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May 5th, 2011
04:56 PM ET

Should killing of Osama bin Laden be an issue in '12 presidential race?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

After hovering around all-time lows in the polls, President Barack Obama is getting a boost in his approval ratings following the killing of Osama bin Laden.

A new Gallup poll finds the president's approval rating jumped from 46% to 52% after Sunday's successful raid of the bin Laden compound.

Issues such as the deficit and the economy have been weighing on Obama's approval and putting his 2012 bid for re-election in jeopardy. His indecision over acting in the recent Middle East uprisings didn't help his cause either. But getting bin Laden - that was big. And somehow people suddenly forget how inexperienced and ineffective he seemed on foreign policy as recently as a few weeks ago.

You can be sure that the economy, things such as jobs and the skyrocketing national debt and deficits will still likely dominate the 2012 race. But for now - for this week– foreign policy and the war on terror have taken center stage. And President Obama is looking pretty good all of a sudden.

But that's also in part because of his lack of competition. The potential field of Republican candidates is pretty awful, consisting of mostly current or former governors and a few current or former House members. Plus a lot of people who have already run for president and lost.

But like I said, we have a tendency to forget pretty quickly, and once conversation switches back to the $14 trillion debt ceiling we're fast approaching and how we're going to cut next year's budget, the bin Laden "get" will likely hit the rear view mirror in a hurry.

Here’s my question to you: Should the killing of Osama bin Laden be an issue in the 2012 presidential race?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Alex in Bremerton, Washington:
I believe the slow economic recovery will still be the ongoing focus of the presidential race. Getting bin Laden should help put down the conservative assertion that Democrats are weak on protecting the nation.

Steve in Clifton, Virginia:
Lest we forget, the hunting for Osama bin Laden was very much an issue with the 2004 presidential race. Further, since President Obama's many detractors publicly questioned his leadership ability or his ability to handle the phone ringing at the white house at 3:00 AM, the 2012 presidential race seems to an appropriate time to respond to some of those allegations.

Bill in Pennsylvania:
Jack, the race is on now. Everything is being recorded and will be edited, spun and presented in a way to make the most points. Reality, truth, common sense and the best interests of the citizens count for little or nothing. But the public must be made to think they have a choice. The Billionaire-owners will make the decisions and we will follow and vote as we are told by the paid ads from the owners.

Becky in Las Vegas:
Killing Osama bin Laden, no. But Obama's willingness to go after a terrorist where ever he is hiding, should be. Brave call on Obama's part and it merits praise. As CNN contributor Parag Khanna wrote "... this operation has sent a clear reminder to the many porous and poorly governed states that serve as safe havens for terrorist and criminal fugitives that others will extend the law into their territories if they fail to do so themselves."

Ken in Pinon Hills, California:
Pardon the pun, it will be a dead issue. In a sinking economy it will be about jobs. Those ever-decreasing available jobs that the private sector cannot provide, and the government cannot afford to provide anymore.

James in North Carolina:
Only if it can get some votes.


Filed under: 2012 Election • Election Process • Elections • Osama bin Laden
soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Jack,

    It's a legitimate issue as it speaks to Obama's careful judgement and courageous leadership.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    May 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  2. Larry Feierstein

    Whats the issue? should he be dead or not? THAT'S an issue? and whats the debate over? Dead or alive? Don't we think there are at least 20 other issues that should be given priority in the next election. How's the economy? when was the last time you asked a question about that? What's the debt ceiling look like? Foreign policy? oil? Poverty in America? any of these warrant a place above the death of one terrorist? Very Trumpesque-focus on what does not really matter and ignore the volitile issues of our time.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  3. Aaron Hayworth

    I think it is definitely an issue because it was an accomplishment of President Obama and something that would have been a glaring oversight had McCain been elected. President Obama deserves the faith and support of the American people behind him and no person can take this away from him. That being said he has other promises to keep up with.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  4. gerry

    Not necessarily, but what should be an issue is the superb manner that President Obama has dealt with all national security issues.

    We have democracies breaking out throughout the middle east, troops are home from Iraq, soon the war in Afganistan will be over and Al Queda has been virtually eliminated.

    The only ones that won`t want national security to be an issue in 2012 is the GOP because they know like you and I do that Obama has done a better job than any President in recent history

    May 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  5. Loren, Chicago

    If it is, it is further proof of the stupidity of mankind. Bin Laden was the target of a manhunt and it was concluded in the safest was possible for those sent to take him.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  6. Kareem Williams

    I believe so since Obama was in command while it happen..... How long has the US been trying to catch OBL and no one could do it

    May 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  7. RB in CA

    For President Obama and his minions, yes, absolutely, but for all the GOP hopefuls, no way.

    President Obama proved himself a true world leader by demonstrating his willingness to wait for the perfect opportunity to present itself, his steadfast tolerance toward all his nay-sayers, then his decisiveness when immediate action was called for. To challenge any of this in a presidential campaign would be political suicide for the naïve candidate.

    The rush that all Americans heard across our country when the bin Laden news broke was not gasps of shock being emitted from our citizenry, but rather the sound of the wind exiting the political sails of every Republican entertaining a run in 2012.

    RB in CA

    May 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Not at all.

    That cannot truly be claimed, by any Presidential candidate, past or present, as it was an accumulation of effort, by government overall, over time.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  9. Peg in NY

    Yes. Previous administrations would use it to further their cause, so I say take full advantage of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  10. Conor in Chicago

    No. He's dead. Move on. The last administration didn't think it was important to get him and gave up. Obama though it was important and got the job done. 2012 needs to be about other things.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  11. Elizabeth From Toronto

    No. Why give this mean, dead man so much power! Are U.S. citizens nobodys? Let's talk about why members of Congress and the Senate have not worked together over the last 3 years to make real change? Whatever happened to the Green Plan? No doubt the oil industry likes the distractions! Lets talk about how to get U.S. citizens back to work and proud of themselves. The U.S. is the most powerful country in the world, focus on the U.S. not this dead mean man!

    May 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  12. lou

    Obama answered the 3:00 AM phone call, the 2008 commercial that put his ability to protect this country into question, and said, 'shoot to kill.' Right now, we are sitting on a 'treasure trove' of intelligence and the number 1 terrorist in our life time is dead, because of this man's abiltiy to make calm, reasoned, but gutsy decisions on our behalf. Yeah, I think it's fair to use it.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  13. Carla

    It will be, like it or not. Unless photos are produced and made public, the Republicans and Tea Party-goers will claim that Obama faked the death. That will then be the issue of the campaign - not wars, not the national debt, not gas prices, not energy issues, not education - just whether bin Laden is actually dead. Now, that the birth certificate issue is laid to rest, that's going to be the topic of the day.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  14. Herman Portland OR

    Jack,
    I don't think the killing should be an issue but more importantly the photos of Osama bin laden are not released. The current administration said it would be have transparency. Closure for some are photos of the dead most wanted terrorist in the world.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  15. Alberta Morgan

    The debate down party lines has already started, the Rep said they saw the pic then recanted, now they want the pix release. I do not want people looking at those pix and get mad and decide to retaliate.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  16. Jim S

    Why not Jack? After all, it has importance in national security, and you can bet that if Bush had gotten Bin Laden, the Republicans would use it to their advantage. By the way, the Republicans are akready trying to take credit for killing him even though it seemed Bush couldn't catch a cold.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  17. ajks

    The killing of OBL should not be used as an issue in the '12 election by any political party. He was an evil man and should not have the be used in the limelight because it would promote OBL in the news.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'm sure Republicans would not like it to be an issue because they were on their 2 week vacation when OBL was captured and killed.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  19. Ed Hoffman

    It should not be, but it will be brought up, and it will be used by the Democrats.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  20. Jane (Minnesota)

    The GOP likes to paint the picture that the Dems are not tough enough on terror. I think it's in play.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  21. Donna from Wisconsin

    Yes! Bush and the Republicans could have done it but they focused on Iraq and oil instead of getting Bin Laden. We now have a President who made a very tough decision and kept his campaign promise: killed Bin Laden! No one even thinking about running as a Republican candidate even has a foriegn affairs experience. And taking a 'trip' to another country or seeing Russia from her backyard, doesn't qualify!!! Go OBAMA!!!! I like this very calm, focused and smart President we now have.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  22. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Not unless Republicans start talking that Bush had something to do with it. Bush had almost 8 years so do something other than torture, lie, and head his corrrupt government and was a complete failure. If Repbulicans try and say it was Bush's tactics then make it emphatically clear to the nation that Bush had nothing to do with bin Laden's demise.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  23. Eric - Houston

    Absolutely, the President's entire record, promises kept, promises not kept, successes and failures are legitimate issues and should be considered. This is true for every politician, especially presidents. This particular item represents a promise kept, a show of guts and a success for the President. He also has items which may not play as well. This is the nature of all incumbent presidents.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  24. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl Any politician that condones how our current leadership has handled this and all of the political prisoners being held should make their position clear, so we can steer clear of voting for all that are shredding our Constitution and violating our civil rights. WE taxpayers employ the politicans to work for us, not the other way around.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  25. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Yes the killing of osama should be an issue for the taxpayers in 2012. We have spent 2 trillion dollars to hunt down osama and kill him. Now what do we do with the 150 thousand contractors and 150 thousand troops in iraq, aghanistan, an pakistan. It sounds like obama and congress want to continue wars in three countries, not cut defense spending, not cut medicare, not raise taxes until the u.s. is completely broke, and all you get from the voters is go u.s.a.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  26. John from Alabama

    Jack: No, but every time a plot is stopped by our team, the President should be given points for decisive action. The Republicans are stinking from the death of Osama bin Laden. I want President Obama to win in 2012, because he treats Americans better than the previous administration. I want Obama to win, because he is a smarter professional and leader than the previous administration.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  27. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    More important than the elimination of Osama bin Laden is the aquisition of useful information from his comound.

    The winning 2012 Presidential campaign will demonstrate an obvious reduction in Al Qaeda leaders around the world.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  28. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Only if the person running for president is the one that pulled the trigger that killed Osama. Politicians will use anything to bolster their election. This is not one of those things that an honest man brags about. Especially when all he did was sit in a climate controlled observation room tucked away safely thousands of miles from the action watching it on a monitor.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  29. connie, Indiana

    Why not he campaigned on getting him and thank God he did not have to get them fools at the capital buildings permission. He did what George Bush and two wars did not do. God Bless him , the CIA and the Navy Seals.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  30. Pete in Georgia

    It should only be an issue if Geo. W. Bush decides to run again in that his administration alone was responsible for increasing the intelligence community and military budgets to the point where it made the 9 year hunt and final kill possible. Without his diligent stance on getting Bin Laden along with his camaraderie with the Military our special forces might have been reduced to organizing neighborhoods in Chicago.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  31. Kim Smith

    Yes, and no. Yes, because it is something that happened that is very positive for our nation. And no, because the rest of our problems, including a mal-functioning and largely distrusted Congress, will not go away just because one man is dead. Republicans now have 18 months to manipulate and spin what just happened into something that makes them look better. Lord knows they need it.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  32. Jason, Koloa HI

    Of course his death will be used for politcal gain. He was used for most of his life why should his death be any different.
    Osama was just a patsy for the illuminati. His "Jihad" on 9/11 was ALLOWED to happen by the Bush and Bin Laden families who have been cozy for decades. He was used all the way and if he was taken alive then the real truth might have been able to come out although I'm sure it would have been spun so many times you'd never know up from down. His usefuleness as world terrorist #1 was over and so he became expendable to the real powers that puppet governments, banks, and the NWO. But not before trillions were spent on wars, defense, homeland security and many of the rights of free citizens were stripped to "protect us from him". He was an enemy to those he attacked and a hero to those who felt they were victims of western imperialism, but in the end he was nothing more than an expendable patsy whose time had finally run out.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  33. Bradley, Portland, OR

    I guess the case can be made that Obama accomplished something that Bush couldn't after 7 years of trying and failing.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  34. carlos Magallanes

    Jack,
    We've cut off the head of a dangerous and murderous snake, but in the words of John Donne "any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; ..." We should not gloat. It is enough that he is no longer a threat to America.
    C.M.
    Pasadena,Calif.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  35. Bill West

    Absolutely not. This was a non-political event and totally bipartisan. The hunt for bin Laden started under President Bush and was passed to President Obama. The various intelligence data that were pieced together to pinpoint his location has been going on for years under both administrations. Let's not get to the point where we politicize what is, essentially, a matter of national security that transcends politics.

