Obama on Sunday: A photo for the ages?
May 3rd, 2011
02:31 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama on Sunday: A photo for the ages?

Washington (CNN) - It may prove to be the defining image of Barack Obama's presidency.

Sunday, May 1, 2011. Obama is huddled with his national security team in the White House Situation Room, receiving real-time updates on the mission to kill or capture the most wanted man in the world: Osama bin Laden.


Filed under: Osama bin Laden • President Obama
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  1. You See . . . This is What Happens When Competent People . . .

    Are In Charge.
    God bless President Obama, Our intelligence services and the Navy Seals.
    Good Job.

    May 3, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The tension is highly visible. Almost everyone has clenched jaws.
    Look at the facial bulges below the temple and behind the eye. Barry's got it bad.

    May 3, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS -aka- Mammon

    A picture is worth a thousand words. And from the President's facial expression, he looks focused!

    May 3, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Desmond in Canada

    Congratulations to the Navy SEALS and all the other special operational forces on this surgical success.
    Congratulations too to the President of the USA for his usual, highly intelligent, consultative, and gutsy decisiveness in placing his faith and his future in the hands of the special forces.

    Dear US Citizens, long before this event, it was clear to all the world that you have a PRESIDENT that any other country would die to have. Rise above the worst instincts of the worst among you and learn to appreciate whom you've got!!

    May 3, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Our Joe looks like he's struggling to stay awake!
    Hillary looks scared.
    Our President has a steely, determined, intense look about him.
    God bless every last one of these people. They all converged at the right time,in the right space to make this happen.

    May 3, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    A picture is worth a thousand words and this is it!!
    Anything could have gone wrong with this mission but it was accomplished. To those who think that all the President has to say is yes then wash his hands off, you don't know the first thing about the military. In case you have forgotten he IS the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces!!!!!!
    Keep on drinking the faux news/limberger tub of lard kool aid poison!

    May 3, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    There's another photo taken from behind the Obama as his is speaking to a group of people. You can see his famous ears, but you also the beginnings of a bald spot at the crown of his head.

    May 3, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Len

    Well done Mr. President!!!

    May 3, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Wow

    This picture will be one that defines america

    May 3, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Tomi

    God Bless America...Keep up with the good job Mentor (Obama)

    May 3, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Michelle

    It's nice to know that we have a Commander-in-Chief that's actually concerned about the cost of war, and the risks that he's exposing our miltary personnel to. That's leadership.

    May 3, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. AK

    That picture defines what I call a "working President"
    Godspeed Mr. President

    Obama/ Biden 2012.

    May 3, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Realistic

    what Rep. King said clearly shows how whacked republicans have become. "While some Republicans were talking about Obama’s birth certificate, Obama was preparing bin Laden’s death certificate,” said Peter King, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, who has never entertained the birther conspiracies and gave the president credit for facing existential threats while some in his party were “going off the rails.”

    And to add to that I say " the republicans look terrible, talking about his long-form birth certificate while he is planning to take down Osama... he literally said "i have much more important work to do" on friday. We didn't realize it than but we realize it now what the presidents important work was. And who will forget the imagine of Trump on TV saying "I accomplished something.......Imagine President Obama watching that and saying, "trump is about to be trumped because I(Obama) just accomplished something nobody else could, capture and Kill Bin Laden"....The republicans and trump have again been trumped by president Obama.

    May 3, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    " "the Afghanistan Exit and Accountability Act, " requiring the president to submit to Congress a timeline for withdrawing troops, with specific dates, including when the U.S. will hand over security and military responsibilities to the Afghan government. The administration has said it will begin withdrawing some troops in July. While the legislation doesn't dictate an exit date, Jones said he wants to see a plan that brings U.S. forces home within a year."

    Really? What twit legal adviser told them that would be constitutional? That's a blatant attemopt to usurp executive authority of Commander in Chief. Sorry guys, but you want to force him to do anything, you have to do it with the purse strings, which are your domain in the legislative branch. have fun trying to jsutify defuncing active overseas troops. Obama will do it his way and in his own time, no doubt paying close attention to his military advisers and generals (like he did when the GOP was claiming he should uncritically do whatever McChrystal wants...how stupid do those claims look now?). He'll also probabkly pay some heed to Conrgessional leaders and the political winds coming out of their backsides. What he won't do and doesn't have to do is obey conrgessional legislation that attempts to directly tell him how to exercise his discretion as CiC.

    May 3, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |