Obama defends global leadership at Air Force Academy
May 23rd, 2012
05:10 PM ET

Obama defends global leadership at Air Force Academy

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) - President Barack Obama delivered a strong defense of his international leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Wednesday, telling graduating cadets they'll be building on "new era of American leadership."

Obama told the incoming corps of second lieutenants they are stepping into "a different world" than the one the United States faced when they entered the academy in 2008.

"Four years ago, you arrived here at a time of extraordinary challenge for our nation. Our forces were engaged in two wars. Al Qaeda, which had attacked us on 9/11, was entrenched in their safe havens," he said. "Many of our alliances were strained, and our standing in the world had suffered."

POTUS's staying in the house today
May 1st, 2012
07:40 AM ET

POTUS's staying in the house today

There is nothing public on the president's public schedule today.  He and the vice president will receive the PDB this morning.  Then President Obama will meet with some of his senior staff.  Vice President Biden will return in the afternoon for a meeting the Sec of Defense Leon Panetta.   All of these meeting are closed press.  We are waiting to see if the administration will mark the  first anniversary of the death of OBL in any way.

Full Schedule after the jump


Romney: 'Even Jimmy Carter' would have ordered bin Laden attack
April 30th, 2012
04:53 PM ET

Romney: 'Even Jimmy Carter' would have ordered bin Laden attack

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Monday appeared to call out Mitt Romney over what he said about going after Osama bin Laden on the campaign trail four years ago, as opposed to on the eve of the first anniversary of the raid that killed the terrorist leader.

Asked about Romney's comments earlier in the day that the decision to go after bin Laden was a clear one and that "even Jimmy Carter would" have made the call, Obama referred to a difference between what Romney said during his 2008 presidential campaign and on the eve of the first anniversary of the attack.


May 19th, 2011
02:09 PM ET

Obama announces new 'chapter in American diplomacy'

By CNN's Alan Silverleib

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The United States will support efforts for reform across the Middle East and North Africa, including "transitions toward democracy," President Barack Obama said Thursday

In a speech at the U.S. State Department laying out his policies toward the region, the president said he is marking "a new chapter in American diplomacy."

He pointed to recent popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, and elsewhere. "The events of the past six months show us that strategies of oppression and strategies of diversion will not work anymore," Obama said.

People in parts of the region "have seized control of their own destiny," he said.

Topics: Egypt • Libya • Middle East • Osama Bin Laden • President Obama • The News
Obama: Fight on terror goes on
May 18th, 2011
04:25 PM ET

Obama: Fight on terror goes on

NEW LONDON, Connecticut (CNN) - President Barack Obama reiterated his administration's warning Wednesday that Osama bin Laden's death does not mean an end to the U.S. war against al Qaeda and other extremist organizations, telling a group of graduating U.S. Coast Guard cadets that "the hard work of protecting our country ... goes on."

The "terrorist leader who attacked America on 9/11 will never threaten America again," Obama said. "We will never waver in the defense of this country we love."

The president made his remarks during the 130th commencement for the Coast Guard Academy. Obama's speech was his third to a service academy graduating class since becoming commander in chief.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano joined the president for the occasion.

"Our American journey has always been propelled by a spirit and strength that sets us apart," Obama said. "When tough times inevitably come ... we remember our moral compass (and recall) that we're all in this together."

He said, "Here in America anything is possible. We each do our part, knowing that we have navigated rough seas before and will do so again."

White House takes issue with Bin Laden family
Jay Carney is one of many administration officials who have defended the raid on Bin Laden's compound
May 11th, 2011
02:18 PM ET

White House takes issue with Bin Laden family

Washington (CNN) - The White House pushed back Wednesday against allegations by family members of Osama bin Laden, who said the raid by Navy SEALs, in which the terrorist leader was killed, “blatantly violated” international law.

“We feel very strongly that the successful mission against a mass murderer of Americans and people across the world, was entirely justified,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday when pressed on the matter at the daily press briefing.

In a statement provided to the New York Times on Tuesday, Omar bin Laden, and other children of Osama bin Laden, said the lack of a body, or photographic or video evidence of his death, led them to question whether their father had been killed in the May 2, operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

May 10th, 2011
10:26 PM ET

Obama touts Osama killing at Texas fundraiser

EL PASO, Texas (CNN) - On his first campaign stop since U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden, President Obama told some 750 supporters at a fundraiser  in Austin, Texas that bin Laden is no longer a threat.

"Because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation’s uniform and the outstanding work of our intelligence agencies, Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States of America."

During his remarks someone in the audience shouted: "thank you for getting bin Laden."

Mr. Obama said the successful operation should "inspire us to finish what we started."


Obama: Justice is done
President Obama with General Jim "Hoss" Cartwright and Assistant Secretary for Veteran's Affairs Tammy Duckworth cheer on cyclists from Soldier Ride at the White House Wednesday.
May 4th, 2011
05:55 PM ET

Obama: Justice is done

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just days after the United States’ dramatic, secret raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, President Obama told a gathering of more than 500 military men and women that "America will ensure that justice is done."

On the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday, service members from each branch of the military gathered to kick off the annual wounded warriors cycling ride. The president thanked them for their service, noting that the nation has been at war for nearly 10 years and acknowledged the bravery of the special operations team that killed Osama bin Laden.

"[T]hanks to the courage and precision of our forces - the terrorist who started this war and who took so many innocent lives learned that America does not forget." FULL POST

Topics: Afghanistan • Iraq • Osama Bin Laden • President Obama • The News
Weekly poll....
Two young local boys play with pieces of a downed U.S. Blackhawk Helicopter next to the compound that once was the home of Osama bin Laden on May 3, 2011
May 4th, 2011
11:42 AM ET

Weekly poll....

Topics: Osama Bin Laden • Poll • White House
May 3rd, 2011
02:34 PM ET

What DOD says happened at the OBL compound

DOD narrative of events at the Osama Bin Laden Compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan as read by WH Press Secretary Jay Carney in White House briefing:

On orders of the President, a small U.S. team assaulted a secure compound in an affluent suburb of Islamabad to capture or kill Osama bin Laden.

The raid was conducted with U.S. military personnel assaulting on two helicopters. The team methodically cleared the compound moving from room to room in an operation lasting nearly 40 minutes. They were engaged in a firefight throughout the operation and Osama Bin Laden was killed by the assaulting force.

In addition to the bin Laden family, two other families resided in the compound:  one family on the first floor of the bin Laden building and one family in a second building.  One team began the operation on the first floor of the bin Laden house and worked their way to the third floor; a second team cleared the separate building.