The White House altered significant portions of it’s account of the Bin Laden raid, saying Bin Laden was not armed, his wife was not killed, and no one was used as a human shield.
Evidence is accumulating that “enhanced interrogation techniques,” a.k.a. torture, provided the initial intelligence that led to Bin Laden. The White House is pushing back, saying it was not “the decisive intelligence.” But even CIA Director Panetta is pretty clear that the techniques gleaned important information.
POLITICO asks the question: Whose policies get credit, Obama’s or George W. Bush’s?
Panetta said photos of the dead Bin Laden would inevitably be released, but the White House said no decision had been made. Bush declined an invitation by Obama to accompany him to Ground Zero Thursday.
Bin Laden was ready to flee at a moment’s notice – but he didn’t get a moment.
Even so late at night and with so little buildup, Obama got his largest TV audience ever Sunday night as 57 million tuned in to see him announce Bin Laden’s death.
In other news, the White House is paying tens of thousands of dollars to an outside public relations firm for help with speeches and other PR issues.
Republican Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is targeting White House tweets and emails.
Obama met with Hispanic lawmakers and said he still wants immigration reform. And Treasury Secretary Geithner is quietly launching a campaign to reform corporate taxes, lowering rates while closing loopholes to pay for it.