    Opelika, AL

    May 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  36. pat

    I don't know why it should, I'm sure Osama bin Laden didn't arrange his capture and death just so Obama's ratings would go up.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  37. francap

    It will be of course. After all we have a President now who is incredibly smart, cool and steady. After ten years President Obama is the one who caught him. That's the bottom line!
    Frances
    Escondido, CA

    May 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  38. chris

    jack we don't have to worry about this being an issue you still got obamacare that needs repealed the american people want it anbd getting gouged att eh pump and also cutting govt spendign and waste are they top issues we will be involved in the 2012 race not killing of this low life scum of the earth

    May 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  39. MYSTERIOUS

    Absolutely. When "they" start the "he doesn't have what it takes to keep us safe, which he has so much longer than the previous administration did, he (President Obama) has a "trump" card.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  40. Catherine Runnals

    President Obama gave the Seal the order to go in without knowing the consequences. Let's give the President and the Seals praise for a job well done. The rest only time will tell. Right now I am celebrating in the present and happy to be an American.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  41. Ken from Pinon Hills,California

    Pardon the pun, it will be a dead issue.
    In a sinking economy it will be about jobs. Those ever decreasing available jobs that the private sector can not provide, and the government cannot afford to provide anymore.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  42. Ken in Seattle`

    Not directly. However, Obama's leadership created the environment within which the people of the various agencies involved and the military were encouraged, if not in fact forced, to cooperate with each other at unprecedented levels. This cooperation ultimately lead to the killing of bin Laden and will undoubtedly lead to other successes. That style and quality of leadership should definitely be an issue in 2012.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  43. Bill in PA

    Jack,

    The race is on now.

    Everything is being recorded and will be edited, spun and presented in a way to make the most points.

    Reality, truth, common sense and the best interests of the the citizens count for little or nothing. But the public must be made to think they have a choice. The Billionaire-owners will make the decisions and we will follow and vote as we are told by the paid ads from the owners.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  44. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Of course it will be an issue in the '12 Presidential race His dead body is not kept hidden from us unless Obama going to use the media questioning the White House why we couldnt see his body. They wouldn't keep the body from us unless they want the issue to drag until the election. Obama's birth certifcate drag for almost two years before he decided to show it to us. By then Bin Laden would be but a skelton.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  45. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Yes I think it should an issue, because it was a campaign promise that president Obama made and deliver on. The republicans especially vice president Dick Cheney always hammered on president Obama for being soft on security. You can bet the republicans will bring up all the campaign promises that president Obama did not deliver on. Can you imagine if it was Trump or Palin who was responsible for Osama bin Laden death? You'd never be able to shut them up. They would have a parade following them around with big banners stating their accomplishment.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  46. Annie, Atlanta

    I hated the way bin Laden was used to ramp up fear during Bush's "reign of (war on) terror." He's gone, thank God. It's time to move past him and focus on healing. Maybe we could start trusting each other, and our elected representatives, again, to work together for the greater good of this country. (Sounds like I believe in fairy tales, doesn't it?)

    May 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  47. Paul P

    It will be an issue even if its not mentioned by name, the critics will be more reluctant now to attack him for his convictions, commitment to American security or the ability to act courageously for fear of Obama bringing up a topic that works to his favor.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  48. Scott in Bellingham

    I don't think the killing of Osama bin Laden should be a campaign issue in 2012. I don't think it was murder and I don't think there should be a trial.

    Granted, the Ten Commandments state, "Thou Shall Not Kill."

    I think it would be a mistake for President Obama to try to base his re-election efforts on a killing of 3 old men and 2 old women asleep in a suburb.

    I'd advise him to get the budget in order, start paying DOWN the debt, end dependence on foreign oil, and get about 4 million unemployed workers back on the job before the 2012 election. Half Assed on any of these points aint going to fly.

    That said, I would like to say that like most Americans I'm mildly surprised and pleased to know President Obama had the guts to do this mission. I'm very pleased these Navy Seals went, and all got home safely. It does'nt always work out so sell. My hat is off to all.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  49. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    No, Jack. it's a side show compared to the economic problems of America.

    however, it SHOULD be a factor in getting us the hell OUT of Afghanistan and cutting foriegn aid to Pakistan. WHY would we continue to spend BILLIONS per MONTH on a WAR that is NOT making us "safe from terrorism"? bin Laden's death in a multi-million dollar mansion in Pakistan proves that is where the al-Qaeda leadership IS. NOT Afghanistan.

    NO need to spend another day in OR another dollar on, that "Vietnam with Sand"

    May 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  50. Tina Tx

    No. He has been removed off the face of the earth & he is a fleeting moment. The more pressing issue is I have no job. Please get me a job.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  51. David Heath

    No, it shouldn't, but you can bet Obama and friends will make it so.

    If it had ended terrorism .. maybe.. but it hasn't.. we killed one man.

    I would be more impressed if he had kept a couple promises about jobs.. this is where we hurt.

    American living and working in Canada to support my family!

    May 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  52. Bill in Portales, NM

    The killing of OBL will certainly be an issue in '12 presidential race?

    Already, I have noticed in many interviews that republicans are giving Bush a great deal of credit. By '12, Bush will have 98% of the credit.

    In addition, I am hearing interviews that state enhanced interrogation techniques were critical to finding OBL. Maybe Bush deserves 98% of the credit?

    Sure! This should be an issue in the '12 presidential race! I am dissappointed in the democrats' weak stand on the issue of enhanced interrogation techniques. I am very dissappointed in both parties. Pardon me, while I sit the '12 election out.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  53. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Are you kidding? People will forget May 1, 2011 by this time next year (probably earlier).

    May 5, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  54. Mark in BC

    Sure go for it but remember, if you take credit for his, everything else out there is on his plate too; higher unemployment, dollar falling, debt increasing, etc. It's a double edge sword, do you want to go there?
    Mark

    May 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  55. Bud Rupert

    No, but they'll try and make up some stupid reason and try to make it an issue.
    It does not matter though Jack. The President will win and at the risk of sounding cocky and over confident – It won't even be c,ose.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  56. cee jay

    absolutely. We have all heard in the past that our president lack leadership and decision making ability. As Mr Trump so eloquently stated our Gov't was being lead by people tht were not qualified. Make it a large plastform. We always get our Man!

    May 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  57. Udolf from LA

    Jack,
    Yes, but only in coordination with the several other instances of our President abusing his powers by side stepping the constitution. Murdering another man in a sovereign nation is a violation of international and federal law. It's about time we begin discussing (and enforcing) the constitutional restrictions of our Commander-in-Chief.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  58. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Less we forget, the hunting for Osama bin Laden was very much an issue with the 2004 presidential race. Further, since President Obama's many detractors publicly questioned his leadership ability or his ability to handle the call at 3:00 AM morning call, the 2012 presidential race seems to an appropriate time to respond to some of those allegations.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  59. Jim Peters

    In lew of the fact that Obama instituted as Commander in Chief a plan with the CIA and other intelligents on the ground in Packistan,to bring Bin Laden to justice considerd a great act of leadership. This should be everyones choice for someone in 2012 that can lead Us into the future.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  60. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    I believe the slow economic recovery will still be the ongoing focus of the presidential race. Getting bin Laden should help put down the conservative assertion that Democrats are weak on protecting the nation. (Wasn't WW II won by a Democrat?)

    May 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  61. james in north carolina

    Only if it can get some votes.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  62. Melodie

    Killing Bin Laden will be an issue in the '12 Presidential campaign. Obama did give the order to take Bin Laden, dead or alive and as the Commander and Chief of the military he deserves to take credit for leading the mission towards a successful outcome. Yes, finding and capturing Bin Laden should be used by the Democratic party as leverage towards winning the '12 Presidential election.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  63. Charles Nathan

    Although the killing of Osama Bin Laden is a great accomplishment for America and the rest of the world, It should not be an issue for the presidential race. This historic moment was bound to happen sooner or later. It just so happened to fall into Obamas hands. What would have happend if former president Bush caught him in his 2nd term? We would have still had to choose a new president. This is just a stepping stone for Obamas reputation. His main focus now shold be going back and rebuilding our economy, and bringing back Americas great name that many think has tarnished. Go USA

    May 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  64. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    No. I don't think so, unless it is proven that President Obama has pulled a rabbit out of his hat which aided in the killing of Osama.

    I doubt it though. He hasn't shown me any "above and beyond" actions during his Presidency and as far as I'm concerned, he just got lucky with the killing of bin ladin in that it happen on his watch.

    This is not to take away from our armed servicemen. Our servicemen deserve all the praise.
    In no way should this play a role in the re-election of Obama.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  65. Hubert Bertrand

    NO JACK, But it's going to be. Anything goes. lies lies lies like always.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  66. Tom Clay

    If you are in the GOP it will not have anything to do with 2012.... As matter of fact the GOP will run as far away from this as one can run.... It will be as if it never happen or they will make sure Bin Laden is alive (Bin Laden sighting) on a beach somewhere....

    May 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  67. becky - Las Vegas

    Killing UBL, no. But Obama's willingness to go after a terrorist where ever he is hiding, should be. Brave call on Obama's part and it merits praise. As CCN's own Parag Khanna wrote "... this operation has sent a clear reminder to the many porous and poorly governed states that serve as safe havens for terrorist and criminal fugitives that others will extend the law into their territories if they fail to do so themselves."

    May 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  68. Jamie in St. Louis

    Even though I respect Obama's decision making and agressiveness, I still don't think it should be an issue. This was a victory by all Americans for all Americans.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  69. jon hoffman

    The Obama Doctrine will: You can run, you can't hide and I will personally order you killed regardless of location among friend, foe or "ally". Interesting over last 4 days how many Al Queda have been arrested and or killed in various countries like Germany and Yemen. Deliberate, decisive, and tough minded is what Americans want. We are now among more larger well armed competitive powers than in the past 100 years. Obama will lead us with new applications of power, both economic and strategic.

