White House: Behind the scenes
May 2nd, 2011
09:32 PM ET
8 months ago

White House: Behind the scenes

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

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Filed under: Osama bin Laden • President Obama • White House
Sen. Feinstein: ‘bin Laden and his family could have lived there up to six years’
May 2nd, 2011
08:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Sen. Feinstein: ‘bin Laden and his family could have lived there up to six years’

Washington (CNN) – California Sen. Dianne Feinstein revealed Monday that Osama bin Laden and his family could have lived on a compound in Pakistan for up to six years.

Telling a group of reporters the Senate Intelligence committee has been briefed on bin Laden’s possible whereabouts for some time, she said, “The fact that it didn’t leak is really special and shows that each member is carrying out its duties.”
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Osama bin Laden • Pakistan
Obama hopes unifying pride carries over to political debate
May 2nd, 2011
08:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama hopes unifying pride carries over to political debate

Washington (CNN) - The national unity that emerged in reaction to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has frayed in recent years, but some of it reappeared with the news that U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama told a dinner for congressional leaders Monday night.

At the mention of the successful mission to eliminate bin Laden, Obama received a prolonged standing ovation from his dozens of White House guests who included Cabinet members and top senators and U.S. representatives from both parties.

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Filed under: Congress • President Obama
For one day, anyway, Republicans praise Obama
May 2nd, 2011
08:38 PM ET
4 years ago

For one day, anyway, Republicans praise Obama

Washington (CNN) - For one day at least, conservative voices united in grudging praise of President Barack Obama over the U.S. special forces operation that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

From House Speaker John Boehner to Republican Rep. Peter King of New York and, to a lesser degree, even radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, comments on the political right Monday avoided their usual criticism of Obama's leadership to focus on the president's decision to launch the successful mission that took out bin Laden.

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Filed under: Osama bin Laden • President Obama • Republicans
Ensign gives farewell speech
May 2nd, 2011
07:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Ensign gives farewell speech

Washington (CNN) – Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, gave his last Senate floor speech on Monday, addressing his “personal failures” and passing on some final words of wisdom to his Senate colleagues.

Speaking from the floor of the Senate chamber, Ensign admitted to getting “caught up in the hype.”
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President Obama to visit Ground Zero
Then presidential nominee Barack Obama visits Ground Zero on the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks September 11, 2008 in New York City.
May 2nd, 2011
07:11 PM ET
4 years ago

President Obama to visit Ground Zero

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will travel to New York City on Thursday to visit ground zero and meet with families of victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a senior White House official told CNN on Monday.


Filed under: New York • President Obama
Obama as juggler: Multi-tasking mold shapes today's presidency
May 2nd, 2011
05:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama as juggler: Multi-tasking mold shapes today's presidency

Washington (CNN) - On Saturday he was the comedian-in-chief, cracking jokes with reporters and celebrities at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

On Sunday he oversaw one of the riskiest special forces operations since Desert One, Jimmy Carter's ill-fated attempt to rescue the American hostages from Iran more than three decades ago.

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Obama’s poker face hides Osama mission
May 2nd, 2011
05:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama’s poker face hides Osama mission

Washington (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.

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Filed under: 9/11 • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
Treasury extends debt ceiling window to Aug. 2
May 2nd, 2011
05:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Treasury extends debt ceiling window to Aug. 2

New York (CNNMoney) – The fallout from lawmakers' delay on the debt ceiling is getting real.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Monday that he would start taking "extraordinary measures" this week to keep the country's debt below its legal limit.

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Filed under: Debt • Tim Geithner
Limbaugh: 'Thank God for President Obama'
May 2nd, 2011
03:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Limbaugh: 'Thank God for President Obama'

Washington (CNN)- Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh first heaped praise upon President Obama only to then qualify his remarks during his syndicated daily show Monday after saying, "Thank God for President Obama."

In a veiled critique, Limbaugh first praised Obama's role in the operation against Osama bin Laden, but later turned sarcastically critical.
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Filed under: Osama bin Laden • President Obama • Rush Limbaugh
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