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Photo || Obama and Aides Watch the Action Unfold

A compelling photo. Notice, though, one of the participants appears to have a golf shirt on.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Seated, from left, are: Brigadier General Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Standing, from left, are: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Tony Binken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Audrey Tomason Director for Counterterrorism; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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33 Responses to Photo || Obama and Aides Watch the Action Unfold

  1. Hillary, “There goes the presidency.”

    2009 9/11 ground zero memorial- where was Obama?
    2010 9/11 ” ” ” where was Obama?
    May 5th 2011 ground zero – There is Obama…
    now that it’s about him…

    • William,

      The men involved in this mission do not desire personal recognition. They truly believe in this country and the mission to keep it safe.

      • While that’s true, this administration has gone out of its way to make them appear on the periphery, which is in contravention to the precedent of publicly heaping praise on the actors while minimizing the role of the White House.

  2. The military conducts an engagement with precision and perfect results. The politicians screw it up by releasing bits and pieces of the information every hour.
    So now, the politicians have to release the videos, the photos and other intel because the story is so jumbled and confusing that disbelief has grabbed the public.
    Some are outraged that the Prez ordered the death of a foreign national without the benefit of a trial. The point that the most heinous of Nazi criminals were given a trial is used as an example.
    Others feel that we have only inflamed the Muslim radicals and increased the danger level in every country for retaliation.
    This is not over.

    • This is what I’m feeling! I’ve been trying to figure out why I’m so conflicted over his death. Want him dead, absolutely! But to have a kill on sight order given…. that bothers me and it’s because of the Nuremberg trials. They were held accountable for their actions, they had to face what they had done. They had to sit in a box while the world watched the countless inhuman actions they took. This, this just feels like they gave him an easy death.

      I know it’s probably for the best, but it just feels wrong to me.

  3. Is it just me, or does Hillary look like she is about to loose her lunch?

    Interesting looks on the various faces. You can almost tell those who have been civilians all their lives and those that have military background.

  4. Obama looks like he just walked in off the golf course, which in fact he did.

    Who’s missing from the pic? Obama’s chief handler, Valerie Jarrett. She accompanies him virtually everywhere – including overseas trips. She can usually be seen close to the Pres, hanging on his every word.

    From an alleged WH Insider – this acct was published 4:30 today:
    (note – BD = Bill Daley; HC = Hillary; LP = Leon Panetta)

    ” Please get this out ASAP. Want specific people to know we know.

    RE Osama Bin Laden. Significant push to take him out months ago. Senior WH staff resisted. This was cause of much strain between HC and Obama/Jarrett. HC and LP were in constant communication over matter – both attempted to convince administration to act. Administration feared failure and resulting negative impact on president. Intel disgusted over politics over national security. Staff resigned/left. Check timeline to corroborate.

    Now Intel already leaking to media facts surrounding how info obtained. Namely from enhanced interrogation efforts via GITMO prisoners. Obama administration placed in corner on this. Some media aware of danger to president RE this and attempting protection. Others looking for further investigation. We are pushing for them to follow through and already meeting with some access.

    Point of determination made FOR Obama not BY Obama. Will clarify as details become more clear. Very clear divide between Military and WH. Jarrett marginalized 100% on decision to take out OBL. She played no part. BD worked with LP and HC to form coalition to force CoC to engage.

    IMPORTANT SPECIFIC: When 48 hour go order issued, CoC was told, not requested. Administration scrambled to abort. That order was overruled. This order did not originate from CoC. Repeat – this order did not originate from CoC. He complied, but did not originate.

    Independent military contacts have confirmed. Stories corroborate one another. This is legit.

    The killing of Osama Bin Laden was in fact a Coup within Obama WH.

    Speaking with additional contacts RE info.

    Stay safe.”

    • Would be nice if this information could get out. Just as I suspected tho, he had to be forced to do this and now he’s taking all the credit, makes me ill.

    • Wow. Things are going to get interesting if Jarrett no longer has influence over him. Do hope this gets out and he is exposed as the fraud that he appears to be.

      • I totally agree. No way this was a BOgus operation. Way too efficient and intricate for the Poseur-in-Chief to have been a party to. I’m even surprised they let him watch. And the talking heads who are going on and on about how BOgus deserves some credit for this operation, just are not thinking.

  5. Who is that little guy in a too big suit in the left corner ? Well, it looks like… No, it couldn´t be. Wasn´t he supposed to be in command ? I read that he ordered the strike .

  6. A year ago, no matter what this group was called, we would’ve seen Axelrod, Jarrett, Gibbs…this looks like Daley’s work: policy, not campaign. Of course, Daley is smart enough to pull it off. He certainly seems to have the chops.

    You do notice they’ve shoved Trump out of the news cycle.

  7. I was at my favorite gay bar and when the thumpa-thumpa-thumpa music stopped, the DJ came over the PA and said that we had killed Osama Bin Laden and that the President was about to speak …. an *enormous* cheer rose up from the crowd. It was overwhelming. Handshakes all ’round and then more drinks. Then … all of sudden, the disco music stopped and the DJ put on Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American.” And there wasn’t a single voice not singing….

      • I am sorry–but the unholy glee over death creeps me out! I think about 9-11 everyday. I wrote about it for CBS HealthWatch. I never slept for weeks. I cleaned the house over and over, mindlessly. But this cackling and cheering makes me sick. There, I said it. I notice the families of 9-11 are pretty subdued–they are not high-fiving. Same for the families of soldiers from the resultant wars. And for the soldiers themselves. Wasn’t lack of regard for life Osama’s PROBLEM? Do we share it?

          • Uh, sorry, but regard for this murderer’s life just does not register. Our country did the right thing in taking out this whack job. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to do it again.
            You want to feel bad about loss of life? How about the millions of INNOCENT babies that have been aborted? Now THAT is a problem. And THAT is something to really feel sick and sad about.

  8. So, what? Did HRH Hillary throw up in her mouth?
    BOgus looks troubled, after all one of his people was just assassinated by the armed forces of the greatest country on the planet. It will take more than skinny, skanky BOgus to defeat the USA. Just say NO to BOgus in 2012.

  9. The photo tells the whole story. The power players are in the power seats, the petulant, glowering wuss (no doubt still sulking from being dragged off the golf course) stuck in the corner.