil, evil. Very few of us knew the name of either al qaeda or Osama bin Laden before 9/11. Obama has shown himself to be an appeaser more than a leader. But the guy sure does have political saavy. I would admire him more if he would not only have praised the Navy Seals but also gave former President Bush his due. As I recall the only time he mentioned Bush's name during his announcement was when he reminded us that our fight is not against muslims.

        May 3, 2011 at 11:39 am |
      • @A Mom

        You're right about Bush deserving a lion's share. Obama didn't take all the presidential credit. He has iterated that the gathering of information was over a course of many years, which would mean that this has been ongoing long before he took office. And I'm certain he would not have mentioned making a call to George Bush if he is intent on taking the full executive credit.

        May 3, 2011 at 11:56 am |
      • Bet

        @Mom Most of us had heard of Bin Laden and al Qaeda long before 9/11. Bill Clinton authorized the capture or killing of him in 1998, after the US Embassy bombings in Africa, and he was on the FBI's most wanted list in 1999. GWB read some speeches. GWB authorized the torture of POWs in US custody, a violation of the Geneva Convention. GWB lied to the American people about WMDs in Iraq. Get your information from real journalists, instead of letting Fox news and Geraldo tell you what to think.

        May 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
      • Linda

        I give him no credit. He stepped away from the quest to start an illegal and immoral war by telling lies to the American people. His friends made billions in profits . He gets no credit from me for anything but destroying our nation as we know it. Thank God for Barack Obama.

        May 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • Dave

      Yes you are correct,Bush helped his friend hide and closed down the unit assigned to find him.

      May 3, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  5. Shadowfax

    After Obama wins the next election,
    would love to see Hillary as our next president.
    Maybe with Michelle Obama as VP !!!
    Dream ticket !!!

    May 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Johan

      If Hillary ran, almost any canidate baring Trump would crush her.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  6. Curious cheddar

    All staged propaganda! Lies!

    May 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Thomas Huntsberger

      Of course it is propaganda and lies. Just keep your tin foil hat on so you can continue to KNOW this.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  7. sara volk

    I'm glad he's gone. Congratulations Mr President, your national security team, and the Armed Forces of the United States of America!

    May 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  8. Bubbaboo

    Why did they bury him in the sea!? We all know what happened to megatron...

    May 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • @Bubbaloo

      Hilarious. The beast may rise again. A reporter during the brief yesterday had asked if they had "securely" buried the body at sea.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • Jayse

      That's the #1 "Don't they ever learn" rule of movies. Bury something evil underwater and it will come back to haunt you.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Ms. White

      LOL.....thanks for the laugh

      May 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  9. K3Citizen

    Not that I want to see them, but did this operation get caught on tape? Selling that video would help put a small, but symbolic dent in the federal deficit.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • Jim

      yeah, and selling that video would put a serious dent in our tactics and methods for counterterrorism ops resulting in getting American operators killed... that was just a stupid idea. Think much?

      May 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  10. Alejandro Dron

    'Downfall'
    http://www.zoharme.com
    Graphic Commentaries on the Middle East

    May 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  11. Agnim

    Difference between a competent US President & a clueless bush league president?
    Night & day!

    And yet, some Americans will gladly give the nation-destroying republicons majority in Congress?
    This means that too many Americans are STILL as asleep today, as on 911 and throughout the bush league entire presidency. Wake up, Americans; otherwise when you do, the republicons WILL destroy America; and you slumber will be a nasty nightmare!

    May 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • dale

      "Amen" Agnim

      May 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • jaczy1

      Amen, Agyin...

      May 3, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • jkVAWY

      Without the groundwork and the 10 years it took to build up NSW and coordinate DEVGRU and all other aspects of JSOC, this successful mission would never have happened. Who cares who was in the white house when it happened? And Bush gets credit for building up the NSA, CIA and military special forces commands into what they are today. Sounds like you are scared about the fact that you are becoming a minority in your opinion, and things are naturally gravitating towards the Republican side of the house, WHERE THEY BELONG, HA HA! If the President is a Republican, we need a Democrat Senate. If the President is a Democrat, we need a Republican Senate.

      May 3, 2011 at 9:38 am |
      • Linda

        George Bush walked away from his change to capture Bin Laden. He didn't care! All he cared about was being a big shot with 'shcok and awe' against a small innocent country. I can't believe people want to give him credit for Obama's dedication and kept promise that he would get Bin laden. He did. Bush did not. Period

        May 3, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • Mike

      Am I the only person who thinks that the use of puns/nicknames is completely foolish and juvenile? "republicons" "bus league" "odumbo" "wingnuts" "deomocan'ts" "teabaggers" even in sports "a-roid"... the list goes on. Seriously, how can I take anybody's post seriously when they display the intellectual wit of kids engaging in schoolyard teasing. Both liberals and conservatives are guilty. If you want the vote of independent thinkers, grow up and stop using petty ad hominem attacks. I'm sure there is a well thought out argument waiting to escape somewhere in that brain.

      May 3, 2011 at 9:42 am |
      • Mark

        No Mike you're not alone in your assesment. The name-calling you witness is a result of giving access to a lot of immature people. When people can no longer come-up with an original, intelligent argument, they usually resort to name-calling. When they start their discussion with name-calling, that indicates they have no intelligence to begin-with. Do as I do. Take comfort in knowing that with so many unintelligent-sounding people out there, the competition for my job is seriously reduced.

        May 3, 2011 at 10:46 am |
      • John

        Bravo!

        May 3, 2011 at 11:20 am |
      • A Mom

        Okie Doaky.

        May 3, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • gdebra3

      We helped Republicans win the majority because we need JOBS....go ahead and protest ....we need to go to work!!!

      May 4, 2011 at 12:52 am |
    • Salty

      Really? Really? Nation destroying Republicans? Get your facts straight. Even with the terrible even of September 11, 2001 our economy survived, it survived the biggest terrorist attack in History, with President Bush and the Republicans in charge of both the House and Senate. Fast forward to 2006 when all the BS lies about President Bush cost the Republicans both the House and Senate, shortly thereafter the ECONOMY Started to TANK and continues to Tank because of who? Come on, you know the real answer? Say it with me, everyone knows who caused it. It was the Democrats. President Bush tried to get control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but the Democrats felt that it was wrong to deny people who couldn't afford multi-million dollar house to have them anyway and told those two institutions to front the loans. Who was Literally in bed with a high level Freddie Mac exec? Barny Frank. No conflict of interest there huh?

      Which party pushed through the biggest and costliest overhaul of the health care system in history, one that 75% of US Citizens didn't want? The Democrats. (BTW THAT is the reason they lost the House) Oh yeah they pushed it through illegally by only requiring a simple majority.

      So don't lecture us on who is destroying this country. President Obama and the Democrats are the real villains here.

      With that being said, I applaud President Obama on making the decision to assassinate UBL, but lets not forget who started the hunt and rebuilt the intelligence community that was decimated by President Clinton.

      As a side note. Did anybody notice that this past April, more US soldiers were killed in Iraq than since 2009? I thought that war was over? Isn't that what President Obama said? Our soldiers are no longer taking an active role in the protection of Iraqi citizens. Didn't see that bit of news on CNN, ABC, MSNBC, NBC, CBS or any other liberal network. Every day President Bush was in office the nightly news opened with how many of our Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines were killed but since President Obama took office you here little if anything about them. So don't anyone tell me the Media isn't biased.

      May 7, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  12. Gaylon Barrow

    George Bush never closed anything nor did they ever stop looking for Bin Laden. Obvama only flame to glory is he was lucky enough to be President when the job was finalized. Thank you George for starting it and in my mind finishing it. The trouble with you oBama lovers is you can see no worong in this man of your nor will you look. Check out his connections with George Soros. Then you also can be a part of three million dead Jews.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • Lisa Brennan

      Wrong again, Gaylon....just can't seem to get things right, can ya? Bush F***** the dog on this one. And invaded Iraq. Wrong on WMD, etc. Wrong on it all. Gutted this country. Why don't you put a cod piece on and stand in front of your gross bedroom mirror and fiddle around for a while and then say, " Mission Accomplished". Then go away.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
      • Lisa Brennan

        "I just don't think about him any more, I don't care about him, he is not someone I think about..." etc, etc, ~GWB on Osama Ben Laden.

        May 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
      • Lisa B

        AMEN!

        May 3, 2011 at 12:24 am |
      • mickael mac daddy

        lisa you're a plug

        May 3, 2011 at 12:40 am |
      • Tom D

        Bush followed the same intelligence agency about WMDs in Iraq that Obama followed about OBL in Pakistan. Both made decisions based on that intelligence. One was right, one was wrong. Obama gets credit for giving the go ahead on this mission. Bush gets credit for Gitmo and the policies he put in place to lead up to this decision. Instead of bashing eachother, Libs & Conservatives should come together on this one issue, have a beer and celebrate. At the end of the day, the radical islamists want to kill all of us. So why fight amongst ourselves.

        May 3, 2011 at 10:02 am |
      • Samm

        Lisa Brennan–The fact that you are so crass and vulgar only nullifies any point you are attempting to make.

        May 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • rhumba

      'he (Obama) was lucky enough to be President when the job was finalized'

      Really? Didn't you mean that he did in two years what George Bush couldn't do in eight years?

      May 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
      • Lisa Brennan

        Right on, rhumba

        May 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
      • Kevin

        The United States has been tracking UBL since the Clinton administration. What happened over the weekend culminated a man hunt that was severly escalated after the 1994 WTC bombing. UBL and his cohorts attempted to bring down the towers 7 years before they actually succeeded. Ten years ago, the tracking became a downright manhunt. This has nothing to do with what Pres Obama could do in 2 years vs what Pres Bush could do in 8, or any of that nonsense. The lead they followed to finally find UBL and take him out was one they were following for the past 4 years, and then some. Things like this don't just happen over night. This is not a discredit to one president, or a credit to another, it's a credit to the teamwork, between parties, to put aside their differences and serve the greater good of the American people. I served my country proudly, and I have a feeling that I'll be going back shortly, because this is far from over.

        May 3, 2011 at 8:38 am |
      • Knight

        Wow, are that ignorant to think that Obama did this in two years?? Hello assclowns, this took a little over 8 years to gather the intel, comfirm the information and accomplish. The Obama just happened to be the one in office when it happened! Had Bush not started this, it never would have been completed. This was a victory for the Free world and not Just Obama. Obama called Bush and Bill Clinton to tell them BEFORE he addressed the nation, so good on him for recognizing who should be the first to know, those that got it all started. If you go read other media (besides CNN) you might know this. Besides, Obama is trying to bring the US to a Marxists society, and if you think that is a bad thing, look what happened to Russia..Open your eyes people. Obama may appear to be doing right, but it is for his gains, NOT the American people. Not president or politician is perfect. But some are more criminal than others. I would continue on but I need to go to Hawaii to pick up my freshly replicated birth certificate that took two years and a few million dollars to get.. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!! Thank the gods for the U.S. Military!!!! Thanks for getting him SEALS!!

        May 3, 2011 at 9:08 am |
      • Hossky

        Bush started the process, the information on the WMD's was a judgement call and he took it. Bin Laden for years kept moving and hiding which caused the different agencies to lose him. It just happened that they got lucky and got a strong lead and they followed it. Obama was lucky to be in office when they finally got him. I've seen intelligence teams work in Iraq, and those guys work their butts off trying to seperate the BS from the real facts. So those who really don't know what goes into finding the necessary information really need to sit back and look into it. Yes we didn't find OBL during Bush's term, Yes we went into Iraq for WMD's and didn't find any that intel said was there. Lets not forget though, it is the soldiers on the ground who have done the work, who have completed the mission, not the Presidents.

        No we can't 2012

        May 3, 2011 at 9:36 am |
      • Powmia

        Obama didn't do this in 2 yrs. It took intelligence gathering of over 10yrs too get this info. The ONLY thing Obama should be credited with is just issuing the go ahead order. NO president deserves to be called COMMANDER -IN-CHIEF unless he had served in ACTIVE duty. Political affiliation should have nothing to do with who's rich, who's poor, EVERY politician should be striving for the same thing, to SUPPORT & defend our constitution & PEOPLE! Now adys you have to vote for the one you think is lying the least.

        May 3, 2011 at 11:02 am |
      • Monster Zero

        Do none of you lefties listen to any of the network news or the Whitehouse press releases? The Operation was attributed to a culmination of intelligence collected over a ten year period...,trying to negate the importance of what GW Bush did establishing GITMO, the interconnected network of anti-terror organizations and the interrogation techniques used to gather the information to get the SOB is unbelievably ignorant. What do you think, Nation Defense is a partisan effort. I've never seen such stupidity and ignorance and because of this stupidity our Nation could possibly get stuck with Obama again and another four years of economic stalemate, European style governance and further destruction of our middle class.

        May 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
      • Renny

        @Monster, no they don't, apparently they don't think much for themselves either, they just drink their koolaide with their other hand out for their government handouts. Though I have heard that there are some exceptions; liberal lefties that do have jobs. Though I guess their minds are still dazed with an inability to think for themselves.

        May 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • ds

      I didn't vote for either president but it's hilarious to me that you sit there and claim the "obama lovers" see no wrong in him. What about all of you dubya lovers. This man lied to congress, mislead an entire nation, the entire world into a war we had no part in being in. Afghanistan, fine I understand it, but what the hell did Iraq have to do with anything. They even stated they had nothing to do with 9/11. Our initial was was to avenge the deaths on 9/11 and then we were duped due to our nationalism, into another war. So don't come on these forums and spew your bs about obama lovers seeing no wrong in him. You're just as bad if not worse. Oh and also, GWB did say that osama was NOT a priority:

      "We haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is," Bush said during the 2002 news conference. "I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run.

      "I was concerned about him when he had taken over a country," Bush continued. "I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban. But once we set out the policy and started executing the plan, he became - we shoved him out more and more on the margins. He has no place to train his Al Qaeda killers anymore."

      Do tell me then, why was the guy who master minded the worst attack on this beautiful nation of ours, no longer a concern?

      Once again....stop looking at all these issues in black and white and venture over to the grey area a little bit....it's a bit more refreshing...this goes for the extreme obama supporters as well.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • Tyler Fordam

      Just curious on how George finished it. Can you enlighten me?

      May 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
      • David2u

        Ditto !

        May 3, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • JJ

      Buddy, we all know Bush's #1 priority on 9/11 was to ensure safe passage for the Bin Laden family. Open your eyes & ears.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
    • Anthony

      bush had his chance. TORA BORA, lets say that again, TORA BORA, bin laden was widely acknowledged to have been at that battle. but our special forces were called back.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
      • Monster Zero

        Our forces were not "called back' at Tora Bora, I saw the interview with the Special Ops team leader. He stated that they were within 100 yard of the summit and could actually see a tall thin man resembling Osama. They were accompanied by a Afghan army regulars and those regulars actually threatened to turn their weapons on the Ops team if they proceeded. OBL was an icon to every ME Muslim, they worship him as a hero against the Evil America. The Ops team requested that cluster style land mines be dropped on the back slope exit of Tora Bora and the request was denied reportedly at the Pentagon level. If you think GW Bush would not have ripped off his head and crapped down his neck given the chance you are all out of your kool-aide drinking minds!

        May 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • dale

      You,ve got to be some kinda of Christian southerner, or just have,nt recieved your GED yet? You sound about like UM, Fourth grade there gaylon?????

      May 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Barry is a Christian and born in Hawaii, that would make him a Southern Christian.

        May 3, 2011 at 6:16 am |
      • Hojo

        um, are you dumb? a you a deep south christian? I'm pretty sure Hawaii isn't considered part of the south. Completely different culture.... goood lord people.

        May 3, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      Come on Mr Barrow just stop and think OK?

      May 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • DDAP

      It is sad sad sad that there are so many either ignorant or just plain stupid people in America. Bush didn't finish anything other than his second term. He didn't finish Afghanistan, he didn't finish Iraq. He didn't catch Bin Laden. Good job catching Saddam. He did start the policies that lead to information via a Gitmo detainee about Bin Laden's courier – so good job there too, GWB. And frankly, I am disappointed that Gitmo was closed. Anyone who was in there either had committed atrocities against humanity or was going to, so who cares if waterboarding someone 9 million times got us the info we need to finally put a bullet in Bin Laden's head? Seems like a small price for someone who was all about killing people to pay. Just sayin'.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
      • Mike

        Gitmo is still open

        May 3, 2011 at 12:44 am |
      • Keith in Texas

        DDAP, Gitmo is still open. In fact, in was announced that is will stay open. And waterboarding did not produce the information used for this operation, it was extracted in a "regular" interrogation. Get your facts straight. Gosh, this stuff is endless.

        May 3, 2011 at 1:14 am |
      • Hojo

        Clearly you haven't been paying attention to the new and just posting your absurd opinions all over CNN. Water boarding didn't lead to the person giving up the information, it wasn't until after the water boarding the information came out, the water boarding slowed the process down.

        May 3, 2011 at 8:22 am |
      • Kevin

        I put in two years at Gitmo during my service time, and I'll only say this: you can't treat inhumane people humanely. We never would've got the answers we needed to save countless American lives through foiled terror plots and tips to capturing/erasing some of the world's highest ranking terrorists if we had just asked nicely. Trust me also on this: anything that was done to these animals pales in comparison to what they have done to our own POW's. As American people, we are unable to truly hate something or someone the way that these people hate Americans. We can't help but have at least some sort of compassion, it's what makes us great as a people, but these terrorists have a level of hate that goes above and beyond anything we are capable of. Just imagine how much someone must truly hate to be capable of suicide bombings, etc.

        May 3, 2011 at 8:46 am |
    • Carter Sherline

      Gaylon, nothing you say is correct. The President is not perfect, far from it, but no one is. He is a great President though. Bush, on the other hand, was among the worse, along with his father, Raygun and Tricky Dick.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:14 am |
      • Knight

        No, Obama is not a great President. He is one of the worst. You bash Reagan..Where you even born when he was president!? If not for Reagan, you would probably be speaking Russian instead of being able to sit here and spout crap while probably sucking a damn Moca from Starbucks. Go back to Berkeley.

        May 4, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • tammi

      Only a Gaylon prick head would make the statement you just post. Not only have you demonstrated your high level of ignorance, but you have also displayed the type of knowledge you lack, which is education. You live in the past Gaylon prick instead of moving forward in life. Bush is no longer president, McCain did not win, and Sara Palin herself needs to further her understanding of politics and get a little more education and experience under her belt before she decides to walk with the big dogs and those who hold Harvard and Yale degrees.

      People such as yourself who live in what did not occur, but salivate over what they wish would have happend depicts a person who probably walks through life with a low self-esteem, insecure, a lack of courage, and one who craves attention and communication anyway they can get it. You are an over sized baby Gaylon still nursing on mommy's boobie and should truly consider finding another way to become a hot topic in the blog world.

      I too am Proud of my current President and would have been proud of the others if they achieved the same results with Bin Laden. Unfortunately they did not, so you give credit where credit is due.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:50 am |
      • Renny

        Now tammi, your racism and lesbianism is showing through. Calling people names and insulting them just because they don't agree with you? Typical liberal hypocracy.

        May 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Iowa Chris

      Gaylon, you are one sick individual. Bush was a total failure and only won election by cheating. He should never have been allowed anywhere near the White House. He was as dumb as dumb can be. President Obama did a masterful job of finding and killing bin Laden and it wasn't just luck! He called on the same team that took out the Somolian pirates and saved the Captain's life. You need to give credit where credit is due and it has nothing to do with the loser Bush who said he didn't really care about bin Laden and had no idea where he was at, could care less, not relevant.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:51 am |
    • Dave T.

      GAYlon,
      You're response is the typicial Republican resonse. Can't you come up with anything on your own? If I'm not mistakened, but wasn't it the Mighty Bush who's administration was on watch when the whole 9/11 event happened? There was some good CIA and "intelligence" work done there! Is it taboo to criticize that administration, at that time in history, that basically left the "side door" open to allow that event to take place? I think not....just a plain fact.

      May 3, 2011 at 7:56 am |
      • Samm

        Bush was president for only 8 months when we were attacked. If you want to blame someone, try blaming Clinton. He was president through multiple attacks on the US – on our soil and abroad. What did Clinton do? Bush had his flaws, but he was by no means an idiot. Obama couldnt have done this in 2 years if it weren't for the 7 1/2 years of intelligence collected during the Bush administration.

        May 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • jaczy1

      Gaylon....get a education...get your facts straight and use spell check....

      May 3, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • ha ha ha

      You speak the truth Gaylon! Obama has done nothing but take this country down. And now trying to ride on the coat tail of W.

      May 3, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • Jerry

      Connections to George Soros? Is that you Mr. Beck? Got too much time on your hands now, I see.

      Same initials too. What a coincidence.

      May 3, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • Tom

      George W. Bush was a failure, so suck it up!

      May 3, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Venkat

      We should have done this about 8 years earlier. Mr. Bush wasted national energy and attention on an unwanted war for 6 years. The by-product of that war is growth of support to fanatical Islamic ideas of Bin Laden. The whole world was behind us in condemning 9/11 including some courtesy remarks by Sadam Hussein. But, we lost the momentum and sent the whole war-on-terror on a tail-spin. Although it may not have merit, to most it looked like US using the opportunity to grab more oil. He did not give his 100% to either of the fronts. He and his team were blinded by ideology and to some extent greed to support their oil baron friends, did not see things clearly. I think, Obama is doing a great job, pulled back the economy which according to most of economists was about to go over the cliff sending world on a tumble. In addition he got most of the TARP and GM money back. In fact the government made money in that deal. He handled Egypt in a subtle way, without interfering at the same time nudging the Military. He and Hillary are doing a good job in Libya. The dragged NATO and others who have a stake in seeing Gaddafi go to take due responsibility, while, giving time for the home grown moment to grow and learn. Suppose the world goes in and removes Gaddafi what next? Libya which does not have any sort of institution what so ever, would be as chaotic as Afghan after Soviet, in which Pak created Taliban took over. If a movement however rugged it is today will form some basis. In a way, the longer it takes in Libya is better for their future, as long as we continue to support them. So, stop looking with your myopic vision or limited understanding. May be you stop watching Fox (and coming to CNN just to bash Obama) and read international journals.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:11 am |
      • Monster Zero

        So let me get this straight, interference for European oil in Libya is okay under Obama and is justified while interference in Iraq under Bush was bad and for US oil interests...sorry you're an idiot. This one is almost as tasty as another post on here proclaiming Obama's giving the order to kill OBL as a morsel of substance for his receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, you can't make this crap up...please continue, I have become an addict.

        May 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • SACHUGG

      You have implicated the current President of the United States of America and used your twisted logic to somehow connect him with the holocaust all because George Soros contributes money to Liberal causes. As an American Jew I would resent your words instead I merely feel sorry for you. George Soros was 13 YEARS OLD in 1944 and was forced to deliver eviction notices to Jews at the point of Nazi guns–when he delivered the notices he wrned the Jews that they were eviction notices and to run for thier lives. Further, somehow this poor waif survived the war and went to live with his ORTHODOX JEWISH uncle. Soros made something of himself and daily makes significant contributions to Jewish causes and to other in need. You are part of the "conservative wackos" that believe somehow that if you repeat a lie long enough it will become fact. Remind you of anyone else? (Hint: he ran Germany from '33-45).

      May 3, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • David2u

      Oh come on Beck. Use your real name

      May 3, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Earl C

      @Gaylon Barrow

      Really! I'm unwilling to look for/or find fault with this president! My friend YOU are an ass!

      May 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  13. Dan

    God Bless America...

    May 2, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  14. Desi

    Gaylon, your problem is that you can see no good in the man, nor will YOU look.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  15. Raven

    Why is there a general in one photo with his legs crossed like a girl?
    And why no photos of the Valiant Hero's who accomplished this mission at extreme risk to their lives?

    May 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • Lisa Brennan

      Maybe DADT repeal for one. Another thing is that we may never know who these SEALS or Special Forces were....not for a while at least. Don't be such an idiot.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
      • David Anders

        Lisa, you must not work & collect checks from the Gov't as you can post message after message. Your boy Obama doesn't believe in Boarding detainees (you know what that even means) Only reason they found OBL was b/c GWB felt NO remorse for these clowns & MADE them speak up. Facts are Facts, get some credit when it is do. Now, keep getting those checks you lazy a**

        May 3, 2011 at 10:04 am |
      • SACHUGG

        Hey David Anders and your "facts are facts" posting. In 4 sentences you made 6 assumptions based on your ignorance and prejudice, ZERO facts.

        May 3, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • JJ

      Don't ask. Don't tell.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • Connie

      Do you really think that would be wise given the secrecy of the mission???

      May 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • Don

      That's an Admiral, not a General. Learn is name, and the difference in uniform between the services.
      One of the best Joint Chiefs we've had: Admiral Mike Mullen.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • well

      Yeah I am sure them and their families would love to b plastered all over the media as the ones that killed OBL....

      May 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • PTNY

      You fool.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
    • Jim

      Yeah, why not publish thier photos, names, addresses? You'd like to have their wives and kids killed becuase you are an al Qaida oeprator trying to get that information, right? If not, you're a real idiot and should go stare at a corner or something. With a big pointy hat.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
    • John

      You should know why their are no photos, just think for a second, or if need be an hour.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Coy

      I can answer that one. Special Ops personnel identities are classified. Unless you have a need to know, you hear about them but you never see them.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • Carter Sherline

      I cross my legs all the time...and I can assure you I am male genetically and socially.

      SEALs' identity is not public information, as many other intelligence agents. To do otherwise would endanger their lives.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:17 am |
      • Earl C

        @Carter Sherline

        "I cross my legs all the time...and I can assure you I am male genetically and socially"

        And your sexual preference is?????

        May 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Chad

      And... that's an Admiral not a General. But he's only the most senior person in the military (and the most televised), who would have known??

      May 3, 2011 at 1:05 am |
    • KimberlyT

      "why no photos of the Valiant Hero's" - oh gee, lets think about that one for a minute. Lets release the photos of the men who carried out this mission so that UBL's followers can hunt them down and kill them.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • Mea Walker

      US Special Forces personnel are never publicly identified. This policy protects them and their families from threats and physical harm that may be brought on due to their work in counterterrorism. If their names and photos were posted for all the world to see, al-Qaeda operatives would target them first in revenge. Is that what you want for these men?

      May 3, 2011 at 5:00 am |
    • Clacky

      That would be Admiral (because he is US Navy) Mike Mullen. He is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and former Chief of Naval Operations – you know, the branch that has SEALS, like the ones who shot bin Laden.

      May 3, 2011 at 5:23 am |
    • Ann

      We will never know the identity of the hero's that completed this mission.

      May 3, 2011 at 7:31 am |
    • Gary

      Because they are special forces who do covert operations. Showing their pictures would make them and their families targets for reprisal.

      May 3, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • kmoore

      Raven – I'm pretty sure the identities of the brave americans who carried out this mission will be kept secret for the protection of their lives, as well as their families. Congratulations to President Obama for keeping his focus and catching his man. Within 5 months of taking office HE directed the CIA to get him a tag on Bin Laden within 30 days (Leadership), He continued to ask for progress , and didn't let anyone falter in the process (Focus). He kept a special survelience team to monitor movements and built a replica compound for our troops to train specifically for the ambush (Direction). HE made a decison to move on the target, while others around him were skeptical, and wanted more details (Courage). A true Commander in Chief! Obama 2012!!!!!!!!

      May 3, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • JS

      Can you imagine the danger that those individuals (and their families) would be in if their identities were revealed? I would love to know who they are but for their safety, the safety of their families and their careers I have a feeling we might not know who they were for a very long time – unless some money loving, speck of a human being leaks the info!

      May 3, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • David2u

      Raven are you brain dead or just faking it?

      May 3, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • MB

      What a "tool"...................they're not going to parade these Seals around in front of the media. That's not why they sign up. I hope we never learn who the team consisted of or who the trigger man was. It's not important and they would be torn apart by media from all over the world or worse yet........be threatened (their families as well) by the whack jobs that still support Osama and his sick a@@!

      May 3, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • KJ

      As others have already explained, it's because their identities are classified, and must be protected for their safety, the safety of their families, and for national security. But, to expound upon what's already been explained– One of the reasons that President Obama used phrases such as "I ordered" etc... is a lesson in behavioral analysis. It keeps the focus on him as the responsible party, for our enemies who might try to, for example, put a bounty on the heads of those operatives to performed the kill (quite common in terror circles). The President has effectively taken on that burden

      May 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  16. steve

    Well, how about proof that they got him. Stop utilizing (its too gory) to be released. The world needs to see and have a clear proof this SOB is swimming with the fishes. and let it be a lesson to his mis-informed followers that the same fate awaits them

    Photos WHITEHOUSE or shut up

    May 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
    • Jim

      We don't need to "entertain" our children with these photos or provoke extremist responses. We abhor it when enemies of America show dead Americans and gloat. We should be smart enough not to behave in kind. If published they will be everywhere in minutes. The appropriate action would be to display them in a secure room in the capital building of every state and allow adults only to view them, if they choose, without any cameras or phones

      May 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • KJ

      It'd be a grave error, indeed, for images of this terrorist, after his demise, to be published and circulated as mass media. Civilized society, no matter how injured & offended by the precipitating dishonorable act (9-11) would get no joy, or satisfaction out of seeing a dead body, and certainly wouldn't facilitate any behavior that would make us appear to be as irrational, and uncivilized as those who seek to harm us, for the sake of idle curiosity or entertainment. A provocation to our enemies that would be iladvised, and unnecessary, especially in light of the fact that we have troops abroad who would very likely be a 'little' put out with unnecessarily introducing the element of increased anger and resentment towards them.

      I like to believe that my United States is better than those who resort to vile acts of cruelty, and dishonor. Not because Osama bin Laden or his ilk was in any way deserving of honorable treatement, but because my fellow law abiding and upstanding human being ARE. For better or for worse, we've elected a President to lead the Executive branch of our government, and to be the leader of our armed forces. I will leave the responsibility of capturing or killing, and identifying the global villains to him. I don't need to "see proof", nor do my children. And, those who believe they have good reason to hate us, definitely don't need to see the worst of our society doing what they do best... circulating garbage & doctored photos with hate speech, claiming to represent "us", and "our" ideals. No thank you.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  17. jan hallquist thompson

    Why can't we just have a great American victory where long over-due justice was served w/o having to bad mouth or complain about someone?

    May 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  18. Amir

    From the Afghan people, who were and are victims of terrorism sponsored by our neighbors we thank those who made the decision to eliminate the founder of terrorism. While things won't change for Afghanistan, Afghans are very comforted by the death of a terrorist who brought destruction to Afghanistan. Mr. President Obama you have a moral obligation towards Afghanistan instead of pressuring the government of Afghanistan who receive 1% of the aid directly- help us build the institutions and a pluralistic army with sincerety. We Afghans are not beggars so we will not ask for dollars like Pakistan, we request support and help to eliminate not just figures but terrorism from the region. If publicly US says Haqqani network is in N Waziristan along with Al qaeda and confirms Haqaani is supported by ISI and Pakistan army than why US pushes the truth under the rug while it gives them 5 billion a year.Afghans have repeatedly said that "Osama and Taliban are far from Islam but very close to Islamabad"...finding top terrorists in military cities like Rawalpindi and Abottabad or Business city like Karachi should be a clue..Again, we ask you carry out night raid against Pakistani generals homes not Afghan villages. Afghans have been victims from every side. Countries cannot sponsor terrorism against other countries and claim sovereignty at the same time. We wish humanity safety and prosperity...and for the long life of Afghanistan and US relationship.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  19. me

    I love Hillary Clinton. She is lovely, classy and so smart. I wish we had more women like Hillary in power.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  20. HJG

    I know this is a strange question-- but in PHOTO # 3 - WHAT IS THE GIANT CAPE-LIKE THINGY that Obama is ' hiding' behind?

    It's not his coat [ or wind-breaker jacket] –as that can CLEARLY be seen in many of the other photos.

    This thing is SUPER WIDE....and covers up OTHER ITEMS [as can be seen several 'sharp angular points' sticking out of the fabric on the right side.... and something else on the left side] It has 'seams' and comes up to his neck.......yet is longer than the photo, too.

    HECK- THIS CAPE OR CLOAK IS AS WIDE AS THE WHOLE TABLE !!! And COVERS the WHOLE Table!!!

    Any thoughts, folks? ....
    What is it.... and WHY?

    May 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  21. Scott

    Wow – ONE thing positive that has come out of the Obama adminstration – and it was not led by politicians – but soldiers! I agree that Obama just happens to be in the right place at the right time. If you deny that anything has been done in the past as contributing to today then you say that our lost soldiers did not give their best – to which I ask how many of you have served?

    May 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  22. NYCyeah

    Repugs are thugz.
    Repugs are useless.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  23. PTNY

    President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Panetta, pure intelligence! Military forces, pure intelligence! Genius, brilliant type of intelligence!
    Does anyone here think for ½ a moment this would have happened without Obama! We knew, all of us, we knew if anyone was capable of this Obama was. When he was elected we knew he was the one to get this done and they did! Voted for him or not you knew he could do it. Makes some of you mad. I know.
    If you can ever find any reason or excuse that our leader Barack Obama with Panetta and Hillary were handed this information years before you’re NUTS. Intelligence…spell it. This group is made of smart brilliant people and figured it out before throwing 8 years of empty Testosterone filled bombs into deserted hills. This took only 8 months.
    Pakistan did not participate, did not provide intelligence, but gladly took 7 billion dollars from the foolish previous administration which most likely built Bin Laden’s compound!

    If you’re foolish enough to write nonsense here or are trying to convince someone stupider than you like you’re family, coworkers or someone else of anything other that what’s in front of you then you’re you're misinformed by another fool and happily believe them or are angry, lying or JEALOUS! You all know better!

    L Graham…dip your self in a glass of milk, your opinion is foolish.
    We, the U.S.A. respect all humans, all religions, all colors, and now we know you and Sarah, and Trump to name a few do NOT have respect for others, other than yourselves! Go to bed!

    I hope many of you are just playing super dumb, Every second is recorded for the intelligent to view with pleasure and you know better and are just being argumentative.

    Bin laden had a proper Muslim funeral and burial. Amen.

    If you disagree with this… well you’re opinion is a waste of time. Go to bed!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
    • PTNY

      Trump that! LOL

      May 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Brado in PA

      You worship Obama for continuing the Bush policy? Even expanded it? lol...you are the bigger fool, dumbest hypocrite! hahah...what a joke!

      May 3, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  24. Kyle

    Is there ANY actual proof of this yet? How about this, i just killed Gaddafi, i have no pictures to prove it and i dumped his body in the ocean, BUT dont worry i have DNA evidence that you have no way of verifying or obtaining. There is no honest reason to believe me any more or less then you believe the gov't on Bin Laden. I'm not saying hes not dead, im just saying they literally have done nothing to prove it

    May 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
    • mboma

      why don't you go scuba diving in the north pacific ocean for proof. While there, please ask him for information about 9/11 because apparently you don't believe he is dead.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  25. KingSweeney352

    What the hell is blurred out on the table??

    May 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • Robert in VA

      read the caption!!!!!!

      May 3, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  26. Jim

    Honestly, I hope the next time they have a midnight news conference, it's to tell us that Joe Biden will finish the rest of this failed president's term in office.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • John

      Jim, I am truly sorry your boy was killed. My deepest sympathies.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • ripit

      So Biden, who has the same basic political views as Obama, would be O.K. to finish out the term, but not Obama. 'Sounds like you just don't LIKE Obama... I wonder why??? [cough!coughracistcought!]

      May 3, 2011 at 12:59 am |
    • Kat

      Go to hell, racist pig.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:05 am |
    • Che-3

      Southern Evil. You're a EVIL as Lucifer and Bin Laden put together. What a wasted human being. You're the breeding son of the devil that the Bible talks about.

      May 3, 2011 at 7:25 am |
    • cornball killer

      Hey Jim, why dont you go somewhere and die you dumb redneck hick...You and your like minded friends are useless...I will be so glad when you fat pigs die so that we young people can inflict real change...Bye bye pink face..

      May 3, 2011 at 7:27 am |
    • Hojo

      Good call. Obama failed when he gave the order to take bin Laden. The only person that failed was your mother for not being hungry enough.

      May 3, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • Donna

      @ Jim.....how dare you say the next midnight news conference be to say Bidden will finish this failed term. That is an insult. Seriously....please explain to us what Bush did and how he was such a success. Please make sure you explain to all the familes that lost loved ones on 9-11 and the ones who lost love ones because of the sensless war....weapons of mass destruction huh????

      May 3, 2011 at 8:46 am |
    • bird

      Amen to that, Jim. And I hope people wake up in 2012 and remember all the continuing rising gas prices when this president tries to get re-elected. They'll probably be blinded by stupidity or forgetfulness and just follow the sheep like they did this past election. God help us all.

      May 3, 2011 at 9:05 am |
      • John

        Right, because gas prices never reached $4 a gallon when Bush was in office..

        May 3, 2011 at 10:03 am |
      • Earl C

        @bird

        Without one credible candidate who is capable of displaying one Iota of intelligence the republican party has made your post moot!

        May 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  27. Jim

    Gitmo still open, Gays still can't marry, Nuke Plants going full steam ahead, Offshore drilling going strong, How's that Hope and 'change working out for you Liberals.?

    May 2, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • Proud

      Is that you Jim Crow?

      May 3, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • Carter Sherline

      Change comes slow. Too many stubborn idiots. A lot has changed, and will continue to change, under the great President. The best Presidents have all had much opposition to overcome. The worst had many supporters, too locked into failed policies. When this country was founded most of Congress was looking to make nice with King George. Only a select few saw the way things should be.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • Coy

      Gays being married is a state issue, not national, marriage licenses are issued by the state but just like desegregating the military helped pave the way for civil rights, getting rid of don't ask don't tell is a start. You can't close the nuke plants until you create the alternative fuel source, that is an issue that lobbyist and special interest groups will fight tooth and nail b/c it hurts somebodies bottemline. Offshore drilling going strong???.....Google Shell drilling operations and read how after they invested $4B towards drilling, they were denied and how the EPA has also denied drilling in the Gulf. Gitmo was supposed to be shut down and the prisoners moved to New York, but the Right Wing conservatives got all pissy and that was shut down, now other countries won't take them.(They don't believe in death penalty) Imagine if they did come state side...American Jurisdiction + American Trial + American Judge + American Jury = Death Row (African Americans have been rail roaded in the same system since it's inception, just ask the ones who were recently freed from death row for being falsely accused, and the judge in Illinois who is in jail now for taking bribes to put "people" on Death Row....Google it.

