Obama’s poker face hides Osama mission
May 2nd, 2011
05:21 PM ET

Obama’s poker face hides Osama mission

WASINGTON (CNN) In the days leading up to the attack on Osama bin Laden’s compound, President Obama stuck to his routine and kept a poker face even though he was on the verge of getting his most wanted terrorist.

While he juggled a trip to tornado ravaged Alabama and the Kennedy Space Center, made jokes at the White House Correspondents dinner, and played a half round of golf, the president was holding secret meetings and weighing intelligence before giving the operation a green light.

The decision to “undertake the operation,” came early Friday morning before the president flew to Alabama, according to a White House official.

It happened during a meeting in the Diplomatic Room. The president was joined by his Chief of Staff Bill Daley, his National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and deputy Denis McDonough, and his homeland security adviser John Brennan.

But the operation itself did not begin until Sunday.

President Obama, fresh off the course sporting his golf shoes, met with his national security team to “review final preparations,” at 2:00pm the official said.

By 3:32 pm he was back in the Situation Room for another briefing.

Brennan, who briefed reporters in unusually candid detail less than 24 hours after the successful mission, described some tense moments.

“It was probably one of the most anxiety filled periods of time I think in the lives of the people who were assembled here,” he said.

“The minutes passed like days.”

At times, especially when one of the helicopters used by U.S. forces had mechanical failure, those in the Situation Room were holding their breath, Brennan said.

“There was a fair degree of silence…as we would get the updates.”

Those updates were flowing into the White House in real time.

By 7:01pm there was a “high probability” that bin Laden had finally been cornered.

Later, after what officials described as a firefight, visual evidence and DNA tests confirmed the death of the most wanted terrorist, after a nearly 10 year manhunt.

For the officials in the Situation Room tense hours gave way to relief.

President Obama, at a Medal of Honor ceremony Monday, called the outcome “a good day for America.”

“Our country has kept its commitment to see that justice is done. He added that the world was safer “because of the death of Osama bin Laden.

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  1. MAC

    Obama Administration did great job with the US Military killing UBL, but one at-a-boy does not even come close to all the ah-s&*ts the administration has done with the deficit, economy, and budget. God Bless the USA. In the military it takes 1000 at-a-boy to get rid of one ah-s&*t.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm |

      Once again, an Obama hater needs to be reminded that this administration did not create the current problems with "the deficit, economy and budget." These are problems that have taken decades (and other administrations) to make and will take decades (and other administrations) to fix. Want someone to blame? Start with congress (a cesspool of career thieves, er politicians) and the community of big business that serves no interest but the bottom line. Then work your way to the sheep of the American public who have bought into the lies and tiger pits that the aforementioned power structure laid out for them. Don't forget to heap a fair share on the previous administration, which saddled us with enormous amounts of debt through tax cuts for the rich and two unnecessary wars. There is a whole bunch of blame to be doled out before you get to lay any at the feet of Obama.

      May 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Here's your sign..

      right off the turnip truck

      May 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • sct

      The ah sh%ts you refer to were already in place when he took office. He's trying to clean up all of the sh*t that was left behind by the last administration. No easy task.....

      May 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
      • carrie

        The comments here are mostly sad to me . I have had seen Facebook messages about the hatred they feel for Obama and sugguet he gloats and laughs over the death of OBL, that he took credit of the whole thing etc etc ..... I do not know what they watched but ....
        I saw a somber man Sunday night, I saw a scared man in the pictures of him in the WH during the operation. , and we need to give him kudos for being a strong and determined leader. Make all the mean spirited remarks you want , it is a free country after all that you can say any disgusting thing you want about our President. But I for one am prond of him and his hard decision to go against some advisers and give a go ahead for this mission. But the real judos go to our wonderful military men who are trained to carry out such a mission. We all need to be proud of America and it leaders!

        May 3, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Lisa Brennan

      All the while, Mac, President Obama has been putting out Bush fires, dealing with the banks, etc, dealing with the deficit we inherited, getting nit-picked by Tea baggers, and other racists, including the republicans. He is an incredible and intelligent man, and he is the best. At least he is not wearing a cod piece yelling "Mission accomplished". I am a vet; I lost someone on 9/11; I know smart when I see it; and I feel that you need to read up on the last 10 years of American history before you feel you need to belittle what happened yesterday. And I am a democrat. And I vote.

      May 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
      • Shawn-Ga

        Why is it that President Obama and so many others who were against the enhanced interrogation techniques can so easily settle themselves with the fact that this all came to pass due to the intelligence gathered that way years ago?

        If it a negative it is Bush's fault, & Obama inherited....etc if it is a positive then Bush's involvement is never mentioned... Pathetic

        May 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
      • anthony

        Lisa.. well said.

        May 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
      • Chris

        Me too. Well said, Lisa.

        May 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
      • D. Bova

        I am a republican and in the banking business, lost a few acquaintances in 911 attacks on the twin towers @Lisa because someone you know dies ina tragedy doesnt mean you know smart when you see it. This president did not just clean up something Bush did 10 years of intel came to head. Obama didnt do anything, read the article he was ON THE GOILF COURSE... this could have happened on the next presidents watch just as easily so dont credit this bozo for what a hard working military has done all he did was give the order to go in hell anyone in office could have. 2nd) this in no way makes him a good president he is un-american, un-patriotic and a is dismantleing the country from the inside out, I would suggest every democrat decide who they want to vote for in the next election because he may run but even the Dem. voters other than Lisa are no voting for him. Not with a 30% approval rating. @Anthony this joker in office has spent almost double what Bush has in his 8 year term and he has devaluated the dollar because just as expected when you put a moron in office that doesnt know anything about budgets except what Oprah can donate to his campaign and how much his wife spends on the Amex he just keeps printing money and money has to be paid back WITH INTEREST, does anybody realize the US money is printed by a privately owned company that chrges us interest??????? Yes! thats right folks if you did not know the U.S. does not print its own money the federal reserve prints it and is owned 5 very powerful families... our national debt ... or the majority of it is owed to them. come on people open your fricken eyes for a change.

        May 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
      • Rsy

        Good one Lisa

        May 2, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
      • Kenneth

        Miss Brennan ... I think I am in Love! Very well said!!

        May 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
      • Shadowfax

        Thank you Lisa !!!
        Round 2 will be better !!

        May 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
      • ckesling

        thank you lisa, very well said:)

        May 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
      • Elsa

        Perfect Lisa, well said.

        May 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
      • VA VERY Ex Republican

        Lisa, I read so many articles today and soooo many comments and I have to say that I finally reached the ultimate conclusion. President Obama has to be re created white man in order for my Ex party followers and for my ex fellow social, fiscal and religous conservatives to say to acknowledge president Obama's achievments. I honestly spent a great deal of time today thinking about this man. everything he does is very well planned. he is a long term thinker. he is like the world champoin in Chess which of course most Aericans do not like because this game requires thinking. Bush said and anyone can google his statement that he does not care anymore if OBL is dead or alive or caught or not. this was his statement so you can not in all fairness give that joker any credit. the gas prices hit $4.6 per gallon in VA back in 2006 or 2007 so why is it OK back then but it is not OK now. I lost 40% of my 401K the first 2 months after the financial collapse when Bush and now I am ahead, made up what I lost and achieved 11% return last quarter. This President is a text book strategist and bush is a text book moran. my closest American born in the USA friends were amazed and some of them would get mad at me (the democrats ones) every time I vote republican. they always could not understand how would a Muslim from a Palestinian origin support the GOP and the war on Iraq and Bush and I did my best to explain to them that I love America and there are more in common between evangelicals, orthodx jews and conservative Muslims than differences but no one would dare to admit to that and therefore I have to support the party that I share more values with against the democrats. everything collapsed when Mccain picked Airhead to be his running mate. Mcacain chosen winning at any cost over his love to America and this is when I voted democrat for the first time ever and will vote for Obama in 2012. Obama is by far the smartest most intelligent President in the modern age. so you know what my ex party and tea bag party sheeps, you do not dislike him because he is dumb (you would love him if he was though) even though you are not qualified anyway to judge whether he is dumb or smart, you know that the economy is not his fault and Bush brought all this on us by spending 12 billion a month in Iraq and not controlling illegal immigration, and no matter what this man does you will always dislike him (in fact hate him) just because he is simply BLACK. BTW, I am white skinned and not olive skinned and you could never know that I am from the Mid East of course until I open my mouth and you hear the accent. I feel better now that I said it. I hope CNN post it and if you CNN do not then thats fine too since it is all Politics and freedom of speach is just a dream to some.

        May 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
      • Jeff

        Bill Clinton enacted the Bank Deregulation before W. That left wing is covering your eyes. Did you think you needed to tell us you are a Dem.? You are old enough that you should know that. Research then report. Just because Bush was "Wrong" doesnt make Obama "Right"
        He won because of celebrity status not from accomplishments. And killing Osama he did not do. A team of brave soldiers did. He has no idea what service is.

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

        Excellent & totally agree

        May 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
      • money

        Very ignorant, and very stupid Lisa. It's like you forgot that without Bush we wouldn't have had this opportunity. With gas at 4 15 I don't even want to hear about policies, you are going to lose that battle. Food for thought. More terrorist attacks on usa during Clinton admin, then Bush'. Having a retard telling you about "knowing smart" ..PRICELESS

        May 3, 2011 at 12:10 am |
      • ChiTownArkie

        Amen sister.

        May 3, 2011 at 12:11 am |
      • Tammi

        Good! Thank you Lisa!

        May 3, 2011 at 1:13 am |
      • Beverly NC

        Very well said! Republicans do not know ANY facts – they just repeat back all the lies they were told by the FOX lunatics or better known as the Republican Propaganda Network.

        I love the picture above. It shows the intensity of the operation to get Osama as they watch it live. Unlike Bush, President Obama plans carefully. considers the options, looks for the least civilian damage, and gathers FACTS before acting. President Obama has accomplished more in 2 1/2 yeas than any President has before. Did you know Democrats and the President have passed 212 laws and ALL were for the PEOPLE, JOBS, the ECONOMY and ALL have been successful. FACTS do matter even though Republicans love to lie and then when caught in the lie act like "so what?" People with honor, character, integrity, and intelligence lead with these values....that is why President Obama is so successful and so respected here and around the world.

        May 3, 2011 at 2:57 am |
      • Michal

        STOP CALLING THEM TEA BAGGERS! The banks committed the largest fraud in human history, the became rich trading poison, threatened to cut off their heads unless the GOV would give them 9 trillion, which the banks of course lent to the GOV for the GOV to give to the banks for nothing so that the GOV (US THE PPL) have to pay back to the banks at interest. WAKE UP LADY, if you have a problem with people protesting that and agree with BOTH REP and DEM for supporting this fraud then you are ASLEEP. And as for Sarah Palin, she ain't a real bagger. She is an Israel lap dog biznatch who ran with I support bailouts too McCAIN!

        May 3, 2011 at 3:38 am |
      • Jay in NC

        @Beverly NC, you said "least civilian damage". Do you realize that Barry has lost more people during the past two years in Afghanistan than 8 years under President Bush. Also more civilian casualties. He increased the troops by over 100,000 why? You have a narrow view of history.

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

        well said Lisa

        May 3, 2011 at 11:54 am |
      • Renny

        Lisa, your racism against white people is showing through. Also the amount of koolaide you have drunk is all too obvious.

        May 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
      • annie s

        shawn-ga, your info, which came about because Cheney said he believed the information to get bin laden came from "advanced interrogation techniques" was not only untrue, it has now come out that the info they received via torture actually led them away from bin Laden's courier not to him...as John McCain once explained, torture leads you to lie. The truth here is that the Bush Administration had nothing whatsoever to do with this mission. It was Obama who determined that we had to get bin Laden (Mr. Bush had different priorities, as he said often in 2002, 2003 and 2005), Obama who asked for a plan, Obama's team who developed the intelligence and carried out the logistics, Obama who gave the orders – and the remarkable Navy Seals who did the job.

        May 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
      • Lori

        Thanks Lisa, well said. You are smart.

        May 4, 2011 at 1:42 am |
      • Robert

        AnnieS – you are incorrect. Even Leon Panetta said the first lead came in 2007 – and at Gitmo. You need to get your FACTS straight before lashing out at anyone. And oh.....lets not forget, GWB was in office in 2007 and had the procedures in place that eventually led to the demise of bin Laden. If you think not, what plan did Obama implement solely that derived the information that he eventually had the military act on. NONE!

        May 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • Jaime - AZ

      Lisa well said. This something that many questioned did our President have the ability at 3am to pick up the phone and answer correctly. Guess what America he did and are Armed forces carried out what we all hope and pray every night they do safely.

      May 2, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • Gary in Tampa

      The economy under Bush was in a free-fall. The economy under Obama ihas stabelized and is starting to grow...although slower than I, or President Obama would like to see. Deficit reduction? Dems know how to do that. The last time we had a balanced budget a democrat was in the White House.

      Obama 2012!

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

        The last two years of the Bush Administration had a Democratic leadership in the House/Senate. They are the ones who spend the money – not the Administration. So................your points is?

        May 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • marty

      The waterboarding of ksm got bin laden killed. ITS A GREAT DAY FOR AMERICA. ROAST IN H E L L BIN LADEN.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:32 am |
      • The boss

        Waterboarding did not gett the information about the courier. Waterboarding does not work. The key courier info came months later through traditional interegation methods. Read the paper. Torture provides nothing and weakens our position

        May 3, 2011 at 3:28 am |
      • a6102658

        Dude, are you serious, not even close.
        KSM Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003 and Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times in August 2002., it is 2011...9 years later and you are saying it is because of waterboarding.
        If you read the CIA reports they clearly state that non usable information was gotten from KSM.
        Go back to Texas and hope that you secede.

        May 3, 2011 at 7:55 am |
      • Lisa Brennan

        Obama and his team and their using REAL intelligence, not falsifying intelligence, listening, watching, paying attention, planning, keeping focused brought about this event on Sunday. Torture does not work, nor did it lend its ugly hand to the event on Sunday. It was intelligence. INTELLIGENCE. In our leader and in the people with whom he works.

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

        Wow – now I know what naive looks like.

        May 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • John

      Let me ge tthis right – BO takes credit for the years of work done to get rid of OBL, including water boarding which he was totally against. But BO has no responsibility for the poor state of this country when he has been in office for almost 3 years? BO's programs and policies have not worked over the past 2.5 years. If they did we would not be in the mess we are in now.
      When the repubs take over in the next election I wonder if you will blame BO for the poor state of the country – I think not.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:20 am |
      • Robert


        May 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • Tom from Canonsburg

      Anything that the President does, brings out the haters. In the opinion of these people he doesn't talk, walk or even sleep right. It's a shame, they can do nothing but hate.

      May 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  2. Marcelo - Los Angeles

    @MAC. That a boy. Way to rain on a happy moment in the life of a president and America. Let's go kick some puppies while we're at!

    May 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  3. Billy

    Face it, President Obama is just pure awesome.

    I am very proud to have him as my president.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • John

      I see you listed a bunch of accomplishments to back up why you think he is so awesome.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:23 am |
      • Me

        You want a list? Ledbetter law, health insurance reform, deporting more illegals than Bush did during his entire two terms, wall street reform and what's that other thing - oh yeah, taking out the world's most wanted man with out the loss of any US military personnel.

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

        Why some white people are so insecure giving just dues to black people is so astonishing to me. Why you would shun the people who actually built this country is just out of the realm of being stupid. You know Obama is "twice as good" as always; that's the only way he became President!

        May 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  4. rhumba

    Mac: This mission proves a few things about President Obama. He has guts. He is intelligent. He is able to keep his mouth shut and doesn't jump the gun. He acts only when he is convinced that he has the very best plan that has a good chance of succeeding. He is very careful about who he keeps around him to advise and then carry out missions and plans. I don't remember a president in my lifetime who had these qualities. That might be why it took so long to find OBL. It might also be why our economy is in such trouble right now. You'll notice that the conservatives are jumping to pass a very careless and drastic budget plan. The president knows that fixing the mess that we find ourselves in doesn't require that we throw the baby out with the bath water. He knows that we must compromise and keep those programs that work while eliminating waste and taxing those who can afford to be taxed. He knows that an effective budget will require patience, guts, and intelligence of the American people to realize that solutions sometimes take time.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • Joseph

      rhumba, you are spot on with your thoughts. I totally endorse them from my side of the world. The South Pacific. Terrorist have no way to hide. We will hunt them down one by one. Osama Bin Laden is not the last.

      Port Moresby

      May 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
      • Shadowfax

        @ Joseph

        Thanks from Port Moresby.
        Its been great that we have heard from people all over the world.

        India, Isreal, England, Jordan ,Brasil,Canada, Australia,
        Turkey, Greece, Denmark, dont want to leave anybody out...

        Good day for America, but great day for the world.

        Its just wonderfull !

        May 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • GoDestroy

      Well said, Rhumba!

      May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Farmers Daughter

      Amen to the above comments from rhumba and egore! It is about time that the doomsayers look at what is really going on in the good old USA. We are beling lead by a strong man with integrity and intelligence who is able to make those tough choices. Congratulations to him and to all who made this event possible. I will definitely vote for him again in 2012! Won't you too?????

      May 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • The Ginger Buffalo

      + 1 to all of that.

      May 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Baby Boomer


      May 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • foobar

      couldn't have said it better myself

      May 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • BHO_Kicks_Arse

      I don't know you but I think I love you. Spot on. May I please steal your passage?

      May 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • catwill

      The President did show that he can walk and chew gum at the same time. I want to say that this article shows that this President has the makings of one of our greatest and it shows what a college education can do in teaching critical thinking and acting logically in situations that require those qualities.

      May 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • Clayton Davis

      Go President Obama! Right on, dude! You totally rock! Don't let the cowardly racist morons get to you. You WILL be re-elected in 2012, by another landslide. So, all you Tea-Kookie birthers need to prepare for another four years of barking at the moon and eating your tiny little hearts out (IF you actually have one at all). Approximately 20 percent of Americans are certifiably psychotic or insane. They worship Rush, Glenn, Sarah, Michelle, Donald, and all the other modern McCarthy-like American traitors. And every single one votes Republican. Their heroes are the likes of Mubarak, al-Assad, and Gadhafi, who torture and murder citizens to protect the filthy rich classes (think Wall Street CEOs). There is a clear and present danger that our nation is at risk of being torn apart and destroyed by internal subversive forces who didn't graduate from junior high, who attend militia meetings in the forest, and who like Angle dabble in witchcraft, voo-doo, and oxycontin.

      May 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • sam

      Well said, Rhumba!!

      May 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Shawn-Ga

      It is a proven fact that if we taxed 100% all money made over 250k it would run out in 6 months, how is raising taxes going to fix the economy? The more you take from people the less they can spend. If we increase commerce then the "rich" make more thereby pay more in taxes, while also increasing the money being circulated by spending.

      However Obama has racked up more debt in 2.5 years than in the over 100 years prior combined. please educate me how this helps us. i would like to have your happy thoughts on this. Please educate us. I am n not being sarcastic, if you really think this helps tell us how.

      May 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
      • Renny

        Unfortunately the koolaide drinkers don't want to think about that. They choose not to see that this "recovery" in the stock market is artificially supported, trying to make Obama look good for re-election. Obama is a puppet, just not sure how many are pulling his strings.
        That being said, I do think he did right in supporting whoever came up with this plan to get rid of Bin Laden, this way, without making a martyr out of him.

        May 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
      • Ms. White

        to educate you...when you put all of the non budget expenses on the books (2 wars, taxes breaks for the rich and prescription for seniors) from Bush admin to Obama admin, you would expect the defiect to double. Do you remember that the wars and tax breaks pays for themselves ...do not need to be included in the budget (Bush/Cheney) Obama dicided the all Federal expenses wpuld be included in the budget.

        May 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • Rickstar

        @Shawn-Ga, that trickle down economy theory failed during the Reagan era. The rich either hoard their money or invest in foreign markets. Are you really saying that continuing to give tax breaks to the people who need it least helps YOU? you, my friend are a glutton for punishment

        May 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
    • Al

      Exactly, this guy truly is the whole package.... I like the "swagger" comments, they fit.

      May 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • brian

      Well done!

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


      May 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
      • Lisa Brennan

        +2 and counting....

        May 3, 2011 at 12:43 am |
    • ali


      May 3, 2011 at 6:21 am |
      • Ms. White


        May 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  5. Canadian

    Some Republicans are crediting Bush for the job instead of Obama! This is what George Bush said about bin Laden:


    May 2, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  6. Arnold C

    We had a glimpse of his ability & willingness to take calculated risks a while back with the decision to rescue the skipper of the hijacked ship off the Somalian coast.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  7. egore

    Anyone who still believes that this President does not have great courage, is not a strong, highly intellegent leader, or worst yet, is somehow "not one of us", must be blind, sir, blind! I hope this puts the shame, if for only a day, to the racist birthers and other assorted nut cases who only succeed in giving this country a bad name. Obama is not only the President of us all, he is a darn good one. It is way past time for the doubters to deal with that reality.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      I deal with the reality that he cut the military budget, NASA and wishes to cut the soldiers pay. He had very little to do in this exercise but you people are going to try and lay all the glory you can at his feet when the real credit goes to George Bush who turned these people loose to chase down Bin Laden. Yes he said at one time Bin Laden wasn't the total priority and he was right we were in a war with the Taliban and the Terriost.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
      • James, AL

        Gaylon, get your facts right before you speak. The president has always maintained that Osama bin Laden was a priority. He criticized then President Bush for going to Iraq instead of dealing with Afghanistan, which is where Osama was at that time. George Bush, did not get Osama, President Obama did. You can not credit the previous president when the current president had to have a policy that allowed the military and CIA to continue their work. And it takes the 'current' president to authorize missions, black operations.

        President Obama rightfully deserves the credit.

        Remember, as bad as things are in our economy, they would be worst if President Obama did not do the things that he did to get our economy growing again. Check out your facts before you post.

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

        what ever!!!!!!!!

        May 2, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
      • Jeff

        Do you think Obama kept that going? Really? I think the thousands of people that lost loved ones were the ones that kept it going. It wasn't Obama that got Osama. Gosh just saying those names makes me uneasy. Too close of a resemblance. Anyways, it was the Seals. Badasses that he knows nothing about. Just like your last draft dodger democrat.

        May 2, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
      • Omaury

        Sir you have been misinformed. Bush had directed that Pakistan receive “concurrent notification” of drone attacks, meaning they learned of a strike as it was underway. He trusted Pakistan which is why he never caught Bin Laden. Unlike Bush, Obama has been saying all along, to capture or kill, by All means necessary even if it means by-passing Pakistan.

        May 3, 2011 at 6:58 am |
      • Johnk

        So Gaylon, how do you spell 'mission accomplished'? And more importantly, when do you spell it?

        I think the 2012 political season just got a little easier to endure.

        May 3, 2011 at 7:17 am |
      • Dieter Zerressen

        Are you even awake? Have you seen the clip where Bush says, "I don't know where he is". "I don't spend much time on him". Bush even cut the budget for that part of the CIA which was specifically formed to track UBL. All of this economic turmoil started during the last year of the Bush administration and will probably take several more administrations to fix but Obama has pulled this country and the economy back from a cliff. Obama is not responsible for high gas prices. Hello, you right wingers purport to be for free enterprise and gas prices follow world (China and India) demand. You don't have a God-given or Constitution right for cheap gas. Fools.

        May 3, 2011 at 7:53 am |
      • Lois

        Gaylene – This is what Bush said about Osama

        "I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority."
        – G.W. Bush, 3/13/02

        "I am truly not that concerned about him."
        – G.W. Bush, repsonding to a question about bin Laden's whereabouts,

        President Obama has the courage to be a leader. He is smart, intelligent and strong. And I am proud to have someone like President Obama to lead our country. Shame on you and everyone who are discrediting him. Shame on you.

        May 3, 2011 at 11:57 am |
      • Ms. White


        May 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • chris

      Amen! Prudently in our real world!

      May 3, 2011 at 1:17 am |
      • chris

        Monitoring of for what?

        May 3, 2011 at 1:20 am |
    • Jay in NC

      It does not take any courage to sit back and push a few buttons. The men and women that actually conducted this operation are the ones with courage. Your love for Barry is strong and misguided that you would even slight the real heroes, our solders. Typical shallow Liberal mind .

      May 3, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  8. kayla

    it took bush 7 yrs and still he did not do a darn thing. how you like them apples. HORAAH FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • bluh

      I am not a Bush fan nor and Obama fan but if Bush would not have been office who ever else was would have taken just as long. The president does not do that kind of thing the CIA does. If Obama would not be in office then the other person would have ended it just the same.

      May 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Lisa Brennan

      Well, Bush did break the back of this country financially and he did wear a cod piece on a battle ship. And he deregulated the banks, and gave tax breaks to the rich while we were at war ( never do this!!!) and he invaded and destroyed Iraq, Etc. Oh~ and the last time Bush was asked about Ben Laden, he said ..." I don't really think about him much...I don't know where he is, I don't really care.."

      May 2, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
      • Robert

        Are you serious? I think you may need to see who was the majority in Congress for the last two years of the Bush Administration before any further mis-representations. Do you really think that if someone disagrees with the President it has nothing to do with disagreeing with a political position but everything to do with racism? If so, I guess all the blacks who voted in 2008 for Obama simply due to his color are in fact the true racist. But for Bush, the effort put forth, that Obama while Senator voted against - are the foundation for how all of this came about. Oh ya, and lets not forget that the LEAD came from Guantanamo – the place President Obama wants to close. Imagine what could have been lost if he had gotten his way.

        May 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
      • J D

        Clinton deregulated the SEC,which caused this financial mess!

        May 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
      • Kai Austin

        @Robert ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

        "If so, I guess all the blacks who voted in 2008 for Obama simply due to his color are in fact the true racist."

        Wait a minute, now. "BLACKS" would have voted for WHO EVER the Democratic nominee had been. "BLACKS" have been voting democratic ever since Franklin D. Roosevelt made plans for the "New Deal" to give "BLACKS" rights. Before, "BLACKS" voted Republican after they were given the right to vote because they loved Abraham Lincoln.

        Read your history like the rest of us and stop making STUPID comments.

        Being a "BLACK" woman, I am so glad my mother encouraged me to get a HIGHER education so that I would NEVER make comments as unintelligent as yours.

        May 2, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
      • Kenneth

        @Robert, Are YOU serious? President Obama not only is picking up after President Bush but he has a higher intellect AND the demeanor to do the job! President Bush showed his hand at every turn which is why his pal Osama Bin Laden was able to escape at the last minute. As far as who controlled Congress and/or the Senate during the Bush presidency you need look no further than Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. Racism is at play and it is EXTREMELY obvious to anyone with integrity. Anyone can have a good idea at least some of the time yet why is every thing the President does or says gets questioned, belittled or deemed wrong by the GOP, teabaggers and their ilk? Why was it so important that the President of the United States, elected BY THE PEOPLE, be accosted at every turn and labeled unpatriotic or "not a natural citizen"? Why would anyone request the college records of a man who not only graduated from Harvard but was held in high esteem? You say that every person who speaks against the President is not racist ... and I agree but can you agree that there are entities in politics that ARE racist? Or have a racist agenda? If you can sir then I believe you live in the "silly" season. It's 2011 ... grow up!

        May 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        This is a sickening statement from a sick person. The Congress sets budgets dummy and the Democrats have been in charge of Congress for over seven years. Now how could George run up the deficit when your man in less that 8 months spent over 4 trillion dollars more than any other of all the Presidents combined. Good gosh you people get some kind of brains.

        May 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        That my friend was espionage. He initiated what your President reaped. If it had not been for George turning the military loose to get Bin Laden today's Bin Laden would still be alive. Are you dumb or just plain old ignorant. What does it matter the end result is that a great nemeis is dead. Thank you Obama and thank you George Bush. The end result is when it cam time for the tough to get going the tough got going. Only he was not deserving of any type funeral. He was a mass serial killer and shold have been dumped in the the ocean chopped up like shark meat. the same way the muslims do their women fold and you if they captured you. So not praise. Nut Obama's true colors came through showing his islamic upbringing.

        May 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
      • Drew

        Everything the President says or does is belittled? Cry me a river... President Bush was the most vilified human being of the last ten years, but that was okay because he was a "simple, redeck, warmonger, etc." In today's political climate, the President (no matter who it is) will be unfairly characterized... Don't complain when it's happening to your guy, don't jump on the bandwagon when it's the other guy. We should take ten seconds to pause, and remember that before we are Republicans and Democrats, we are Americans...

        May 3, 2011 at 1:25 am |
      • a6102658

        Robert: Lets entertain your assumption that the lead came from KSM and wqterboarding in 2003, then why the commander in Chief did not act upon those leads, see, you argument falls apart immediately, and was not even trying.

        May 3, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • Effort

      To ignore the amount of time and effort placed into this by the Bush administration is idiotic on your part. At least Obama has the character to congratulate all parties that placed forth effort in this undertaking

      May 2, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Shawn-Ga

      Open your eyes, your post shows a lack of real knoweldge and only talking points

      May 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  9. Me

    This man is more of an American patriot than most of us. In the face of blatant falsehoods (Muslim, socialist, non-citizen) he shows up to work every day with the best intentions for all of us.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • Lisa Brennan

      abso ******* lutely

      May 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • Rickstar

      President bush de-funded the unit that sought OBL exclusively in 2005. Why did President Bush invade Iraq? President Bush spent 8 years barking up the wrong trees. Give credit where it's due and not where it's not. May God continue to bless our president and the United States of America.

