Obama to meet SEAL team involved in bin Laden operation
May 5th, 2011
03:49 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama to meet SEAL team involved in bin Laden operation

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet Friday with members of the U.S. Navy SEAL team involved in the assault on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, a senior administration official told CNN.

Obama met with Vice Adm. William McRaven, who was the military commander of the operation against bin Laden, on Wednesday, according to the official.

"The president met with Adm. McRaven at the White House yesterday to thank him personally in the Oval Office and will have the opportunity to privately thank some of the special operators involved in the operation tomorrow at Fort Campbell" in Kentucky, the official said.

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  1. munchmom

    Well, he is doing what he does best....campaigning. Since bin Laden was killed he has been on TV at least twice in a "speech" type of capacity, then to Ground Zero today, all over the TV, and now tomorrow with the SEAL team to give them their indeed well-deserved accolades. But, is he doing it for them or for himself? I think he is dragging this all out just to get more exposure, as he has done since 2008! Please hurry up and get out of Washington for good!

    May 5, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans were on a 2 week vacation when these brave Navy Seals at the command of President Obama captured and killed OBL.

    May 5, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. gt

    proud of these men ...but.. wont this bring danger to them and there families for the rest of there lives .... seems like this should of been none with out much fan fare ....to many muslim zealots who would want revenge...

    May 5, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Are they meeting to get their story straight before they are all indicted by the UN and international courts for the unlawful murder of UBL? (crazy, I know! but what do you expect from the looney tunes on this planet?)

    Way to go SEALS! And good luck hunting down the #2 guy as well.

    May 5, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Dennis

    Get over yourself munchmom. 99% of Americans would love the opprotunity to shake the hands of those Navy SEALS and say "thank you". Why would you think President Obama is any different? If he didn't meet with them, you and other wingnuts would criticize him for that. He's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't with you 3%ers. Instead of posting here, why don't you go work on getting your GED diploma?

    May 5, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Country Above Party

    I strongly believe if only Obama was our president when 9-11 happened, we would have Al Quada under control, Osama head in the plate and just a couple of hundreds soliders lives loss with a few billions as oppose Bush's totally incompetent team lost sight of the one and the main enemy–Afganistan. Imagine no unnecessary war at Iraq and our economy would have been booming like during Clinton... too bad we cant reverse the history.

    May 5, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Ben

    Does anyone else think the SEALs are getting way too much credit for this? Delta supposedly had eyes on the house for months, Air Force provided aerial support and maybe ferried the SEALs in, CIA did the interrogations to get the intel. SEALs probably had the easiest job of all the other players. Thoughts?

    May 5, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Ins1te

    I don't think this will be televised. But the media needs to stop reporting where these Seals are based. They're the silent elite. Stop putting their lives in unnecessary danger.

    May 5, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Annoyed

    Typical. 'Obama is meeting the SEAL team to get exposure.' Right. If he didn't meet the SEAL team, you'd say he's not giving them credit but keeping it all to himself. People like you will never be happy until someone whose political views line up exactly with yours is in the office.

    It's concerning to me to see the kind of disrespect some show to their president. The President of the United States of America. Whether you agree with all of his views, he is still your president. So shut up, and pay respect for once.

    May 5, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Poser

    Some of you need to read more carefully....
    "will have the opportunity to privately thank some of the special operators involved"

    Notice the word privately. They won't be in front of the cameras so they will remain anonymous.

    Congratulations to the SEAL team for a job well done!

    May 5, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Sal

    Come on some of you idiots, give Obama credit for the brilliant plan to get and kill OSB the SOB! Of course he has to be on TV often to explain what went on during the raid. 

    May 5, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Nancy in WA

    munchmom: What an ignorant bunch of crap you just spewed.

    May 5, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Rsprings

    Ben..you're an idiot...these guys put it on the line. they could have been killed.

    May 5, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. JR

    Way to go SEAL's !!! That goes for everyone involed in this opperation....including Obama. To all of you who can't or won't give Obama credit...... Suck it too bad.

    May 5, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Rsprings

    Country above Party...Please you may remember Clinton could have taken out Bin Laden but chose not to do so. Blame him

    May 5, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Do you think he'll "Go Boehner" all over them?

    May 5, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. sonny chapman

    Did anyone complaining on this blog raise their voices when W. pretended he was a real live soldier & landed on the air craft carrier that just happened to have a huge MISSION ACCOMPLISHED banner put up ? What hypocrites. Go & read Matthew 23 to see what Jesus thought of hypocrites in his days.

    May 5, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. jed

    Hail to the Chief!!! Americas President gets to shake hands with "The Best of the Best" I think Bin Ladens wife(Slave) should be greatful the "Seals" are the ones that carried out Justice. If Iran came in to get Bin Laden,she would have been at the bottom of the ocean with her husband? Our Patriots "Don,t kill women and children.

    May 5, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Ben

    @ Rsprings: and the Delta guys that have been there months without backup, the Pilots that fly them into hostile areas, i'm not saying that the SEALs don't deserve credit, I'm just saying the media and it seems everyone else thinks they did this on their own, and no one else "put it on the line"

    May 5, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. CBR

    When I read comments indicating that the President is using OBL's death for personal gain I am surprised that those who believe this is happening have really seen and heard what is going on. He has allowed those who were empowered to capture Bin Laden to be praised and thanked. The SEALS will not appear in public and the President is going to them to thank them. I am sure he knows who the heroes are and he is not trying to use this politically.

    The photograph of the President, Vice President, Secretaries of Defense and State watching the SEALS do their jobs and complete the mission says it all.

    May 5, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. rusty155

    President Obama tell them the American people say great JOB.

    May 5, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Frank

    Obama Victory Tour continues! Spike the ball, O!

    May 5, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. P a l I n 2112

    Who gets credit for a touchdown? The guy who carries the ball over the line. Not the linemen or the guy who bought the cleats. Yes, all are part of the victory. But if this mission had failed, WHO would you blame? Our President and the seals w / boots on the ground.
    Some folks will criticize anything.
    It's like the story I heard about Jesus walking into a church. They complained because he was wearing a bathrobe and sandals.

    May 5, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    I'm rather fancying the taste of the GOPers' sour grapes over all of Obama's success in killing OBL, shutting up the birthers, scaring the GOP into backing off Ryan's moronic Medicare privatization plan, etc. etc., over the past couple weeks. Delicious. NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM.

    May 5, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    What really surprises me are the people that forgot the Shrub saying TWICE he was no longer concerned with OBL. TWICE. The tapes are on UTube (for you non-believers), and they've been shown over and over on the news channels (not FOX).

    Such ignorance in a country that offers a free education to everyone under 18 is amazing.

    May 5, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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