      You want a working Government, first accept we are a Republic, not a Democracy, fire the politicians with labels (Democrats, Republicans), remove special interest groups (their not interested in the people of this country, just the bottem line), and vote for peolpe who have an allegiance to the people and not the parties.

      Just a thought.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:31 am |
      • gdebra3

        I don't believe there are any politicians of that sort. Nice thought though.:)

        May 4, 2011 at 1:05 am |
    • Jeff

      Hello JIm this is reality, we have not seen you around for a few years. Come back

      May 3, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • Beverly NC

      You can thank the idiot Republicans for crumbling nuclear plants and oil spills. Republicans are corporate-run and do as they are told by corporations. Republicans just tried to get rid of the EPA (told to by the Oil Billionaire Koch Brothers so they would no longer have to follow any clean air regulations or take responsibility for oil spills), get rid of the Nuclear Regulatory agency because 80% of our nuclear plants are at the end of or past their intended life cycle. They need to be shut down or totally renovated. NONE of the owners of these dangerous nuclear plants want to spend the money to bring their dangerous facilites within compliance.
      It's called GREED and Republicans are KINGS OF GREED and hatred for the American People. They have not done ONE SINGLE THING for the American PEOPLE in years. They destroyed our economy, brought down the stock market, let banks run wild with no regulations and they cheated and lied to people on mortgages leading to the destruction of our housing market. Bush LIED about IRAQ intentionally so he and Cheney could go steal their oil for Cheney's oil company.
      In 2002 Bush announced he was not interested in finding Osama because he was irrelelvant and stopped all efforts to find him. It was during an address to the nation.
      Bush and the Republicans DESTROYED this country, KILLED our soldiers for a fraudulent war to steal oil for Cheney's benefit, committed international war crimes on TORTURE which the CIA says gave them NOTHING to work with in terms of information. Bush was a moron who barely graduated from Yale and only got in because his Daddy went there and paid them a ton of money in donations.
      Republicans are HATEFUL, RACIST LIARS WHO CANNOT ACCEPT THE FACT WE HAVE A BRILLIANT BLACK PRESIDENT WHO KNOWS HOW TO LEAD, RESTORE THE ECONOMY, HANDLE FOREIGN POLICY, AND COORDINATE COVERT OPERATIONS TO FIND AND KILL OSAMA BIN LADEN. HE IS OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND HE MADE THE DECISION WHICH OPTION WOULD BE USED TO GO AFTER HIM – DIRECT ASSAULT SO THEY COULD ALSO GATHER IMPORTANT INTELLIGENCE DATA IN OSAMA'S HOUSE. THE GENERALS JUST WANTED TO BOMB THE HOUSE BUT PRESIDENT OBAMA WANTED A SPECIAL FORCES ACTIONS SO THEY DID NOT LOSE ALL THE INTELLIGENCE DATA IN THE HOUSE. IT WAS A BRILLIANT MOVE BECAUSE THE NAVY SEALS FOUND A TON OF USABLE DATA ON AL QAEDA PLANS.
      REPUBLICANS ARE SO IGNORANT, NASTY, AND JUVENILE THEY WILL NOT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THIS GREAT JUSTICE THE NATION REAPED FROM THE KILLING OF OSAMA.
      FOR YOU IDIOTS TOO – THEY DUMPED HIS BODY IN THE OCEAN SO HIS FOLLOWERS COULD NOT MAKE A SHRINE OF WHERE HE WAS BURIED AND THEY FOLLOWED ISLAM BURIAL TIMING TO NOT UPSET MUSLIM NATIONS WHO WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO BUILD POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS FOR THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY.
      YOU REPUBLICANS ARE JUST TOO STUPID TO THINK BEYOND YOUR OWN SELFISH, UNEDUCATED TINY WORLD.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:13 am |
      • Butthole

        Calm down maniac, you sound as whacked as any publican

        May 3, 2011 at 3:51 am |
      • kevin

        show me one link or piece of evidence that cheek received any oil or profits as a result of us going to war. just calm down and chill out with a tall glass of hi-c koolaid.waiting for that evidence btw..

        May 3, 2011 at 4:37 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Did not the Liberal activist block the building of new power plants?

        May 3, 2011 at 6:10 am |
      • Kevin

        What an idiot. Lets all gather around an oak tree hold hands and sing Kumbayah. That would make the world a better place.

        May 3, 2011 at 7:31 am |
      • Caron Speas

        RIGHT ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        May 3, 2011 at 8:06 am |
      • Caron Speas

        RIGHT ON, BEVERLY.

        May 3, 2011 at 8:07 am |
      • SCmom

        It maks me literally sick to my stomach to think you are a female....YOU ARE A STUPID, DELUDED, PROBABLE0 TREE HUGGING, TREAT PLANTS & ANIMALS BETTER THAN HUMANS IDIOT...btw the Democrats' stupid president Clinton started the downfall of the economy........

        May 3, 2011 at 8:43 am |
      • bird

        Thank you, Michelle Obama! Obviously you are using the alias name of Beverly in this post.

        May 3, 2011 at 9:08 am |
      • Rodeoguy

        Wow lady! Did you forget to take your medication this morning?

        May 3, 2011 at 9:23 am |
      • Monk

        Ummm Beverly, your racism is showing through.

        May 3, 2011 at 9:43 am |
      • jkVAWY

        Democrats have a heart, Republicans have a brain. America was founded and has thrived as a cut-throat capitalist free-market country. I am an American, so it is my natural birthright to be as successful as I can be in life. If you don't like being sucessfull, and want to work in a factory all of your life and have everything equal, then move to france. It sounds like you are bitter that you are at the bottom half of the food chain, yet you have taken no steps to improve your situation other than look to the government for handouts. It is not the government's job to provide for you; that is your job to do for yourself. America simply gives you the freedom to pursue these asperations. The beauty of America is that we allow people to both FAIL and SUCCEED. This is how we weed out the mediocrity and provide only the best. And it sounds alot like you are the one who is full of hatred and bitter resentment. One thing in this world is certian – if you cannot provide for yourself, then you will never make it. Grab some ambition, stop blaming the government for your problems, and grow up and contribute something productive to life.

        May 3, 2011 at 9:47 am |
      • Knight

        Why are you the only one on here referring to him as a "Black President" instead of "The President?" That sounds racist! As for Rebulicans being greedy and not doing anything for the American people.. I disagree. Ok who is not greedy? Look at Obama, he is trying to have complete control of everything so American's have to go to the government for everything. Russia tried that and it failed and they collasped. It is call Marxism, you should read about and it would scare you and every other Obama supporter at how VERY close he is following that line. But you won't. You will just accuse me of being a racist, greedy, ignorant Republican. Your call.. But as for Republican's never doing anything for Americans...WOW, that is way off.. Let's look at the pay raises given to the military during the Bush administration (and Clinton for that matter) and compare them to what Obama gave?! Still want to say the Republicans don't give? Still think Obama is doing better than them in that aspect? I think not. What Obama gave was the lowest pay raise since the Korean War.
        As for the Oil issue...did you go to Berkley? Stop hugging a tree or do you enjoy paying $4.00 a gallon? At least Bush tried to lower gas prices and pass legislation so we could drill into US oil reserves. But Like Obama, the tree huggers said no. Well enjoy the continued rising cost of gas then, at least Bush and Cheany tried to reduce the cost to Americans...something Obama I don't think will ever do, unless of course he has complete control, again called Marxism.
        Well if Bush killed our country, I guess we all died and went to hell and met Satan, better known as Obama becasue he is not not helping us one bit. Only kicking us down farther.
        There is a reason Bush "claimed" he did not care about "Bin Sleeping in the Arabian Sea"...it is called tactics. But since you are so anti Bush (republican), you would never stop to think about that. We have not stopped looking for him for one second. Why do you think we finally got him? I did not spend 6 months in Afghanistan mining Lapis so you could have some nice jewelry to wear while you sit in Starbucks, sipping coffee and bitching about things you are not educated on. Obama has you fooled, right where he wants you and the rest of the US. We Rublicans are not selfish. I did not give 20 years of my life to protect your freedoms and right to voice your thoughts just to be called selfish. Quite the opposite of selfish I think, and you and your family and friends are very welcome. I would glady do it again...enjoy your week!

        May 3, 2011 at 9:49 am |
      • Herb61

        Why not tell us how you REALLY feel!! LOL!! Good grief!!

        May 3, 2011 at 9:57 am |
      • @BEVERLY

        First of all, lovin' the all-caps. Second of all, your rant is changing the minds of all who has been graced with your intelligent articulation. Third, I'm certain that every Klan member have ripped up their membership card because of you and only you. And last (but not least), Booker T. Washington is applauding somewhere. Now that I'm done with my overwrought sarcasm, I'd like you to kindly refrain from taking a position in public relations for Obama. Our blessed President already has that taken care of and is not taking any applications.

        May 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
      • Monster Zero

        Hey Beverly, those crumbling nuclear plants were built using organized Union labor and Government specified materials, the very best our tax dollars could fund. If you haven't been able to ascertain the effect of EPA over regulation from your Government funded job perhaps you should look at Florida as an example with the abuse of the Safe Drinking Water Act, seeing as most of the public is on private supply water anyway, EPA has mandated enhanced treatment regulations for Stormwater treatment to the point that it is so cost prohibitive to develop anything that growth and development has nearly ceased. If you want to build a parking lot, when the new rules go into effect, you will lose approximately 30% of your upland site to stormwater treatment, remember you can't impact wetlands so you just lost most of your developable property...sheer stupidity and utter bureaucratic malfeasance with regard to private property rights...but of course this is what progressive liberalism stands for. Kool-Aide FREE of charge!

        May 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
      • Monster Zero

        You call Republicans Kings of Greed...what do you call someone that takes away that which another has earned through hard work and success to give to someone that has not and in many cases will not? How about Thieves...

        May 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
      • kman02

        @ Monster...What do you call the huge giveaway to the banks from the middle class?....Charity?

        May 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
      • Monster Zero

        Kman-
        If you are referring to TARP initiated under GW Bush, I think that money has been repaid fairly consistently with interest. If you are talking of the billions given away to special interests like Wall Street on the Right and political activists for cash such as Unions and community organizing groups such as ACORN, I call that fraud and abuse of taxpayer monies to buy an election, that is what I call it. I think Dodd. Franks, Geithner and Bernanke should all be held personally accountable for what they have done to the US economy, this never would have occurred without their meddling and we would have been through this had they let it sink, they've prolonged this and the debt incurred will haunt us for years to come. Isn't funny that the only one's truly left unscathed by the economy are the government employee's and the politicians, they haven't missed a taxpayer funded meal!

        May 4, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • Che-3

      Jim, your mother may have been impregnated by the devil Lucifer. No wonder you have horns over your stupid Racist idiotic head. You racist trailer park toothless punk.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  28. J

    @Lisa Brennan and @rhumba have you not read the reports the intel about the courier was found on Bush's watch, 4 years ago. It took 4 years to finally find their location so in reality it was sheer luck that it fell under Obama's watch. Need to thank the military and CIA for finally getting it done.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  29. RE McKay

    Proud of my President! Good job!

    May 3, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  30. jose bernal

    i hope that next midnight news conference is President Obama announcing that gas prices will drop to 2.50 nation wide......

    May 3, 2011 at 12:08 am |
  31. spence

    Republicans and their sympathizers are ignorant, money hungry, gullible, disgustingly disgraceful fucks plain and simple.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Monster Zero

      Your post says all we need to know about you, good night and God Bless...

      May 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • AC

      you think the navy seals are all democrats?

      May 4, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  32. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Gaylon, you are a sick puppy. 'Then you also can be a part of three million dead Jews'? Why don't you call this racist down Jay? I just can't believe you let that one slide; but then I know that anybody who's denigrating and bashing OBAMA is fine with you!

    May 3, 2011 at 12:58 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Liz, I just read his comment, I really did not know what he meant by this. 3 million dead Jews? I did not think he was talking about the holocaust. I think there were many more killed than that. But I do not know.

      I looked up George Soros and found that he said “America Should Be Replaced By a World Government With a Global Currency Under UN Rule” That he is a Hungarian Jew who has been described as anti-God, anti-family and anti-American. By his own admission he even helped confiscate the homes of fellow Jews in Hungary in 1944. These are all things that look bad for George Soros not Gaylon. I think even you would not like someone that took homes from Jews.

      I think Gaylon is just mad because Barry associates him self with this guy.If so I can understand his point. If you find something racist about Gaylon's comment please point it out more specifically. If it is true I will side with you and call him out on it. I just do not see it at this time.

      May 3, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  33. Corpsman

    Bush's counterterrorism guy was interviewed today and admitted they had no new leads in the last two years of the Bush administration. Obama made getting bin Laden a priority, stuck with it, and made it happen. These are the facts, whether people want to believe them or not.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:02 am |
  34. tammi

    Wow Jim you sound angry and emotional. Are you and Gaylon Prick related, share the same bed?

    Man up cupcake, grab your ballsack, quit belly aching like your a little girl and again move forward. Did daddy not tell you he loved you when you were a little guy. Did mommy forget those milk and cookies at night? You need a hug poor guy or for someone to say, I wuv u:), and if you get a new president who screws up far worse than our previous presidents what will be your next complaint?

    Hey Jim, Jimmy, Jim Boy, J, what ever. Go to your local market, CVS, etc and buy some Always with wings or Kotex. The way you and Gaylon Prick are posting, you sound like you need those super wings.

    I am out my little birdie's. I could pick with you, Gaylon Prick, and other ignorant posters all night long going into the morning. Thanks for the laugh, tee hee:)

    You miserable posters are too funny. You will probably blow up on my post. Knock yourself out

    May 3, 2011 at 1:06 am |
    • American Fury

      @Tammi – I agree with what you said about Jim but does your wife? Chill out dude!!

      May 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  35. Donald bin Trumpin

    Wow Obama kills Birthers, Trump and bin Laden in the same week. One of the greatest Presidents yet.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:12 am |
  36. Toots

    Jim, you and your jealous Republican constituents are as slim-minded as GWB"s faculty.Hahaha.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:55 am |
  37. Joe

    Funny how when Saddam was caught, rethuglicans praised Bush, but now that Osama is killed these piles of garbage can't bring themselves to thank our President. If you don't like our president, then leave this country, you anti-American scum..

    May 3, 2011 at 3:42 am |
  38. Kelley

    This bickering isn't solving anything. Can't we just all say that Obama got the job done? PERIOD!

    May 3, 2011 at 5:17 am |
    • Che-3

      Baby, it’s a war against the Racists. They have crossed the line and we ain't taking anymore as the silent majority. It's about time we take the fight to their door steps. If you sit on the sidelines in silence; you're in effect condoning their racist actions. Racism is the devil within. You give it an inch; it takes a mile. You feel me?

      May 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
      • Renny

        Che, stop allowing your racism against white people to show through.

        May 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • Monster Zero

        Since it's war against the racists, does this mean you're going to beat yourself up?

        May 4, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  39. Subconscious

    at the end of the day. osama was caught and justice was served. That should be the victory not and not another political gun sling conversation as above.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:25 am |
  40. Right

    How can you take a picture of photo op obama in front of a true American George washington, that makes me sick to see such a lieing obama in front of the picture of a TRUE Great American.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:58 am |
    • cornball killer

      You are a waste of semen...

      May 3, 2011 at 7:31 am |
      • Monster Zero

        What's wrong...thirsty?

        May 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Dave T.

      Hey Right,

      Lieing? WMD in Iraq......Al Qeada responsible for 9/11......Geaorge W Bush – the greatest president ever......Those are the real lies!!

      Killing of Obama.......Truth

      May 3, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • Hojo

      Aww, whatsamattah? Seems like someone is upset that a whitebread cowboy didn't get the job done, which is understandable. Who wants to give the order to kill a close friend? I sure wouldn't.

      May 3, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • ndTimmy

      Obama is the liar? Please do explain how this guy is the liar and not the last president?

      May 3, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  41. Get it together.

    We need to find some common ground here. The economy will recover once we start to manufacter our own goods. look at the end of WWII.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  42. pinkfloyd43

    Interesting that they just happened to 'photograph' the entire thing! Sounds like politics to me rather than seeking justice!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:53 am |
    • David

      FYI, they just happen to photograph the President anytime he does anything that isn't private. There is a White House photographer whose job it is to do just that. Most Presidents have had that.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  43. Kevin

    I like the second photograph. Hillary Clinton's expression says it all.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  44. Patricia Long-Moss

    Was this the first time such a critical US mission was watched by the White House in "real time"?

    I smell the "Prize", for White House photographer Pete Souza ......

    To be able to see and feel the intensity of our White House "Seat Of Power Brokers", chronicled, has to rank with other of the most powerful photos of the century.

    Hats off to White House photographer Pete Souza for masterly capturing for posterity, what has never been seen by the full public..

    May 3, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  45. cornball killer

    You dumb rednecks can cry all you want because we will not see a white male republican president probably til about 2024...Obama will get reelected and then Hilary in 2016...So good luck hicks...Maybe by that time the hispanic population will be vast enough by then and you republicans will have to bow to the minorities....hahahahahahahahahah you guys are screwed big time and dont even know it...

    May 3, 2011 at 7:35 am |
    • Monster Zero

      Cornhole killer- I think that had to be one of the best representative posts of the Progressive Liberal Democratic movement that I have yet to come across. I mean you hit all of the points in one blog post..truly exemplary of what this Hope and Change movement is truly about...thank you for revealing it to everyone openly although most informed Conservatives already knew the liberal minorities true wishes. Hey, Gaylon is looking for a roommate, you two would get along great...

      May 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  46. VAFred

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 3, 2011 at 7:42 am |
    • Che-3

      You bet and without a doubt.

      May 3, 2011 at 7:45 am |
      • Monster Zero

        If you listen closely, you can hear the fat lady started to sing...ain't over till it's over there Che, don't you have a banana Republic to go invade or something?

        May 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  47. Yossef Meir

    President Obama and his team have done an outstanding job. Now, I believe that we can call it a trully mission accomplished. Period!

    May 3, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  48. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I ditto you VAFred, Che-3, and La, La, La!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • Che-3

      Suffering from your usual itchy stinky smelly fishy smell today?

      May 3, 2011 at 8:38 am |
    • Monster Zero

      20% unreported un and under employment
      $5.00 a gallon gas
      $2.85 gallon of milk
      $1.79 loaf of bread
      14.3 trillion in debt without a sustainable budget...
      We will be lucky if we make it to 2012...but today should not be the day and at least now President Obama will remain one step above the worst President ever Jimmy Carter, hats off President Obama, thanks for getting the SOB!

      May 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
      • Renny

        Agreed.

        May 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  49. akv

    I am curious as to why was the burial carried out in the sea, when he was killed on land? I am not an expert in Islamic beliefs, but it seems that their first preference is burial on land unless the person is killed at sea (Thank you Wikipedia).

    May 3, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • JWL

      I'm just guessing, but from what I've read, there was a question as to whether or not any country would accept the body. And then what kind of shrine would be built around his grave? By burial at sea, they get rid of the body and impossible to "pilgrimage" to the site.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • Che-3

      Do you want these evil forces to have a place to worship, aka the tomb of the most evil human on earth for inspiration like they do with some black stone in Riyadh?

      May 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  50. modmike

    Good Job Obama and his administration, and the brave men and women who took Osama down. God Bless All of you.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  51. mel

    OBAMA 2012!!!!!!! A TRUE GREAT AMERICAN!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  52. Joe

    John Boehner on the killing of Osama Bin-Laden.. Where are the jobs you promised mr. president? Excuse me, my bad! Where is the body you promised mr.president? Let's face it, the reality is that the racist southern confederate republican party and the racist mainstream media are dying with envy because President Obama has been successful is eradicating Bin-Laden. My suggestion to the republicabn party is that if they cannot handle what the Obama administration has just accomplished, then they can all come together and commit mass suicide and do America a well deserved favor. Let's face it when President Obama completes his second term I believe that historians will declare that President Obama was the greatest President in U.S. history. For example, President Obama did not take office on a clean slate as he inherited an economic crisis, the worst since the Great Depression, an unemployment epidemic spreading across America like the Bubonic plague, and two wars overseas. Then if you felt that was enough, the President also has had to deal with these daunting task while facing constant roadblocks and unjust scrutiny and racist and bigoted attacks by the confederate rednecks in congress and in the mainstream media. And yet, with all these obstacles, President Obama has accomplished more in two years for America than any previous eighy year administration in American history. That's leadership we can count on. Hence, that's leadership worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize. Hence, President Obama is the greatest F--ng President in U.S. history.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  53. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Butthole, if the one you called a maniac sounds like any 'publican' to you, how can that be? SHE TOLD THE TRUTH! That's one thing 'publicans' don't know about. Your response to her really makes you sound like your name! LOL! Beverly NC; you go girl! You got all of that right! @Jay, had I made a comment just similar to that, you would have jumped out and called me racist. It's been proven! However, if you truly don't see it here, I know you've read many of his other maniacal, ranting, raving, racist posts!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  54. Indiana Girl

    I am a proud Democrate, but I strongly believe this mission was a joint effort on many levels. Obama picked the best troops we have, our intellgence was amazing and Obama used the past presidents knowledge to make an amazing call. I am so Proud to say I am an American. A huge thank you the the American Troops, President Bush, President Clint, and President Obama as well as our intellgence group. Yesterday we showed the rest of the world why America is a great country.

    Lets stop the insults regarding Bush and Obama. They are 2 great men who have led our country in challenging times. I am not a Bush fan by nature, but we must rally behind our leaders and show support. Together we suceed apart we will fail.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • Knight

      Well said! It was not Bush OR Obama alone, it was the work of Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations and the US Military! Thanks to all for getting this done!

      May 4, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  55. Joe

    These Islamic radical thugs are just a bunch of crowny cowards with alot of bark and no bite. Remember Bin-Laden saying on one of his tapes a few years ago that while the west is afraid to die, muslims on the other hand like to die? I find his comment hyprocritical because when his ass was against the wall, he ran and hid behind the only woman in the room. What a coward. By the way, Moammar Ghadaffi is next.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  56. Haendel Martinez

    God Bless our President Obama! Calm, Cool and Collected! These pictures display it all!

    May 3, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  57. SholyHit

    People, people, people...let us not denegrate those who are staunch defenders of America's last Republican president. Bear in mind that Mr. Bush spoke with feeling to the hearts & minds of those who would understand him and be of the same ilk. Let us hope that sometime in the near future the ridding of the world of bin Laden will allow our armed forces in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and elsewhere to come home. The drain of dollars to the Defense Dept. can be lifted and spent in areas more in need of funds – re-education of Bush lovers to what a true patriotic American President is supposed to be.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  58. Bob

    Idiot Republican!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 3, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  59. Jerry

    Has nobody else noticed that Obama appears to be wearing a fat suit in picture 3?

    May 3, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  60. Monk

    Those of you that keep dogging Bush for lack of intellectual capacity are truly funny. His IQ is listed as 134, while Obama's is listed as 129. Hmmmmmm. Anyone that holds that office must be fairly intelligent in order to be elected by the majority of Americans, whether you agree with their policies or not. Those that continually denigrate either individual (Obama or Bush) for "lack of intelligence," is really showing their own lack.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:39 am |
    • John

      Actually neither presidents IQ scores have ever been released. If you want to link to your sources I will stand corrected.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:08 am |
      • Monster Zero

        Actually GW Bush released his academic records and was a C student and a cheer leader at Yale whereas Obama has failed to release any educational documents of his past, other than voting present most Americans know nothing of Obama other than what Bill Ayers was paid to write about him in his own book...just saying'.

        May 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  61. Erica

    All I can say is Thank God President Obama was at the helm. He commandeered this to the right conclusion. Thank God and thank you President Obama.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  62. Brado in PA

    it's so hypocritical of you to praise Obama's use of deadly force, but hated Bush doing the same thing. Obama has continued the Bush policies and opened up a 3rd front against Muslims in Libya, kept Gitmo open, used intel gathered by CIA, doubled down in Afghanistan. When Bush did this, it was war crimes, when Obama does the same things, he's a great American? Give me a break! You guys are total Kool Aid drinkers!

    May 3, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Jerry

      Committing hundreds of thousands of troops to a ground invasion of a country based on lies and half truths is not "the same thing".

      May 3, 2011 at 10:53 am |
      • Brado in PA

        Jerry, Obama still has troops there in Iraq. Gitmo is STILL open, doubled down in Afghanistan. The intel Bush used was the same logic Clinton and many other demarcates cited.

        Actually, Bush got Congressional approval and unanimous UN security council approval for the brave action he took in Iraq. Brought down a brutal dictator, who actually murdered more then bin Laden, and was brought to justice. Obama didn't get congress approval and didn't get unanimous UN SC approval for Libya.

        Thought you libtards were against war/killing? Go weep for a tree or something really important like that. Leave the real world stuff to real men.

        May 3, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  63. Renny

    Here is a statement that makes as much sense as all the pro-obama stuff I've been reading for the past couple of months: "All of you that agree with Obama's marxist/socialist/liberal policies and are against republicans are racist."
    Makes a lot of sense huh? Both sides need to think about what they are saying and stop being hypocritical. To disagree with someone else's policies is not racist.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  64. BeerBrewerDan

    Man, the Sit Room on The West Wing looked a lot cooler. At the very least, not as cramped.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  65. Not Chicken Little

    It was horrible, just horrible, when Bush did the things he did – but now when Obama (blessed be His name) does the same things, the knee pad media and the liberals (but I repeat myself) all wet their pants with adulation and happiness.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:26 am |
    • John

      Bush overthrew a dictator of another country, after someone else completely attacked the U.S.
      Obama took care of that other person.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  66. angel wings

    I find it interesting that people want to give George Bush credit for the capture and killing of OBL but won't give him any credit for the financial downfall of this country.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  67. Janet

    As someone who lost a good friend on Flight 93, I would just like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the brave SEALS who undertook this mission and completed it successfully, and my thanks to all those who made it possible. I am glad that Obama kept his campaign promise to take down Bin Laden and I admire his composure during the days last week when the final plans were made. He gave the go-ahead while keeping his dignity during the Trump/birther attacks and will get my vote next year. God bless our country and our troops and show us how to stay united.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  68. dubrats

    thank the navy seals and our armed forces and intel....this has been in the making for 10 years.....way before obama was even a community org....but he will campaign this to death i'm sure...amazing!!

    May 3, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  69. Ken Benedict

    These pictures are phoney.... Biden's NOT sleeping.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  70. PTNY

    Does anyone think for ½ a moment this would have happened without Obama! We knew, all of us, we knew if anyone was capable of running this country Obama was. When he was elected and chose Hillary we knew he was capable of great decisions. The power was building.

    Now we will see the wicked tongues of jealousy, prejudice and manipulation from those who cannot bare the magnitude of the power of this administration.

    If you’re foolish enough to try convincing someone stupider than you like your audience or listeners, that Barack Obama with Panetta and Hillary were handed this information years before by the Bush Admin then you will be embarrassing yourself with no answer to Why didn't Bush do this? That's all, why didn't Bush do this instead of Obama if he had the info that you claim.

    Pakistan did not participate, did not provide intelligence, but gladly took 7 billion dollars from the Bush administration which most likely helped build Bin Laden’s compound! Then covered up their incompetence by claiming a loss of interest. Are you saying Bush lost interest when he had the information all along? Is that what I'm hearing so many jealous manipulators say here?

    Will Obama admit Bush's stance on terror was right? HUH? Fox news...you think Bush was right? He lost interest!

    Obama is not alone out there. This administration happened from the collective efforts of the American people and our foresight that B. Obama was a truly competent, intelligent, caring man and necessary for our country. He was brought into this administration by a very intelligent country of people thru a process called VOTING!

    Bin laden had a proper Muslim funeral and burial. Amen
    Everything that has happened in Pakistan is recorded, photographed, documented in LONG FORM.
    Patience is a virtue. In time it will be releasded.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  71. TXJack

    So the current administration figured this all out by themselves
    Really? Really,.

    And you believe this to be a mission they did on their own?? ..
    Maybe develop in Hollywood. Not the current WH administration.

    Why are there all a sudden so many pictures available and it is so well organized??

    Then how fake was this, everyone watching a raid that we know was going to be a success.

    I do not doubt that Osama is Dead.
    However I do not think that we had anything to do with his death.

    We have been monitoring his whereabouts since 2007.
    Everybody knows that Osama was in poor health due to Kidney failure.

    The current administration probably picked up a transmission that Osama was dying.

    So what better way to look good and get reelected then stage a FAKE raid that we knew was going to be a success.

    Then get the body, burn the place to the ground to get of evidence that Osama was dying.
    Most important get rid of the body by a burial at sea so there would be no proof that he died of Kidney failure .

    One of the commanders even stated that Osama did not have a gun or did not try to reach for one.
    So then why shoot him in the head 2 times??

    Do you really believe everything that you read and they show you on TV ??

    May 3, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Knight

      Why twice in the head you ask?? It is called double tap! You got to make sure the bastard is dead! LOL

      But I have to agree.. things seem a bit staged, but you never know. Of course it is a re-election stunt to have all the pics etc... He knows he is losing the confidence of most Americans (for obvious reasons like gas prices, unemployment, etc that he promised to fix, I guess this is our "Change!"). If he gets re-elected, we are screwed!

      May 4, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  72. Adam

    HP is really liking this picture.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  73. Leslie

    I really feel sorry for these people who have been brainwashed by the "right-wing", they can't think for themselves and they are about as negative as anyone can get!!! Hateful, narrow-minded and pessimistic are just a few words I have to describe the attitudes of these individuals. I think they should "pray" for a more excepting heart when they are so judgmental, especially when they know Obama has done the BEST job!

    May 3, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • Renny

      Leslie, put down the koolaide, racism and step away from the keyboard to cool off. Just because we don't agree with Obama's policies does not mean we are hateful and racist. Liberals can be such hypocrites.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  74. TXJack

    Also one additional point.

    How convenient was this that is was done on May 1st.
    This is the same day in 1945 that they announced that Hitler was dead and they had the body.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • Renny

      Coincidence?????

      May 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  75. Kweso

    Some Americans, especially members of the Republican Right have not taken time to know Obama. Their prejudice has blinded them to the fact that we have a very brilliant and well educated leader who is perceptive and clear thinking. He is not proud or rude or envious of others' success. He is able to give credit where it is due and has assembled around him a team of capable people who help him lead this nation. People need to get to know Obama, to appreciate his leadership skills and support him. Considering the mess he inherited from the previous administration, me thinks the fellow is doing a great job as president. Good radiance Mr. President!

    May 3, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • TXJack

      well This all happened during a time when:
      - The debt is rising and no way out.
      - Gas prices are skyrocketing
      - Obama ratings are at an all time low
      - It was very well photographed and documented.

      How very very convenient.. Hummm

      May 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  76. Bob

    Regarding the closing of the CIA unit:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/04/washington/04intel.html

    Please try to verify facts before claiming untruths.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  77. Laverne

    Why must everything be a competition?? Bush lost track of Osama years ago, 2002 he said himself he didn't know where he was and they lost him when they had the opportunity to get him soo............Good intelligence is not worth much if you don't act on it and think through a cohesive plan before acting. President Obama put together a good team and they worked TOGETHER and accomplished what the Bush administration could not because of big egos like Dick Cheney and Rumsfeld. Bush had a horrible REPUBLICAN national security team! Since they could not get Osama they went after Saddam Hussein, guess 1 out of 2 aint bad.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  78. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    ALERT: I'd like to have an argument with Republicans about how they credit Bush for the killing of bin Laden but deny any of Bush's responsibility for the economic crisis.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  79. UBLsfishfood

    Bush, Obama, Bush, Obama. You wonder why people around the globe despise Americans... Can’t you just say hooray for a bad person being taken care of. NO, instead let’s turn it into a political fight. How about we just say the seal that put it in his head, and the rest of the brave soldiers that were without fear, willing to drop into a hot zone and take care of business be commended.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  80. u guys are all morons

    honestly, CNN is the biggest trolling message board on the internet. About 90% have absolutely no idea what you are talking about, and just arguing with each other using opinions not facts. I'm finally pissed off enough to actually comment, It's just despicable, we are all Americans and should come together in this moment, but instead you clowns are arguing over who gets the credit for taking down Osama. You should all be ashamed of yourself. You can give the credit to all the unrecognized cogs in the well-oiled machine out there behind the scenes who did a job well done, and you'll never know their names.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Jayse

      Go a step further and don't even give credit. Just come together as a country and unite.

      Don't kill me but I believe the Miracle on Ice to be the last time this country felt a true sense of unity among one another. 9/11 no doubt was a time for that too. But on 9/11 there existed the interntet, 400 news outlets jockeying for ratings, politicians looking to use it to their own advantage, and another several thousand people looking to "get in on the action" any way they could just so they could be famous, make money, and million other things that just convoluted the entire situation into people's own personal gains. And then of course GWB completely botching the entire thing for us. Call me crazy but in trying to feel a sense of unity, it became hard when people complained about things like being late because they had to wait to get into their buidling because of security check etc.....and the once 9/11 died out, they went back to being their own selfish selves.

      The Miracle on Ice represented the resilliancy of the USA. USA vs. Russia in such a time of intense conflict between the two countries where the slightest slip-up could've resulted in who knows what. It was like Americans were their own spieces and were invaded by the Soviets on their home soil – when we sent them packing with a sliver medal, there was not a moment more sweet for this country's pride (in my lifetime anyway) – that was the last time I can remember truly feeling it. Forget giving credit and insulting each other and rejoice. Hug your brothers and sisters and just forget for once that you are strangers. Stop exercising your rights and just shut up for once and unite.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • PTNY

      Were not the morons...the news is doing it...Rush...Fox...have you seen these sites. They are these morons.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  81. Jayse

    Hillary just immortalized herself without even knowing it. More so than with anything pertaining to Bill and anything she's ever done before hand. The hand over face image will live forever.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  82. Michael

    Wow! You so called conservatives will believe anything that is said about G.W. Bush. The videos were posted yesterday of Bush saying he really was not giving any thought to where OBL was and that he was not a priority. How can he not be a priority. He put together the attack on this country and our embassies in Africa. They also showed the video of President Obama during the campaign that this would be a top priority once in office and he did. Bush closed the office that was assigned to finding intelligence on the whereabouts of OBL. I wonder why? Oh he was to busy jerking the American people around with Iraq and Saddam Hussien, and Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Left our efforts in Afghanistan to falter. President Obama reasserted our efforts in Afghanistan and got results. You all will never give the man credit for anything and this is well known. But as for those who really care about this great country. Great Job Mr. President, and your intelligence team and especially our armed forces for finally "KEEPING US SAFE".

    May 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  83. Monster Zero

    Haven't you lefties figured it out yet that Gaylon is a leftie plant to feed your frenzy? Providing you fuel for your frenzy of kool aide driven psycho babble based upon your ideal stereotypical conservative, what a better tool for control?

    May 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  84. Right Minded

    Bush and all conservatives are all evil war mongers....but Obama uses all the tools Bush set up, including the patriot act, military tribunals, gitmo, CIA black ops. With more predator drones and even boots on the ground to use military force in 4 Muslim countries, and he's the best president ever? Now who's the morons? Keep sipping that kool-aid! Gas and food prices way up! unemployment way up! National debt way up! respect around the globe way down! confidence in the US dollar way down! trust in obama way down! Trump looking better every day.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Linda

      why is it not a surprise that Donald Trump is your guy? God Bless America!

      May 4, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  85. chris

    At this point, forget about the Bush era. What has happened and what will continue to happen is a culmination of experience, expertise, knowledge, street smarts, whatever it takes mentality, etc. People elected the commander and chief to make tough decisions, and he did it. I've been a life-long republican but party affiliation means nothing when it comes down to the life or death decisions, it boils down to intelligence, and the ability to think clearly in a time of unspeakable pressures. The President did what he was supposed to do, he made a decision with the best information he had available to him, and whether it be from information that was gathered 4 years ago when then President Bush was the president or from a meeting with a clandestine agent a week ago is beside the point. This bickering back and forth as to who did what and when and under what president is a joke, and just when we as Americans do something good we act like children bickering about Bush and Obama and who did what, and then we wonder why the world thinks we're a joke. Show the picture of Osama Bin Laden dead and then lets move on......I mean move on, that job was done, now we need once again to focus on the further threats from around the world, our economy, and $5 a gallon gas. Osama is dead, lets get going again!!

    May 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  86. Raider Rick

    It think it took a team effort of folks who worked for both adminstrations. And who knows maybe some long timers that might go all the way back to Clinton. The constant was the military. They are the true keepers of the faith. They did thier job and took thier orders from the "Current" commader in chief. They system worked the way it was supposed to. Both Admins have made mistakes. But in the end it took this joint effort to get it done. Job well done by one and all !! Great day for OUR country.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  87. David

    Oh, right, all along the GOP has been screaming at Obama to stop blaming Bush for our current problems, but now, of course, they want to praise Bush for being the one who made it possible to capture Osama. Obama got Osama, face it.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Monster Zero

      Oh David you silly Liberal, the Conservative right isn't praising GW Bush for the killing of Osama Bin Laden, they are blaming Bush for the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Why the negativity, it sure has seemed to work for the left on nearly everything else in the last two and a half years...

      May 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  88. Hemant

    Obama is Awesoma !!! What a guy...every countrys should have one (like him) ...true leadership qualities are seen not heard.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • fayse

      Yes Hermant, I agree. One of the greatest things about being an American is, that we all have the freedom of speech. I am happy to see that the supporters of our President are exercising that right.
      Obama / Biden 2012 Yes we can!

      May 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  89. Mind Reader

    Hillary is thinking... "Oh my...THIS is what a real president accomplishes" :-)

    May 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  90. Renny

    Wow, you can sure tell who the racist liberals are on here, with all their name calling, lack of facts and Obama worship. Whew, I don't think this country could survive another 4 years of this president. We already have a falsly inflated/supported stock exchange, while in real America the recession is going strong with housing prices still falling, unemployment through the roof. I have never seen such playing with the numbers going on in my entire life. Proof positive that what my statistics instructor back in college said was true, "you can make the numbers say anything you want them to say."

    May 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Monster Zero

      I am with you Renny, the Koolaide drinkers are quite intoxicated today with Oberrymerrycherry...Just remember, the media and everyone else thought Jimmy Carter would get a second term...the silent majority suffering under the economic ineptness of this Administration are quite wide awake and I think you will see it at the polls come 2012.

      May 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Linda

      Every one of the problems facing the US started with the Bush administration as they had a SURPLUS when they took office and they gave it all to their wealthy friends and war profiteers – Halliburton earned 40 cents of every dollar we have spent in Iraq – you blame Obama for the economy- that was the Repbulicans making. You blame him for unemployment- that is due to the Bush era's tax breaks for the wealthiest who export all of their jobs oversees so they can make even more profits! You need to read history rather than blame Obama – he saved us from total economic destruction which the Bush years caused . Try the truth for a change.

      May 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Linda, there was not surplus, the country was in debt by 6 trillion dollars when President Bush took office. Take a look this gov page. look up any date and range.

        http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np

        Show me the debt or post and apology, I am sick of you Liberals continuing this lie.

        May 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • TT

      :) That's funny.
      A "racist liberal". Sorry my man. You put two words together that create a nonsensical term.

      May 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
      • Monster Zero

        TT- Liberals exude racism, they relish in it, they brush their teeth with its very essence. It is the fundamental base for their platform to be used at will in an effort to maintain control of a nonsensical ideology. When one group is provided preference on their race over another it is racism, if you want to discuss racism further, when you can explain the Attorney General's mandate to selectively enforce our laws based on race, please let me know. Just read these posts, Republicans are all white rednecks, RepupliKKKlans...Crackers, one and all...just don't tell Herman and Allen.

        May 4, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  91. mike kerns

    The right wing can complaint and criticize all they want. But Obama got osama. One of the many failures of the bush/Cheney train wreck

    May 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  92. Free to choose

    Stop ! ! ! ! !
    Everybody just shut up. Why can't you all play nice.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  93. John Dinneny

    Post the photos. America has a need to know after all has happened and all the money spent!

    May 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  94. fayse

    to shadowbox... Hilary Clinton will not run again. She is still trying to pay off the debts during her campaign. While I do think that she is doing a good job as Secretary of State, she reports to President Obama, she cannot make a decision or a speech with out his approval. The decision to "go" with this plan was the Presidents. From other posts that I have read this morning, the President is coming out well ahead of Donald Trump and he will be re elected. I encourage the GOP to hold off and look for a possible candidate in 2016. Although, I would really like to see Susan Rice run for the office. She is tough, she can think on her feet and I think that she would do a great job.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Monster Zero

      I agree fayse, Hillary is done and I think that all that Phil Berg birther stuff she initiated in the last Democratic primary could really come back and hurt her and her racist husband...You Libs just keep thinking Obama has it in the bag for 2012, but the only bag that will dictate the winner of the next election is the grocery bag the cost of that has now doubled to middle class America. It is the economy stupid and that ain't getting better by 2012!

      May 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  95. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I don't sign on to any of you comments claiming GWB should get credit for the assassination of Bin Laden. Even he had the good sense enough not to try to deflate the balloon joy and glory of yet another decision or directive of PRESIDENT OBAMA'S! One of you asked did liberals watch the newsmedia; well yes! I've missed many of my favorite shows trying to flip back and forth. I keep up with all the cable news outlets, because that's where I'm able to discern what may be closer to the truth of a thing.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  96. Linda

    GWBush walked away from his chance to get Bin Laden- he held hands with the Saudis and made sure that the Bin Laden family members in the US got planes out of here when the rest of us could not fly anywhere. He started an illegal and unnecessary war with Iraq and literally told us that he rarely ever thought of Bin Laden anymore so to say he should get credit fro Obama triumph is ridiculous. Bush lost – he couldn't even win a war against a small country like Iraq. he declared Mission Accomplished years ago with out ever even trying really to get Bin Laden. This is Barack Obama's victory!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • Jack Pearl

      First off, the Mission Accomplished speech, ill advised as it was, refered to the overthrow of the Baath party in Iraq. No one ever said that the war on terror was over, and you're the first person I've ever heard imply that Bush was saying that.

      Secondly, agents had already been on the tail of the courier for more than a year before Oboma took office. Of course Obama gets credit for continuing the hunt and ordering the hit. But it's not like he started from scratch or made a major change in stratagy. Saying that Oboma succeed where Bush ignores all the intel gathered over the previous seven years.

      May 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  97. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Watching the news is when I saw Bush standing up there on a podium talking to the press; saying he was no longer interested in BIN LADEN; that Bin Laden's just one man; he alluded to the fact that he was not AL QUAEDA all by himself; saying AL QUAEDA was spreaded out all over and Bin Laden wasn't the only terrorist! BUSH literally said, he wasn't really interested in Bin Laden anymore; he was no longer on his mind! Was he really ever on his mind? BUSH could've caught him in Afghanistan, but he went to IRAQ!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Notfooled

      Exactly-–And he should get the credit? All he was interested in was clearing brush on his land in Texas. That's why the trail for Osama went cold till President Obama made it a top priority again. Bush gave up long ago.( in his own words -he was not concerned about him)

      May 4, 2011 at 12:59 am |
      • Jack Pearl

        The trail went cold because Bush was landscaping? WTF?

        May 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  98. warlock

    Kinda funny how everyone forgot just a couple weeks ago the OBAMA ADMIN. Was debating on whether or not to pay the military. The same military that he is commander in chief of.... but make no mistake about it A SOLDIER IN THE ARMED FORCES KILLED BIN LADEN NOT OBAMA!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  99. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Personally, the only credit I see BUSH being awarded, thanks to Cheney and Rumsfeld, is 'setting off' this whole seemingly everlasting, lingering firestorm that was still brewing and burning when PRESIDENT OBAMA took office! OBAMA had to go in open up the question of OSAMA BIN LADEN again, since it was by his own mouth, closed or no longer a main concern of GWB's in MARCH, 2003! OBAMA and the 'war room', through study and restrategizing the operation were able to kill Bin Laden. Now Bush get's the credit??

    May 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  100. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The only other people who should get accolades and 'props' would be everyone who was in that room, i.e. HILLARY, BIDEN, GATES that GENERAL, and the others; the US NAVY SEALS and SPECIAL OPS UNITS for bravely and tactfully recieving the PRESIDENT'S directive and carrying out that mission to a 'T'! They brought it to a successful end. This should've happened years ago! Either Bush took his eyes off the prize, or they really didn't want BIN LADEN! BTW, I sign on to JESSE VENTURA'S views of this whole mess!!

    May 3, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • Monster Zero

      Liz-are you serious, Jesse Ventura? The truther...demolition expert Navy Seal wannabe Ventura...I am telling you that a few thousand gallons of jet fuel burning at the right temperature will result in a catastrophic failure of a structure due to fatigue of the steel caused by excessive heat, let alone structural damage from impact. A high rise is like a house of cards and if you collapse a section at the top it will result in the lower sections failing. Ventura is an idiot.

      May 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
    • Jack Pearl

      You do realize that Ventura also believes that aliens landed at Roswell and that the feds are dumping bio-weapons off Long Island, right? As for his views on 9/11, I would refer you to Popular Mechanics book debunking the conspiricy theories.

      May 5, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  101. v. neck

    Please! Ocna didnt choose the plan, stratgey or put the raid. Someone put it together for him. The Seals are the heros here not bo. He has no military experience except battleship and G.I. Joe. B0 is a needy media hound.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • Linda

      and what service do you perform? Have you served? Barack Obama made the decision to get OSAMA and he worked closely with his military to do it and do it well! No other civilians were killed, no Americans wounded at all. He is a hero! Bush let Osama go – he stopped searching for him because it was too hard – so he just attacked an innocent small country and like a kid at a video console, yelled out Shock and Awe! How any of you can somehow support him and claim that he got Osama is just like Bush claiming Mission Accomplished years ago when nothing was happening but pure chaos caused by his pre emptive war and profiteering.

      May 4, 2011 at 11:54 am |
      • Monster Zero

        When you say he just attacked a small country instead, do you mean Obama and Libya or do you mean Bush and Iraq? By the way, I don't think it was the Bush Administration that hung the "Mission Accomplished" banner on the Aircraft carrier, I believe it may have been done by the Commander and crew of the carrier as that stood behind their Commander in Chief. Here is another newsflash, it was Tina Fey in an SNL skit that stated she could see Russia from her back porch...

        May 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
      • Jack Pearl

        No-one in either administration "let Osama go" or "stopped looking." Osama escaped from Tora Bora because the border with Pakistan wasn't fully secured. The Army had to stop its offensive at the border, the Pakistanis wouldn't have taken it too well if we had rolled our tanks into their country.

        But despite the downright puzzling comments in the YouTube clip, our intell services never stopped looking for him. The trail went cold for awhile, but from what's been released so far, it would appear that the chain of clues leading to Osama began about five or six years ago. Oboma derserves credit for continuing the hunt, and for ordering the kill, but saying that Bush let Osama go when he could have killed him is not supported by the evidence.

        May 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • AC

      well said v.neck. end of story libtards who screamed "not in my name" when america planned to fight after 9-11. those who despise the military as bill clinton claimed he did, are suddenly riding the coat tails of those fighting the war.

      May 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  102. v. neck

    CUT 7.3 BILLION from budget! dont give it Pakastain. Thats how much we give them a yr. For BILLIONS we get screwed by them. There upset that we didnt tell them before. HA! they would of told bin laden. Really trust them

    May 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  103. tim

    I am really not suprised at all this. first thing is bush started it obama gave the damn order. my faith is with our troops everywhere. dont twist the shit it was done for the fact that obl was behind 9/11 and he is now sleeping with the fishes. special forces operators were given the order and performed it flawlessly. that is why they are the best there is period. give credit to the highly skilled operators who did the damn job!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  104. mikeofmissouri

    Lisa, there never has been a surplus. Not a budget surplus anyway. If you check the facts, you'll find that every congress since Reagan was president have been raiding the "trust" funds. All 143 of them. Not just Social Security. These 'borrowed' funds are not counted in the regular budget. Let's see, they borrowed 115 billion from the trust fund, only spend 70 billion of it and when the have 45 billion left, they call it a "budget surplus'. That's exactly the shell game they've played. It wasn't Clinton, it wasn't Bush 1 or Bush 2, it isn't Obama. The president doesn't have the ability to spend one single dime of tax payer money, only the Congress. Reagan reformed Social Security in 1984 and the increased revenue pulled us back from 18% interest rates. It led to the expansion of the 80's/90's. Now we've gone through that and more. Everyone says Social Security is safe but my question is, how is Uncle Sam going to put the 2.7 trillion back in the "trust" fund? Where is it going to come from and if its from the tax payer, isn't that like us paying twice? Osama being taken out was good, but on the list of priorities, it was pretty low. Oil, debt, violence, inflation, these are problems that threaten us a lot more than bin laden.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  105. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I'm not a physicist, engineer nor a scientist, but I've seen a few implosions, Monster Zero! Those buildings looked just like they were imploded! Oh yeah, the planes did crash into them; they went in on the sides and not all the way through. Just using the little common sense I have, it seems illogical to me that those three buildings could just drop down to the grownd in broken up chunks of rocks and acidious cement powder, inside of 1 or 2 hours, and it's still peculiar to me! I'm just sayin'!

    May 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Monster Zero

      Liz, The jet liners hold several thousand pounds of jet fuel, kerosene..when the aircraft slammed into the building it disintegrated the interior and I would be sure took out or damaged various members of the structural framework. That coupled with the heat from a jet fuel fed fire created enough heat to result in metal fatigue. There is a video I saw of a fuel truck that caught fire underneath a steel beam overpass, it burned and the overpass eventually collapsed as the intense heat damaged the structural integrity of the steel. Concrete weighs about 125lbs per cubic foot, as the structure fails it collapses in on itself and the weight of the debris and gravity do the rest. Trust me, I do have a well based working knowledge of the dynamics involved with the structural failure, Jesse Ventura is an idiot...he was a wrestler and body builder and pretty much of a goof.

      May 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  106. dan smith

    Fact number one Iraq had wmd, how do we know this, because Saddam used them on the Kurds killing millions of people. Fact two, Bin Laden would not have been killed if Bush had done what Obama wanted and stopped the waterboaring of terrorists. Fact three, Bush tried to get bin laden in tora bora but bin laden was tipped off by pakistani's, as a result we missed him by less than a hour. Fact four this has been an ongoing operation for 5 years by the CIA. Fact five, after being informed about his whereabouts Obama did the right thing,the same thing Bush or any other President would have done and ordered him to be killed. End of story.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  107. Notfooled

    These pictures tell the true story of who got the job done . Through hard work and unbelievable stress. These are the ones who picked up the ball when it was dropped years ago. Thank you. Navy Seals thank you. Unbelievably well done. Perfectly executed. Perfect strategy.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  108. Lewis

    Obama takes undeserved credit. He is a socialist rat!!

    May 4, 2011 at 2:02 am |
  109. complain to the people that matter

    This debate is fun! If you read all the posts, BHO IS WAAAY AHEAD... having said that. it's funny, OBL's death is reminding everyone WHY the GOP got blow out in 06 and again in 08. I can hardly wait for 2012. It's going to be a Cheney Shoot. All of this stuff, really is reminding everyone of how bad we hated what President Cheney and Spokesperson Bush did to this nation. Remember? we were all told that the old man would be there if little George got into trouble. If you follow the $, then they never cared about the nation or 9-11. Bush babies came in with a plan to go to war in Iraq. This entire mess is about OIL

    May 4, 2011 at 3:18 am |
  110. e james

    BEFORE I BEGIN PLEASE STOP AND CONSIDER THE STRONG AND FAITHFUL OF ALABAMA AS THEY WAIT FOR UNSPEAKBLE AMOUNTS OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT AS I ENCOUREGE THE HOUSTON NAACP ACT SO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ( A A PEOPLE NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY HAVE TO BE 2 TIMES AS GOOD AS WHITES TO GET 1 SPOT AND BE 3 TIMES AS GOOD TO SUCCEED AND SURVIVE THE HATE WHILE IN POSITION ALL PRAISE AND HONOR TO GOD FOR OUR AA HISTORY AND TO PRES O AND THE 1ST FAMILY AND THE AA 2011 GRADUATES OF ALL SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS SINCERELY V E JAMES

    May 4, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  111. ryder

    I was watching a documentary about the taliban and al qaeda and some ask the fighters who supply them with weapons to fight against our troops and they said Iran so I think we should focus on Iran since they supplying the terrorists with weapons to harm us we should bomb the shit out of Iran

    May 4, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  112. Megan

    So here's what I've gathered from all these posts...Apparently, the fact that Obama is in office when Osama was killed is luck, but the economy not being great while Obama is in office....is his own doing? Why can't we decide on one or the other? Either way, he's signing off on plans or legislation. So pick: is it luck (good or bad) or is it his decision-making skills? Personally, I disagree with many of his policies, but I do think he's a genuinely nice and funny man who makes great calls when it comes to the military. (Strange, when elections came around weren't one of the arguments against Obama that he couldn't handle the military because of no prior military service?) Just some thoughts.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  113. TJeff1776

    I see the conser herein are saying that "jobs" and "food costs" will decide the 2012 election. But it really is already too late in the season for them. Another hurting factor for conser is that Obamacare is becomg understood and liked, BUT conser have promised to destroy it. BUT the worsed hurt of all is this- the 1929 and 2008 crashes were BOTH under Republican administrations- latter worse than the former. SO where is conser credibility when it come to lecturing on sound fiscal policy ???? Most of us are scared stiff if conser take back over because we worry about the next CRASH down the line.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  114. Anthony

    I love the expression and reaction from clinton in this picture.
    You can tell someone just got popped.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  115. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Obama killed Osama, you are 'dead' right! These envious GOP 'cons' hate to just go ahead, admit it and move on to the next thing, and that includes the medias' 'cons' talking heads, and 'haters'! They are a pitiful gang of the 'LITTLE RASCHALS', who will keep fighting against excellence until jails break-up, and you and I know that will never happen in AMERICA. Hey, that's BIG 'taxpayer money' business! Government subsidizes schools, but shut them down! Let's open up more prisons! That's waaay more money!

    May 4, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • AC

      i wasn't aware obama was on the ground with the seals and did the actual shooting of bin laden. he's amazing. the photos of obama on vacation every month are photo shopped covers while he's really in pakistan leading troops on covert ops.

      May 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
      • iamnotaneoconidiot

        nice call, dude.......

        May 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  116. Arman

    Why in pictures 2 and 4 I sense a great worry rather than happiness or mission accomplished? What's going on in their minds?

    May 4, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • f

      "What's going on in their minds?" I'll tell you. They never saw combat before. They never saw the real enemey before. They have NO F+++IN CLUE what they were doing and seeing until it became painfully clear. For this reason I DO believe Osama is dead. Look at the fright on Clinton's face. Because her "Diplomacy" failed so miserably to convince Pakistan to help the USA , she now has to watch as the real men do the job. Commender-In-Chief is scared to look at what he is supposed to be in charge of !! How frightening is that ?? NEVER SHOULD ANYONE BE ELECTED PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF WITHOUT PRIOR MILITARY SERVICE of any kind. The CIA and military planned this and carried it out. Thank God for them. I'm glad to hear they all came home safe.

      May 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
      • AC

        not fright on hilary's face. she's having flashbacks of when she was under fire in the balkans.

        May 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  117. AC

    to all you 20 something liberals who are posting vile comments and name calling directed at republicans: do you think those navy seals are democrats? when Algore attempted to steal the 2000 election he attempted to ban absentee ballots of american servicemen. the reason is the military votes overwhelmingly republican. also if you never served in the military you can shut up about military business. you sound like the 'Stolen Valor" phoney veteran imposters.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • iamthefredman

      You are right on, but for one thing........... Sadly, there are DemocraPs in the military who are bent on using it to their advantage and demolarizing and shrinking the military. Who?? Try Rich DemocraP Sen. John Kerry. What an embarrassment to the uniform.

      May 4, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Jack Pearl

      It doesn't matter what the SEAL's political bent is. The important thing is that they will carry out any dangerous mission whoever the commander in chief is.

      May 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  118. tino garcia

    Some one said Obama couldn't have done with out Bush's intel. No intel on bush's part found and killed bin laden. Obama was handed bush's deficit and brought in to the light. He ddnt hide debt like bush did. Obama is gonna be known as the man who handed the hardest strike to terror. Bush is a moron and barak is just caught having to pick the country up that was dropped by bush

    May 4, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • iamthefredman

      Where do you people get your info from? Facebook? BUSh never "hid" any debt. Everyone knows what the debt of the nationis. It is reported all over the place in many froms from many govt and private sources. Bush started the chase for Osama and Obama finsihed it. Good for BOTH OF THEM. They did their job. No one said it would be easy or quick. Right after 9/11 Bush said on TV that this "War on Terror may take years to finish but we will finish it." Looks like he was right. The beginning of the end is here.

      May 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Jack Pearl

      Nobody hid the deficit. It was a major issue on both sides during the 2008 campaign. Yes, Oboma did inherit a large deficit from Bush. But the deficit has only grown, and at a faster rate, since he took office. To be honest though, a lot of this is being driven by manditory progams dating back to before either President was born.

      May 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  119. Monster Zero

    Hey Liz,
    Are you serious? The dollar is at an all time low, gas is nearly $5.00 a gallon, milk has doubled in cost, bread is up nearly a dollar, 20 million Americans remain unemployed, racial animosity is at an all time high, we have borders like swiss cheese and you think the right is pissed because Obama is half black? European style governance and nonsustainable entitlement spending DO NOT WORK, wake up, it is coming to an end...

    May 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  120. wake up and smell the #*@t

    This deal with with the terrorist Should have been stop with Clinton. Way before Bush ever took office. Maybe all you democrat republican haters should no facts before U open your pie holes. Clinton had several opportunities to take him out. And did nothing. May have save a few lives if would have acted then and not his sex scandle!!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  121. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Monster Zero, Oh! So now we are going with half-black? I guess I should have been checking something like fifth-white. Be sure to notify the census bureau OK? I don't think half-black is listed in the 'race' portion! BTW,which race do you think BARACK OBAMA checks off? Get real! Now, I don't refute that some of the problems are still with us; but I remember OBAMA told us it may get worse before it gets better. That may just happen if you haters leave him alone and work with him rather than against him!

    May 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  122. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Gaylon, that's right! Thank your good old Mr Bush for setting up this firestorm, and abandoning it! Mr Barrow: A 50 year Democrat, who voted for Obama, a 30 year retired military veteran of two tours in VIETNAM, who got along with 'the blacks', but thinks blacks owe a debt to the Republicans for freeing our 'dumb rears'! We will let you thank them for us, Mr 50 year Democrat; you seem to be able to 'thank' sooo well! You all killed the REPUBLICAN we wish we could've thanked. Now all we have is GOD to thank.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • Jack Pearl

      Nobody abandoned Afghanistan or the hunt for Bin Laden. Even while the Iraq war was raging, the hunt continued, albiet with less publicity. To adress the racial issue, no race or ethnic group owes any debt to either party. Votes should be based on who you think will do the best today, not on whose party issued the Emancipation Proclamation or the Civil Rights Act (both of which had bipartisan support across the North and West)

      Also, who is the 'Republican you wish you could have thanked' and who are you accusing of the murdur?

      May 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  123. Jerry, Florida

    Besides Liar-in-Chief, is President NObama a murderer; particularly in order to score political points?

    Just asking!

    May 5, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Jack Pearl

      The killing of Bin Ladan does not make Oboma a murderer. The president has the authority to order the assassination of enemy leaders during times of war. I don't agree with most of his policies, but he made the right call here.

      May 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  124. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @sadstateusa; great responses! Good idea; if they want the credit give it all to them! Talk about cherry-picking! BTW, @Monster Zero; another one of your Republican Commander-in-Chiefs was in charge when the US MARINE barracks was blown up in LEBANON, OK? None other than the 'great orator', RONALD REAGAN.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Monster Zero

      At least Ronnie could give a speech without a teleprompter...at least Ronnie broke the Iron curtain....at least Ronnie corrected the Carter economy...at least Ronnie pulled the Marines out of Beirut without bombing the piss out of the goat herders....At least Ronnie had leadership qualities and experience...and I guess the debt since 2006 when Democrats controlled Congress until now is somehow GW Bush's fault, all 14.3 trillion dollars of it?

      May 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Liz once said that she does not care about facts. That her opinion was more important. So, warning, don't quote any numbers, dates, names or give links to government websites to back up your statements. She will only accuse you of plagiarism.

        May 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  125. Jack Pearl

    Ok everyone just tone it down. Despite the disagreements about Iraq, Gitmo, public trials vs military tribunals, and the like, the overall stratagy in pursuing Al-Quada has remained virtually changed in the last 10 years. Fight and kill the terrorists wherever they show themselves, aid local governments against Al-Quada supported groups, offer rewards to for the bad guys' capture or death, and pursue leads from any source we can get: informers, interigations, tapped phone and internet lines, satalite photos, rumaging through trash bins, whatever.

    Throughout all the public debate and controversy, the military and intelligence communitty have been doing their thing, both in, and mainly out, of the public eye.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  126. Monster Zero

    Sorry Liz-
    Sorry, I meant to say half white...you should probably try just checking American, we are all in the same sinking boat. I believe that President Obama would check whatever met his need for the day depending on the campaign wind, whether pandering to the lobbyists, Unions or Wall Street bankers, he is above all 100% politician. This diversification of our society by race and wealth simply plays to their needs, wake up. You seem like a good person and I truly mean no ill to you, this is just my opinion and I am voicing it just the same as you are.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  127. Che-3

    You got that right. It's 'Cos of their Racist disdain hate for smart and the most intelligent Pres. Obama; due solely for the color of his skin and nothing else. These racists just can’t stand the sight and thought of a competent Black man as President of US. These racists will vote against their own interests. These are the same people who appear on TV's creaming on top of their lungs claiming that they don't need the Fed. Gov't or Pres. Obama yet; when they are hit by storms, floods or tornadoes they same idiots will crying like cry babies on TV’s accusing Pres. Obama for not paying them a visit or provide assistance for them. You can’t just understand these racist idiotic Americans and their backward primitive mindset no matter how hard you try to reason with them. They go bed with hate filled hearts towards Pres. Obama and his family. To all Racists trailer park folks; hate is toooooooooo much of a burden to bear. You will enter the gates of HELL with your racist filled hearts in eternity.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:07 am |
    • Monster Zero

      I thought you were beating yourself up or something....and newsflash Comrade Che, President Obama is a mulatto, half white and half black, so please to be politically correct and remove any racially charged racist overtones from your comments please refer to him as such.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Bla bla bla bla Racist bla bla bla bla color bla. Bla bla racists bla bla bla Black bla bla . Bla bla racists. Bla bla bla idiots bla bla bla. Bla bla racist idiotic Americans bla bla bla. Bla bla bla Racists bla bla bla bla. Bla bla bla bla racist bla bla bla. Bla bla bla bla racist.

      OK I added the last 'racist' just to make a point. But seriously Che-3 gives a hate filed rant about hate. Just a little hypocritical don't you think? To quote, one of Barry's biggest supporters, "Drop the hate it is too much of a burden to bear."

      May 6, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
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  129. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I didn't care about FACTS, Jay? They have their place sometimes. PEOPLE! what I said was, I liked the TRUTH better! The truth stands alone and can't be spinned as easily; past, present, and future! I said 'facts' are easily manipulated often, because they can be changed from min-to-min, hour-to-hour, day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month, year-to-year by whomever is in charge of 'the books', so to speak. They're changed whenever it's necessary to gain a desired perception from the people! Media is bad!

    May 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
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