Official: Obama to meet SEALs 'directly involved' in getting bin Laden
President Obama lays a wreath at Ground Zero Thursday
May 6th, 2011
12:16 PM ET

Official: Obama to meet SEALs 'directly involved' in getting bin Laden

From CNN's Brianna Keilar and Bonney Kapp

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A senior administration official tells CNN that when President Obama meets today with members of the special operations team that took part in the assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound— that  will include Navy SEALs “directly involved” in getting bin Laden.

The official couldn’t say if all of the SEALs involved would be there—but that dozens of them would be.

The White House is not revealing any details, the official said, because the identities of the individuals involved are classified, as is their specific unit.

The president will spend “a fair amount of time” with them, the official said, adding that while this is not a formal debriefing, they could share with him details of the operation, in addition to Mr. Obama using the time to thank them.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Name*

    USA wow!

    May 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  2. Jay in NC

    Now reports are saying that Barry knew that Osama was there from August 2010. What took him so long to take him down? Why now?

    May 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • stanitan

      To mess with you.

      May 9, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • jglenn91

      They knew about the place in August, but they did not know if it was Bin Laden. The news was reporting that, too. So get your information straight.

      May 9, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • dale

      Let me ask you this, "Why did Bush-Cheney blow it off for 8 yrs "Chasing Saddams old soldiers" ASK that Question??

      May 10, 2011 at 8:10 am |
      • Jay in NC

        The Iraq war started in March 2003. The U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement was signed on Dec, 2008. It established that U.S. combat forces would withdraw from Iraqi by June 2009. Therefor the Iraq war lasted 5 years during President Bush's 8 years of service. The real question is, why, is Barry still in Iraq? Still killing people, still looking for WMDs, two years after we had agreed to end the war.

        May 10, 2011 at 8:52 am |
      • XWngLady

        @Jay in NC: Are you really that narrow? uninformed?.... I guess a total degeneration of Iraq into a sectarian war, which would invariably pull the Iranians into the mix in Iraq, would be ok with you?....And you're complaining about gas prices now?

        May 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • XWngLady

      Barry?....I bet you disrespect your boss and every other authority figure in your life like that too.

      May 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  3. george

    President Bush should have been there. Obama would not even had gon into afganistan in the first place.
    What injustice.

    May 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • jglenn91

      Bush didn't want to go to ground zero, did he? So, why invite him to that? Obama did say he would have went into Afghanistan, but not Iraq. Get your information straight. And lastly Bush does not have security clearance to be in that room.

      May 9, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  4. libvet

    george, your an idiot, Bush took our eye off the ball and went into Iraq. He could have had him if he would have done his job instead of what the cronies from his father's admin wanted him to do.

    May 9, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  5. Tonlok

    Wow, great article...

    President meeting with team that killed OBL, we can't mention the names of the people, their unit in the SEALS, when it will happen or even if all the SEALS will be present.

    Why even report this? Slow news week..

    May 10, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  6. aelarsen76

    great job.....seals always do the dirty work....because they are so good....thank you

    May 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  7. willard

    Im reallly feeling sad that why seal navy was killed to bin laden but ithink best if seal navy would like catched to him bring to justice court so I saw cnn news last week that presdient obama make act funny slaughter talked with fort cmpbell kentucky

    May 11, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  8. willard

    About bin laden

    May 11, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  9. Vicki Bryant

    LINK TV aired a documentary that showed that right after 9/11 when Bin Laden was in Bora Bora, the US let him and several hundred of his colleagues escape into Pakistan. Therefore, the US has known his whereabouts for the past 10 years. What the US and Pakistan say in public surely contrasts with whatever private arrangements the two countries have. I don't believe anything the US government says about anything – not since the murder of JFK when they got away with it. Whatever they say, you can be sure the opposite is the case.

    May 11, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  10. Zeinul abidin

    Obama is steel a live.. I blieve that ..and 4 da us prsdnt he is coward..indeed he is like women..crtng false illusion ...he is jst lkng 4 a cmpgn dat s da fact

    May 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  11. Pebbles

    Bush turned his opponents over for trial. The current prez gives 'shoot to kill' orders. It's a sad day when Americans are expected to cheer an assassination.

    May 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm |