GOP says Obama playing politics with bin Laden anniversary
April 29th, 2012
07:55 PM ET
9 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."


Filed under: 2012 • Osama bin Laden • President Obama • Republicans
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  1. Anonymous

    He did in 2 years what they couldn't do in 8. #DealWithIt

    April 29, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. Ed1

    Mr. rock star did kill Osama all by himself listen to him sometime all he can say is I did this I did that unless it comes to what he has done since he was elected then he blames everyone else for anything negative.

    What a great leader not.

    April 29, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Sorry guys, this President KILLED HIM! Something tough guy Bush didn't have the guts to do!

    April 29, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. king

    Leave it up to these repubs to find a way not to give Obama any credit, yet if the seals were killed or captured, we would have been looking at impeachment procedures, as the repubs shout out, "WE TOLD YOU THAT THE DEMS ARE DESASTEROUS WITH FOREIGN POLICIES, LOOK WHO THEYVE GOT RUNNING OUR COUNTRY INTO THE DIRT". The repubs and fox news probably would be still partying today. The repubs have been trying to figure out a way to scare the American gullibles into beleiving the end of the earth is here.

    April 29, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. enuff

    I will say it again... Bush used 9/11 to politicize fear and "if you're not with us, you're against us" to get his way. 9/11 happened under his watch and he used it to his advantage. Bin Laden happened under Obama's watch. he can use it to his advantage. heaven knows the republicans would if they could.

    April 29, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  6. Sydnium S. Washington

    Terrorism go away. Everybody doesn't want any.

    April 29, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Don

    Bush, after months of failure said Osama wasn't a priority.
    Bush failed to capture Osama in all his years in office.

    Romney, in an idiotic attempt to defend Bush's failure, parroted Bush's line about Osama not being a priority.
    Since no one wanted to chance four more years of Bush again, we'll never know if Osama would have been caught by the Etch a Sketch.

    Obama said Osama was a priority for his administration since the beginning.
    Obama sent Seal Team Six to capture/kill Osama. Osama is dead.

    In summery: Republicans tried to attack Obama's foreign record. Obama slapped them down and reminded them of theirs.

    April 29, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. LTTC

    Barry had to be persuaded by smarter members of his administratiion to pull the trigger on that call. He gloats on someone elses dime as always.

    April 29, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  9. NotFooledByDistractions

    "GOP says Obama playing politics with bin Laden anniversary"

    Right...the party the shamelessly labeled people traitors and unAmerican for disagreeing about the two bogus wars, the party that used 9/11 as a campaign prop for years...those folks are criticizing Obama? I guess they would...failure can make one a bit defensive. You'd think that they'd celebrate the killing of the terrorist that wreaked havoc on our country, but no...not the republicans. Some patriots.

    April 29, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. VA VERY Ex Republican

    OK MItt, show them killing the economy in the states of Mass movie as a response to their killing Bin Laden video. come on champ show them how you killed the economy, the jobs, the ethics and everything good about the states that once was the cornerstone of the American Revolution and the start of great nation at risk of being doomed if you ever become president.

    Go Mitt down the drain of course.

    April 29, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Conrack

    Yes, the GOP is correct onece again. The President should ignore the fact that we finally got the villian who perpetrated 9/11, so that the RNC, Rove and the rest of the disinformation, propoganda and out right liars can make him out to be a closet Muslim. Memo to GOP: Sit down and try to work out a platform that consists of something other than, if the President is for it, we are against it. The voters are not buying into it.

    April 29, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    once Bin Laden was dead many members of the GOP including their "Pravada" FoxNews were rushing all over themselves not to give thanks to President Obama but to somehow give most of the credit to President Bush for the task. It fit right into their plan from day one of the Obama presidency to not agree nor give him credit for ANYTHING. So now they want to claim Obama is using this as politics. Kind of more honest than claiming "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" when it really was not. Had President Bush done this before his second term, you think HE would not use it? As far as I am concerned "Bin Laden is DEAD and GM is ALIVE" is a great slogan and TRUE!

    April 29, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. Iamnotfooled

    There is no politics. It happens to be the anniversary of the attack that killed Bin Laden. And if there is President Obama should take the credit. He ordered the kill. Bush gave up in 2002. " Frankly I don't know where he is and I am not that concerned about it." -– George W. Bush.

    April 29, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  14. American

    Gillespie – Bush using an unsubstantiated Mission Accomplished banner was a bridge too far. Using Romney's own words is not.

    President Obama should commemorate the end of OBL as successful accomplishment for our country.

    April 29, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given that the Republicans have dropped the ball multiple ways on finishing the fight against Al Qeda and Bin Laden, it isn't a huge surprise because George W. Bush question who while Romney said that it isn't worth while going after one person.

    April 29, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. Jan930

    Rebublicans are so jealous . If it had been them that got Bin Laden, they would make it a national holiday.

    April 29, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  17. Sandy

    Jealousy will get you nowhere, GOP! LOL

    Funny how the GOP say the President can't run on his record, but when he tries to run on his record they complain. So what they really mean by "he can't run on his record" is that they will NOT allow him to run on his record.

    April 29, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  18. stephanie

    I am sure bush and the goper's would never use something that plays on America's fears. We watched as they all just kept running their ads with pics and video's of 9-11. They still use it by say hey i joined the military because of 9-11 just ask tom cotton in Arkansas. the goper's are still losers. whine why don't you that's what you are good at. Please remember gop FLASHBACK: Bush On Bin Laden: ‘I Really Just Don’t Spend That Much Time On Him’

    April 29, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  19. J.V.Hodgson

    OMG President Obama is claiming credit for something Bush could not do in 8 Years. "Its shameful political campaigning." Get real Bush constantly harped on how 9/11 drove his decisions and the killer blow is none of his subsequent claims WMD etc were proved but sure pushed temporarily his rating up!!
    OBL is dead GM lives... just about to make THE STICKER AVAILABLE IN ANY CAR PRODUCING OR MILITARY BASE CAMP STATES. Free to any US car worker parts manufacurer employee, and all military service men an women gay or not.
    Y'all have a gay day!! Obama biden 2012.

    April 30, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  20. Truth001

    Hey Flip Romney what should we do? Not praise the president for keeping us safe.

    April 30, 2012 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  21. Real American

    If it was a Repugblican President who ordered the raid they would have made the day a National Holiday

    April 30, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  22. Republican who supports President Obama


    Are these people serious. Accomplishment! End of Story.

    I want the GOP to dig up the picture of GW Bush on the aircraft carrier with the banner behind him and show us the date of that picture.

    Get real.

    April 30, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  23. Republican who supports President Obama

    Sorry I have to break it to the GOP but THE PRESIDENT made the call and the job as done – period. No one else should take a shot at this accomplishment by the President and all involved (ST6, analysts, translators, pilots, crew, etc).

    April 30, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  24. Revrant

    Yeah, of course he did, the GOP played politics with Bin Laden for eight years, why shouldn't the prez?

    April 30, 2012 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  25. s

    GPO get a life, so pathetic, maybe you should spend more time on policies you might have NOT then running mouth about nothing. What a laughing stock!

    April 30, 2012 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
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