‘The Bin Laden Freakout’

Andrew Sullivan: I can see no problem with the ad run by Obama on his extraordinarily ballsy decision to choose the riskiest path to get bin Laden and all the intelligence his compound contained ….. If Bush had done it, he would have jumped out of a helicopter in a jump-suit with fireworks. And it is simply true that both George W. Bush and Mitt Romney downplayed the importance of finding and bringing Osama bin Laden to justice….

….. And this was a key issue in the 2008 election …. this was a hugely successful policy opposed by McCain, opposed by Bush and opposed by Romney. No wonder they’re so upset at reality. It’s the same reaction they have when it becomes clear that Osama bin Laden was captured and killed by a president smart enough not to deploy torture, years after a bunch of thugs took over US intelligence on the orders of the panicked incompetent, Dick Cheney.

And one thing about John McCain. He actually said: “And, you know the thing about heroes, they don’t brag.” For his entire political career, McCain has done nothing but brag about his own military service, milking every last, disgusting drop for his own interests, making it the center-piece of his campaign. And he didn’t kill anyone – just crashed his plane…..

More here


Jon Meacham: Republicans are – forgive the cliché – shocked, shocked to discover that a presidential contender is “politicizing” an important national event. In this sense, “politicizing” might be best translated as “beating us up and we don’t have anything much to say to stop it.” The ad itself raises intriguing, substantive, legitimate questions – and the ferocious, sputtering Republican reaction is proof positive that they know it, or at least suspect it.

More here


Michael Tomasky: It couldn’t be more hilarious, watching these Republicans rend their garments over the Obama administration’s bin Laden video. Imaging the paroxysms we’d have been forced to endure if George W. Bush had iced the dreaded one is all we need to do to understand how hypocritical it all is. But what obviously gets under Republicans’ skin is not the fact of this video’s existence, but the fact that Barack Obama got him and they didn’t, which destroys their assumption of the past decade that they are “the 9/11 party.” And more than that – and this is the real story here – it’s the fact that the Democrats don’t appear to be afraid of the Republicans anymore. That, to Republicans, is what’s truly unacceptable.

More here

165 Responses to “‘The Bin Laden Freakout’”

  1. 1 ourmanflint
    May 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    man what up

  2. 6 LunarSea
    May 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    hey hey

  3. 7 ourmanflint
    May 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Chips, I am almost out of breath trying to stay with you

  4. 8 LunarSea
    May 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    came on at the rightmoment i see. congrats ourmanflint. as 1st you get to bring the snacks

  5. 10 LunarSea
    May 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    now to see how much i can catch up on in 10 mins.

    have a great day all

  6. 11 Cheryllou
    May 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Did you guys see this
    Tell Mitt Romney: Bring your offshore accounts back to the USA

    • 12 Ladyhawke
      May 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Wow, that’s going to leave a mark. Exactly how does Mitt Romney explain that away. He must have known this was coming. It will be interesting to see how they try to make having Swiss Bank Accounts no big deal. It won’t pass the laugh test.

    • 13 Liberal Librarian
      May 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Don’t tin-pot politicians from corrupt countries have overseas bank accounts? Who’s ever heard of someone running for US President stashing away his loot in the Caymans and Switzerland?

    • 14 utaustinliberal
      May 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      That’s gonna burn. Definitely going to leave a mark on Romney. Ha!

    • 15 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      So, let’s get the word out ….

      More soon ….


      • 16 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        May 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

        Making requests ..

        And more …


        • 17 Mel
          May 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

          Keep it going Bobfr you are terrific, and by the way Andrew Sullivan is SPOT ON just great, Foreign Policy
          is very important for our Country the GOP have NOTHING on FP and the GPO used OBL while he was hinding
          to scare SHIT of all of us, John MCsane is a complete disgrace’ he is no Fucking hero he is fucking coward. and
          so is Mitt Romney. And MItt yes bring your fucking millions back to the U-S-A if you do not then Mitt you are
          AnAmerican asshole.

        • 18 GGail
          May 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm

          Genius Bobfr – Genius!
          Keep up the good work 🙂

  7. 19 amk for obama
    May 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    “it’s the fact that the Democrats don’t appear to be afraid of the Republicans anymore.”

    Yup.dems aren’t afraidycats any more.

    Loved the sully piece. Glad that sanity is returning. At least to blogs. msm scums won’t do it and move on to the next rethug pushed poutrage next week.

  8. May 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Oh, dear. OFA releases graphic on Mitten’s offshore accounts:



  9. 26 LunarSea
    May 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    @ourmanflint I must be confused. Is it 5th that brings the snacks after 1st decides what the snacks will be?

    My bad 😆

  10. 28 FoxfireTX
    May 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I am reposting this from an earlier thread. It is an important, serious piece on the distinction between PBO’s pragmatic approach to Islam–particularly given the changes in the last year–versus the Repub view of the “war on terror” which would be endless. It highlights a major difference in mindset between PBO’s administration and what we could expect from another GOP president.

    Bin Laden’s Failure: How Islamists and the U.S. Ended His War With the West
    In halting the global war on terror and engaging with Islamist political parties, Obama has helped create a world that the terrorist leader would hardly recognize.

    Obama’s reorientation of strategy was simply an acknowledgement that there was really only one Islamist group that attacked the United States directly: al-Qaida. As I wrote back during the 2008 campaign, urging then-candidate Obama to abandon the GWOT: “Bush has gradually expanded his definition of the war on terror to include all Islamic ‘extremists’–among them Hezbollah, Hamas, and other radical political groups that have no ties to al-Qaida, ideological or otherwise. In doing so the president has plainly condemned us to a permanent war, for the simple reason that we will never be rid of all the terrorists. It is also a war that we will wage by ourselves, since no other nation agrees on such a broadly defined enemy. As Princeton scholar G. John Ikenberry has written, ‘It is perhaps a paradox–and one that is fitting for the strangeness of our current age–that we will need to end the war against terrorism because we cannot end terrorism.’”


    • 29 Liberal Librarian
      May 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Yeah, who could’ve guessed that if you talked with people who hold differing opinions, and treat their concerns with respect, that you could have a meeting of the minds.

  11. 30 isonprize
    May 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    The ‘bin Laden freakout’ is FAKE, FAKE, FAKE outrage.

    This line sums it up for me. 😆 😆 😆 If Bush had done it, he would have jumped out of a helicopter in a jump-suit with fireworks.

  12. 31 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Where’s mah President?

  13. May 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Chips, you are rocking it.

  14. 40 collegekay
    May 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    can someone please tell me where pbo is?

  15. 44 Bill R.
    May 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Our President is not only a great leader but also a political genius. The GOP/Romney “hair on fire” reaction has all Americans reminded of what happened a year ago and who is the President that made it happen and who is the lame candidate that is on record opposing it. And in the sae moment today we are all getting a reminder that Romney’s “patriotism” doesn’t extend to his personal finances and paying taxes as he invests his money all over the world in tax shelters in the Cayman Islands and Swiss Bank accts., but doesn’t invest in America. He is the perfect icon of the 1% . http://www.barackobama.com/mitt-romney-offshore-accounts/

  16. 45 amk for obama
    May 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    This guy is rocking the social media. Suck on it msm.

  17. 47 debbyeOh
    May 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I suck at Twitter! 😦 There are so many things I want to comment on, but.I’m not sure how to get topics started. Maybe Google has some instructions, I’m gonna check to see if Mr Google can help me on this.

    • 48 mtmarilyn
      May 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      All I do is retweet the ones I agree with. I also go to all the links people provide here at TOD and tweet them. You don’t have to be great at verse, I leave it to people like Bobfr and UT and all the others. Retweeting is the best!

  18. 49 Linda
    May 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Heidi Heitkamp-D, candidate for Senate in North Dakota was on Jennifer Granholm’s show last night….

    I hope the party has not endorsed her….she is anti-PBO.

    She tried to say that the keystone pipeline is good for the country and she said that PBO will NOT WIN in North Dakota…….nobody likes him.

    • 50 collegekay
      May 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Two questions: Why is she a Democrat? And, if nobody in North Dakota likes PBO then why is there an OFA there?

      All in all, she needs to have a seat.

      • 51 sherijr
        May 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

        OFA is in the Eastern part of the state.. Fargo.. college students, et al are where the Democrats live. Here on the east end of ND it is Tea Party central. We did have an OFA office here in Williston in 2008 where the oil boom is now raging.. but thus far no OFA. I was the ONLY person who went out weekly w/ the one staffer to knock on doors.. he and I literally covered this entire town by ourselves. With that said the eastern end of the state is Pro-Obama more than not.

    • 54 Bill R.
      May 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Heitkamp is not the kind of Dem we want to win, but she is leading in ND and. a blue dog Dem is a lot better than a teabagger Repug, especially if the GOP wins a majority. PBO will be happy for her to win there. In a red state like ND it’s probably what a Dem needs to do in order to win.

      • 55 collegekay
        May 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        that’s true!

      • 56 Lorraine
        May 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

        “a blue dog Dem is a lot better than a teabagger Repug,”

        THANK YOU!!!!! Tell the whole truth! I will except someone who agrees with me 75% of the time that the Party of NO!

      • 57 sherijr
        May 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm

        that is true Bill.. no one more liberal will get elected here – not in this atmosphere at this time.

      • 58 daiseymay1
        May 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm

        Bill R you are so right. It will take some Blue Dogs to make Nanct Pelosi Madame Speaker again. Whatever it takes to regain cntl of the house.

    • 59 sherijr
      May 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      I initially followed Heidi Heitkamp because she was endorsed by democrats… then I read her website (I live in ND) and NO Where does she say she’s a Democrat.. I was going to email her and lambast her for this BS.. then decided I could care less.. I am moving from this state before the election.. and these rightwing tea party kooks in ND deserve what they get. She IS right about one thing.. POTUS won’t win this state, it is so rabid rightwing anymore.. full of creationists, climate change deniers and folks who refer to dems as “baby killers”. Its a crap state thats going through a major oil boom, and is beholding to big oil on a massive scale.

      • 60 Linda
        May 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        She said there is zero unemployment there and they have jobs they cannot fill.

        • 61 sherijr
          May 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm

          I don’t know if it’s zero unemployment, but it is the lowest in the country.. and the town I’m living in – Williston is the top city/town for jobs in the country. We went from 12000 people to 30000 people in two years.. and thus we have no where for folks to live.. people are literally living in campers and cars, kids going to school with no address. So the oil boom has been very good for the economy here.. but from what I’ve learned.. it s been even better for the oil companies.. they don’t pay taxes to the state or the city. If she doesn’t support Pres Obama.. I don’t support her. period.

        • 62 itgurl_29
          May 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

          Oh, well. This is what happens when you think higher education is for snobs. You’ve got a town full of idiots with no skills. I don’t feel sorry for them at all. Let all the educated immigrants go there and “take their jobs”.

          • 63 itgurl_29
            May 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm

            Edited to say, I thought she meant there was high employment but lots of jobs with no one to work them. But still, screw her. I don’t like anyone talking about POTUS like that.

      • 64 Pamela
        May 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        Oh, I made a small donation to her campaign a while back, thinking she is/was a Dem, of course I get daily emails now, with updates and requests for more money. Is it a good idea to keep donating to her, is she likely to be a turncoat type?

        • 65 sherijr
          May 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm

          I donated to her also when I first thought she was a democrat. I don’t know the answer to your question though Pamela.. apparently she was on tv today NOT supporting POTUS and pushing for the pipeline.. that makes her pretty much a republican in my eyes. On the otherhand in one of the emails I got from her last week, she wrote that she supports the Violence against Women Act. So theres that. I do agree with Bill that she may well be at this time the closest thing to a dem we’ll get in ND.

  19. May 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Frank Schaeffer must have been scheduled to be on Bashir today, but he tweets that msnbc is doing a “breaking story” today and that he will be on Bashir again soon. Wonder what that’s about.

  20. 74 Andy46
    May 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD
    Lol, I can’t stop watching President Obama Slow Jam the news *now at over 5 million views on YT.

    Chipsticks special request, if possible could you please post the first interview President Obama’s did with 60 Minutes right after he announcing the death of Osama.

  21. 75 Liberal Librarian
    May 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    More in the “Obama is doomed” category:

    President Obama still leads with 320 electoral votes and Mitt Romney garners 218 electoral votes in the most recent Electoral College Map projection. The projection is made using the most recent polls linked below, while also giving some consideration to the historical trends of each state. Special emphasis is given to how the state voted in 2008. The most recent projection has President Obama winning by a large margin even giving Romney the states of Virginia and North Carolina based on the most recent Rasmussen Reports polls from those states. Fox News polls have President Obama ahead in the key states of Ohio and Florida. President Obama polls ahead of Romney in the most recent Arizona poll, but Romney is still given the state based on history and the 2008 results there.

    Story and map here: http://www.examiner.com/article/an-updated-look-at-the-2012-electoral-college-map-with-polls-4

  22. 76 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    You guys are freakingme out. These breaking story rumors are making my stomach upset.

