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- May 1, 2012

Obama Retreats From Promise “Not To Politicize The Bin Laden Mission”

OBAMA USING SITUATION ROOM INTERVIEW TO “BOOST” HIS REELECTION BID

“Obama Granted NBC A Rare Interview In The Situation Room Thursday To Mark The Raid’s Anniversary.” (Josh Gerstein, “Bin Laden Operation, Part 2,” Politico, 4/27/12)

THEN: But In 2011, Obama Said “You Can’t Bring Cameras” Into The Situation Room. CNN’S WOLF BLITZER: “I hope you'll be coming and joining me in my Situation Room.” PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “I look forward to it.” BLITZER: “And if you invite me to yours, I will be happy to come to yours as well. You can do that. You're the -- you're the president of the United States.” OBAMA: “Thank you, Wolf. You can visit any time.” BLITZER: “We're going to -- we're going to take you up on that.” OBAMA: “Just you can't bring cameras. That's the only difference.” (CNN’S “The Situation Room,” 8/16/11)

  • After The Bin Laden Raid, Obama Said, “We Don’t Need To Spike The Football.” “In the days after the mission, senior White House officials said they would not politicize the bin Laden mission, perhaps mentioning it simply as part of a list of accomplishments. In explaining why his administration wouldn't release photos of bin Laden, President Obama told CBS's ‘60 Minutes’: ‘I think Americans and people around the world are glad that he is gone. But we don't need to spike the football.’" (Laura Meckler and Carol Lee, “Republicans Decry Obama Campaign Video,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/28/12)

NOW: The Obama Campaign Is Launching “A Full-Scale Public Relations Offensive Aimed At Using The Bin Laden Mission To Boost The President’s Reelection Bid.”  “A year after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama’s team is launching another precision operation: a full-scale public relations offensive aimed at using the bin Laden mission to boost the president’s reelection bid.” (Josh Gerstein, “Bin Laden Operation, Part 2,” Politico, 4/27/12)


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