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
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Tired of the nonsense

    Barack Obama is a very good president. He played this perfectly, professionally and decisively. I love having a competent, capable president in the White House these days.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 2, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. gt

    wow ... now thats multi tasking....

    May 2, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. neptonomist sentry

    Yeah, no other president in history was able to do more than one thing. He really is the best of ever.

    May 2, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. edog

    is this what they meant by being able to chew gum and walk at the same time? When are people going to finally give this President credit!

    May 2, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Very proud of all of those involved. I am very proud to be a President Obama supporter

    May 2, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    He will go down as one of the greatest Presidents this nation has seen. Bravo, President Obama.

    May 2, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Hoo J. Cheung, M.D., FACM

    Salute to our President and the soldiers who had so successfully carried out this mission. Again, with all our hearts and soul, I hope this is a slight comfort to the families who lost their love ones on 9/11.
    Again, a Salute to all of You.,

    May 2, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    God bless the United States of America. And: way to go President Obama!

    May 2, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Debbie Hemingway

    Thank you Mr. President, as always I'm proud to be an American. We can never know what you must have gone through those 40 minutes, worrying about the navy seals. Yes you are "gusty" and truly care about this country. Let the haters be who they are; petty and afraid. Continued to do what the American people need you to do. Again thanks for all you've done for our country, President and Commander In Chief.

    May 2, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    maybe had the POTUS come out last night and said how PROUD he was of himself like Donald Trump did, the far right would have something really to blast him on. Nevertheless they still seek things to discredit this president at all cost. I think after this though their crying and complaining is going to fall more on death ears and the GOP had better start seeking a more serious candidate to take him on in 2012.

    May 2, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    He's the one in 2012. We need him to continue and not interrupt the progress made to date with a bunch that wants to destroy our country for their corporate contributors.

    May 2, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. Scott S.

    See, that's why I couldn't be President. I can't do all that, lol.

    May 2, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    It's called "chewing gum and walking at the same time" – even thought many from the RIGHT thought he was just "chewing gum!"

    I am proud of our President and I will continue to look at the BIG PICTURE instead of trying to see through a "long tunnel"....

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    May 2, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. Indiana Voter

    It is easier for the Obama to fight this war than it was for Bush. Bushes enemies in the war on terror were the democrats and the terrorists. Obama's enemies on the war on terror are just terrorists. It is a good thing that Obama had Republicans backing him on his decisions to beef up the Afghan war! The only time a Democrat rejoices in war time is when it benefits them politically.

    May 2, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. Indiana Voter

    It is easier for Obama to fight this war than it was for Bush. Bush's enemies in the war on terror were the democrats and the terrorists. Obama's enemies on the war on terror are just terrorists. It is a good thing that Obama had Republicans backing him on his decisions to beef up the Afghan war! The only time a Democrat rejoices in war time is when it benefits them politically.

    May 2, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. ABM

    This was why I voted for President Obama. As a registered-Republican I could see no other better suited for the Office of President- not in 2008 or now. You proved to us all that you have what it takes to be a great leader and command-in-chief.

    Thank You Mr. President!!!!!!

    May 2, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Thank you President Obama, just as your promised, you can walk and chew gum at the same time ... and a whole lot more!!!

    May 2, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Normagene

    Wow, what a great photo. If this thing had gone wrong, he would have been ruined. Very gutsy move by Obama and hooray for our Seals!!

    May 2, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. Dean Rattner

    Obungle did NOTHING. He brings new meaning to the term "lame duck".

    May 2, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. LacrosseMom(real one)

    I am impressed by President Obama's decisiveness and wisdom in dealing with this mission! I want to THANK the Navy Seals, U.S. Intelligence and all those who bravely went to attack Osama bin Laden!

    Obama/Biden 2012~~~ Yes WE CAN........ and YEAH WE DID IT, USA!!!

    May 2, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. ohsnap

    Barack Obama...cool, calm, and deadly.

    May 2, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  22. Bessy

    Now this is a man who can do more than 1 thing at a time.
    Good job Mr. President. By keeping to a normal routine you raised no suspision. You have showed the world how it is done. God Bless our military who carried out the raid and wiped this trash, Bin Laden. off of the face of the earth.

    May 2, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. gg

    when prez.obama says mission accomplished, something gets accomplished.

    May 2, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. Tulsa, OK

    This is a truly outstanding President. Thank you sir for all you have done for our nation.

    May 2, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. FM

    Most of GOP are claiming, it was the good laid foundation of the previous President which led to the killing of bin Laden. What about agreeing also it was the same person who put the economy in the situation it wasn't before!

    May 2, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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