  23. May 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Gun control, money for education——Bloomburg’s top priorities told to Willard during their mtg. today. Reported there was no agreements——Willard is not fond of gun control or money for education——mtg. was a bust. No endorsement from Bloomburg, not surprisingly.

  24. 80 Liberal Librarian
    May 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    While we’re waiting for the “breaking news”, a bit of news from across the Pond.

    Rupert Murdoch is unfit to run a major international company, British lawmakers said on Tuesday, finding him responsible for a culture of illegal phone hacking that has convulsed his News Corporation media empire.

    Pulling few punches, members of the House of Common listed failings of the 81-year-old News Corp chief, his son James and a company they said had showed “willful blindness” about the scale of hacking that existed at the company’s News of the World tabloid.

    Story here: http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/01/11481154-rupert-murdoch-not-a-fit-person-to-run-major-firm-uk-lawmakers-say?lite

  25. 81 aristac
    May 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Sending a prayer out to PBO and his administration in case anyone of this ‘breaking news’ stuff is true.

  26. May 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

  27. May 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    All I saw was the May Day actions of Occupy the Media. Nothing involving the White House.

  28. May 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm

  29. May 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Hear Hear!!

    I pondered posting about the “non-issues” the GOP try to spin into issues, e.g. Working Moms. It makes “my stomach upset” too.

    What fascinates me is the spin. The spin is about deflecting the REAL issues:
    1) Failure of a GOP ruled House to pass tax cuts
    2) Partisanship vs Bi-Partisanship
    3) Blaming the economy on Obama (huh???)
    4) John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell, Allen West & so many more
    rotten apples in the Party of NO.

    Obama camp should crow about Osama Bin Laden. After all, it really was a “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” operation NOT a
    Photo Op.

  30. 86 Liberal Librarian
    May 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Ok, should I be freaked out that Twitter is overcapacity?

    • 87 aristac
      May 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      so its not just me

    • 88 utaustinliberal
      May 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Haha. Happened to me too. Also what’s up with news reports of PBO’s advisors being pulled out of official duty and having urgent meetings with PBO and freaking conflicting reports from various news agencies that PBO is in Afghanistan? And Frank Schaeffer having to reschedule his appearance on Martin Bashir due to upcoming BREAKING NEWS? Hmmmm…….I smell something in the water……or not. Who the heck knows. I guess we’ll see when we see.

  31. 90 57andfemale
    May 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    What is missing from this discussion is that Bush/Cheney/Condi had shut down the intelligence unit to get bin Laden. They focused on Iraq only in a conventional military sense and did nothing to respond substantively to the change in threats of the 21st century. One of PBO’s first moves was to reinstate that unit and focus not just on bin Laden but on al Qaeda (and I assume other terrorist threats) and focus a 21st century response.

    It was not about the intelligence just falling in his lap and any idiot — even a Democratic president — would have ordered the action. It was a direct result of President Barack Obama’s substantive, intelligent reorganization of the gathering of this information that led to his actions against al Qaeda and bin Laden.


    The Bush administration was a failure on national security, squandering trillions on a war built on lies.

    Ya wanna talk about politicization? What about destroying Valerie Plame’s intelligence unit in order to get back at one critic?


  32. May 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Relax everyone, PBO is safe and secure and so is the country. Trust me, ther ewould be breaking news if something earth shatterin was going on. The folks in DC can’t hold water, let alone some top level stuff. Ol’ Anonymous would be at the ready to slip an unauthorized blurb or two. Besides, I know where PBO is and I ain’t telling, but I had to get out my naughty mat.

    • 93 Liberal Librarian
      May 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      As John Cleese would say, “You naughty person”.

    • May 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      What? He’s wet in the rain? bare chested on the beach? I’m trying to figure out if you really do have inside info and if so, where he could be that would force you to have to ask for a naughty mat.

  33. May 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Twitter is down.
    Something is technically wrong.

  34. 97 amk for obama
    May 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    shorter mittbot – Obama cannot run on his real record. I, otoh, can run my imaginary record of “If I were the president, …”.

  35. 98 amk for obama
    May 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    france’s wingnut marine le pan sez FU to sarks boy. Love it.

  36. May 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    The Blaze notes that it is not out of character for the White House to deny the President is on an unofficial visit to Afghanistan to decrease potential security threats.