      May 3, 2011 at 4:43 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama is a great thinker and surrounds himself with the same and that amounts to success.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • Lacy

      Obama surrounds himself with people who have brains. That doesn't mean that he does. And how much did the USA give Pakistan this year alone? I wonder how much bin laden paid off the Pakistani govt to keep his 6'4" ass protected and hidden! Great allis we have. Hillary take a trip over there now!

      May 3, 2011 at 3:49 am |
  11. fenimola

    I believe all the critical thinking people on the planet, not just in the states, understood the enormity of the situation Obama was walking into with his inauguration January 2009.
    And, I feel, he's doing a good job in spite of all the obstacles thrown in his path.
    This is just another example of his intelligence and thoughtfulness.
    For those of you Bush fans who believe the hunt for Osama started with Lil' Shrub – think again. Clinton (Bill) began this game of tag way before Georgie. and Georgie couldn't take Osama out no matter what: his family and the Bin Laden's are linked tot he level of treason. Why else would only the Bin Laden family get to fly immediately after 9/11? Why could they take all their family and possessions out of the US, at the cost of the taxpayer, yet no one else was allowed to fly?
    Bush II never planned to get Bin Laden.
    But now, the republicans will find some way to rewrite history to take credit for it.
    Pretty disgusting.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  12. Gaze Moore

    obama did the right thing bin laden was abad man and deserved it

    May 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  13. maine liberal

    what Obama said and did:

    If we have actionable intelligence about high-level al Qaeda targets in Pakistan's border region, we must act if Pakistan will not or cannot. Senator Clinton, Senator McCain, and President Bush have all distorted and... derided this position, suggesting that I would invade or bomb Pakistan. This is politics, pure and simple. My position, in fact, is the same pragmatic policy that all three of them have belatedly – if tacitly – acknowledged is one we should pursue. Indeed, it was months after I called for this policy that a top al Qaeda leader was taken out in Pakistan by an American aircraft. And remember that the same three individuals who now criticize me for supporting a targeted strike on the terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks, are the same three individuals that supported an invasion of Iraq – a country that had nothing to do with 9/11.

    Bin Laden died in the last few minutes of the 40-minute attack as U.S. Special Forces made their way through the compound in Pakistan.

    What bush said and did:

    Osama bin Laden is the "prime suspect" in last Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington and the United States wants to capture him "dead or alive," President Bush said Monday.

    Speaking with reporters after a Pentagon briefing on plans to call up reserve troops, Bush offered some of his most blunt language to date when he was asked if he wanted bin Laden dead.

    "I want justice," Bush said. "And there's an old poster out West I recall, that said, 'Wanted, Dead or Alive.'"

    off to Iraq for those WMD's

    May 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      maine liberal, I like this game, I could post like this all day long.

      What Barry said:
      "Strong countries and strong presidents meet and talk with our adversaries," Obama said at an Aug. 19, 2008 debate. "We shouldn't be afraid to do so. We've tried the other way. It didn't work."

      What Barry did:
      200+ tomahawk missiles into Libya, killed over 10,000 civilians, children, women, old people.

      What Barry said:
      Jan 22, 2009, two days in office. He said he would return America to the "moral high ground" in the war on terrorism. Issued executive orders to demonstrate a clean break from the Bush administration, requiring that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed within a year.

      What Barry did:
      May 2, 2011, Guantanamo Bay still open, no changes.

      May 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
      • Rudi

        Check your facts, Carolina-conservative; deaths of Libyan civilians at our hands have been proved to be falsified by Moammar-supporters... and even if you choose to believe claims made by a tyrant, not even Gadhafi himself claims we've killed as many as 10,000 (or even 10% of that).

        May 2, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
      • Alex agu

        OBL is dead that's what matters.
        10,000 people dead? where are the reports and pics to prove it?
        Where did you want the people detained there to go? take them to your house? the president and hes advisers decided that the best place to keep them instead of some other country or the US. Unless you want them in your house?

        May 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
      • Robert

        And thank goodness it did not close....that is where the initial lead came from that lead the Seals to bin Laden.

        May 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
      • Mimi

        @Robert – And thank goodness it did not close....that is where the initial lead came from that lead the Seals to bin Laden.

        How do you know the lead came from Guantanamo? Were you there? Look unless I am actually part of this whole mission that went down I dont know the facts. The only fact I know is that this brilliantly, strategic thinking President did what his predecessor FAILED to do. So for anyone to say its Bush's policies that led to this have not gotten off the college. Put the plug in the jug Bushies.

        May 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
      • Shadowfax

        @ Jay

        Legal reason for Gitmo still being open.

        As for Libya, we helped
        but this is a NATO and UN operation

        As usual, you hate Obama, so you lie and blame him for this operation.
        So sad for you, cant deal with reality.

        May 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
      • Omaury

        Thats what makes Barry Great. He adjust to the circumstances. There is nothing conventional about fighting terrorism.

        May 3, 2011 at 7:04 am |
      • a6102658

        Robert: Lets entertain your assumption that the lead came from KSM and wqterboarding in 2003, then why the commander in Chief did not act upon those leads, see, you argument falls apart immediately, and was not even trying.

        May 3, 2011 at 8:32 am |
      • dg23

        I read that the initial lead came from prisoners held in Romania and Poland and not gitmo... anyone have substantiated facts proving one or the other?

        May 3, 2011 at 9:14 am |
  14. Ryan

    Great job Obama but I still refuse to vote for you in 2012

    May 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  15. elliott mercer

    At last, a paragraph written without the usual spelling and grammatical errors found on this (and many other) sites. Also, some valid comments on the value of thoughtful decision-making at the highest level of our government. Thank you, Rhumba!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  16. Josy

    Sarah Palin should be ashamed of self and how much hate can you bear in your heart and still call yourself a christian. I thought Christians are Christ Followers and the Lord preaches love and not hate so my question to Sarah Palin is who is she following?
    Not even a congratulation to the POTUS.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  17. Name*Travis

    Obama may have admirable traits but let's not focus on him, he most certainly isn't responsible for taking out the number 1 (insert your own derogative here). Our men, and women, of the armed forces did that. Bush as much as you may or may not like him did that. Waterboarding and other horrible things produced vital info and without Bush we wouldn't have pursued so quickly and decisively. I'm not bashing or promoting one over the other just hate the fact that I have heard more about Obama than I have the armed forces, victims families, Pakistan's response to why he was there... and many other things. I'm sure nothing more than a quick yes came from Obama.... Racist birthers? Really? I wanted to see his birth certificate, why does that make me racist? I'm sure you feel his health care reform was efficient and well thought out as well. This day has nothing to do with our president, it's our armed forces and victims families who should receive the admiration. And to the man that actually performed the raid, I salute you and wish there was more I could do to support you. Let's give te 25 million to the navy seals team that took him down or even allow them to dictate where this reward goes...

    May 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • Ms. White

      so....if you have a job and give your thoughts and ideas to your boss, implent these ideas and they are successful....are you praised or your boss

      May 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  18. bombsquad

    way to go george bush. u finally got him. u should take the credit, not obomba.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • Ms. White

      damn, bush is still the POTUS????? need to stay out of the sun LOL

      May 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  19. Clayton Davis

    Go President Obama! Right on, dude! You totally rock! Don't let the cowardly racist morons get to you. You WILL be re-elected in 2012, by another landslide. So, all you Tea-Kookie birthers need to prepare for another four years of barking at the moon and eating your tiny little hearts out (IF you actually have one at all). Approximately 20 percent of Americans are certifiably psychotic or insane. They worship Rush, Glenn, Sarah, Michelle, Donald, and all the other modern Joe McCarthy-like American traitors. And every single one votes Republican. The fact that you are intelligent and competent just eats away at the poor morons and zombies who can't see a great leader because of oxycodone, prozac, and valium.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  20. bj

    I was wondering how the 'right' were going to coin this. I bet McCain is pissed that he wasn't a part of it. I look at all of these folk who do not have the decency or courage to commend Obama, but rather pass the praise over to Bush. Before I know it the 'right' will be praising Bush. We call it 'Black Tax", in other words it doesn't matter what Obama does it will never be worthy of any recognition from those folks. In a way that is good, at least the world can see what the true underlying sentiments of many of these Republicans is about. We've know it all along.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  21. Name*Travis

    "Men" not man, "the men that performed the raid", and "the 25 million", not te. Better yet I hope they use some of the money to help auto-correction on the iPhone. I seem to be unable to use it correctly. This is certainly a good day for America and for all those troubled ones scarred from 9/11, and let's not forget the atrocities on foreign soil and the associate victims as well.

    May 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  22. williefloyd

    rhumba-one of the best posts I've seen on this site. I am so very proud of our president and all the agencies and military personnel who brought this to fruition. It saddens me to know there are Americans who will never accept our president no matter what. They need our prayers. God bless our country and our great leader.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    May 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • Lisa Brennan

      Obama/Biden 2012

      May 3, 2011 at 1:01 am |
      • Lacy

        Give me a break. This operation had been in progress since 2003.
        That means there were thousands of covert events taking place before obama ran for Pres. Don't you people realize the gravity of this capture? Obama can take all the glory he wants and you want to give him. Where's our trillions of dollars he gave to Wall Street? What about those bailouts? How soon we forget that half the time he can't even read his teleprompter when he's making a speech!!!!

        May 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  23. craig may

    I am proud to have contributed to President Obama's re-electtion campagn.

    May 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  24. Alex agu

    For all the naysayers do you guys think our leaders wore faking this?
    It really happened and we don't need no photos to back it up....

    May 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  25. len

    Those who donot give our president the credit he deserves are the same people who are birthers...they support Trump, Palin and the rest of the GOP. They support Fox news. They will always tear down President Obama for one basic reason: They cannot accept that a Black man is the President of the United States...one word describes them: Racists.

    May 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  26. opinion8it

    Gadhafi - you learning anything!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • Lol

      That should be mission two of Barack Ops

      May 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  27. LOLO

    @Jay NC – You are just hating this President aren't you? Is this all that you have to complain about? You need to get a grip on what is really important. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  28. v1kk2

    I don't know....but i get my doubts that something isnt right.....Just keep this in mind.(what if???)....but sure thing that our president obama did somthing or even he is trying hes best to get america back on its feet standing and pround....

    May 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  29. Jasce

    Thank you Mr President & our troops

    May 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  30. Zayne Reinke

    Good he deserves his death!

    May 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  31. sharon martin


    snt it a pity that it took the capture and death of Osama Bin Laden for some Americans to realise the great intellect and guts of President Obama?

    May 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  32. usnavymm1

    Let me point out one thing...not a month ago our commander in chief wanted to veto a bill to extend pay to the military if the government shut down...how willing would my brother seals have been if they had the chance of death and families not being taken care of. I'm glad osama is dead BZ Obama just don't forget who brought you to this high point in your presidency carrying you on their backs....that's right me and my fellow military brothers.

    May 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • Ms. White

      thats all you heard or read about the military bill was cut pay to the troops....did you not hear or read (can you) about the social agenda (riders) that were included in the bill....if the Repubs cared about the troops, they would have removed the soical agendas (which did happen) and the bill would have/did pass .....use you GI Bill to return to school

      May 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  33. dui

    I strongly believe this is the only action that Mr President has taken which most Republicans and Teabaggers will agree was worthy. Ask Trump,Palin,and other rude critics of the President,they'll say he failed their expectation for not getting OBL alive.

    May 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  34. anthony

    How many of Bush's "ah-sh!ts" is Obama cleaning up?
    And Im sure killing Osama Bin Laden is worth at least 1000 at-a-boys...
    especially when its done in 2 years, the price of one downed black hawk, some helicopter fuel.. and about a dozen M16 bullets.
    So all the issues youre TRYING to pin on Obama were somewhat a result of Bush's failing, Bush's daddy war in Iraq, and Bush's deregulation policies domestically. I dont believe cleaning up another mans ah-sh!ts is part of being POTUS.

    May 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Chris

      It is when you're following a republican.

      May 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Lisa Brennan

      So true....

      May 3, 2011 at 12:55 am |
  35. george

    Way to go mr president. Thanks for an awesome victory for u and all the american peopleand God bless the usa

    May 2, 2011 at 8:22 pm |

    Good job President Obama! I have always been proud of you.

    You defnately speak for me Ms. Rumba.

    May 2, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  37. animalluv40

    the men nd women of the armed forces r the only ones who rhld get credit for this. not the moron who we call president. thank u navy seals

    May 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Ms. White

      you need to learn to write and spell .....concentrate on this issue...leave the rest to grown folks

      May 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Lucky

      Hi animalluv40..

      You obviously have the right to yur opinions, but I resent you calling the elected president of the United states a "moron".
      Show some class, don't be an ass. (hee-hee).

      May 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  38. benny

    woah look at Obamas face. I think this guy is highly underestimated by this country

    May 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  39. Allen Hill

    UBL death again proves the truth of the Holy Bible; If you live by the sword, you'll die by the sword.

    May 2, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  40. Patrick

    CNN: picture is great, but could do with a key identifying all the aides that may not be as well known as Obama, Clinton, Biden.

    May 2, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  41. c unit

    Even though as a conservative I don't agree with everything Obama does nor did I agree with a lot of what bush did when I heard Obama s speech last night I choked up and felt pride in being American again for the first time in a long time. way to go obama from a conservative

    May 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  42. samdcs

    Finally America got him and with that, the rest of the terrorist will be scared of this President. As for Robert, having facts starring him on the face still denies it. Former President Bush did actually say "He is not concern about Osama, don't know where he is and not really concern" Check the footage of Bush back in March 13, 2002 to get the full coverage of his statement. Job well done for President Obama The President of The United States of America.

    May 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  43. michael woods

    The mission proves that the president is the person we needed when there is a crisis. Given time he will and his Administration will solve many of the problems that the Republicans left. I like the way also that when addressing this reporters congressmen and Senators address mr Obama as president. Its taking some time but we will get there together

    May 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  44. Liz Carter in Georgia

    That's right ANTHONY and LISA. Very well said! Thankyou for your comments too KAYLA, CLAUDIA, and WILLIE FLOYD. I so concur with your positions.

    May 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Lisa Brennan

      Drinks all around!!!!

      May 3, 2011 at 1:02 am |
      • Lisa Brennan

        Gaylon included. And we will all raise the parting glass to those. . .

        May 3, 2011 at 1:15 am |
  45. AMERICA 1sj

    Just because bin laden was found and killed when nobama is in office doesnt make him any better of a president. he still needs voed out of the white house!

    May 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  46. tim

    Obama made the right call in sending special Ops into the building... Good thing he carried through on Bush's policies

    May 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  47. BA

    Obama just won 2012 with his ballz of steel. This dude is cold as ice, and I am glad he is our president.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  48. Concerned

    The problem with all these posts is that they are taking away from what the SEAL team accomplished. Quit with the political banter. OBL is dead. The world is safer today as a result. To put blame on Obama or Bush on this particular forum not only takes away from what the SEALs did but is unfair to both presidents. They both have made mistakes and Obama will make other mistakes. He is human. The country needs to shut up with all the BS and try to come up with real solutions to problems. But arguing about Obama and/or Bush here hurts everyone, most specifically the ones who carried out the mission to rid the world of OBL. USA!

    Troubled Conservative.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  49. Dick Trump

    Yep, that's what Obama meant when he said he had "better things to do" than to waste time on the ridiculous birth certificate issue.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  50. Tim

    My biggest issue is for those who use the word Barry and those US citizens who want to tear down the president. As a veteran who has served two tours in Iraq I am upset about this belief that President Obama is to blame for all that is going wrong in the world, and yes that is his name and title regardless of your personal feelings. We have been at war for 10 years and finally we have some sign of success but some dbag wants to call our President Barry? Come on, don't turn my pride for serving the greatest nation into regret for people who have no idea how good they have it. I pray for peace but train for war.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  51. chris

    How soon and easy we forget about the eight years(bush) and so surgical about past two(obama)

    May 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  52. Gerald

    Congrats! We finally got something done. NOW THEN, since O.B.L. "sleeps with the fishes", can we get back to fixing our country? You see while everyone is celebrating this great news from abroad (and believe me noone is more happier than i), the problems at home are getting increasingly worse by the day...but noone in D.C. wants to deal with the problems or face the wrath of a very angry American Public.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  53. David

    Is it just me or does Obama always have the most epic photos ever?

    May 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  54. Dimetrodon

    I can only hope
    that just as the demise of Bin Laden
    we can hope for the demise of the GOP
    maybe then we can move on.

    Well done President Obama !!!

    May 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  55. TDB

    For those of you that can't appreciate what Obama has accomplished with this mission and decide instead to harp on the economy... 1) this mission is a symbol of Obama's tremendous leadership qualities, and 2) Obama has stated from the beginning that it will take a long time for our economy to recover. Bush wrecked our economy in 8 years. Don't be so short-sighted and expect it to rebound in 2 1/2 years.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
    • please...

      I believe Obama himself set the timeline on the recovery. Whoever the prez is, he gets credit: be it good or bad for what's going on. Wanna applaud him for the bin Laden killing? Then be fair and question him on the economy. Hippocrate.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  56. Dick Hertz

    Proof? Anyone? Where's the photos? Surely they took pictures of the Historic Moment. Otherwise it's like trying to convince me Bush won either Election.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
    • Alex agu

      You think the photos above are somehow being faked? that our leaders are posing like that to fake the killing of bin laden?

      May 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
      • g45

        You sheep are really being led to slaughter. Marshall law on its way and and the Nwo is 90% complete. I have and idea for you do your on research andstop debating with each other on the lies you are being told.

        May 2, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
      • g45

        I say this if in fact they are looking at the footage of the osama killing why did they show us a pic of him shot in his head. Mind you that pic of osama is old 2001. I rather see what they are looking at.

        May 2, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
    • MikeBell

      Why did they bury him at sea? What the heck is that all about?

      May 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
      • America

        @Mike he was buried at sea because if you bury him on land, his tomb would become a shrine and a site where his followers would worship him. If you bury him at sea where animals feast on him, there can be no shrine.

        It's really common sense 🙂

        May 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
      • Big T

        You don't want to create a shrine for the worlds most deadliest terrorist.

        May 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
      • Chuck

        They buried him at sea for 2 reasons. The first is perception. Honor, custom, blah blah it makes people less offended. It's icing on the cake. It's also why they will not show pics of his dead, bullet riddled body. It might make those who have thirsted for his blood happy seeing them, but for most it would be horiffic, and for some it might inflame .The second reason is much more important. By burying him at sea there is no chance whatsoever anyone can use any part of his body as a twisted "holy relic" of any kind. Can you imagine the morale of a suicide bomber who has been given the +3 Blessed Middle Finger of OBL?

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

      I agree with you Dick. There's no proof, so it did not happen. Just for your info, OBL died 5 years ago due to renal failure. Very well kept secret.

      May 5, 2011 at 2:21 am |
  57. Obama

    Too bad this didn't happen before the Oprah taping.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  58. Nykia


    May 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  59. joyful

    i just wanna say that our is doin a great job the rich do not like it when he won the president he it goin take alot work but it will take time and we as america have to work together i believe the troop b home soon and the jobs r comin back to america i bet bush upset he did not get the reconition and trump look dumb founded

    May 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  60. CSM

    Loose Lips Sinks Ships. Mr. President understood this. Priceless!!

    May 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  61. Chris

    Ok to all you CONservative douche bags that say "Obama is destroying this economy and country" really? Have you morons not noticed that the stock market is up 55% since he took office, economy has now grown for 8 straight quarters, the unemployment rate has been dropping rapidly, manufacturing is booming again and the auto industry is thriving again. BTW at this same time under Saint Reagan's presidency unemployment rate was 10.4%

    I think you morons have the bad economy mixed up with Reagans economy.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  62. debra hull

    I voted for Prsident Obama. I just had a feeling about him. He has done more in 2 years then other Presidents. Now if the ones would take some of the Presidents advice a fair budget could be passed.enough taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  63. MikeBell

    We need to go after all the extremist. It's not genocide if they are armed.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  64. gutsy

    Friggin Pakistani American haters. The only thing more surprising in him living in a mansion built in 2005 right near the capital would be to find out he WAS the President of Pakistan. How many billions did we pay Pakistan only to have them use the money to shelter this blood thirsty monster of the Middle-East. We shouldn't be surprised to find Zawahira is there too. Protected, blanketed, and covered up by these military hacks for hate.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  65. Tiffany

    Does everybody believe everything they hear? And yes the goverment can lie about that or anything. Don't think so? Think again! I find conviently odd that all this would happen just as Obama is at his lowest with all the birthing issues going on right now AND then they say Bin Laden is conviently already buried at sea. When Bush was president, remember when we CAPTURED Hussein then he had a trial and then we HUNG him for all the world to see. Not that I would want to see someone hung but we all witnessed it. There's nothing to witness here, we are going by what we are told. What the goverment wants you know. I'm not saying none of it did happen. I'm just saying that I find the whole way it all supposedly took place very odd and that people shouldn't be so quick to believe everything they hear.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  66. Pedro Jorge

    Good job secret service guys. Critics said President Obama didn't have stomach for such decisions. Navy SEAL troops finished the job: one in the chest and one in the head – that may sounds aggressive, trust me it's not.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  67. shane

    Only liberals would think sitting in a room and ordering others into harms way us courageous and brave. Only this president would use the words I and me often than not in his speech.

    Last I checked no.president was brave or courageous ordering the deaths of others. If he is wrong he loses a job. If the SEALS have a bad day they lose their lives.

    That self absorbed, ego driven and elitist attitude is why he will be a one termer.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • Ms. White

      Did you go to...no...did you graduate from school????can you read...can you retain info....The USA have been in many wars were POTUS have sent men and woman to fight and protect this country. Get a history book

      May 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  68. Kim C

    Obama is very smart. He thinks things out before he makes decision. Unlike Bush. He made so many bad and careless decisions. It really sad that people hate Obama that much, that he will not get any credit. Oh I know he is not an American resident....

    May 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  69. eric

    How do you guys have the ability to buy in 100% percent on either side? This is the most non-political thing to happen this year.

    Another question: Would you so adamantly agree with your chosen politicians if by voting for them you had nothing to gain on a personal level? It is all such a self serving process. I guess corporations donate millions each year because they want what is best for all Americans. Poor people want help, rich people want tax help, and the other rich people want help feeling ok during vacation.

    Until we change the policies regarding political contributions giving all parties the
    same amount of campaign money this crap will continue. Would you really donate a lot of corporate money unless it was coming back somehow? If you would then you now know why you don't run a corporation.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  70. markon

    this message is to you donald sump oh sorry donald hump so you understand now dumbass why your president gave an order for his birth certificate to be shown? much bigger fish to fry! he didnt have the time for your stupid racist birther games, he gave us bin laden with a bullet thru his head.,you stupid racist gopers are a waste of the presidents time, like road kill rodents who spread disease and strife.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  71. Sam

    Uu All On Here Have Very Very Gud Comments...Nd God Bless America...We All Will B Safe Nw.!!

    May 2, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  72. g45

    you all need alex jones and louis farrakahn in your lives the world is ran by international bankers obama is just a puppet people wake up the devil is at work.You betta pay attention or be a victim to the elite and their plans when the constitution goes all hell breaks loose. fema got concentration camps for the american people and yall talking about whats going on abroad and they taking your lives and your childrens right under your nose and you cant smell it. D@mn Shame!

    May 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • FreedomWorks


      Thank You also for being in tune with what is really going on. We are a police state. BO is controlled by the elite. Our nation needs to pay attention to the ultimate deception that has been secretly taking place for years, The New World Order. The puppet masters are diligently working to get BO re-elected. If you believe in GOD, you will be able to survive what lies ahead.

      May 5, 2011 at 2:45 am |
  73. NotSleeping

    What I don't understand is that Osama Bin Laden is killed after Obama has a 49% Disapproval Rating, 9% Congress Approval Rating, Photoshopped Birth Certificate, and the list goes on...? Something isn't adding up here. Look at the overall picture folk's. The presidential campaign start's soon. What better way to grab more supporters than to kill OBL? If nobody can see this than America is in grave danger!

    My questions to the Mainstream Media is this:
    1.) Where is the actual full blown photo? Telegraph UK paper say's the photo is a fake.
    2.) How was his DNA recognized so fast? Usually it take's a couple of week's to get back
    3.) Why was his body dump out in sea? Nobody is ever going to see the body?
    4.) Benazir Bhutto said that Obama has been killed a long time ago, why hasn't anybody follow up on this? Everybody know's she's been assassinated by telling the truth.
    5.) In 2003, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told Fox News Channel analyst Morton Kondracke she suspected Bush knew the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and was waiting for the most politically expedient moment to announce his capture. Why has nobody follow up on this?

    Everybody is celebrating like it's the end of terrorism or war. Well guess what?! We are more in a police state than we were a few day's ago. This is going to give TSA more reason to stick their hand's down people and illegal grope children. Hasn't everybody forgotten that our $1 has 0 value?! China isn't going to accept our currency anymore because it has no value and we borrowed so much $$ from China! We are still in 3 war's, and nobody realizes this because American Idol or Dancing With The Star's is more important?!


    May 2, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Ms. White

      @not sleeping....go to bed...we will wake you up in seven years...LOL

      May 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • FreedomWorks

      Not Sleeping:

      Thank You for being in tune with what is really happening!!!! GOD BLESS YOU!

      May 5, 2011 at 2:26 am |
  74. al in memphis

    In most areas, Obama is doing a great job at what he said he would do. Even when we choose the best possible solution, that does not guarentee it going to work all the time.
    Some of you got valid difference of opinion, but others just don't like him and any irrational thought you can come up with serves only to justify your position.. Its okay to admit you don't have a real reason to not like Obama, just make it an honest conversation instead of hiding behind stupid statements.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  75. markon

    the donald the biggest loser

    May 2, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • FreedomWorks


      You should be proud that a red blooded american had the guts to challenge BO's birth certificate! Nothing will ever convince me of it's authentication. Donald Trump a loser??? I don't think so.

      May 5, 2011 at 2:30 am |
  76. Name*Mason

    You're fools.osama was bought ang paid for by bush.bush demolished the towers.this is another political stunt for all you fools

    May 2, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  77. James T.

    Let's put it this way. The one's to credit for this incredible moment in our history are those that actually put their lives on the line for it, the military. I appreciate the decision Obama made to carry out this operation and I recognize President Bush's desire to capture Bin Laden, but in reality does it really matter who receives praise? It doesn't! Let's move on and realize that this is not the end of Al Queda nor the end of future terrorist attacks. Thank goodness the head is gone but unfortunately we still have the body that will soon replace the head. Thank you to our service men and women who do so much for us!

    May 2, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  78. B Rad

    Why don't any of you mention the service members who ACTUALLY killed him. Talk about heroics... Thanks for allowing it Obama but give the credit where it's due.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  79. helenecha

    The news show Osama bin Laden had no choice but to keep himself in his compound for years. Absolutely, Justice was surely done to him. After an announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden, cheering voices filled the air here on Earth. It's an unusual day in America.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  80. Big T

    This is par for the course folks. If this mission wasn't a success all fingers would be pointing at Obama. Some people just refuse to give him the credit he RIGHTLY deserves. And let's not forget this isn't the first tough call concerning our troops. He let the SEAL snipers loose to rescue that Captian, and again people didn't want to give him credit. This whole thank Bush is funny. Bush needed OBL! He needed that boogy man to help sell his agenda. If he wanted OBL, he would have found him, just as Obama did. BTW, Bush turned a record surplus into a deficit. He created his mess over an 8 year period. And you some how expect Obama to fix it in less then three! Now that's rich!

    May 2, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  81. simplyme

    "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."–Martin Luther King, Jr.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  82. josh michael

    Why are you fighting the piece of shit is dead like he should be so just shut the fuck up about the economy its gonna get better no matter what so just live with it.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  83. cathy bodiker


    May 3, 2011 at 12:00 am |
  84. frank

    Mr president thanks for the job you did while bush was chasing his tail you were at work thanks for the job you doing. You will get my vote again

    May 3, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  85. truth

    In love with kenneth man better then I cudve gotten out I was gana post about tht persons comment too but urs pretty much tells it all

    May 3, 2011 at 12:11 am |
  86. lynn

    President Obama deserves to be called president Obama because he was voted in to be called it. It should be against the law to refer to him as anything else if he were white he would be refered to as president, let's be respectful to him for winning fairly. Why ius it so necessary for him to prove his citizenship when no other president before him have been asked to prove theirs. Why? Because he is black and it is that plain and clear and the racists are getting worried that they are losing, yes you will lose because black people are God's children also and he loves us also until their is more love shown we will continue to have wars and plagues in the world. We must begin to love one another as God loves us.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  87. Tyler D.

    Single question: Who gets the 27 $ Million Dollard Reward For Bin-Laden Bounty??????

    May 3, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  88. josh rogen

    Obama has turned out to be one of the bloodthirstist peace prize winners ever

    May 3, 2011 at 12:28 am |
  89. marty

    The waterboarding of ksm got bin laden killed. ITS A GREAT DAY FOR AMERICA. ROAST IN H E L L BIN LADEN. You should of been burned at ground zero.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • John The Dude

      Technically, he didn't give up this info until a year after his waterboarding. So waterboarding only delayed crucial info in this case.

      May 3, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • a6102658

      In your dreams, Lets entertain your assumption that the lead came from KSM and wqterboarding in 2003, then why the commander in Chief did not act upon those leads, see, you argument falls apart immediately, and was not even trying.
      If I fiollow what you are saying, then President Bush was a failed leader.

      May 3, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  90. Mike

    Hats off to the US military, while Obama will not get my vote for 2012, he's done a great job showing some leadership during this ordeal. Great job prez.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:34 am |
  91. ruben

    All I can say is alleluya the monster is dead

    May 3, 2011 at 12:34 am |
  92. Jason

    Bush deserves some credit because it was during his period in office when they received the lead about the courier. Plus wtf obama?! Burial at sea?! We should have fed his body to pigs! Talk about a weiner liberal!

    May 3, 2011 at 12:36 am |
  93. shaunta gueary

    As our President is loyal to his country he souldn't have to bye our loyalty. Nor should we question his. I'm sick of it we chose him now stand by him! Loyalty America, today marks a good day to start showing it. Obama is greater than osama. Dosen't it feel good America?

    May 3, 2011 at 12:43 am |
  94. liz OH

    It is so refreshing to see that what Obama does with his secret meetings and keeping Americans in the dark is so much more correct than when George Bush did it and was blasted from the Dems and Liberals for it. Why does the left think everything this man is some kind of miracle when it was just WRONG when W did it. Talk about hypocracy, the Kool-aid drinkers are full of it. and as for credit, that should go to our troops.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:44 am |
  95. erica

    Dear sheeple, ur making me sick. that is all 🙁

    May 3, 2011 at 12:45 am |
    • Lisa Brennan

      Shirley Temple for you....

      May 3, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • roscoe

      I agree with erica!
      You folks are all idiots.

      Really, I somewhat admired bin Laden...he sure scared the shit out of us – just by sitting in his house.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:15 am |
  96. richard

    It is truely amazing to see how devided our country is just by looking here, you spend more time screaming racist when in fact 99.9% of america has become "open minded" towards race.
    We spend more time defending our political parties than we do our Constitution, our religous freedom and our freedom in general, we have let our government and the press and big business control our lives more than we ourselves do.
    It's about time we stop being self rightous puppets come together and stop expecting government to fix this mess that not only Bush or Obama or our government caused , every single one of us working as a country of greed did this to ourselves only we as a country can fix this.
    Stop listening to politicians, learn your Constitution, and work with your fellow Americans to make real change happen!
    And above all else stop being spinless jellyfish and not let others tell you whats right and wrong with this country!

    May 3, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  97. Shaunta Gueary

    This is America and we should stand by our leader, as any other country would.We are so free we actually have a choice. But should loyalty be a question? (The United States)come on!

    May 3, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  98. Seriouslypeople

    Ok, if any of you negative people even happened to blink at the tv or caught a whisper of what was said on all these news station, you would know that the first lead came back in August. It is now May, which means someone (Obama) wanted to make sure that they had their facts straight before sending personel to go get this man. We got attacked by AIRPLANES in 2001 and in 2003 we sent troops to Iraq for supposedly WMDs, when in December of 2001 Osama released a video claiming credit for the attacks. Now I only graduated college but I'm pretty sure we went after the wrong guy under bush. However still a lot of you cannot give Obama credit for getting the facts straight before putting our fellow Americans in danger. It took about 9 months for Obama to be sure he had enough evidence to give the KILL order. And it took Bush a lil over a yr to give an INVASION order into the wrong country. Who's administration is better? And for all you people talking about how Obama spent trillions of dollars in less than 2 yrs, how else did you expect for us to get out of a ****hole? Would you rather be in a depression? For all you people that say oh Obama said he was gonna do this and gonna do that...Any person with common sense knows you can't get everything you want. This is a DEMOCRACY not a DICTATORSHIP as some of you may like to believe. One last thing and I'm throwing my mic down "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate" ~ MLK. (slams down mic)

    May 3, 2011 at 1:17 am |
  99. totally shocked

    Wow! This is an overwhelming amount of bull shit! He may be dead, he may not be dead. The only person who can say 100% is the one who pulled the trigger! I don't care who's side of the fence your on. The bottom line is there are still threats.
    Most importantly our troops still won't be home for quite a while. Without them this wouldn't even be up for debate. Pay or no pay, happy about it or not. Those men & women need our support more now than ever. Because they chose to protect us. Some won't come home alive, some will be physically changed forever. And all will be haunted in ways that many of us will never know, because its not a physical wound you can see. And some may never come home.
    Do me a favor, take a look @ some of these comments. Instead of continuing, show your patriotism, by Thanking a soldier! No matter if you just simply do that by approaching the next man or woman you see in uniform.
    Niece of a MIA Vietnam Vet

    May 3, 2011 at 1:27 am |
  100. Thomas

    Any truth to the rumor that bin Laden's death certificate came from Hawaii?

    May 3, 2011 at 1:39 am |
  101. chris

    Monitoring and Moderation(s) sound familiar-almost-none-alike. Fine. No Royal wedding, honey moon...seems follow times to catch up because Bin la Den is killed

    May 3, 2011 at 1:40 am |
  102. Ken A

    1st of i wanna thank n give all my respect n luv to our soldiers n our president Barack Obama. even tho i wasnt born in this country i have much luv for dis nation. i wonder wat the idiot of Trump is thinking after calling our leaders "stupid".... Glod bless AMERICA

    May 3, 2011 at 1:58 am |
  103. gimmeabreak

    Obama did not find bin laden he simply said ok when presented with evidence of his whereabouts. Any President wouldve done that. This is the same Obama who was about to let the soldier who killed bin laden go without a paycheck because he didn't want to answer for his overspending. Its unbeilevable how democrats love to spend other people's money.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:34 am |
    • Ms. White

      and repubs GAVE you money to the rich...choke on that fact

      May 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  104. JP

    Americans want freedom from economic terrorists, GOP financing, US Oil Refiners. They are going to capitalize on this to raise the crude prices for this summer.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:37 am |
  105. r pottersnak

    God bless president obama for having the guts to order out a strike on the worlds most wanted ubl.american people need to start giving the president some credit he inherited all this crap from the bush administration

    May 3, 2011 at 3:45 am |
  106. slick rick

    First and formost attaboy to seal team 6..ok got that out of the way...how in the hell are u going to blame bush for this and 'obama cleaning up after him" B***Sh** last time i checked we KNEW about bin laden when clinton was in office..wait i said clinton NOT bush ...bush was cleaning up after him while he was getting. blow jobs do u think he was thinking bout terrorist umm im gunna say no. so dont go around say that its bushes fault. yeah we are not perfect here in the USA we over pay pro players,we've been knocked down a few time and we know how to kick a lil ass..but for one day can we be equal..there will always be fighting here..whites,black mex.ect...we got bin laden and u know some one is gunna step in his place .gas prices will still go up and we will all go to sleep like we always do cause we can ...nice part about being free. god bless the USA..

    May 3, 2011 at 4:00 am |
  107. christian

    Oh Obama, look into this part of the website for the conflict history in the Ivory COast. Look past its criticism of you and into what every Ivory Coast citizens knows and so do most Sub Saharan African knows as they watch Recolonization take place. Is every African mother suppose to believe that her child was placed on this planet to serve and be inferior to others on this planet. Are we, Africans to pay the price for everyone desires. Please read this link and look past its criticism of you and into the facts that are.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:26 am |
  108. texasgoon254

    thank you lord for your guidance and protection on our journey to catch the man of terrorist who betrayed your faith and chose satan. may the world continue to be blest.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:33 am |
  109. James

    Why is everyone making this out to be like Obama got UBL? What the heck did he have to do with it? CIA intelligence found him, Obama didn't. Military troops conducted the mission, not Obama. Sure, Obama gave the go-ahead but don't you think it would have been stupid not to?? Had nothing to do with who's in the WH...

    May 3, 2011 at 4:49 am |
    • Ms. White

      tell that same story to your boss...replace keys words and see want happens to you...tell the boss he is not important...

      May 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  110. randy

    Good work navy seal. you guys are top of the line.thanks to the national garud army navy mariens and air force.good work huh

    May 3, 2011 at 5:38 am |
  111. mr garcia

    Proud of my president.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:55 am |
  112. Right

    many things, like playing golf, parties, destroying the American Dream, causing High Gas Prices, oh yea obama the dwarf juggles many things except making America grow and obama is an idiot at that, unemployment 9%, Gas 4-5 a gallon, NO JOBS, housing a bust, tax cheats running this country, just another idiot in charge, time for obama to GO AWAY.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:04 am |
    • a6102658

      Bush was the worst president in recent history, he was not a leader, Rumsfeld and Cheney ran the show, it is a mental picture where Bush was just a puppet.

      May 3, 2011 at 8:37 am |
    • Ms. White


      May 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  113. dave nelson

    what is wrong with you people? obama is just like every other president in history. promises made that could not or would not be kept. taking credit for the good outcomes of the prior administration while renouncing everything else of it. remember, people, this president wanted to shut down gitmo, and bring all our troops home. he was not allowed to shut the base down by a congress controlled by his own party and wound up not bringing troops home. had he succeeded in his original plans, this alleged operation would never have happened. now he gets to bask in the glory of something he was hell bent to prevent from day one. the proof is there, folks. seek and ye shall find-

    May 3, 2011 at 6:13 am |
  114. Name*Osama bin laden jr

    Osama bin laden cloned himself. They killed the wrong bin laden.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:28 am |
  115. dave nelson

    Just for the record, a president passing laws of any kind with his own party in control of capitol hill is not difficult. But, go ahead and praise someone who has the deck stacked in his favor while condeming anyone who cannot pass she simplest law when congress fights him at every turn. Of course, if obama gets shut down by a republican congress, he will be praised for fighting the good fight against the evil ones. Bush loses against democratic congress and he is just a stupid, worthless fool and a bad president. Oh, dont get me wrong, the republicans do the same thing. We need to do away with these idiotic parties and elect people who dont want the jobs, but will do them properly, because it is the right thing to do.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  116. Bruce hardcastle

    Whether you like him or not, he is our president. Back him, support him and pray for him to make the best decisions for us all

    May 3, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  117. Spellcheck!

    "WASINGTON" is missing the "H"

    May 3, 2011 at 6:37 am |
  118. dave nelson

    I just noticed something. CNN has withheld my last two comments as awaiting moderation. Funny how the same entity that espouses free speech under the first amendment chooses to be able to refuse that right to others. What happened to unbiased? To refuse to post an opinion is biased on its face. So long as the comment breaks no laws, them it should be posted.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:44 am |
  119. Zombiestuff

    Oil prices go up every year no matter the issue, ive only seen it get worst as I get older,as a matter of fact most of ur issues where a problem even before bush,obama is trying his best when everyone seems against him...anything obama says gets dissected, while bush did whatever he basically wanted with no real problems....do u really pay attention or just like to use ur time typing nonsense

    May 3, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  120. Jiseph

    This is how mission is accomplished!!!

    Nobody had and will question obamas patriotism, Americanism, foreign policy experience and his ability to fight the war o terrorism.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  121. lizzy

    This is the best thing ever! America should be estatic! Osama bin laden has paid for his unkind acts of life and so will his peers

    May 3, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  122. Tad9976

    Bottom line, obama haters will always be obama haters, regretfully nothing will change that. Not even the heroic act that will define his presidency. You know why they burried him at sea? Because no countries were willing to have his body rest eternally on their soil. And if they did, it would mark a place for followers to build a shrine, cause violence there, etc alex, gaylon, and james, go educate yourself and stop being so god damn ignorant!!! How do you think it would look for the rest of the world if we purposely chopped him up like shark meat, burned his body, degraded his corpse, etc?? You really think that makes the usa look good?? Thank god none of you are in positions of elite leadership!!! You know why our country is in financial crisis??? Because bush decided to attach iraq after 911, not al quaida. The iraq war costed us zillions, you think its a coincidence that were in debt for zillions. You know why bin laden was never captured or killed when bush was in office? Because he went after saddam and spent all our money on so called WMD's that never existed!!!! Obama haters are racist, predjudice, uneducated, ignorant, narrow minded people. They are weak and they buy into and believe all the GOP conspiracy theories out there!!!! you people make me sick, go get an education!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  123. VAFred

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 3, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  124. nicki

    I can't believe so manny people are worried about how osama was disposed of. If Bush had done it then it wouldn't have been so bad. Now because President Obama is black everything has to be criticized. We dealt with Bush for two terms and he screwed us. Give this man his kudos, because President Obama deserves it. He already has to deal with hostility from every angle. He is a great man, and if you can't see this you must still be recovering from the bushisms.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  125. dash

    Wow! Poker face!!! Damn it! Anyone would have done the same thing.why dont you say "obama held his pee for 40 minutes"

    Tension in the back office when obama was golfing?!! Think about the armed men on the ground!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  126. Dominic Pace

    Obama 2012! One of the most intelligent, well mannered Presidents we've had in a long time. Eat it GOP!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  127. liberal

    Whether Democrat or republican in the end they are all together they just hide it. We are all being dumbed out. Yeah let's not forget the disasters occuring in America right now . Terrorism is a never ending war. Until there's a president that does away with the federal reserve system maybe THEN ill be satisfied with who runs this country but until then I'm not.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  128. chuck

    Kim C: what HAS Obama done to boost the economy?? Stop posting talking points and give some real facts. Obama gave the green light to kill OBL because he chose to continue AMERICA's war, not Bush's war, on terror. Also for all u libs who rail on Bush for going into Iraq, u wanna explain Libya?

    May 3, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  129. Zulu

    Huuraahhh for the Pres.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  130. james chaney sr

    I am sick of people giveing all the credit to obama and he did not put his life on the line the navy did he did not shoot him again the navy did so stop giveing that man all the credit cause he anit did notthing good for this country but give the word to take out OBl but all is good cause i will not be voteing for obama again time for someone new to take over

    May 3, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  131. Tiffany

    All of a sudden everyone loves Obama again! People are so fickle. Truth is it doesn't matter who is president right now. We are in the last days in accordance with the bible and people need to prepare for things come and get their hearts right with God because it's all a heart matter with God and having a relationship with him. If you don't love him and make time for him then what makes you different from anyone else? Why then should he make time for you and save your soul? Do you know where you're going to spend eternity? That's forever, and whatevers done at that point can't be undone. May your eyes be opened and the truth of Gods love fill your hearts before it's too late.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  132. Zulu

    President Obama thinks things thru, for results, not jumping the gun like others:)

    May 3, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  133. tim

    Great to see Dick Cheney on the air commenting about the death of UBL.. Wonder what Biden does?

    May 3, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  134. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @a6102658, You know, my circle and I used to agree back when BUSH was president, that he was just the one holding the title and the office. We thought he was really no leader! He was just to flighty! The questions he chose to answer from the people and the press were answered so immaturely and stupidly! Cheney did have more intelligent responses to the issues; even though they were full of lies they sounded good. All in all though, Bush was the 'failed leader', even if it was just on paper. He's resonsible!

    May 3, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  135. please...

    This has NOTHING to do with politics and the president. It wouldn't have mattered who the president was; this was going to happen. And if you read the article, you'll see that Obama gets credit for doing what? Playing golf, sitting patiently watching and keeping his mouth shut. Meanwhile there were real men actually carrying out the mission who were putting their lives on the line. Not to mention those who gathered the intel and those who planned the raid.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  136. John

    Like Joy Bahar said "why even have an election in 2012"? LOL

    May 3, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  137. chuck

    Yeah, shut down Gitmo!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  138. chuck

    I must of slept through that Econ class where we were taught spending more money that we don't have is a sound policy for anyone attempting to reduce their debt. Wait, we killed Osama??? Nevermind, keep spending that flow Mr. President!

    May 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  139. b cuz of

    it is b cuz of u people that the USA has become what it is...a bunch of idiots fighting over politics when everyone in here should b thankful that Osama has been defeated...we r like kids in elementary..he started it..no he did...mine is better..no mine is....JUST SHUT UP AND B THANKFUL!! have a blessed day people.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  140. demigod89

    osama is dead...from information obtained through harsh but necessary means (thumbs up to bush). the CIA agents responsible were put through rough hearings and investigations but BUSH got them out.Obama should not be credited for this but the men and women of the U.S Armed forces and of course the ever spooky CIA. if these so called anti-torture morons never got in the way, then these beautiful news should have come earlier.....Am a Nigerian, majority of us love the republicans but hey, the president is the president.. God bless America, guide Nigeria and forsake Al queda

    May 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • sfi

      @demigod, you are a stupid Nigerian; I'm a Nigerian too, if the information was gotten by water boarding way back in 2003, what stopped its use until now? Everybody keeps under-estimating this guy, it was gutsy of him for even coming out to contest as a black, single american parent, first-term Senator, to had criticized the war dumb war when everyone was in support, to had proposed way back then to direct the military to act in any country if actionable intel had been gathered – which he now did. You are conveniently forgetting that Dubya showed no concern about OBL again he personally said; yes truly stupid!

      May 4, 2011 at 4:46 am |
  141. juliei4

    What a great movie this is going to make – I can't wait – it should be able to be out the early fall of 2012. Well done to all concern, most especially Navy Seals 6 and our president who made the decision despite would could have been a terrible political decision if it had gone bad. That's a leader – put your job on the line to do the right thing. (Hear that John Boehner?)

    May 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  142. V. C

    Great job Mr. President !!! Great job !!!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  143. Kenneth

    @Drew, May3.

    "Everything the President says or does is belittled? Cry me a river... President Bush was the most vilified human being of the last ten years, but that was okay because he was a "simple, redeck, warmonger, etc."

    Yes EVERYTHING and there is not a tear to be shed. President Bush should be vilified and it has nothing to do with him being a redneck. I don't know if he is or not. Warmonger ... Yes, simple ... Yes, which are two qualities that should never be a representation of the President of the United States. President Bush was led around by the nose by Dick Cheney and Karl Rove and did not appear to think through his actions or understand the consequences of said actions.

    "In today's political climate, the President (no matter who it is) will be unfairly characterized... Don't complain when it's happening to your guy, don't jump on the bandwagon when it's the other guy."

    This statement speaks more negatively about the political climate and not the office holder. We the people choose our elected officials and therefore the "political climate" is a result of our own misguided choices based on popularity contests. I for one do not jump on bandwagons and support our President. When President Bush chose to go after "the people who knocked down the towers" I supported him as my Commander-in-Chief, when President Bush decided to go after Saddam Hussein instead of completing the mission in Afghanistan I did not agree and spoke against that particular decision. As I said, everyone has a good idea sometimes however, NOTHING our current President does has the support of "some" people, which is acceptable and somewhat expected, but in all honesty the only reason that I can determine this lack of agreement exists is due to his race which equates to racism. President Obama IS my guy and I will support and defend him wholeheartedly, as I will do for OUR country. I may not agree with some of the things he does but the overall picture and long term goal of his administration appears positive. President Obama is thorough and thinks his actions through regardless of how some may perceive said actions. I believe he has the best interest of OUR country in mind and not a select few. THAT is why I support him not because he is MY guy but because he is OUR guy.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  144. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Kenneth; you go boy! I agree 100%! Keep up the good fight. Lisa; beautiful and you go girl! OBAMA 2012!

    May 5, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  145. sagin

    Cry America Cry! I feel very sorry for the haters and so-called birther republicans. You folks don't deserve this magnanimous leader. Please ship Mr. Obama off north of your border to Canada – the land of mutual respect and real multi-culturalism!. I honestly get amazed by the 'intellects' of the likes of Bachman, Glenn and most republicans. 20% of you still think this great and brilliant leader wasn't even born in USA? And that turkey look alike Trump dared question Obama's intellect? Go figure!

    May 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  146. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh, OK! So George H W Bush and William Jefferson Clinton should be credited with the catching and killing of Saddam Hussein then huh? Not 'Dubya', right? Get Real! Had McCain been president and this mission had been accomplished under his watch, just like it did, there wouldn't have been all of this stupid BS about who the credit should go to! McCAIN would have been a bigger 'hero'! Even had it been HILLARY CLINTON, she'd have gotten all the accolades; no question! You people are bigots, pure and simple!

    May 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
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