April 30th, 2012
03:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama calls out 'previous statements' about bin Laden

Washington (CNN) – In an apparent swipe at Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama interjected his voice Monday into the back and forth between his re-election campaign and that of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, ahead of Tuesday's anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.

Obama was asked his thoughts about the killing during a press conference at the White House with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and seemingly capitalized on comments Romney made about the al Qaeda leader during his first presidential bid.
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Filed under: 2012 • Japan • Mitt Romney • Osama bin Laden • President Obama • White House
April 30th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney 'of course' would have given bin Laden order

Portsmouth, New Hampshire (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney asserted firmly Monday he would have given the order to kill Osama bin Laden if he were president, despite past comments in which he questioned the value of hunting down the former al Qaeda chief.

Romney implied the president's decision - which is being hailed by Obama's re-election team as a gutsy move - was an easy call.
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April 30th, 2012
10:59 AM ET
3 years ago

Crowley: Playing politics with bin Laden

Washington (CNN) - It was probably only a matter of time - about 365 days, in fact - before the death of Osama bin Laden got into the political groundwater of 2012.

In a campaign ad for President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton praises Obama for approving the risky raid into Pakistan and suggests Mitt Romney wouldn't have.


Filed under: 2012 • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
GOP says Obama playing politics with bin Laden anniversary
April 29th, 2012
07:55 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP says Obama playing politics with bin Laden anniversary

Washington (CNN) – Days before the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, top surrogates for President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to the national stage to argue the politics of the attack.

Senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs defended the campaign's use of the event in a recent Web video and in a speech from Vice President Joe Biden. Meanwhile, senior Romney adviser Ed Gillespie characterized the political steps surrounding the death as a "bridge too far."

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Filed under: 2012 • Osama bin Laden • President Obama • Republicans
Politics of bin Laden: 'Fair game' vs. 'divisive'
April 29th, 2012
11:08 AM ET
3 years ago

Politics of bin Laden: 'Fair game' vs. 'divisive'

Washington (CNN) – Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs on Sunday defended a recent Web video that invoked the killing of Osama bin Laden as evidence of the president's strength as commander in chief.

The spot, partially narrated by former President Bill Clinton, praised President Barack Obama's decision to order the killing of the al Qaeda chief and questioned whether Mitt Romney would have made the same choice.
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Obama video: Would Romney have made same call on bin Laden?
April 27th, 2012
08:47 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama video: Would Romney have made same call on bin Laden?

Washington (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton praised President Barack Obama's decision making process in last year's military raid that killed Osama bin Laden in a new web video out Friday by Obama's re-election team. The campaign video also questions whether Republican challenger Mitt Romney would have made the same call as the president.

"The president is the decider in chief. Nobody can make that decision for you," Clinton says in the web video. "Look, he knew what would happen. Suppose the Navy Seals had gone in there and it hadn't been bin Laden. Suppose they had been captured or killed. The downside would have been horrible for him, but he reasoned I cannot in good conscience do nothing. He took the harder and the more honorable path and the one that produced in my opinion the best result."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
Bush: No sense of jubilation at bin Laden's death
September 5th, 2011
11:42 AM ET
3 years ago

Bush: No sense of jubilation at bin Laden's death

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush says he experienced no pleasure when he heard about the death of Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader responsible for orchestrating the deadly terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

"He was sitting in a restaurant in Dallas when the Secret Service told him that President (Barack) Obama wanted to speak to him. He then learned about the assassination," documentarian Peter Schnall told CNN in an interview set to air Monday.

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Filed under: George W. Bush • Osama bin Laden
Obama: U.S. would go after other high-profile targets in Pakistan
May 22nd, 2011
09:22 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama: U.S. would go after other high-profile targets in Pakistan

(CNN) – Given the chance, the United States would go after high-value terrorism targets in Pakistan or elsewhere in the same way it took out Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama made clear in an interview with the BBC broadcast Sunday.

"We are very respectful of the sovereignty of Pakistan, but we cannot allow someone who is actively planning to kill our people or our our allies' people, we can't allow those kind of active plans to come to fruition without us taking some action," Obama said in the interview conducted last week. "And our hope is and our expectation is that we can achieve that in a way that is fully respectful of Pakistan's sovereignty. But I had made no secret. I had said this when I was running for the presidency, that if I had a clear shot at Bin Laden ... that we'd take it."

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Filed under: Osama bin Laden • Pakistan • President Obama
May 20th, 2011
03:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama thanks intelligence workers for bin Laden mission


(CNN) - President Barack Obama honored CIA officers for their role in the death of Osama bin Laden during a visit to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on Friday.

A crowd of about 1,000 greeted Obama with cheers and a standing ovation, according to CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf.

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Mullen: No evidence that the senior Pakistani leadership knew of bin Laden's presence in Pakistan
May 18th, 2011
01:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Mullen: No evidence that the senior Pakistani leadership knew of bin Laden's presence in Pakistan

(CNN)– The United States has seen no evidence that the senior Pakistani leadership knew of Osama bin Laden's presence in Pakistan, Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters Wednesday.


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