    “It’s entirely possible that Obama is not in Afghanistan. Or, perhaps he is and security concerns have created a scenario under which government officials are avoiding the truth to ensure his protection.”

    h/t The Blaze

  37. May 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Haha—P.M. Carpenter—–The preezy of the United Steezy is making (that fool) Milbank queasy—–(Dana got his Repub talking points memo, was happy to oblige, big pat on the back from Willard—-maybe a little something extra for his trouble)

  38. May 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Willard Mitt was leaving a NYCity pizza joint with 3 pizzas and someone yelled, “Just don’t put them on the roof of your car!”

    • 107 collegekay
      May 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm


    • May 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Magnificent!!!!!!!!!!! 😆

    • 109 Eleroy
      May 2, 2012 at 12:04 am

      Willard just seems to copy EVERYTHING President Obama does!!! Does Mitt Romney not have any original ideas of his own???
      And Ann so desperately wants to be like Mrs Obama. Notice how Anne has gone from frizzy hair and frumpy clothes to dressing up in fat gold wrist watches (ugh!!!) and trying too hard!!! LOL!!!

  39. 110 Tally
    May 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm

  40. 112 FoxfireTX
    May 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    If I had to guess I suspect it relates to the Chinese dissident hanging out in the US Embassy. I would think the admin would want to get this cleaned up ASAP so as not to have it be the entire focus of Hillary’s trip given that she had a full agenda.

    • May 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Just skimming the internet news, and I’m curious as to what kind of “breaking” news story is announced hours before it’s supposed to be covered?

    • 114 Lorraine
      May 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      That’s not BREAKING NEWS; we already know he is there and Secretary Clinton can protect herself and Secretary Geithner.

  41. 115 FoxfireTX
    May 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    OK, I have the sound off but MSNBC just put up photos of Romney carrying pizza into one of the fire stations in NYC. Please tell me what he had to do with either 9/11 or catching BinLaden? And given his support of Ryan’s budget those firefighters might well find themselves out of work in a Romney administration with less money going to the states. This is the man I find despicable.

  42. 118 utaustinliberal
    May 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm

  43. 119 Bill R.
    May 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    A guess: PBO is in Afghanistan. Will sign security agreement with Karzai (just negotiated) ending U.S. combat involvement in Afghanistan in 2014. Agreement signed on anniversary of OBL’s execution. OBL gone, Afghans take over Afghanistan. American troops come home soon. President Obama campaign promise achieved.

  44. 120 Esmerelda
    May 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Still no news on the breaking news? Afghanistan, Chinese dissident..Syria?

  45. 121 AJ
    May 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Why is Twitter suggesting I follow Reince Priebus??

    • 122 utaustinliberal
      May 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Because they felt you might be in the mood to read the tweets of a mentally deranged individual.

      • 123 AJ
        May 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm

        Geesh…I had no idea following Albert Brooks and Kevin Pollack would put me in that kind of Twitter demographic….! 😉

      • 124 Lorraine
        May 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm

        LOL! And he is an outright liar! I wish so called journalist would start telling the truth about the right-wingers and their blatant lies about everything!

    • May 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      😆 Tell Twitter to beep off.

  46. 126 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Can anyone tell me what that heckler was saying in the Robney/Juliani pimp conference?

  47. 129 Ladyhawke
    May 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I just saw the tail end of a segment with Tamon Hall where she was interviewing Chuck Todd and Michael Smerconish. Chuck Todd made the point that Romney had moderated his tone a bit in the interview on CBS and the press conference with Rudy G. Apparently, the Romney campaign realizes they stepped in it with the wisecrack about President Carter. And I am beginning to think they realize they fell into the trap that PBO set for them. I think they would rather be talking about something else now. Their poutrage has only brought more attention to the difficult decision that President Obama had to make. Everybody is talking about it. And surprisingly, a lot of commentators are saying that President Obama has every right to let the American people know what he did. Everybody understands this is just sour grapes for the GOP.

  48. 130 Jewelz
    May 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    My dear fellow TODs: I know where President Obama is my friends. I know where he is but cannot reveal anything right now. But I want you to know that no matter what, I will follow him to the gates of paradise. Oh, another thing, please don’t tell Michelle about this breaking news.

  49. 131 Ladyhawke
    May 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm


    For Mitt Romney to pooh pooh the difficult decisions that President Obama made about the OBL raid as something anybody would have done is disingenuous and insulting. He already made a fool of himself by disrespecting President Carter. Romney is displaying arrogance and a total lack of knowledge about the facts. He doesn’t look very presidential. VP Biden was right. Romey has no substance and no consistency.

    Romney Claims That ‘Any Thinking American’ Would Have Ordered Bin Laden Raid


    Apparently some of Obama’s top advisers don’t fit into the “thinking American” category. Vice President Joe Biden said in January that he advised the president against the raid. “Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go. We have to do two more things to see if he’s there,’” Biden recalled. Biden added that “every single person in the room” expressed reservations about going forward with the raid, “except Leon Panetta.”
    It seems that Romney hasn’t been paying much attention to reports on the bin Laden raid. In fact, U.S. intelligence had not “identified” bin Laden, as Romney claimed. “My worry was the level of uncertainty about whether bin Laden was even in the compound,” Gates said in an interview with 60 Minutes. “There wasn`t any direct evidence that he was there. It was all circumstantial.”



  50. 132 Ladyhawke
    May 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Martin Bashir Show is reporting that President Obama is indeed in Afghanistan.

  51. May 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Martin Bashir is reporting that PBO IS in Afghanistan.

  52. 135 Don
    May 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    He’s in Afghanistan!!

  53. 137 Don
    May 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    President Obama will make a statement tonight at 7 p.m.

  54. 138 Ladyhawke
    May 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    President Obama is there to sign the strategic partnership agreement. He will speak to the nation later today.

  55. 139 lamh35
    May 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    OT: President Obama in Afghanistan for surprise trip.

    Stepping all over Mittens! No talking bad about POTUS overseas right????

  56. 140 Cheryllou
    May 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Good for President Obama.

  57. 141 collegekay
    May 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I knew it!

  58. 143 Liberal Librarian
    May 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    As PBO is wont to say, good policy makes good politics. And he is treating Mittens to a master class at what being President is.

    • 144 FoxfireTX
      May 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      I LOVE it! While Mitt and pundits here try to make hay over the OFA ad we have photos on our screens of AF1 on the tarmac in Afghanistan. Mitt is not in the same league.

    • 145 Don
      May 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      How dare you make disparaging remarks about Mitt Romney, you don’t criticize Mitt when he’s in New York delivering pizzas.

      • 146 Liberal Librarian
        May 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

        I wonder if Mittens delivered REAL NY pizza to the firemen, or his buddy’s pizza from Papa John’s?

    • May 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      I tell you this guy is a jedi master. I saw the leaked tweet but it was quickly shut down. Poor Romney. he was left prancing around a firehouse in NC w/ “A Noun, a Verb & 9-11” while the President commands a bigger global stage. Romney just fell headlong into PBO’s trap. It is so delicious.

  59. 148 GGail
    May 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    President Obama just landed in Afghanistan.

  60. 149 Don
    May 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    How the hell do you go to Afghanistan on the anniversary of you ordering bin laden’s dirt nap?

  61. 150 Ladyhawke
    May 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    It took 20 months to reach the agreement. The administration wanted it to be signed on Afghanistan soil. Draws and outlines of the relation between the United States and Afghanistan after 2014. They wanted this to take place before the NATO Summit. President Obama will speak to the troops and the nation at 7:30 p.m. tonight. (I can’t breathe, my stomach is in knots.)

  62. 152 Bill R.
    May 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I was right! (see upstream) PBO in Afghanistan to sign security pact with Karzai, thus ending U.S. combat operations in 2014. Important symbolism that it’s done on anniversary of OBL death. The real mission was OBL and Al Qaeda. And the real mission is accomplished by the real president. Suck on that one, Wingnuts!

  63. 153 donna dem 4 obama
    May 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I am really pissed at those “news” stations that leaked that he was in Afghanistan. That stuff should NEVER be leaked. His security is always at risk when he makes these types of visits. Which is why it is NEVER announced until he has safely arrived.

    Stupid, Dumb Media!!!!!!!!!!

  64. 154 hopefruit2
    May 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

  65. 159 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    My President will speak to us at 7:30. He is a masterful politician. Meh meh should sit down & listen.

  66. 160 Cheryllou
    May 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Chuck Todd sprouting his,”I don’t know what is in the agreement.”

  67. 161 itgurl_29
    May 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    TOD twitter family, please take the time out to report this person to @secretservice on twitter


  68. 163 57andfemale
    May 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    The President is in Afghanistan. COnfirmed.

  69. 165 nospin
    May 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    So Jovie was right.

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