    Jon in California

    May 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  70. Jason

    Absolutely. The baby Bush regime had all but given up on bin Laden saying that getting him really wasn't our number one goal in the terrorism debate anymore. President Obama staunchly said through his actions, not words, that hell yes, it is!. We may be going through a rough time economically but who can deny that getting bin Laden is a huge boost our country's morale? (Well, Fox and Limbaugh, that's who).

    Jason
    College Station

    May 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  71. JENNA ROSEVILLE CA

    Should the killing of Osama bin Laden be an issue in the 2012 presidential race?

    Wasn't OBL used in the 2006 election by GW Bush and the GOP?

    Of course Obama and the Democrats should use OBL's demise under their leadership in the 2012 elections. This is HUGE.

    More proof that we ARE safer under Democratic rule than GOP rule.

    Obama and Democrats have MY VOTE.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    May 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  72. honest John in Vermont

    Within weeks we will pretty quickly forget bin Laden, unless the GOP keeps it's denial dance up. We will be looking at $5 a gallon gas, a weak economy in disarray, continued high unemployment and job loss, troops still a half the world away, staggering mounting debt and a lower standard of living for almost everyone. I'm sure we will forget the bin Laden moment very quickly.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  73. Reggie

    No, it should not be an issue in the upcoming 2012 elections. What should be issues is the high unemployment in this country and also the deficit which Obama is doing absolutely nothing to help the American people. That is why we need to have a new president...somebody who knows what they are doing and who is a good leader which Obama is not.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  74. Judy

    He won't have to. There will be those, (myself included) who will remember his maturity and poise while making important security decisions for this country while persons of lesser intelligence were beating the birther drum, and knowingly making false statements about his religion. Let us also remember it was a campaign promise in 2008. He did what his predecessors could not, or would not do.
    My comment in no way intends to take away from our kick-butt special ops forces, but only to illustrate my view of the role of the president in this matter.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  75. Richard in Utah

    Yes! This is a major accomplishment. Sure the president didn't do all of the intelligent work or go in there with a gun but he is in charge. It was his orders that they were following. GR8 job!

    May 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  76. Aaron

    Jack,

    In reply to your question. I don't know how to depict a more clear response other then to state "No"

    May 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  77. Frank in Ohio

    No. The culture of our country is hate and violence, not debate and compromise. Using the OBL card in the 2012 race likely will promote more polarization of issues. OBL is dead (get over it "deathers") and the issue should be dead with him. It is time for this country to get real and talk about the real issues plaguing the state of our very existence. Let's talk about how the middle class cannot afford ANYTHING any longer. Let's talk about how our "no tax" fetish is creating more problems than anyone will ever admit. Let's talk about how to stop using the media as a source to vent our frustrations rather than having and honest dialogue with our neighbors!

    Frank –Vapid Wasteland, OH

    May 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  78. cal

    No the killing of Laden was from the past.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  79. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Only as a feather in the cap for obama. let's give the man credit–He got the job DONE!!

    May 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  80. April, Iowa

    No I don't think it should. The guy is dead and although we should be thrilled he is dead we should let sleeping dogs lie. We should talk about it for the next couple of weeks but then we should move forward and put it behind us. There are a lot more other things wrong in this country and the President and the presidental canidates should be worried about those. Things like jobs and the high unemployement rate.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  81. Ishmael Montoya

    Jack,
    What happened to Osama Bin Laden is like adding an "experience" to his resume, He will inspire American to trust in him against the war on terror.
    Americans should focus on jobs and the economy, rather than killing Osama.

    Ismael Montoya
    Visalia, California

    May 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  82. Bobby E. Lahmon Jackson MS

    Yes it should be a very serious issue because of the huge impact 911 has had on this country by the way of national security emotional toll as well as the financial impact not not to mention the fact that the obama administration accomplished in a little over 2 years what the bush administration fail to do in 8 years yet they equally want to share the credit

    May 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  83. Mike

    Navy Seal Team 6 done it perfectly. Why would you want to use this as a political tool. But then again. Obama did get him. And I am happy. His death saved the tax payers alot of court cost and years of deliberations.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  84. Scott Stodden

    I Definetly Think So Because President Obama Is All About Keeping America And The American People Safe And Nobody Could Have Done This Except The President! I Know I've Said All The Time Some Bad Things About The President At Times And Decisions He's Made Such As Him Being Weak, Soft Of Forgein Policy, Etc... But I Take Back Anything Bad That I've Said Because The Truth Of The Matter Is We Can't Change The Mess That The Bush Administration Left President Obama With Back In 2009 Over Night It's Just Not Going To Happen But President Obama Is For The American People And We Need Him As Our President In 2012!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    May 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  85. Birddog in Mississippi

    For years Republicans have been painting Democrats as 'weak'. So much so that John Kerry, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy 1966-70 who was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat, was painted as being a pansy compared to GW Bush – who received a deferment. Never again. If somebody tries to say Obama's weak, then he can just say – "Go ask Bin Laden, by the way, you can find him at the bottom of the ocean."

    May 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  86. Ken

    No, it shouldn't be..... this was a goal set by the previous administration and Obama just got lucky that bin Laden was found now. He needs to be judged by his record so far not by what he stepped in.....

    May 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  87. Barbara in NH

    Jack,
    Should it be an issue as to the act or specific circumstances of the killing of Bin Laden ? No. Bin Laden was a scourge, a plague fatally infecting the humane, civil world and deservedly needed to be eradicated. Period.
    However, should the issue of being the U.S. Commandeer in Chief arise,if questions about fortitude and ability to develop strategies and to work as part of a security team, then yes, it should be brought into the conversation as a shining example of what can be accomplished when intelligent, rational people, work together and do their job. I seriously doubt that current " in your dreams" team of Republican presidential hopefuls are capable of doing a better job.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  88. Ramesh

    Yes, we need rethinking of what needs to done with Terrorist state with nuclear arms. Even if we assume that Osama was not protected by ISI, We have to think, if Pakistan intelligence is so incompetent that they can not identify the World's No 1 terrorist hiding on their soil, not for 1 or 2 week...5 whole years...., what gurantee is there they know anything about any of these terrorists plans to get to Pakistan's nuclear arsenals...it will be no time, before the next terrorist lays arms on nuclear arsenals.....unless...unless...unlesss....ISI is agreeing it funds, trains & controls these terrorists...and so no threat of these nuclear arsenal falling in their hands..unit they give it to them..

    May 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  89. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Whether it should or shouldn't be you can count on this – IT WILL. The Republicans caused the economic mess we're in and the Democrats are having trouble even trying to do anything about it. Neither side has much of a leg to stand on economically or in the jobs market. But where the last administration clearly decided that Bin Laden 'wasn't that important' this administration got the job done. Would you let that one go if you were running for office?

    May 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  90. Gary H. Boyd

    Yes it should because it domonstrates Obama had the cahones to authorize an attack. (I mention "cahones" only because today is Cinco DeMayo). He may even start wearing an American flag on his lapel.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    May 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  91. Ralph Spyer

    Did the republicans make it a issue when Jim Carter try to get the hostages and failed ? Well

    May 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  92. Gigi Oregon

    I guess I'm one of the few people who has an attention span larger than a decade. I still remember who and how we got into this trouble, we are in. Remember corporate America, the corrupted banking procedures where no one went to jail. Homes and jobs lost. Going to war in the wrong country after 9/11 with no war financing. Bail outs, to guess who... corporate America. Demeaning of President Obama for the past 2+ years by the republican party, only to show through their destructive nature etc. Of course it's going to be a plus for President Obama even if the press decides different. There are still a part of "we the people" who can still think for ourselves...even with biases presented to us.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  93. Brian, San Diego, CA

    Absolutely. The killing of bin Laden is as much about proving Obama's leadership abilities as it is about removing the terrorist behind 9/11. President Obama weighed all the potential risks, made the tough call, and then managed to keep any hint of what was happening out of his demeanor and the press while the mission went forward. Like him or hate him, you have to respect him for that.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  94. Ralph Nelson

    Yes, but energy independance and the jobs that go with it is issue #1. Too bad nobody has enough brains to use it, but than look at the candidates. I've been thinking of running out of frustration. I mean it!

    May 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  95. Joyce H

    The killing of Osama Bin Laden should not be an issue in the 2012 race for President, but it should prove to show that we already have a leader in Barack Obama who is not afraid to take on the issues. (and I might add, in a calm and professional way). The demise of Bin Laden, and passage of a healthcare bill are major accomplishments that other presidents have attempted, but were not successful in completing. He (President Obama) also helped avert a financial breakdown in the middle of an unstable economy. Jobs are still the number one priority, and I think that is slowly getting better. However, with all the talk from the Republicans and Tea Partiers, we have not heard any solutions as to how they would do any better. Just a lot of pandering to the fears of some of the American people. It didn't take a few years to get into the financial straits that America now finds itself in, and it won't take overnight to fix it. But I'll bet this administration still sees it as a top priority and are doing everything they can to remedy the situation. It will take all of us, including our elected representatives, working together to make America a better place. This should be the focus of 2012, not Osama Bin Laden. .

    May 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  96. Peter Bonafonte, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    Killing Bin Laden should not be an issue in the '12 election.
    The related issue should be; Why are we still there? What are our objectives and how will we know we've achieved them? When is enough enough?

    May 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  97. Jamal

    Of course it should. After all, Obama kept a promise, a rare occurrence among politicians.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  98. Jesusdude from D.C.

    The question is: "Can we overcome our feuds enough to form a bureaucracy that will annihilate the al-Qaeda and get people to actually be in a peaceful slumber for once?"

    Congrats on the death of Bin laden, but we mustn't get cocky. We should move on to the next obvious goal. Making his followers pay with their lives!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  99. Hank

    Jack - Definitely! His handling of this military operation as command in chief only support the idea that history will judge Obama as a great president.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  100. Mike

    I can count the number of times Obama has acted like a President and not a Congressman on one finger. And this is that time. It will definitely help him in 2012.

    Mike,
    Atlanta

    May 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  101. Karl in Flint

    By next year Bin Laden will be a thing of the past. We are a fickle bunch and as much as we hated OBL for so long for what he did and glad he's dead, he and his importance now will be just that: Dead. It will get mentioned here and there but it won't win the election for Obama. What he does with jobs and the economy will.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  102. Lamar Garner Tallahassee, Florida

    If a Republican president were in office now (John McCain /JEB BUSH?), You bet your booty they (REPUBLICANS)would MAKE SURE IT WOULD BE AN ISSUE IN THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL RACE. And they would brag incessantly about it right through ELECTION DAY!!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  103. Liberal4Obama

    If the shoe were on the other foot republicans would be cheering and using it as a political bludgeon... oh wait thats exactly what they did after 9/11

    May 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  104. Rick

    Jack

    I think it will be an issue in 2012. If Obama doesn't "use" this in his campaign, he'd be foolish. Will it sway voters to vote for him? I say yes. Neither Republican nor Democrat has an answer to our enormous debt disaster. We know how to solve it but are afraid to make those tough decisions, no one wants to give anything up.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  105. John from Albuquerque

    Why shouldn't it be? It's an accomplishment. Accomplishments go on your resume.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  106. Robert

    The GOP raised the issue in 2004 and 2008 when they repeatedly said that their candidate would be more capable of protecting the U.S. from terrorism and capturing Osama bin Laden than a Democratic candidate would. It seems they opened a can of worms here, seeing that Obama was able to do something in about two years that Bush couldn't in over six.

    It really isn't fair to say it is a legitimate issue a priori but once it makes the GOP look less effective it suddenly isn't a legitimate issue. Its their bed they can lie in it.

    Denver, CO

    May 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  107. unsub

    Obama's got my vote period!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  108. Jonathan

    Absolutely! Obama was blasted in the 2008 campaign because he suggested that the war on terror should be expanded to include portions of Pakistan. Turns out he was right. I don't know if I'll vote for him in 2012 (I didn't in 2008), but this is a mighty feather in his foreign policy cap.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  109. Ralph Lombardo

    Yes, if anything Pres. Obama's decision to send in the SEALS was a gutsy call...he could have used a smart bomb, and then boy you'd see conspiracy theorists...the decision showed leadership, courage, all with a certain grace...as far as I'm concerned he stands head and shoulders above those "carnival barkers", arm chair generals and psychotic (Glenn Beck for one) blabber mouths...so much for Obama being "soft" on terrorism and oh yea a "secret" Muslim...

    May 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  110. essie

    Yes! Because it shows that Prez Obama is capable, competent & a great Commander-in-Chief! HE GOT MY VOTE!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  111. Robert in Corvallis, Oregon

    We are already seeing a pullback of Republicans questioning the legitimacy of this, just as they questioned the legitimacy of the President's Birth. While it will play a role for the near term. In The Long Term I believe the issues really weighing things down will be the decider. Gasoline Prices, The Job Market, The Economy as a whole. Doing little or next to nothing about Gas Prices is going to hurt him. But as someone who voted for him, he has done a lot such as passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and Providing the "Make Work Pay Tax Credit" which has helped a whole lot. It comes down to Intelligence Vs Scare Tactics and who will win. Before the release of his Birth Certificate, Scare Tactics were winning. But now Intelligence is prevailing on this issue. If we continue to see the ignorance quotient lowered, and the common sense factor raised, Then Yes President Obama will be re-elected, but If Ignorance remains bliss....Well I think you see where I'm going with this.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  112. Tim in Texas

    When Obama stepped into office, we were losing 800 thousand jobs per month, and our economic growth was at negative 6.8%. In that circumstance, Obama had a choice, let us fall into a great depression or run larger deficits temporarily to get the economy growing again. Everybody hammered him for it, seeming to think that the job growth and economic growth just appeared magically. Then he passed a health care bill that decreases our debt by about a trillion dollars over ten years and covers 30 million people. Everybody hammered him for that – who knows why. I'm sure you all will figure out some reason to hammer him on Bin Laden too. Or maybe you all will just start yammering about the birth certificate again.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  113. dave in nashville

    One small victory in what, twenty years of terrorist acts in this country? OBL didn't even have techno communication with the killers in the field, so no, it's a non-issue. Our welfare here should be the sole issue.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  114. Ron

    I think that apart from turning water into wine and feeding the multitudes with a single loaf and fish, nothing is likely to silence those who seem intent on smearing him. With a field of competitors for the office ranging from uninspiring to outright jokes, there's little else they can do.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  115. Marc Dinkin

    Osama bin Laden's killing should certainly play into people's decision about whether to vote for Obama again. The fact that he instructed Leon Panetta to make it a priority again after the previous adminstration had mostly put an end to their efforts to find him, and the fact that within two years, they were successful, says a lot about thie adminstration's ability to idenitfy priorities and complete the task.
    It should not be the sole action on which this adminstration's foreign policy should be judged, as the failure to close Guantanamo, and the continued wasting of blood and treasure in Afghanistan must also be considered, but it certainly speaks volumes about their ability to utilize our resources in intelligence and the armed forces to fight terrorists.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  116. Jon

    Meh. It probably *won't* be, considering how short our national attention span is. That said, at least this should shut up all of the Obama haters who love to claim that Obama hasn't accomplished anything in the past three years...

    May 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  117. dennis in pa.

    should it be? no! will it be? depends if our troops are still in other countries other then ours! if the troops are still over there then yes it should be, because that was the mission from the get go! get bin laden,now he's dead according to our government. bring the troops home save money by doing so and move forward fixing our countries problems and not other countries problems.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  118. Ryan

    2012 is a ways off but Obama took a sledge hammer to the myth that only conservatives can be strong on national security and protect americans. That's a big blow to any conservative running against him.

    Ryan
    Castle Rock, Colorado

    May 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  119. Jason from NY

    Nope, I don't think so he's been wanted for a very long time. It's time to move on and focus on more things. People are disgusted on the "war on terror". You can't win a "war on terror", since terror exists no matter what. Therefore the death of Osama Bin Laden shouldn't be focused in the 2012 presidential election.

    Focus on more issues such as getting more American jobs back, instead of sending all of our jobs over seas.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  120. Rex

    If the President can make some headway with the economy, by all means the killing of OBL should be an issue. However, if no improvement to the economy is set in motion by 2012, this event will be overshadowed.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  121. Parm

    Bush would have bombed the whole city of Abbottabad and then started looking for OBL. I respect Obama in his handling of this situation, his respect for civilian life, his decision and his persona as a president. He is definately my choice for president in 2012.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  122. robert

    I'm glad that the U.S. finally got UBL.Of course,Obama will take credit for it. That's because everything else that moron has done has been a --up! Enjoy the limelight while you can loser!!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  123. Steve in Hawaii

    We remember Jimmi Carter for the failed hostage rescue attempt. It ruined him. Obama new full well that if this mission ended in failure, it would ruin him as well. He put it all on the line. I say it would be difficult to find another person in DC that would have done the same. I have loads of new respect for him, and I will not forget before 2012.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  124. Shawn

    Absolutely. If a Republican president had ordered the raid that killed bin Laden, they'd already be building monuments to his greatness. Why shouldn't Obama benefit politically from (rightly) making the call that rid the world of this heinous criminal? But of course, the "birthers," "deathers," and other tin-foil hat types will take every opportunity between now and the election to try malign Obama's judgement and marginalize his involvement in what was one of the greatest moments in the history of the Presidency of the United States. Sour grapes and tea do not mix well...

    May 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  125. Jason M

    Jack: It should be an issue as a retort to any GOP argument on national security, a long-time topic owned by the Republicans. It is one less area that the GOP can focus on deflecting attention from the fact that they want to give billions in tax breaks to the rich and corporations, while cutting any social programs that help people who can't help themselves. Corporations with first amendment rights? More tax cuts with a rising deficit? 1% of people with more than half of the wealth? It is a financial aristocracy they're building by focusing on other issues and people need to wake up.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  126. Heather

    Yes, shows he stands behind his words and can get the job done, simple.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  127. Harry

    I think it will and should, it shows alot about his leadership. After all the stuff Obama is up against, he brushes it off and continues forward in the best interests of the country. While others are trying to divide this great nation, he is trying to unify it. While others are trying to take us away from the issues that really matter, he puts them back on the plate. I think he is doing what is best for America and I think with Osama out of the way the world truly is a better place. Utimately, Pres. Obama and his administration has carried out a task that has not been able to be done within 10+years. No Americans were hurt, it was swift clean, and nothing was compromised. Good job.
    York, PA

    May 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  128. Nicholas Swann

    Absolutely NOT!!!! It is part of the chief executives job to protect us. It would be a cheap step if he used that in his campaign for president.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  129. Steve

    No, while it is a victory against terrorism, it is only one victory. There are more important issues that need to be addressed from a presidential standpoint. We cannot forget about the economy that affects every American.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  130. Jesse

    Jack,

    It's absolutely relevant. After the intelligence failures that plagued the Bush Administration (including the alleged "slam-dunk" evidence of WMDs), it means a lot to see our government actually making use of the multi-billion dollar intelligence apparatus we all pay for. The robustness of our economy isn't under one man's control; what reveals who we are is our judgment in trying, ambiguous, and down-right hairsplitting situations, and I think Obama passes that litmus test with flying colors. Plus, it doesn't hurt to have a President who actually thinks realistically about America's role in the modern geopolitical landscape, rather than a firebrand who thinks the more troops, the better.

    Jesse
    Chapel Hill, NC

    May 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  131. Charles

    The act itself, perhaps not.

    The manor in which it reflects judgement, resolve, and decisiveness, absolutely. I would also argue he has not been indesisive in the middle east, but has used quiet diplomacy. As details have come out regarding our behind the scenes role in Egypt, it is clear he was far more infomred and active than reported.

    Keep in mind, where we were seen as the great hope to many in Eastern Europe, we are seen much more skeptically in the middle east. Taking too strong a hand in the movements could undermine as much as strengthen them. Any entity we help would rightfully or wrongfully be seen as a puppet of us. Thus our responses and actions must be much more carefully exicuted and often without any fanfare highlighting our own envolvement.

    Subtlty has never been our strong suit. Fortunately our President understands it well even if we do not.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  132. Jordan

    As far as it proves Obama's foreign policy chops, yes. Bush couldn't catch Osama in eight years and eventually gave up, disbanding a dedicated CIA team and saying he didn't care where he was. Obama made it a priority right away and found him in two.

    Jordan, Birmingham AL

    May 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  133. Joe CE

    No but with idiots like the Trump, Palin, & the Tea Party around, it probably will be an issue.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  134. Ryan

    No! Besides, this is more of George Bush's win than President Obama's win!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  135. Sean McCloskey

    Wag the dog time. Seems really suspicious to me, we had the birth certificate come out the same week we find Osama. If this doesn't spell re-election nothing will, the same way Osama helped GW win the presidency the second time, Osama again will help re-elect another president.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  136. Francesca

    DUH! Of course, it should be an issue. Last POTUS talked about it getting it done; this POTUS DID get it done. It's huge and he should get credit for a really important achievement. He can no longer be called weak on foreign policy and he's got MAJOR game.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  137. Ron, WA

    You know it will be an issue! President Obama decided not to release photos of the dead Osama bin Laden – at least for now! Let’s say … what if Obama waits about say… 16 months to release the bin Laden pics & finally gives in because of pressure & doubt over OBL’s death, I wonder what that would do that for re-election #s? hmmm …

    May 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  138. "Rose

    Obama was doing his job and I don't think it should be a part of the 2012 race. However, the shady way his Bin Ladens body was dumped along with the fact that Obama has not done made any of the changes he promised to make in his last campaign SHOULD be a part of the 2012 election!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  139. Michael, Springfield, VA

    This country needs to look forward not backward. Killing bin Laden added closure to something that happened during the George Bush years. The next campaign needs to be about making this country competitive in the world economy, reigning in rampant overspending and borrowing to keep our government running and negotiating international trade deals that don't leave us bleeding and broke.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  140. Jon F - San Francisco, California

    I think there are a lot of far more important things on the national agenda. This was a nice accomplishment – it is a plus for Obama with a whole lot of other grades on various subjects. I really hope issues of substance hit the national debate this coming presidential race. Elections are more than contests – they are times when we go over our priorities amongst ourselves.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  141. Stanford - Atlanta

    President Obama did what Bush could not do in eight years. I think his way of taking care of America’s business succeeded where the others before him have failed miserably. Obama has represented the USA in a very positive light to the rest of the world. If torturing prisoners and invading other countries had actually worked, the Bush administration would have found bin Laden years ago.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  142. Matt J

    No, Jobless claims just hit a 8 month high and this is what the American people will be focused on in the 2012 election. Obama continues to weaken the dollar and focus on foreign policy rather than improving the country he stands for.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  143. Scott

    It has nothing to do with Obama other than he reportedly took 16 hours to think about what to do. A quicker response would have been better – in the case of a major attack on this country (911-like or similar) 16 hours is way too long to make a decision about a response to a situation where time would be of the essence. It is certainly a little longer than President Bush took to respond personally to 911 – and at that time at least the President wasn't in direct contact with the people waiting in harm's way to take action.

    All politicizing aside this episode and its success is the sole result of the work of the men and women of our armed forces and intelligence community. A real leader will humbly recognize them for that and deflect any supposed laurels for himself to the people who actually did the work. How much credit Obama takes for this, or allows others to to give him credit for will show what kind of president he is. Every bit of glory that ends up being reflected at Obama for this is insulting for those who serve.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  144. Jerry in Alaska

    No Jack its not that big of a deal as they have known where he was for MANY YEARS, and besides that, what 2012 election Jack??

    I have said ever since the OBAMANATION OF DESOLATION came to power with his promise of NEW HOPE & FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE TO BELIEVE IN (sounds like a new religion) that America would never survive this DISTRUCTIVE DREAM ACT of His/Theirs for another election & it appears i may be right.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  145. Terrance

    Yes Cafferty killing Bin Laden should be an issue in 2012. The way Obama and his team handled the situation and kept their mouths closed speaks volumes on Obama's administration and Obama's judgment. Just imagine how President Palin, President Huckabee or President Trump would have handled the situation. Now that's a scary feeling!!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  146. Andrew Brooks

    Hey Jack.

    First off, LOVE your show and your commentary. Your criticisms of the American public are authentic and the way you say them makes me smile.

    But to the question: In a word, no. President Obama did not directly kill Osama Bin Laden and, from my layperson's point of view, does not and should not weigh into more immediate domestic issues, such as the deficit which you bring up. Now President Obama will probably luck out inasmuch as the Republicans do not have any promising candidates. However, he should be on notice that he needs to work harder to find a real solution to our debt problems besides ENDLESSLY raising the debt ceiling. I mean, why bother having a so-called "debt ceiling" if we disregard it every year? No wonder why the American public distrusts government so much.

    -Andrew

    May 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  147. Tony

    Obama shouldnt get any brownie points. He's just the president at the time the CIA and Seals took him down. Jack lets be real for a moment, If killing Osama is a big issue in the next election this country is in a lot of trouble.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  148. kathy kucik

    getting bin Laden should not be paart of the re-election discussion, either pro or con. I can't help but think that there will be many more timely issues as we approach November 20112.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  149. Damian - Gunbarrel Colorado

    Hey Jack, The only role the killing of Bin Laden should play in the 2012 Election is that it's no longer an item that the next President will need to address.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  150. bill mcdannold jr

    Given that Obama chose to continue with established efforts to nail the perp – yes. Beyond that – NONE!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  151. Jack

    why not? it was a great job done by our president! has to account for something! if it stops sarah stalin or dondald chump from winning then YES!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  152. Dan

    While I feel that this should be a factor when considering President Obama's re-election, it shouldn't be a focus of the entire election. Not sure why this is even a subject now, the election is over a year away.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  153. Alex Mohtadi

    Of course I feel it does. In the wake of the Trump epidemic,Obama tried to show how capable he really is in running this country. Getting Osama has made him our so called hero and definitely increased his exposure. Why else would he be in New York today...just another way to win the ticket in 2012.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  154. Donald Godby

    Burkesville, KY
    It will be! And it will probably overshadow other issues more important at the time. Will it get Pres. Obama re-elected. He doesn't need it, he will have no viable opposition. The best my Republican party can come up with is a woman who couldn't manage her own family, a Rush Lembaugh wantabe, an extremely wealthy idiot, and Newt Gengrich (thought we'ed seen the last of him).

    May 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  155. Alejandro Vasquez

    Jack,

    The killing of Osama Bin Laden should not be an issue of the future but one of the past. We should not revive this issue when one of our goals have been accomplished. The real issues are the economy, the deficit, and other things that affect the American people. I don't understand why so many people are keeping the killing of Osama bin Laden an issue, isn't that one of the main objectives to get justice done ?

    May 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  156. Cyrus Florida

    The killing of UBL should be an issue in the 2012 elections but even if it is not.... Obama has done something that previous presidents have said they would do and failed. It definitely is a something the U.S. People will not forget come election time in 2012.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  157. Nancy, Tennessee

    The capture of Osama bin Laden on President Obama's watch does not make the winning candidate for 2012. Too much money and too many jobs have leaked out of our country for this to be the deciding factor. The people who don't have a job are not amused with the continuous coverage this once Saudi prince is getting. It's time to move on to the issue of jobs and the economy. Osama is buried – now let's forget him.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  158. George from Sarasota

    Since the Republicans started the hunt, and Democrats ended it, both parties should use it as an issue in the 2012 election. This way, it quickly cancel itself out, be usefulness to both parties, and they can then move on to more important issues, like jobs, Medicare, and our growing debt.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  159. Steve Auld Kingman Arizona

    No it shouldn't. I am not an Obama fan, but I think he handled this bin Ladne event very well. With that, I would hope that whoever was president would have done so as well. The rest of the political "hot potatoes" that he continues to bungle will be his demise at the election. Give the unemployed and gasoline dependant Americans a couple weeks to realize they still aren't getting a paycheck, or the one they get is to small.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  160. Roland Sprewell

    I believe the killing of UBL should be and will be a factor in the upcoming campaign. It's a shame, however, that this President could cure cancer, and it wouldn't even phase these miserable human beings, who absolutely can't stand that it was the last administration that couldn't finish what it had started.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  161. aelarsen

    why should the united states have to adhere to good treatment of bin laden....he was a security threat and killed thousands of americans....
    enough already.....grow up people because this is the face or counter terrorism

    May 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  162. Jason in AZ

    This is issue will be brought up of course, a big issue ? I don't think so unless the president is behind in the polls. I mean come on its politics after all. I'm no political analyst but the Bin Laden killing could tip the scales as long as the details are kept quiet. Through history the human race has done horrible things to get the "results' most don't want to know the "how" as long as the end result is in their favor.
    "What we don't know won't hurt us"

    May 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  163. Steven from Chicago

    What would the issue be – whether we can produce a birth certificate for bin Laden? At most this is a selling point that Obama's a tough commander in chief. But it's not big-picture and future-oriented. The big issues for the election will be issues we can do things about – for example, the economy and the debt. We can't do anything about bin Laden; it's all already been done, and so it can't and shouldn't be much of an issue.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  164. Ken Speller

    Seeing as the president's main job requirement is to protect the country, of course it is and should be an issue, just as it would be if he didn't get him.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  165. Ron in Louisville

    I glad Osama was killed but don't believe it should have any impact on the election. Any president would have taken similar action if Osama's whereabouts were known.

    The economy, jobs and the healthcare fiasco are the major issues for 2012

    May 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  166. Tom

    Jack whether or not we like it, the Republicans always bring up National Security in elections as if they own it. Osama will come up as a response to what the Democrats can do better than the Republicans (protecting this country in a real way) on National Defense (Security).

    May 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  167. Jason(Pennsylvania)

    No it should not be an issue, the killing of bin Laden is not an 'issue' as is the economy or debt, it was a moment in history. One should be elected based solely on policies, not one accomplishment, be it small or big as is the killing of bin Laden. I truly believe President Obama does not want the capture and killing of bin Laden to be the reason he is re-elected, thus not releasing the photos, among other reasons, which I feel he was correct on. Will the GOP bring up the killing and make it an 'issue' in the race, ABSOLUTELY. Its politics. Of course they will make it something to negatively effect President Obama's re-election hopes

    May 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  168. GREG (ST. CROIX, USVI)

    Jack,

    Whether we want it to or not, it will. That is just how politics work. I think it will be a big plus, but like you said, we quickly will forget about the OBL killing should some special interest group not get something they want that the President says no to. POLITICS, BROTHER, POLITICS!!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  169. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    It should be one part of the 2012 Presidential race in the area of foreign policy but that about it. There are still more foreign policy issues to talk about in addition to the killing of Bin Laden along with other important topics such as the economy, jobs, and other issues.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  170. Joseph Kavanaugh

    Hell No Jack!,
    Obama was just lucky enough to be the Lotto Ticket when they converged on his where abouts. Bin Laden was sought for before Obama entered the Whitehouse. Only and only the US military and CIA can take the kudos for the fall of Bin Laden... Obama in the eyes of the ignorant will proclaim him "The Man".. In the eyes of the country and the rest of the world, NOT... Start fixing this country and maybe Obama will become noteworthy!!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  171. Wes

    Jack,
    If the mission had failed, would Republicians used that against him?
    I think he might mention it later on.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  172. kim c

    If the killing of bin Laden showcases Prez Obama's courage, poise, intelligence, diligence, and leadership then of course it is an issue in the presidential election.

    Kim C
    Holmen, WI

    May 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  173. Barb

    Definitely yes! Bush was assertive after 9/11, in getting bin Laden dead or alive then the subject went by the wayside. The courageous Navy Seals got the job done under the leadership and orders of their Commander-in Chief, President Obama! We will all remember where we were on this historical date just as we did 11/22/63, and 9/11/01

    May 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  174. Steve Hunka

    I think it it should be a huge issue. He made a gutty call and showed what it takes to get something done that no one else could do in 10 years. Given the chance of another term maybe he could knock of the econmy and health cares issues that are terrorizing our country.

    Steve
    Pa.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  175. gurg

    Its the economy stupid!

    Obama and the DEMOs are going to suffer another major defeat.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  176. Ellen

    Yes, insofar as his handling of the situation from start to finish shows leadership and courage and the willingness to make tough decisions that endanger American lives, resources, intelligence and prestige. I think it is part of the narrative where he has drawn down in Iraq, taken the fight more strongly to Afghanistan, acted unilaterally in Pakistan when presented with the option, and continued to keep the council of the military who suggested that, much as we might want the world to see them, publishing the photos would inflame passions and put our fighting men and women in greater jeapordy (yes, those that do hate us anyway, but why try to turn a fairly passive negative reaction so far into a violent one by showing the images?). Those who would believe the photos don't need to see them, and seeing them won't convince any who don't believe. But I digress...). Yes.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  177. Bob in Houston

    Absolutely. Republicans are always trying to paint Democrats as afraid to use our military, but it was President Bush who refused to act on actionable intelligence and send troops into Tora Bora after Bin Laden for fear of American casualties. Obama sent troops into another country to kill Bin Laden without losing a man; that's what happens when we have someone with brains running the country.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  178. randy

    osama bin ladan. he;s yesterday news, how about the president and those clown that they like to be referred to as congressmen, they sit back and watch as this country is sinking in quicksand, and do nothing, republicans or democrats, they are all the same, do nothing for the people while they line their own pockets with benefits and money that the big oil companies pay for them to do nothing. this country will be destroyed by our elected officials. just wait and see, we working class supports them and they treat us like we are scum, people need to get new government officials in office,

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  179. Cortney

    NOT AT ALL! The search of Bin Laden has been ongoing for nearly 10 years, and the fact that we finally kill him makes it a PAST issue. Eventually it was going to happen, if anyone deserves recognition President George W Bush is the man who deserves this pat-on-the-back. He stood for his ideals and the ideals of a free and just America, amid criticizm and pleas to pull out of Afghanistan. What did Obama promise as soon as he was elected? To pull out of Afghanistan... did it happen? NOT AT ALL. It's amazing the things you may think you know before you're in the actual position. Obama is not the man who put in all of the work... that goes to the Dep of Defense.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  180. Ray Victory

    It should not be an issue as such, however it should be noted that the President has (and had) both the balls and the brains to successfully achieve the desired result. It might also be noted that his predecessor, when he had the actionable intelligence that bin Laden was in Tora Bora which was a far more "convenient" location was unable to accomplish the job.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  181. Gary in Pa

    Jack, I'm sure Obama and the Democrats will put forth all of their accomplishments during the past three years. They can cheer about the "Stimulus Program", the "growth" in the jobs market, closing gitmo, "energy independence", withdrawing of troops from Iraq in 18 months, etc. Promises that have not been kept or ideas that failed, but who is remembering.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  182. Marvin, Atlanta GA.

    I think it's important because it is confirmation of our relentless commitment to national security and justifies the need to keep it at the top of our national agenda.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  183. Becky

    I don't know about the Presidential race, but it certainly needs to be an issue if the decision is made to withhold wages of the mitilary servicemen and women. They should be exempt from any government shutdowns. I really feel in my heart that this man really cares about our country and if given enough time would do his best to bring this country back from the mess George Bush left us in.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  184. Travis

    Cant take this from Obama, it cost us 3 trillion but its done, great work Mr. President 13 out of 15 promises is great work. Cant remember any president with such a record in recent 30 years.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  185. aelarsen

    president obama did the deed....bin laden had to die (period)
    congratulations on good work by obama and the US military...go seals

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  186. Mike

    Jack,

    I do not think it should be an Obama issue. Sure he was the President that issued the order but let us not forget this hunt has been underway for many years. I am speaking as a Army Soldier that gives my thanks to President Bush and the effort he put into the hunt.

    I myself think it's wrong to give President Obama the full credit for this. Seal Team 6 gets my first salute then President Bush and all the people who has been on the hunt since 9/11.

    This is soley my opinion and no one else. President Obama gets no high five from me. Where was he when this started. This Intel was not provided overnight. Give credit where credit is due and that is to the Seal Team that ended the life of the most evil enemy the US faced.

    Mike
    -----

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  187. gary duffett

    Why should Osama BinLaden be any part of the 2012 election campaign??? Of course NOT - neither side of the aisle is listening to the American People --– "IT'S THE ECONOMY STUPID" -– All the gang of -535- seems to be interested in, is "GETTING RE-ELECTED" -– Personally, I think they should ALL be thrown out on their ear. - Keep up the good work Jack, wife and I just love your comments.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  188. Stewart in Portland

    It will be Jack. There is a lot I don't like about Obama's administration, but they have represented us well. While the sideshow and barkers a little more quiet, Barack has stayed the mature, adult, and somber about this.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  189. Scott - Indiana

    Certainly not! Is this what 'any' President is supposed to do- protect our country? Kudos for the kill – but my gosh, Gas prices are higher then they've ever been, unemployment is still at a record high, housing
    is down the drain – still after Usama is gone!- President Obama has way too many unaddressed issues that he needs to address – and he has to understand that although he hit a home run – with the kill – the game is not over! By 2012, Usama will be an afterthough just like
    Sadaam is now!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  190. Scott McKearney

    Much as Obama's Centrism has turned me off, he get's a big round of applause for his poker face before the Bin Laden killing. Sometimes it takes the dreams of a younger man to send him out to take risks and kick some butt.

    Bush never tried because "what if it failed."

    I applaud Obama for his selfless guts.

    It almost turns my vote back to his side again.

    Hell, there is nobody else with Kahunas to vote for.

    Hillary won't run

    May 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  191. Sem

    Well we could debate about Donald Trumps hair...

    Don't forget Obama is seeking a job with us and wouldn't you bring up your best accomplishment on a resume?

    He got the job and killed Osama... If Obama was a Republican we wouldn't be asked this question. We all know Bush would be rubbing it in all our faces.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  192. Barbara T. from Las Vegas

    Absolutely not, Jack! Although knowing our fearless leader he will most certainly thrust his "victory" at us frequently. All you had to do was listen to his announcement on Sunday night and count how many times he said I, my and me. Our President is very good at voting "present", then taking credit for what others accomplish. The President did nothing here; credit goes to those who did, like the CIA and of course the Navy Seals. All Mr. Obama did is give the okay to do so.

    I do agree with you that once people start looking at his record again, even using bin Laden won't help him. Let's face it, a 6 point "bump" was no huge thing. Apparently lots of us are still focusing on the issues here.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  193. Jeremy, Oak Park

    Osama Bin Laden is dead and buried. Any 'issue' concerning this even should be buried along with him. Those running for office should only press the issues that affect American citizens. While foreign affairs is a big part of this, the death of a man like Osama will only be used for political gain by tugging on the heartstrings of all Americans. Any politician that aims to do this is pathetic and not fit to run our country.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  194. Jeff

    Undoubtedly it'll come up as a talking point. But next year his death won't be as important. There will be more relevant issues facing the republic next year, and that leaves no time to dwell on the past.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  195. Izzy

    no Jack, since it is not debatable that Obama should and does get credit for this. but when people hit the poles for the 2012 elections, they should keep in mind the excellent work of Obama on this raid, he did what bush failed to do for us. At some point of time, some of these hyper-conservatives have got to give him credit for some sort.. and on another note Jack, i just want to say that Donald Trump is biggest idiot i have ever seen in the political world, and he is giving the U.S.A a bad Image!!!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  196. GREG (ST. CROIX, USVI)

    Oh by the way, if he had failed, it would be used against him forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  197. Meg, AZ

    Absolutely! Because this is a HUGE event that was well handled proving President Obama has good judgement and was willing to take Osama out, therefore providing justice for this nation.

    It was President Obama's decision to do this. This will be in our history books. We should all be grateful to everyone involved.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  198. cynthia marie

    Bin Laden's death should not be an issue during the 2012 elections.
    The economy, especially here in Michigan, should be the main issue. I wasn't going to vote for him on Saturday and I'm certainly not going to vote for him today or in 2012.
    Isn't it funny that he/they knew for months the whereabouts of BL, he chose the attack so close to the 10 year anniversary?

    May 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  199. Tofik Mohamed

    I don't think only killing of Osama bin Laden be an issue for presidential race 2012. Right now, the problem of American people is Job. I wish the president can create a job in the remain of his term. American people memory are short. The issue of Osama Binladin will go away soon. The only thing American people will never forget their daily life job. so I advice president to create more, if he needs American people re-elect him.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  200. Joe Namongo

    Should this even be a question to debate on? Can you imagine OBL being killed under a Republican government?

    May 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  201. Cayla

    I think Obama has show himself to be a very strategic and effective president. I think it is very important to have a president that thinks before acting on all issues. So I'll take Obama over some inexperienced candidate any day. Through out his term he has had some ups and downs but he seem to always prevail in the end. It doesn't matter how you start, its how you finish. Obama always finish strong. The economy is improving although slowly. I want the country to keep moving forward and not go backwards.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  202. Elaine DeCarmo

    No it shouldn't.

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    May 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  203. James Harrison

    None of us know what the issues will be at the time of the election but I do know that Barrack Obama's Patriotism will not be subject to debate. With the killing of Osama bin Laden he has secured that position into the hearts and minds of most Americans.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  204. ike

    Of course Jack. The man made a promise while running for election and he kept his promise. Shouldn't that matter? All we ever heard from the right wingers was how weak the President is. How he doesn't fight for the things he believes in. Well, tell me Jack, who is laughing now?

    May 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  205. Independent Joe

    Jack,

    Kudos to Obama for doing his job. Now, back to the economy.

    Joe (Mn)

    May 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  206. Bill

    I'd rather follow a goat than follow Obama off the cliff into economic oblivion.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  207. Jama Ali Greensboro,NC

    Killing Osama bin Laden will be a huge issue in 2012 election and will most likely put Obama on the top again. Jack, this is a problem Bush could not solve in his eight years in office and this guy (Obama) came and got it done in two years time. This is enormous and very significant issue in the next election, if not the most important one.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  208. BIll in VA

    I don't think the killing per se will be an issue. We all agree that it needed to be done. But it will show that Obama was finally decisive and engaged, something he has arguably not been and that will be a plus for Obama if no one ever mentions bin Laden. . As a derivative issue, I hope people also remember the Obama of 2008 where everything Bush did was wrong but now we still have Gitmo, we will have tribunals, Petraeus was needed more than ever (wasn't it "betray us" when he was "Bush's general).

    Obama showed he was clueless in 2008.... with the capacity to learn from Bush.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  209. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Jack
    Killing Bin Laden will define the Obama Presidency in history. It will not overule Obama Care or Deficit Politics in 12.
    "It's the Banking and Illegal Immigration stupid" that will leverage the next election.
    Nothing is more central to the debt ceiling than The Federal Reserve and Banking Policy .."The Forth Covert Branch of Government"
    Congress may be where the fires burn but, the Federal Reserve is providing the fuel.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  210. sally in Texas

    When Obama took office the world hated us, we were headed into a great depression, we were losing in Afghanistan, we had enormous debt, and Bin Laden was yucking it up in a mansion while plotting more attacks on us, oh.. I forgot – pirates were attacking us and we had more uninsured people than the entire population of Canada and Australia combined.
    Because of Obama's leadership, the economy is growing, Bin Laden is dead, people in Egypt are carrying signs thanking America instead of burning our flag, and 30 million Americans will so have health care. Do we still have debt, yes. But I certainly trust Obama to deal with it more than any republican out there.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  211. One guy

    Not an issue. Whoever was President, democrat or republican, at the time we located Bin Laden would have ordered the operation. It was a no brainer decision.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  212. Kepi Wash DC

    Its Already is.
    Bush declined to attend Obama's Ground Zero Speech for a reason.
    The more Bush shows his face, the more it reminds people of his "Legacy" and hurts the republicans. You don’t see much of Bush for a reason. But no doubt Obama invited him for the same reason. The Political Game Continues…..

    May 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  213. Tofik Mohamed

    I don't think only killing of Osama bin Laden be an issue for presidential race 2012. Right now, the problem of American people is Job. I wish the president can create a job in the remain of his term. American people memory are short. The issue of Osama Binladin will go away soon. The only thing American people will never forget their daily life job. so I advice president to create more jobs, if he needs American people re-elect him.

    tofik hamid mohamed.

    Minnesota.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  214. Scooter

    President Obama deserves to be viewed as a focused, determined and decisive President who took a risk that had a welcome, successful outcome. Anyone who doesn't give him credit for this is unwilling to face the reality that this is a man who is intelligent and a great leader and deserving of another term.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  215. LJ

    Jack,
    Absolutely – this shows the character and leadership of the man Obama. We should also juxtapose his actions against those of Republican leadership which run around claiming credit for these actions due to torture and the actions of the ever so popular Mr.'s Bush, Cheney and Rummy.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  216. Fran Hay

    It should AND it will. Gone will be the dithering, absent-minded law professor image that NEVER WAS. It will be replaced by the ACTUAL image of a thought-provoking, inquisitive, long-term thinker who is not engaged in the "silliness" that the extremes like to consider politics. I HOPE . . .AND PRAY!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  217. Joseph Kavanaugh

    Jack it is simple,
    I'll make this quick,
    Oil is still 4.00 a gallon,
    and it makes us sick!!!

    Postal Joe Rock Hill New York

    May 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  218. william pesota

    Of course getting bin Laden should be an issue in the 2012 elections. Once again, Obama has cleaned up a mess left to us by Bush. It was Bush, after all, who decided it was a good idea to let the Afgan military to go after bin Laden at tora bora...where they promptly let him go...it was also Bush who disbanded the CIA unit assigned to find bin Laden. Moral of the story: Democrats clean up Republican messes.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  219. Dennis L. Larkin

    This should not be a factor in the next election. This wasn't even Obama's plan the wheels were already in motion before he took office.

    The ecomomy is still in shambles, the debt has increased dramatically and gas prices are at historic levels. He campaigned and blamed Bush on gas prices when they were $1.87 per gallon and now they are over $4.00 per gallon. These are the important issues needing to be addressed.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  220. James in SD

    It will be an issue because the media will make it one, whether the people want to hear about it or not!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  221. Sherry H

    How can it not be an issue? President Obama will always be known as the Commander in Chief who caught Enemy #1. History will always remember the fact that he is the one who gave the order to storm that compound, so I don't think just a little over a year is going to dilute the impact of that call very much.

    While there are still other issues to face, jobs that need to be created, an economy that needs to be resuscitated, and an inability to know right now who will be the GOP nominee, no one can say for certain.

    What is certain, however, is that President Obama has proven himself. To make the tough decision, to risk himself, for the greater good. I think in the end what Americans want is not just solutions but someone who geniunely has the American people in mind.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  222. Mike

    For President Obama's sake, I hope not. Capturing him and bringing him to justice would have been much better. The killing of an old, unarmed man, no matter how evil, when capture was plainly possible makes his administrations stance on torture, rendition, and detainees at Gitmo completely hypocritical

    Mike
    Kansas City

    May 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  223. max H

    George W. promised he would smoke Bin Laden out of his whole, well he didn’t do that yet got re elected.
    We should give credit where credit is due and president Obama did finish the job and that should go on his résumé.
    Max, Texas

    May 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  224. Cee, La

    Everything else is going to be an issue...why not the killing of UBL.......he didnt pull the trigger but our president showed cool steady resolve......in the planning of this mission.....I can assure you his detractors would sure as hell bring it up if the mission had failed......

    May 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  225. Chris

    What did you imagine happening for Obama to get reelected? Taking out Osama..Done. It's in the bag and the Republicans know it.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  226. Patricia Weiss

    Yes, it should be an issue in the 2012 election. Everyone involved in this should be as proud as we are of them. Will it be soon forgotten or spun into something we won't recognize. PROBABLY. We have seemed to have already forgotten that this administration inherited most of these problems. And heaven forbid that you and others recognize that we are coming out of the recession and the job situation is slowly getting better.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  227. Gerard Ruppe

    No, more important issues remain and this was not achieved just because of the last 1 or 2 years but many years and "Ways" of gaining intel. Obama was lucky that the right information was attained now. The actual Leads could have come from "Waterboarding" that started the investigating in the right direction. The economy, debt, foriegn policy and his ability (or inability) to lead and handle them should be what people use to decide who to vote for. So far, in these areas, he does not rate good and was dropping rapidly in the polls just before Bin Laden was killed.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  228. James

    The Killing of Osama bin Laden should be an issue in '12.
    Why? It takes a lot of courage and leadership to do what President Obama did. So many things could have gone wrong and he would be blamed, yet he went forward calculating his risks, and emerged victorious.

    What if this attempt failed?
    would it be an issue in '12?

    May 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  229. John Wilson

    Absolutely!

    Any time a president of the great United Sates of America, consciously hides behind an abuse legal mechanism, Title 50, tells our elite covert fighting forces, the Navy SEALS, that he wants Osama bin Laden DEAD and not to even consider taking him alive, that is absolutely an issue for the next election!

    We are the USA and we do NOT have our president issue KILL orders; that is something the John Gotti family does. We are so much better than that! This president has only eroded the moral authority of our great nation and put us on an equal footing with the extremists that he claims he is fighting!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  230. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    Jack,

    It shouldn't be a 2012 issue when you look at the last 20 years where no president to-date has seen fit to t to-date has seen fit to uphold their Oath of Office

    May 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  231. James

    Should OBL be an issue in '12.
    Why? It takes a lot of courage and leadership to do what President Obama did. So many things could have gone wrong and he would be blamed, yet he went forward calculating his risks, and emerged victorious.

    What if this attempt failed?
    would it be an issue in '12?

    May 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  232. debbie

    Definitely! We need a president who can connect the dots!! It's awful to have a president who justifies using torture to force out information from captured terrorists , then doesn't know what to do with the info when he gets them. We need a smart president w/ a good temperament and knows how to pick side kicks.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  233. Wayne

    I commend the President for making a good decision on UBL. However, I think it was a pretty easy decision to make based on the intelligence they had.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  234. wetfuse13485

    It is clear that it will be because the press will make it part of the issues even though we have pressing issues that have to deal with Oil and the Economy. I really am just hoping that there is a good debate on the subject matter that the American People want to hear about instead we will probably get the usually commentary that deal with lack of issues that are concerning us but will lead to personal attacks from each major party...

    US NAVY RETIRED
    5326 (SO/ S.E.A.L.) 21 YRS OF MILITARY SERVICE

    May 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  235. Robin DuBarry

    No Jack, I do not think that the killing of Osama bin Laden should be an issue in 2012 election. That was something that was going to be done eventually anyway, no matter who was in the White House because it had to be. I understand that in a way that did affect our way of life, but our real issues that trouble us each and every day.......Healthcare, the deficit, gas prices, ect., those are the things that stop economical growth. We have no right to try and tell others how to run a country when we are having trouble sustaining ourselves. We are a country that is in great economical trouble.

    Robin DuBarry
    Bush, La.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  236. Scott in Massachusetts

    Much as Obama's Centrism has turned me off, he get's a big round of applause for his poker face before the Bin Laden killing. Sometimes it takes the dreams of a younger man to send him out to take risks and kick some butt.

    Bush never tried because "what if it failed."

    I applaud Obama for his selfless guts.

    It almost turns my vote back to his side again.

    Hell, there is nobody else with Kahunas to vote for.

    Hillary won't run

    May 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  237. Joel Sartoris- Monterey CA

    No, all Obama did was authorize a mission that Panetta and the CIA (and let's not forget the SEAL team) planned and executed, which included intelligence gathered during the Bush administration. In my view the should have gone for the no-risk option of arial bombing the compound. Instead, he risked lives other than his own. If anyone should benefit politically it should be Panetta. If he (Panetta) were to run he would get my vote.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  238. Mike Banaker

    Yes, why not. We should not forget that we have been told by Dick Chaney and Carl Rove in George Bush’s era that Republicans are the only groups that can protect us form the bad guys and terorrists. That’s why George Bush was elected for the second term.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  239. James Wilson

    Jack,

    I think Bin Laden's death is an appropriate topic in conjunction with discussing how we are going to be reducing U.S. presence in the three middle-eastern conflicts (at least I hope that is a part of the discussion that goes on during the 2012 presidential campaigns. If it's not, it should be!)

    May 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  240. James Baker

    Sure why not they got Bin Ladin on Obama's watch.He should get the credit for it. He could clinch the race if he could get Opec under control

    James Baker

    Campton,Ky

    May 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  241. Sam

    The failure to kill Bin Laden would surely have been used as an issue in the 2012 race, so why shouldn't the success in killing him be? The fact that Bush said he wanted Bin Laden "dead or alive" helped him in his approval ratings definitely and later in his 2004 win.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  242. Sam

    The failure to kill Bin Laden would surely have been used as an issue in the 2012 race, so why shouldn't the success in killing him be? The fact that Bush said he wanted Bin Laden "dead or alive" helped him in his approval ratings definitely and later in his 2004 win.

    Leawood, KS

    May 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  243. Chastity

    No it should not, but no matter what this president does he can't win. Before we were in Libya everyone was saying why doesn't the US help, now that we are, the the republicans are saying why are we there. President Obama can do nothing to get credit in foreign policy!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  244. Catmom

    Perhaps now the people who refuse to give this President a chance will see that he IS trying to do what he thinks is best for our country. Perhaps now, people will be willing to give his policies a chance. Perhaps they will demand that their Republican Congress people try and work WITH him rather than trying to destroy him. We can only hope. I can only imagine what our country would be like if ALL of Congress began to work with the President for the good of our country.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  245. Wayne

    I think the President laid his future career on the line with his decision to enter a foreign country with Navy Seals and attach that compound in a semi residential area, not knowing for sure in Bin Laden would even be there. It was basically an act of war. If anything had gone wrong the lowlife politicians would have eaten him for breakfast. He made a brave decision. So as much as presidential hopefuls and current politicians would like to wish, you had better believe it will make a difference to the majority of the American people. We will see you at the polls and we will NOT FORGET!
    Thank You President Obama...

    May 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  246. krys

    how could foregin policy and national security not be an important issue? without a secure country what difference does anything else really make? to ignore or dismiss those that have ill will towards us is in essence national suicide. furthermore if obama had not proven himself in this important area during this term you had better believe the gop would have without a doubt made it an issue...i can only imagine what the commercials would have been. so wake up people in death your education your health or lack there of your sexual preference your economic status and believe it or not not even gas prices...none of it or anything else you can dream of matters.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  247. Steve in FL

    Yes of course! I think Obama has proved himself in foreign policy without a doubt. I have not given up on his attempts to fix the economy either. He said it would not happen overnight and that in fact will take a long time. What I do know is that as Bush left the White House, the DOW was at an all time low at about 6000 Pts. Well now its at 12790 Pts. and jobs are coming back slowly. I do not trust the GOP to be good stewards of our money.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  248. Jerry Scituate, MA

    No way should the killing of Bin Laden be an issue. The clear issue is with our deficit spinning out of control and jepordizing our country. I want to see our government leaders make hard choices by significantly cutting spending rather than approaching cutting spending in a less than vigorus way becasue of wanting to be elected come 2012!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  249. John Altanta

    "And somehow people suddenly forget how inexperienced and ineffective he seemed on foreign policy as recently as a few weeks ago."

    Says who? The birther, the T Baggers and the Party of no? Cafferty is a Hack Republican spinster. The president foreign policy has been nothing but 100 p[ercent succesful in every way. You repulicans lie to each other so much you expect everyone else to beleive it to, then your stunned when reality sinks in and there are no WMD's or the economy is not actually "fundinentally sound" or the defecit actually does matter. Shallow empty lies are all the party has offered since Bush took over and this disaster started.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  250. albert berman

    the protection of AMERICA is the # 1 job of the Commander in Chief.
    George Bush thought it so important that he justified using torture to insure our safety ... SO TWO (and if you include Clinton) 3 out of the last 3 Presidents feel our safety is paramount !
    of course it is an issue for us to recognize and give credit for in the next election ... as far as the economy just like Bin Laden took time to take care of ... so too does the reparing of that require time. The building blocks of Bin Laden's demise were laid over the last ten years .... the building blocks of the repaired economy is taking place as well.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  251. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    It shouldn't be a 2012 issue when you look at the last 20 years where no president to-date has seen fit to uphold their Oath of Office and protect their people from what is still happening right here in the U.S., such as the wide open borders that could easily allow a dirty bomb to be carried across without detection. Look how people and tons of drugs that make it through!! We have 11-20 million illegals for terrorists to hide among! Our sovereignty deserves the same protections because there is the financial threat that eludes this president and the last one, and most Democrats that see fit to allow 8 million illegals to work while we have massive unemployment and states struggling to survive while they do nothing except spend like there is no tomorrow!!

    York Va

    May 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  252. Chente

    It should be an issue for a number of reasons. Whether or not one agrees with Obama's policies, this is the moment he became presidential. Especially when one considers the couple of days leading to Sunday – the birther debate, the visit to the tornado-ravaged areas, the White House correspondent's dinner.

    Even though this action, which he had authorized but had not yet happened, had to be weighing on his mind, he didn't allow it to distract him. That showed true leadership and should lead to a re-evaluation of Obama as a leader.

    Having said that, this issue should be discussed on the merits of whether or not it should've played out without first notifiying Pakistan. After all, how would the USA react if foreign military forces landed on American soil without our consent using a similar rationale?

    May 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  253. Don

    Sure it should; but only as one of MANY considerations of how the President handled his job. He studied the situation and took appropriate action (THAT should be a consideration); but the fact that bin Laden happened to be found during his watch was just the luck of the draw.

    Let's not overdo this as "the" issue for 2012. There are plenty of others that need to have equal weight.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  254. Jason, Seattle

    The issue will not be should we have killed OBL, but rather the debate will center around the legality/ethics of an unannounced surgical strike on a sovereign nation's soil and what exactly is the Obama Doctrine.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  255. Edward

    It won’t affect my decision; his rivals would also have said yes, which is all he really did. If I had to choose now, in order, my preferences, they’d be Daniels, Christie, Huntsman, Romney, Pawlenty, Ryan, Cantor, Obama, Paul, Thune, Bachmann, Huckabee, Santorum … Mickey Mouse, Gingrich, Trump.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  256. Kevin Morgan

    Why not make it an issue, Jack? The American people are generally too stupid to understand the real issues. This one, on the other hand, lends itself quite easily to political spin for the simplistic reality tv watching masses out there. Obama and his gifted political crew will have no difficulty masking how complex this operation was, easily convincing everyone that Obama came up with the idea during his last round of golf. And obviously in killing bin Laden, Obama, in one audacious act, has single-handedly eliminated all terrorism from the entire planet and finally brought peace to the world...just as that Nobel suggested he would.

    But, hey, any Republican President would have done the exact same thing.

    Our country is pathetic.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  257. Troy

    Sure it should be an issue. While the loudest voices from the radical right in our country were hunting for a birth certificate our President was being a commander in chief and hunting down a terrorist.

    Troy
    From Shreveport, LA

    May 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  258. Chase in Cali

    Obama of course can use it. But, it's only going to gain him support w/in his party and a few in the middle. Those that are disgusted w/ his inept presidential leadership over the last 2 + years will applaude his efforts to capture Bin Laden, but votes will not be earned.

    Obama has proven to be a joke of a leader, has only driven this country further in debt and racial tension has grown to some of the worst levels in decades.

    I'm not calling 2012 a victory for the GOP just yet, but, this coming election will NOT be as easily won like the last one.

    Good luck to the drones of Obama, you're gonna need it.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  259. sara from South Dakota

    No because our worn out military soldiers should be given FULL credit and not our corrupted government. Just 2 weeks or so ago, our soldiers weren't going to get their paychecks because of the idiots in Washington. Our military are not being taken care of like they should, how insulting! It seems like a new trend lately - insulting anything American. Well I know this for sure, WE THE PEOPLE are tired of it. Obama is just another politicians that is only worrying about 'his people' and could careless about We The People.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  260. youranIdiot

    Yes, it shows that Obama is not only smarter than the previous village idiot from Texas but can also develop strategies, speak, plan and pull the trigger correctly. This president was saddled with a major debt and a country on the verge of bankruptcy from the previous republicans and has done well. He also showed integrity of not putting a picture of a mans eye socket blown out and his face deformed from a needed bullet.

    The question is should Obama have to dumb down to fairly go against Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.? I say no.... America will choose Obama for 2012.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  261. Tony

    The economy is in really bad shape. The price of gas is just the start. Do we think the Dems and the Reps and Obama will really work together because OBL has been killed? Now Obama will just use this to try and get the polls up for his run again. He will not get my vote ever. PS how much money have we given Pakistan over the years, not counting 1/2 the mid-east? OBL was living in plain sight, they didn't KNOW????

    May 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  262. Daniel

    It sure couldn't hurt Jack. You know as well as I do it'll be brought up in some future campaign commercial. Another notch in Obama's string of accomplishments. He's cartainly not perfect, but in just over 2 years, he's done more than most other past 3 Democratic administrations combined: 1) He averted a potential 2nd economic Depression 2) Sparking a slow, but steady recovery, 3) Saving Detroit from bankruptcy and thousand of further job losses 4) Refroming Healthcare, 5) Cutting corporate welfare, 5) Credit card reform 6) Massive Investment in clean energy, 6) And now killing the world's # 1 terrorist? Not a bad resume to me Jack.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  263. Joey in Oregon

    Yes it will be an issue in 2012. Bush spent 8 years looking for WMD'S,,instead of looking for Osama bin Laden.Obama found and had bin Laden killed first term.By the way I heard bush turned down joining Obama at Ground Zero , tell me he's not still looking for WMD'S,PLEASE

    May 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  264. David in Seattle

    If it was good enough issue for Bush to run on (and win) in 2004, its good enough for 2012. Bush campainged on how the boogeymen were still out there. Now the President can campaign on how the head boogeyman is gone.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  265. Constantine, Sugar Land, Texas

    In 2006, George Bush admitted that capturing Osama was not a priority. Bush didn't even know if OBL was dead or alive. Jack, if you asked this question 10 years ago it would have been a topic to talk about. Let's move on.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  266. Mike

    It will be an issue and I am sure that the Obama administration will put it out there as a feather in their cap. I don't find it to be any more motivating of an issue for me to cast my vote for Obama. It was years in the making and I don't find it that difficult for a sitting President who had to say YES OR NO to kill someone who we've been looking for. Think about it – if you were told Osama was hiding in a house in Pakistan wouldn't you give the OK to go ahead and see what is up?? Not that hard of a question. But, we will see in the upcoming months if the American people look at the facts and not just the one hit wonder of killing someone that anyone would have hit the red button to do.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  267. Dapo Odummosu

    The answer to your question can be found from a paraphrase of 1 Samuel 18 verse 7. It goes like this: Bush hath slain his thousands, and Obama his ten thousands.
    Goliath threatened the Israelites and they had no clue about how to get him. David came and slew him. Do you see any similarities?
    Why should there not be a connection between May 2011 and November 2012?

    May 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  268. Kenneth Krieger

    There are only three issues for the election. JOBS JOBS JOBS. Ken Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    May 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  269. SH in AL

    Give me a break. In almost 4 years he's done nothing but spend a lot of time on TV and vacation. The economy has not rebounded, last month was one of the highest unemployment rates and he wants to freeze the pay of government workers to save money. The man hasn't got a clue – and unfortunately most Americans don't either. He will use this as political gain – the one thing he has done. Most Americans will forget all the things he said he would do, but hasn't. True, the Congress controls the country, but he had two years with his own party in command and where are we – passed a budget 6 months late, he signed a Health Care bill NO ONE wants and will break small businesses; and he wants reelection. The sheep of America will remember this.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  270. Helena Montana

    President Obama kept his campaign promise to find Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. The President has integrity and will be re-elected in 2012.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  271. LaShawn

    Capturing Bin Laden was not a requirement for the previous election, and we all know it won't be for the up and coming election. President Obama is no different than a rock star if you like the music you will buy, if not it will just sit on the shelf. One nation under God, I’m proud to be an America. Please we are so busy trying to determine who should get the credit for killing Osama bin laden, but no one wants to take the responsibility for the economy or the rising gas prices. Ok, Osama is gone now, can we get back to the real issues surrounding this country. Many of our fellow Americans at this very moment have no place to live due to tornados, flooding and homes devastated and let’s not forget the many people who lost their lives just a week ago who will never even know Osama is dead. FYI while we are all sitting around complain about seeing a photo of a dead man shot in the head and the chest , many of us still have family still fighting for us on that very foreign soil. Besides you can find people shot in the head on almost any channel …

    May 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  272. Charlotte

    National security is always an election issue. This is the "3 a.m." phone call.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  273. Jasmine in Germany

    Yes, of course. Bin Laden was "taken down" during Obama's regime. Let's not forget it too soon.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  274. Shane in FL

    Obama went after the terrorist. Bush went after the oil. Bush ruined the economy with the Iraq campaign.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  275. Lamar Garner Tallahassee, Florida

    NO. Given the length of time the hunt for bin Laden has been ongoing, with all the accompanying frustrations having ensued, along with the cunning intelligence of Osama, and complicity (as we now KNOW, and long suspected) of the Pakistanis and Afghans, as well), to dally one second would have been foolish and UNNECESSARY. I, for one, have no memory of a plan from the other side that included any humanitarian component in its murderous actions.

    Of course, though, I have resisted a lifelong tendency to resort, in theory, to my Southern biblical upbringing of a belief in an "EYE FOR AN EYE AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH".

    Thank

    May 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  276. Chris - Denver

    heck yeah. With Obama in charge the world is on notice: Don't mess with the US!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  277. Don in Nevada

    Sure Jack, why not. But I also hope the Health Care Reform is in there too. Thanks for that all of you lawmakers, my health insurance premiums and deductibles got jacked up this year and I am not even sick. My deductible is so high that I essentially pay for ALL medical expenses out of pocket. The only reason I have insurance is in case I get cancer, but I would have to file bankruptcy if I got that, with or without insurance! Go figure.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  278. Norry Sponce

    The majority of people are not lost on the lessons learned here. The recent days have revealed with increasing clarity the stark contrast between the president and his adversaries. While Obama has quietly and efficiently conducted the critical business of the nation, the GOP field wastes time on birth certificate nonsense, Fox News bombast, and Tea Party pandering.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  279. roger

    My lord people have their heads in the fog. Obama deserves some credit because it happened on his watch, absolutely. Other than that? nothing he has done looks presidential, nothing. He looks like a deer in the head lights.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm |