Should President Obama use Osama bin Laden's death in his campaign?
April 30th, 2012
03:35 PM ET

Should President Obama use Osama bin Laden's death in his campaign?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama is sounding more like the hypocrite-in-chief.

Contrary to statements he's made in the past, he's using the one year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in his re-election campaign.

A web video narrated by former President Bill Clinton praises Mr. Obama's decision to order the killing of the Al Qaeda leader.

Vice President Joe Biden used a bumper sticker slogan that thanks President Obama, "bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive." Biden suggests it might have been the other way around were Romney president.

So much for what the Obama White House was saying when bin Laden was killed.

In the days following the bin Laden raid, President Obama said he decided not to release photos of the terrorist's corpse, saying "We don't trot out this stuff as trophies" and "we don't need to spike the football."

What's more - four years ago, then-candidate Obama slammed his opponent Hillary Clinton for using bin Laden in a political ad. He accused Clinton of playing "the politics of fear" like George W. Bush.

None of this is lost on the president's critics. Republicans are blasting him for turning a unifying event into another way to divide the country. They call it desperate and cheap.

The real tragedy here is that President Obama, by politicizing the raid that got bin Laden, is upstaging the Navy Seals who are the real heroes who conducted the mission.

Here’s my question to you: Should President Obama use Osama bin Laden's death in his campaign?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Some - but only as a single accomplishment. He pulled the trigger, it was on his watch. But the folks that actually got bin Laden were a long line of analysts and operatives predating Obama’s involvement and ending with a small group of life-on-the-line SEALS who were in training when he was still teaching in law school. He needs to guard against letting a notation morph into swagger - we'll never know the names of the people who we should really appreciate for this.

Bob in Florida:
He has to. He has nothing else to offer. He has no credible foreign policy, no energy policy and no economic policy.

President Obama gave the order and the Seals got it done. Telling the truth is never a cheap shot.

Now that Bill Clinton is in charge of the president’s re-election, Bill will tell him to say whatever the people want to hear. Take all the credit yourself, and never mention the military, FBI, CIA and all the work that President Bush started after 9-11. Just let people think you did it all by yourself. As far as all the problems in the country, blame someone else.

Of course he should. Conservatives don't like him mentioning it because its something they can't attack him on. You cannot attack him on a lack of leadership and then cry foul when he holds up an example of it in response.

He can use it, but that doesn't automatically mean that he'll be re-elected. It's a very superficial way to persuade us to vote for him.

Mark in New York:
While you're correct in labeling the president a hypocrite given what he said in the days following bin Laden's death, I think it is absolutely fair game politically. It is one of his great accomplishments.

soundoff (271 Responses)
  1. Pat in Michigan

    Nope! He was an evil man but to gain political office on his corpse is not something anyone should do.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  2. John from Alabama

    Jack: Yes, when the Republicans accuse him of no experience, and when they says he is weak on defense of this nation, and when they jump on him at every turn. President Obama showed great faith in the professionalism of the United States Military, and he did something that President George W. Bush could only dream about doing. Mitt Romney has admitted he would not spend the billions of dollars to get Osama bien Laden. The Republicans are only good for pointing and blaming people. The Republicans can not point and blame President Obama for his steadfast devotion to keeping this nation secure, and they can not fault his foreign policies. President Obama is courageous and popular, a combination that I do not believe the Republicans and Mitt Romney can beat.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  3. Susan UP of MI

    Why not?
    The republicans have no problem with using every lie and underhanded trick in the book.
    What's wrong with the president reminding people that he had the cajones to do what Bush couldn't or wouldn't do?

    April 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  4. JD in NH

    Absolutely. Bin Laden was the man responsible for 9/11 and President Obama had the courage to give the order to take him out. It was an event that would have generated parades if Bush had done it. Of course he should use such an epic event as a reason to give him a second term.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  5. Elizabeth From Toronto

    Why not? The Republicans are always talking about National Security and how Republicans can protect the U.S., really!! If the tables were turned the Republicans would have broadcast a political video with the "Killing of bin Laden" months ago! Obama has made very good foreign policy decisions and he should be given credit period. Why does Obama or any Democrat at anytime have a hard time declaring anything!!!! Gee wiz!!!! This is so small minded.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  6. Pete in Georgia

    He will because his hypnotized followers believe anything and everything about ANY of his claims. In truth, on a list of 10 people actually and honestly responsible for bin Laden's demise Obama would be No. 11.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  7. Joy

    Why not? If George W. Bush touted Sept. 11 as one of his reelection themes, why not Obama especially since he GOT OBL which also put to end the GOP's constant digging that Obama's too weak in terms of foreign policy ,dealing with terrorism and not being able to get OBL. It's not easy to decide that the Navy SEALS go in to get him.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  8. Julia, Fayetteville, NC

    We know what we need to know. Osama is gone. Others follow. President Obama has plenty of other happenings without Osama. We need to get as far away from bragging about Muslim-oriented subjects as possible and we need to pull out of troops and leave behind our guys who look the part and speak the language. The only plus Romney has is he can over-run and take-over a failing business, keep whatever money it has, fire its staff, and make it look reasonably profitable and I think the ONLY BRAGGING RIGHTS MIGHT BE STAPLES.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  9. DaleW in MA

    Most definitely! The results mark the stark contrast between the democrats getting the job done and the republicans doing a job on the public's pocketbook/economy.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  10. Ed from California

    He don't need to. As this election cycle gets into high gear. With Boehner and the rest giving speeches about the righteousness of theTea Party rule........the Republicans are becoming an endangered species. Perhaps the next congress will add them into the endangered species act....if the republicans didn't cancel that law, too!

    April 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  11. Paul P

    Of course he should. Conservatives don't like him mentioning it because its something they can't attack him on, so they're trying to discredit the whole concept of using it, much like they've tried to discredit his presidency over the past three years. You cannot attack him on a lack of leadership and then cry foul when he holds up an example of it in response.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  12. David of Alexandria VA

    Some - but only as a single accomplishment. He pulled the trigger, it was on his watch. But, the folks that actually got OBL were a long line of analysts and operatives predating his involvement and ending with a small group of life-on-the-line SEALS who were in training when he was still teaching in law school. He needs to guard against letting a notation morph into swagger - we'll never know the names of the people who we should really appreciate for this.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  13. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    He should not and he doesn't have to because everybody knows what happened. And if he did he would sink to the level of Rudy Giuliani who cannot utter a paragraph without "911" in it.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  14. Ted

    Now that Bill Clinton is in charge of the presidents re-election, Bill will tell him to say whatever the people want to hear. Take all the credit yourself ,and never mention the military,F B I, C I A,and all the work that President Bush started after 911. Just let people think you did it all by yourself. As far as all the problems in the country, blame someone else.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  15. Bill of New Mexico

    Using Osama's death in his campaign might win Obama more votes.

    But, when his campaign states that Romney would have not done it or would have done it a different way–then,

    Hurrah for Romney! I would not have done it that way either! Sending seal teams in with 4 slow helicopters was far too risky with good soldiers. I do not want a President who takes those kind of risks with our soldiers.

    Good for Romney, if Romney would have done it differently (or not at all.) Romney wins my vote.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  16. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Killing bin Laden was a big deal not only for a Democratic president but for the country. This was a man who was practically living under our noses out in the open in Pakistan and the Bush administration never went after him. You can believe if it was a Republican president it would be mentioned in every political speech. I wish I had a dollar for every time Fox news showed George W landing on an aircraft carrier announcing the Iraq war was over when it was only the beginning. I would be a rich man but now and a member of the 1% that Romney wants to take care of.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  17. Pete in Florida

    Absolutely YES! Certainly the Republicans would be shouting it from the rooftops constantly if their President had accomplished this. His critics want to deny Obama credit for anything he does, but the fact of the matter is, the bin Laden mission decision had to come from the very top. Obama made a very tough and gutsy decision, and if the mission had gone wrong, he'd have gotten nonstop blame. He deserves credit for his decision and for the fantastic outcome.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  18. Doug Ericson

    Of course he should. Obama is proud he was able to avenge the mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing. Any whining by the Republicans that Obama is using this accomplishment on his campaign resume is rubbish. Bush had eight years to nail Bin Laden and he couldn't do it. McCain, the half a blabber mouth, and half chipmunk that he is, is just jealous. They should retire these Congress folks at the age of 60. They really get tiresome after that age. I hope Obama nails Dent Head too. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  19. Randy

    Yes, and he should hold a press conference flanked by Elvis and tupac saying that he saw Bigfoot and rode on the loch ness monster.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  20. calaurore9

    "Mission accomplished?" Hmm. Nah.

    C. in Ma

    April 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  21. jenn

    President Obama should be worried about one problem/issue/talking point-JOBS. How is he going to get us back to work and promote jobs that feed families ? As a lifelong Massachusetts Democrat I will be livid if he shirks his responsibilty as the Leader of our country to provide a solution to that problem. Stop the distraction with talk of womens issues, stop trying to be "clown in chief" and get us back to work .

    April 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  22. JM from DFW

    It is an example that when you surround yourself with the right people they get it done.
    America, please send President Obama people in the House and Senate to get things done!
    Do not send anyone who will not work with this President or anyone else. Our problem is in Congress.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  23. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    After the World Changing Events this one person has effected, of course. Obama is the one leader, without contest, who brought this guy down. Republicans were whining non-stop about Bin Laden, now shut up and give respect where it's due.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  24. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Probably not but that isn't going to stop him. I always find it fascinating how a man who has probably never even held a gun in his life and has never served a siècle day in the military claims that he got BinLaden. Obama did not get anyone. Our brave men and women and allies did all the work and now Obama wants to take the credit. That is a slap in the face to service men and women everywhere.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  25. Peg in NY

    Absolutely! If the GOP had done what the current administration did, they would tout it to no end.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  26. Tom in Desoto, TX

    The president should definitely use bin Laden’s death in his campaign, Obama got him, Bush didn’t. Bush and his gang certainly were huffing and puffing and doing verbal chest bumps when Saddam was captured. Not to be forgotten, Bush stating how bin Laden was holed up in mountainous caves. To get reelected, Bush kept having the Alert status raised. Democrats set the Democratic policies; they do not have to consult any republican.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  27. Virginia - Atlanta

    Of course he should. Do the Republicans think we are dumb enough to think they would not do the same – IF they had been successful?

    April 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  28. Bob Melbourne, FL

    He has to. He has nothing else to offer. He has no creditable foreign policy, no energy policy and no economic policy.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  29. Lisa

    Yes he should Jack, it was ONE of his greatest achievements...

    April 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  30. Connie from Logansport,IN.

    Jack, maybe the question should be if the mission had failed would Romney have used it against Obama.Kinda like Reagen using Carters failed mission against him.Same old story "OBAMA did it he got BinLaden when a republican president couldn't and all the others he has gotten .If I was him I would run the ad 24 times 7.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  31. Brad, Portland, OR

    I don't know why the Republicans think he SHOULDN'T play this up; it was an incredible achievement.

    Bush couldn't find bin Laden after 8 years, but maybe he wasn't trying very hard. It's easy to find the clip on Youtube of Bush saying at a press conference, "I don't know where Osama bin Laden is, and I don't really care."

    April 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  32. jk in MN

    Yes he should and he need not be ashamed to. That's a campaign promise kept – the American public has such a short term memory – they need reminding.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  33. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Yes of course he should. We can then watch Romney and the neocons try to completely discredit President Obama for bin Laden's death. I'm actually waiting to hear them claim that the raid on bin Laden's compound was all done on a Hollywood soundstage.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  34. CW from Irondale

    Read my bumper sticker. It says: Vote for Obama. Osama is dead and General Motors is in business. OF COURSE he should use Osama's assassination in his election campaign..

    April 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  35. M.O.

    He can use it, but that doesn't automatically mean that he'll be reelected because of it. It's only a possibility. He can use Osama bin Laden's death as a reason to put him in office for another four years, but it's a very superficial way to persuade us to do so.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm |

    Yes. Whatever it takes. The other side would have, if they could have.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  37. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    Absolutely! Republicans weren't all that keen on finding Bin Laden. In fact, they had a chance to get him and decided not to. Bush and Cheney were more interested in getting two wars going to boost profits for their cronies at Halliburton and Blackwater, and to keep the military-industrial complex cooking. Obama should be beating this drum all the way to November elections, along with constant reminders of the economic disasters Republicans have wrought upon this nation in the not too distant past.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  38. Loren, Chicago

    If the President's actions were consistent with his words, then, of course, he shouldn't be using bin Laden's death in this way, but then, if we've learned anything in the past four years, President Obama is not the model of consistency of word and deed. Remember that President Obama was raised in the Chicago school of politics, keep your friends close, your enemies closer and say any damn thing you want to get reelected, because, after all, it's a campaign, and all is fair in love and politics. New campaign slogan: "The Hypocrisy of Change".

    April 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  39. s in fl

    What an absurd question, Jack. Absolutely, totally absurd. Oh, by the way, my answer is yes. I keep forgetting that almost half the country takes this baloney seriously.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  40. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Since Governor Romney, throughout the Republican primaries, has characterized President Obama's foreign policy as passive and guilty of appeasement, why shouldn't the Presdient highlight the death of Bin Laden and the decimatition of Al Queda. In this case , dead men do tell tales.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  41. Ed from Texas

    I remember when President George W. Bush rode in the back of a jet which anded on an aircraft carrier that had a banner saying, Mission Accomplished. The GOP strategy here relies heavily on their hope that Americans have amnesia.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  42. MNResident

    What else has Obama got to run on? The economy is still lousy, we still have over 90,000 troops in Afganaistan and Iraq, the rest of foreign policy is a disaster, there has been no immigration reform, and Obama's primary domestic "accomplishemnt" (the health care bill) is unpopular and possibly unconstitutional. If he breaks his promise not to "spike the foiotball", it will just add to his list of broken promises.....

    April 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  43. Shirley, Parry Sound, Ontario

    No. Celebrating the killing of another human, however villainous, reflects only on the nature of the killer(s). Is there a philosophical difference between the killing of one and the killing of thousands?

    April 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  44. Ray in Knoxville

    Is this a trick question, Jack? Are you really comparing the idea of splattering pictures of a dead bin Laden all over the place so that right wingers could glorify in victory with making a statement that the President was presiding over the country when the man who masterminded 9/11 was finally brought to justice? Yes, Jack, the president should remind people that he re-directed the war on terrorism back to its original target AND he should remind people that HE was president when the mission was actually accomplished.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  45. lou

    Well it's a pretty big accomplishment. Especially for a guy most people thought put too much emphasis on talking to our enemies during the 2008 campaign. And you have to admit the difference between the way he did it...a handful of top notch soldiers and patient intelligence gathering...vs Bush's multi billion dollar wars in Afghanastan and Iraq, leaves little argument that Obama's way was better.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  46. 2011 Eyes

    President Obama gave the order and the Seals got it done. Telling the truth is never a cheap shot. It's unfortunate for the Republicans that they could not stop this from occurring with their 3+ years of no, no and fillibustering.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  47. Jenna Roseville CA

    Should President Obama use Osama bin Laden's death in his campaign?

    Not only should president Obama use Bin Landen's death, he should as much as GW used 9/11.

    All the fake outrage from FOX Noise is that, fake outrage.

    The world is a better place without Bin Laden and Obama was leader enough to make it happen! On that alone Americans should vote for Obama's 2nd term. And vote out all the obstructionist in the House and Senate so the Change can happen quicker.

    Roseville CA

    April 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  48. Paul From Round Rock, Texas

    Why not although it was many years of tracking down leads until we got the right lead. The GOP would if they where in charge. So he should go for it.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  49. Thinkforyourself, OK

    Obama will do whatever his handlers deem necessary to win.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  50. Susan-NJ

    I am opposed to Obama because he votes for any pro abortion law including patial birth abortion and thinks every American shoul pay for someone else's sex habits. But give the President his due- he removed bin Laden from power and that's only to the nation's credit. I am Catholic and the Church told us we had to pray for binLaden's soul and that I'll do but they can't make me not happy he's dead.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  51. Ed from Texas

    The mission to take out Osama bin Laden could have gone the other way...remember President Carter, the Iranian hostage crisis, and the failed horescue in Iran. I hate to be cynical, but I imagine if the mission had failed, the GOP would be running ads criticizing him for the failure.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  52. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    The killing of Osama bin Laden was on Mr. Obama's watch. It's part of his resume ... why shouldn't he use it in his campaign?

    April 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  53. Jen -Seattle Wa.

    No but he doesnt care about anything other than enjoying the accoutrements of power while local sodliers are forced to do the impossible as favor to Pharmacuetical companies that paid him off.Obama doesnt have morality or integrity he only has wants and desperate wants.Using Bin Laden is disrespect to actual soldiers who did the work.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  54. Evinia Bruce

    oh for christ sake Jack !!..give it a rest.!!.. you sound like the Republican cry baby – machine ..can't give Obama credit for anything .....will you be jumping on the "it was Romneys' idea to save General Motors" nonsense next???..
    why shouldn't president Obama list his accomplishments ???... can you imagine if it were the other way around???..with the Republicans screaming .."Obama is weak on security and "keeping America safe"... maybe you've forgotten the Republicans running clips of Bush with his megaphone ..right after 9/11...or mayor Julliano using the same for the basis for his campaign ...you used to be fair and balanced in your criticisms ..now it seems you would be better suited to join Fox cast of paid shills for the Republicans......B.C. Canada

    April 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  55. Sylvia in San Diego

    No. He is taking too much of the credit. Let's get real now, any one of us would have given the same orders to take Osama down. Credit goes to the Seals who took him out....

    April 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  56. ken from connecticut

    He can use it in a Very Limited Way. Give the credit to our heroic military and the Navy Seals who carried out the mission as well as all our military forces in all the world, keeping a peace which really is a state of continuation of world affairs.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  57. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    I suppose if it would of been Romney that was president this article might read a lot different. Of course the Navy Seals are the heros. Maybe I missed the quote when Obama said HEY I am the Hero!! I am sure if this belonged to the GOP they would be sky writing it all over the country. This was a big accomplishment during the Obama administration and yes it was a unifying event for our country . That has not changed. Remember Jack it is the Silly season and people are making a big deal out of nothing AGAIN!!!

    April 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  58. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: We had so many opportunities to eliminate Bin Laden--It is just that the success of that campaign happen on Obama's watch. America knows that-–let dead bones lie--and place the emphasis on job and economic growth. You can't raise the dead-but you can create jobs and economic growth-and that is what the American voters are expecting-a better life for them and their children. Bin Landen is history-move on with what is real for Americans.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  59. Greg in Arkansas

    I don't understand all the hoopla over the President using bin Laden's death in his campaign
    Obama has simply re-defined the term "water-boarding"
    Place the dead terrorist on a board
    Angle the board over the side of a war ship
    Watch the dead terrorist slide into the water....
    Much cheaper than capturing, interrogating, incarcerating and convicting the mastermind that cost this country thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars....and this "dead" terrorist is far more damaging to the Al Qaeda cause than what we have been doing for the past 10 years.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  60. Joe in MO

    If the President had authorized that raid and it had failed, you'd better believe Republicans would be using that against him.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  61. Gary in San Jose, California

    It was a gutsy call and the Seals certainly don't want the attention. Obama's hypocrisy is just evidence he's a politician. Come on Jack. Are you really surprised by a politician taking a position that's right for the time?

    April 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  62. Bob Schroder Piedmont Quebec Canada

    With a Court like this,I have to wonder why you even bother holding elections.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  63. Mr. D

    A new election strategy: He who kills the most gets elected. Guess that's better than: he who kills the most jobs gets elected. A new modern political theme, but it sounds like the days of the Romans.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  64. Ken in California

    To me it would better be quiet and not taunt Osama bin Laden's terrorist followers. We already have the terrifying prospect of a depression in the future as we become more jobless, and paid less. It would also be better, Romney and the Republican's win the White House. Like Hoover, they would be blamed for the depression, and the Democrats would again, bail us out.
    Hold it Jack!, I take that back. I forgot about more Republican Supreme Court appointees.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  65. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Firstly, there was no up roar by the media when Hillary Clinton tried to put Obama down with the use of Osama Bin Laden's name and as it turns out President Obama put Osama Bin Laden down. Also, much love and respect for the Navy Seals but we must not forget that the navy Seals could not have gone into Pakistan on this mission without the permission and authority of the President. Finally, why wasn't the question asked about politicizing the fear of "911" or the War on Terror or the War in Iraq? Bush used those very issues of fear to win re-election in 2004. While this is a good question to ask, it should have been asked several years ago and not well after the landing of an Aircraft Carrier by President Bush who claim "Mission Accomplished" just to have 9 more years of war to follow and the declaration of a second war. What was good for Bush should be equally as good for Obama.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  66. Jim, Denver CO

    It looks like Tit for Tat on this one. I think the GOP is just mad because he beat them to the punch in using Osama Bin Laden as a political talking point. Either way it just goes to show the childish mentality that is now Washington D.C.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  67. david from herndon, va

    If the GOP is going to spend years demonizing Obama for being weak on foreign policy, then killing Bin Laden is directly relevant to the issue. You can't attack somebody on a point, and then attack them for responding to your point. That's typical right-wing thinking, but utterly nonsensical.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  68. RickFromDetroit

    President Obama should apologize for killing bin Laden. The President has reversed himself on every issue since he took office, so if he apologizes for bin Laden' death it would complete his agenda lies!

    April 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  69. Patsy, Tx

    Yes, it is part of his record.
    And you have demeaned yourself by calling the President a "hypocrit" and accusing him of "upstaging the
    Navy Seals". They were recognized and congratulated, as they should have been. They prefer anonymity.
    If you want to see pictures of corpses, be my guest, but I am glad he did not "trot them out". That would
    be sensationalism.
    I can't write the rest of "what I really think", but use your imagination. Hint: You wouldn't like it.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  70. Gordo from NJ

    Why shouldn't he? If Bush had gotten Bin Laden before the 2004 election, you know darn well he would have worked into every other sentence and campaign spot, and you-betcha McCain and Palin would have exploited it in 2008.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  71. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Of COURSE he should! He's not using it as a scare tactic as Bush and then Hillary tried to do. He's just touting his accomplishment in rebuttal of RWers like John Bolton and Liz Cheney who said Obama did nothing but "get out of the way." And those who say ANY president would've done the same thing should ask why Bush refused the request of special ops to get bin Laden in Tora Bora in Dec. 2001. Obama went against the advice of Gates and others and sent in the Navy Seals whom he credits constantly for a great job. It's amazing how everything Obama does is criticized.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  72. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Republicans call it "desperate and cheap". Surely the pot is calling the kettle black. The Republicans would revel in a unifying event such as we experienced following bin Laden's death. It was celebrated not only in this country but around the world as well. If it had happened on the Republicans watch they would be spiking the ball to the point of rubbing it in our face. The last trophy they brought to the forefront was Sarah Palin and that didn't go so well. Although it is true the Navy Seals are the real heroes but, for obvious reasons their identities have to remain secret. Obama has not taken credit for their bravery and has not stopped short in his praise of their actions. The Navy Seals were available to the Bush administration but as I recall bin Laden wasn't on W's radar during his second term. Furthermore, this Country has more anniversaries than Carter has liver pills. Some good and some horrible. From the 4th of July to the LA riots. Now I ask which would you rather reflect upon and recall as a great moment in our history. I'll take Biden's bumper sticker slogan any day thank you.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  73. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-Greensburg,IN

    Only if he wants to express the one thing he did right during his presidency!

    April 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  74. Karl from Flint, MI

    Nothing this president has done has pleased the Republicans. They are basically hateful of this man. The Seals got all the recognition they wanted. The president never upstaged them as you say. They do what they do and don't want to be publicly identified. The president has every right to take credit for getting Bin Laden who over 3,000 American on our own soil. The Republicans should be ashamed of the fact Bush squandered life and treasure and never got him. President Obama is far more credible then Bush and his famous moronic "Mission Accomplished" stupidity.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  75. Rich in Gainesville FL

    You ask as if it matters what he should do. Like any other politician, he will do whatever he believes will help him get re-elected. What should happen is seen as an impractical naive luxury. Expediency rules.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  76. Gigi Oregon

    Funny you should ask that question today...friends and I talked about who would make the best President in this years election. We agreed , we would rather have a President who got Ben Laden in 24 hrs, two helicopters, and the Navy seals... And know one died in the killing but the enemy... If you think that's tacky, then their is something wrong with your choice, of 10+ years of fighting and 4,000+ of our sons and daughters killed or disabled. He has every right to mention it and if he didn't I would. In fact I may have a bumper sticker made with that statement printed on it. I'm the wife of a veteran. mother of a son, seven grandsons and 5 small great grandsons. Believe me I'm proud of my husband and his service. But war is not always honorable...and some have actually profited.

    Who would you rather elect for President?...How many sons and daughters have been spared by President Obama's choice? God has blessed America under President Obama's leadership. If President Bush had made that decision look at the lives that would have been saved. I'm sorry but your article makes me angry.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  77. Kyle S Irvine, CA

    Hi Jack,
    President Obama should not use the death of bin laden in his campaign. I understand why he is thought seeing how unemployment is at 8% no federal budget,and a trillion dollar health care reform bill about to be reversed next month. What other accomplishments does President Obama have? I rest my case.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  78. Paul in NC

    From the minute Obama took office the right sverely criticised everything and anything he did. They called him weak on foreign policy and accused him of kow-towing to foreign leaders and apologizing for America. Even after Bin Laden was killed they only grudgingly gave him credit. Some went so far as to say that ordering the raid was an easy decsion. After quietly enduring that kind of slander for over three years I think Obama has every right to shove it in their collective faces. What goes around comes around.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  79. Pat, Idaho

    When he said " We don't need to spike the football " HE LIED, again

    April 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  80. John Lake Charles, LA

    It's ploitics Jack. You do anything you can to win just like Romney did to get the nomination and will continue to do to try to win the election.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  81. Gail, Plano TX.

    Oh, Jack, what's happening to u? U are acting like a "bomb thrower" Of course, the President should use Bin Laden's killing in his campaign! After all, he did it didn't he? Let me say it more succinctly; had the killing of Bin Laden been executed under Bush's watch, his head would have been on Mt. Rushmore by now!

    April 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  82. Michael Roepke Dallas, TX

    If Osama was still at large it would be a campaign issue. What's going wrong when success should not be talked about but failure is an issue?

    April 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  83. jerry bodie

    Am I the only one who remembers seeing print ads plus TV accounts of Pres. Bush at Ground Zero and in Airforce One talking about what he was going to do// IS THAT NOT MAKING POLITICAL CAPITAL..... I voted for Pres. Bush both times and Pres. Obama was my first Dem Vote, which I will do again.....Sen McCains statement reg this is another reason I choose not to vote for him plus his VP choice,,,,

    April 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  84. H.R

    Yes he should. Bush used 911 continuely when he was running for a second term. Maybe Romney is just showing some of that ENVY that he himself accused the voters of having against him (Romney) being a multi millionaire.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  85. scott near DC

    any candidate, from any Party would exploit this situation when trying to get re-elected...

    April 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  86. mephillipsr

    Without a doubt! At least it's the truth which is more than you can say for all the political ads on TV at present.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  87. MIMI

    Oh yes he should. If the mission had failed trust the GOP to nail him on the cross.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  88. Phil, georgia

    Hell yeah he should use it!!! You know Republicans would not let us live it down if they killed Bin Laden, JUST LOOK HOW THEY STILL BRAG ON REAGAN AND THE COLD WAR. Its part of President Obama's resume, reminding people of your accomplishments because republicans are gonna continually try to act as if you did nothing. Its not spiking the ball, Its saying look at that Great Run I just did that they trying to say I didn't do. This is a Serious Point because remember Bush had Osama in his sights and would not pull the trigger and Romney said he would not move heaven and earth to get him--AND I BELIEVE ITS MORE BECAUSE OF THEIR MONEY INTERESTS,,, BUT A MORE PRINCIPLED PRESIDENT DID THE RIGHT THING REGARDLESS OF MONEY OR CUDDLING UP TO THE SAUDI'S.....

    April 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  89. Rich in Texas

    Obama was supposed to be different, you know, Hope and Change. Am I the only one who see's the HYPOCRISY? He is nothing but the same as the rest of the politicians. How depressing.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  90. Jeff In Minnesota

    Why not? Other Presidents have pushed their successes on their watch for reasons for people to vote for them. Didn't GW tout his successes in the "War On Terror" in 2004? What makes the death of OBL any different? The GOP needs to move on and target the economy and the President's "lead from behind" approach to running the country.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  91. PiedType

    Of course he should. It was one of his greatest accomplishments. The nation waited 10 long years to hear that news, and it was one of the few things we've had to cheer about recently. You can bet if it had happened on their watch, the Republicans would be crowing about it.


    April 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  92. Ann from Charleston SC

    I see no reason why Obama shouldn't use Bin Laden's death in his campaign. And I disagree heartily with your statement, Jack, that Obama is upstaging the Navy Seals who are the real heroes. I agree that the Navy Seals were the heroes in carrying out the mission, but it took an equal amount of courage to make the decision to send the Seals in. Would Romney have made that decision? I doubt it. Also, the GOP isn't exactly squeeky clean when it comes to campaign tactics. They have spun every move Obama has made into a negative – bless their tiny little hearts!

    April 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  93. Steve, NY

    People should ask what has Obama done to get Osama. It was George Bush that wanted Osama dead or alive. It was under Bush, as I understand it, that the CIA had the lead on where Osama was hiding out. It took time to get all the facts to finally get him. People forget that Obama during his campaign speeches stated,"that I will get Osama within 90 days if I get elected." If you don't believe it have CNN play that speech. Guees what, it took longer than 90 days. We don't hear anything about that do we. That's why it took Bush longer thast he wanted to find Obama. The seals are the heroes and they didn't need any help from Obama. No matter who would be in the white house would give the order to get Obama. That's better than when Bill Clinton had him cornered, but did not give the order to get him. Do you Democrats forget all those newsbits conveniately because you want Obama to be the hero and don't want the truth?? Check out your facts, don't get the wool pulled over you eyes.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  94. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are doing themselves or Romney a favor by complaining about President Obama's campaigning on the death of bin Laden. It's just a reminder that the last administration had the same military and resources as the Obama administration and failed to get the job done.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  95. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    If the Republicans can use the gas price hike against Obama, why shouldn't Obama use the death of Bin Laden. After all, Bush spent nearly his entire term trying to find him and failed miserably, and Romney's as much as said he wouldn't have continued the hunt. As for the Navy SEALS who did the job, they should be credited for their role, but otherwise, Obama should definitely use the killing of Bin Laden to his advantage

    April 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  96. Jim Laubler

    Most certainly. As a retired Special Operator, I can assure you he privately told his generals "make sure there is no possibility of him showing up in jail nor a body on TV". The Seals just obey orders. Obama is a Lawyer.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  97. Ras Tafari

    O f course Obama should use it, if the mission was a bust I'm sure the John McCain and Willard would make it an issue. Wolf would be all over it.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  98. Frank

    Unfortunately yes. If for no other reason than to counter the current Republican narrative that this was an easy decision, that anyone would make. Far from it. The easy decision would be to bomb it from the distance, but that would have yielded no corpse, no intel, and killed the 9 children under the age of 12 that were living there. If the mission had gone the way of "Black Hawk Down" it would be compared to Carter's failed attempt to rescue the Iranian hostages and the Republicans would use this as confirmation that Obama was weak on foreign policy. They are right on one account, this is a unifying issue and should be treated as such. You can disagree with 99% of what he does, but at least grant him this one inarguable success. Even Dick Cheney does.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  99. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans aren't doing themselves or Romney any favors by complaining about President Obama's campaigning on the death of bin Laden. It makes Romney look weak and is a reminder that the previous administration had the same military and resources as the Obama administration but failed to get the job done.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  100. Ed in California

    They got Osama on Obama's watch so he is certainly has bragging rights.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  101. James R. Pera

    The Obama campaign claim that he is responsible for taking out Osama Bin Laden is a cheap political stunt made cheaper by Bidens innuendo that Romney wouldn't have done the same because Romney once stated that the terrorist and Al Qaida problem was bigger than simply one man. That didn't mean he wouldn't have taken him out if he had the chance and the Obama people know it.

    Obama has done nothing of significance during his tenure, unless running up the national debt, campaigning, playing gold, vacationing and blaming George Bush for everything from the extinction of the dinosaurs to the next eruption of Krakatoa, is considered an accomplishment. Perhaps he should spend a little more time in the White House, as his campaign add infers, as it sihouettes him looking out the window of the Oval Office, deep in thought

    April 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  102. Ken Hadfield

    Obama made the right call and the buck stops at his desk. He should use it for whatever reason he wants. Imagine if it didn't turn out so well. Do you think the far right would be using it against Obama now? You betya!

    April 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  103. Mark in Houston

    Oh for Pete's sake.......if the Republicans had killed the guy, it would probably be a required course in Texas public schools by now. Obama's administration did it....no one else. He deserves the credit...period.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  104. Miguel Morris-Texas

    Of course it is up to our President. However, there are a lot of people out there that are very mad at the US for killing their Hero. This is one thing that got done right this time. If given the choice I would say it is best to just smile and realize his team did good work on this mission. We should continue to praise the service members that accomplished what no other President could do at the time. Did President Bush establish the programs to enhance this mission, I think so. Texas Moose.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  105. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    As the GOP constantly claims the President is "leading from behind", it is perfectly fine for President Obama to claim credit for his decision to take out Bin Laden. Romney made a statement and even though Obama doesn't specify his name, the whole world knows Romney made the statement. If the Republicans were justified in pillorying Jimmy Carter for the courageous but illfated rescue attempt in Iran, then Obama is more than justified in his statements.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  106. Rick Martin, Charlottesville VA

    I guess when Bush stood there on the carrier with his little pilot suit holding a helmet with the huge "Mission Accomplished" sign behind him was OK but actually getting something accomplished (killing Bin Laden) is not!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  107. Jeffery, Toledo, Ohio

    Why not? The Republicans have been slamming the Democrats for being "soft" on national defense issues since the Cold war days. But since the binLaden raid, and the successful NATO campaign against Gadaffi, The Republicans have been nearly silent on the issue. Let Obama bang his drum–nothing sells like success.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  108. Al - Orlando

    only if Romney chooses bin Laden as his VP.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  109. mon

    The truth is, any president would have ordered that raid. Not saying I'm praising it any less, but it's an event that should be unifying. I don't think it should be politicized. Unfortunately, the other truth is that any president would have used that event for political points.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  110. Kevin in CA

    Yes, absolutely. He accomplished what hadn't been able to be accomplished in the preceding 8 years. Take the credit and remind people you reallocated resources and priorities to get bin Laden – something old "W" failed to do.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  111. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Yes he should, at least he accomplished something besides getting thousands of US soldiers killed over the lies that Bush and Chaney told to get us in a war. Most americans could care less about the middle east, what you have over there are a bunch of people that are abut half and inch above a caveman and there is no hope of changing them unless you kill ever one of them. Yes I would rub it in the face of the old fat white republican evangelicals that think they are the only ones that know anything.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  112. barbara in nc

    Just a few words we had to hear over and over (8 years) -

    noun,verb,911 and don't forget "mission accomplished".

    for the republicans this year –stupid is as stupid does, and they are doing a lot fo stupid things.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  113. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack, your bias and hatred of President Obama is showing very clearly today. Time for you to join FauxNews.

    Yes, he should. The Republicans constantly criticize the President for each and every thing he does or doesn't do, even if the idea originated with Republicans. They howl that he's weak on foreign policy and national defense and doesn't have what it takes to protect the country, and that ONLY REPUBLICANS are good at this. Well, President Obama's success in getting Bin Laden, when Bush II had 8 years to get him and couldn't, reminds people that this President is capable in foreign policy and national defense, and he should remind the American people because they have memories and attention spans of 2 year olds. Yes, it was the Navy Seals who took out OBL; the president didn't pull the trigger, but the Seals couldn't have gone without the green light from the Commander-in-Chief. And the Seals prefer to stay out of the limelight. They've been acknowledged and recognized, and now they're letting their boss take the credit and direct the spotlight away from them. That's okay.

    If there were a Republican in the White House and he got OBL, you can bet your last dollar that Republicans would make this a talking point in every political campaign, advertisement, speech, debate, robocall. They'd be shouting it from the rooftops, taking full credit for it. You just don't like it because a Democrat is able to say that he got terrorist numero uno on America's most wanted list.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  114. Chuck - Woodbridge, VA

    Why not? They used all his alleged failures against him.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  115. Bill M.

    The Republicans keep saying "He can't run on his record", well this is part of his record. They are getting what they ask for, are the not?

    April 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  116. Jackie

    Of course he should. Do you think for one second a republican if given the chance would not be taking credit if he killed Osama? You betcha

    April 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  117. Magdy Ghobrial

    All is fair in Love, War and Politics

    Magdy, Coventry RI

    April 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  118. Has

    Of course he should Jack, don't be used by the right to negate a tremendous achievement by our president. Obama made the decision to go in, Romney said he would not. Give Obama the credit where it's due. I expect more from you Jack!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  119. Ramon

    The president should be ashamed. This is a deliberate act, which may cause retaliation by enemies of the U.S. I praise him for allowing the mission but give credit where it is due. Stop being a hypocrite. Semper Fi

    April 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  120. Jeff O.

    No. He should stick to his earlier comments. But since when do "shoulds" enter into political campaigns?

    April 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  121. Dotun

    Of course her should! Afterall he ordered the raid that killed Bin Laden. Had the raid failed, Who do you think they would blame?

    April 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  122. Dolores Surprise AZ

    Had the mission failed does ANYONE think the republicans wouldn't have had an ad against Pres Obama. You bet your boots they would.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  123. Scott James

    Why not? President Bush constantly used the threat of terrorism against the US in his re-election campaign, suggesting that John Kerry would be weak on national security. Bin Laden was killed under Obama's watch. So he gets the credit. That's how it works.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  124. Tyler Goad, Arkansas

    Yea, if he metions that osama bin laden was killed YEARS ago. Why do you think the national guard chinook was shot down full of navy SEALs apart of seal team six. Because they were going to talk that they really didnt kill bin laden. The death photo is a fake. Any intelligent person can tell. Also its not muslim tradition for him to be buried at sea! Hahah that was funny when the obama said that. What a puppet.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  125. Chi[

    Unless Obama was a member of SEAL team 6 or a intelligence agent that found Bin Ladens compound than no, all Obama did was give the green light and not actually put his life in danger during the raid. if you weren't involved then you cant use it

    April 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  126. Mark, NYC

    While you're correct in labeling the President a hypocrite given what he said in the days following Bin Laden's death, I think it is absolutely fair game politically. It is one of his great accomplishments, and furthermore, it's another example of one of Governor Romney's many flips, based on his comment about not "moving heaven and earth...to catch one person."

    April 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  127. Jim Noonan

    Why not? It's accurate and doesn't involve an aircraft carrier!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  128. Eileen

    Absolutely, he should use it. President Obama is claiming he parachuted into the compound himself. He has repeatedly praised the SEALS for what they did. But he made a tough call and it worked out. Bin Laden is dead because of Obama's decision. If the mission had failed he'd have borne the brunt of that. In fact, it would have cost him reelection. But it succeeded and he deserves credit.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  129. Andrew Cort

    As long as his opponents find time to lie about his foreign policy record, pretending that he's weak and that they would have done better, I think he has every right to simply remind voters of the truth.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  130. Phil

    Yes Jack, all's fair in love and politics. I don't believe for a minute that the Republicans wouldn't do the same.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  131. Abbie

    Of course he should use it. Previous presidents tried but could not do it he tried and succeeded. I am pretty sure any republican president would have done the same. It is an achievement and one that Republicans wished it had happened under their watch!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  132. Bresson

    Of coarse he should use it! Its a major accomplishment and a strong argument to re-elect. Further more the last republican administration used the same tactics. Now they throw stones from their glass house trying to take away from a real accomplishment by this President. This argument speaks more to the fact that republicans have no substance going into this campaign. They cant put up their own accomplishments and ideas so their only option is to tear down their opponent's...

    April 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  133. Onalee Williams, Lecanto, Florida

    By all means he should use it if and when he wants to. He got the guy for Gods sake. We listened to 8 years of terrorist scares by the Bush administration. If the poles showed they needed a jolt they just raised the terrorist alert from yellow to red. Now that Obama made the decision for the brave seals to take on the job, he and they deserve all the credit in the world. Any amount of back patting is not enough to have rid the world of this evil man..

    April 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  134. Dwight D, Orange County, CA

    The Bin Laden decision is a valuable measure of foreign policy acumen and judgement. Of course it is relevant in this election.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  135. Jonathan

    Why not-he blames everyone and everything else for his uncountable failures.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  136. Xavier E

    ABSOLUTELY, he should use that in his campaign. Not doing so would be like submitting your resume, but leaving out that you spent 2 years in grad school and got a master's degree. This is a job application, remember.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  137. Lynn

    Absolutely! When you are trying to win an election you put emphasis on all your accomplishments...we teach our kids to do that when they run for class office in high school...it's the very basics in campaigning. Slow news day?

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  138. Eileen

    Sorry, first time posting a comment. Meant he ISN"T claiming he parachuted in!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  139. Adam K

    I think he should. It's a momentus occasion, and something he should be proud of being a part of. Unlike out previous embarrassment of a president, he is't using Bin Laden as a tool to instill fear in the population.

    Pittsburgh PA

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  140. Tony

    He should make use of it. he made the final decision on the strike. he may have not pulled the trigger but he did give the order to have it done. if Bush could use 9/11 for his own political gain then Obama can use Bin Laden's Death.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  141. Name*Ed NY

    Gov Romney knows that the president is the only one who can keep America safe, not Romney or GW Bush. The more romney attacks Obama on thus issue, the more he makes the president mote popular. I thought Romney was a "Smart business man" but this clearly shows how dumb he is. Let the truth be told , we as Americans not only feel safer, but are more safe after the killing if OBL
    Ed NY

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  142. James Artimez

    I do not believe the ad with Clinton speaks of "killing" Obama as much as it does about the decision to "go in". That took more guts than anyone gives him credit for. Had it failed like Carter's mission into Iran, Obama would never hear the end of it.
    Had it been during the Republican "watch" we would hear about it every day.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  143. Pop

    Absolutely, let the electorate make the decision if it is appropriate!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  144. L Batey

    I think Obama can definately campaign on the death of Osama Binladen, the Republicans say that Obama has done nothing in his four years as President, well they asked for his long form birth certificate they got that and now they're asking for his accomplishment for the past four years, and this is just one of his accomplishments...smh they asked for it....

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  145. 1aristophanes

    Play it simple! If you can accuse and chastise President Obama of the economic woes of the United States, why can't you attribute to him the credit of exterminating Osama Bin ladan?. Anyone who can do basic syllogistic argument will understand this.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  146. Al

    Think before you speak Jack. Of course he should use it. Don't you think if Bush had got Bin Laden the GOP would have the pictures of them tossing his body in the ocean on every Romney poster in the country? Where's the news gone from CNN? It seems the election is the only thing happening in the world these days.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  147. Claire

    Jack, of course he should. After all, the Republicans have obstructed almost everything he's tried to do. This was one gutsy decision and it could have meant the end of his Presidency if it had gone wrong. The Navy Seals could not have done the job without his okay. The Republicans attack him at every corner. Why shouldn't he use his successes during the campaign. We've heard enough about how Romney bailed out the Olympics (with taxpayer dollars).

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  148. Jose Mejia

    Absolutely. He should also take credit for the Iranians, Russians ans Chinese having now our drone technology.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  149. Janet

    No he should not. He did what ANY President should have done, It was the seal team who did the work and he does not deserve pats on the back for doing his job.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  150. jan lopian

    By the way the Pres. is boasting of his conquest over Bin Laden, it is no different than our troops flaunting their conquest by urinating on the dead and by holding body parts as trophies, sad that our Commander in Chief is behaving in the same manner.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  151. peggy


    Hell yes!
    Obama is responsibility for everything including the declining state of the Global Economy but not for capturing Bin Laden, Come on.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  152. Bernie

    Let's phrase the question a little differently...If the Navy SEAL raid had been unsuccessful, do you think that the Republicans would have used it as political fodder against the President? Just think back Desert One and the impact it had on former President Carter's campaqign for re-election. Nah...no double-standard here.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  153. J.R.

    Simple answer Jack, If your for Obama YES! If your not NO! DUH!!!!!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  154. Adam in Savannah

    Really? Name one President who wouldn't. How many times did Bush campaign about the 9/11 response and Saddam? Yes the military did it but last time I checked, he is the Commander-in-Chief. It is his accomplishment also.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  155. J E Tipre

    Of course the Obama campaign should use the killing of Osama bin Laden as a strategy. That was the idea all along. Bin Laden didn't require extra judicial murder. He required, in civilized democratic set up, the kind we purport, a trial. Does anyone believe the Bush Administration couldn't have killed Bin Laden if they'd really wished? They used him in one way to rally public opinion and prosecute war, and Obama will use him in another.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  156. Chris

    Jack – it's gotten to the point that the Republicans will criticize anything that Obama does. On the one hand they criticize his record. Yet when he demonstrates one aspect of his record, it's criticized as a political ploy. Remember, the Republicans tried to strike fear in everyone that Obama "wasn't ready" to be President and couldn't make the big decisions. Isn't this proof that he could? This shouldn't be a polarizing issue – any sitting President should tout his or her record in a re-election campaign. And we should be critical of the decisions make so that we can make an informed choice, not one based on fear as the Republicans would prefer.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  157. mike, overland park, Kansas

    Foriegn policy is either an election issue or it isn't. Are the Republicans going to agree not to talk about what they believe are Obama's foriegn policy failures; Iran, Syria, and North Korea. I think not. In that case Obama should be permitted to talk about what he perceives to be his successes; Iraq, Bin Laden and Al Awlaki. You can't have it both ways.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  158. Harry Harrington

    You seem to forget Mitt Romney's own words. I believe he said he would not waste the reaources, nor would he go into Pakistan to get him. Seems like a difference to me. Give Romney a week and he will probably say that it was his idea, like he is doing with the auto bailout

    April 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  159. Xavier E

    ABSOLUTELY, he should use that in his campaign. Not doing so would be like submitting your resume, but leaving out that you spent 2 years in grad school and got a master's degree. This is a job application, remember.

    Chicago, Illinois (don't hold this against me – still a fair and balanced comment)

    April 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  160. Ann Evans

    Why shouldn't he get the credit. If the mission had failed he most defiinitely would have gotten the blame and we would never hear the end of it from his opponents. But because it was a success, his opponents want to shame him in being silent because they were not able to get Bin Laden. Seems like a double standard to me. The President said that he would not spike the football by showing the photos....have you seen any photos? Nope

    April 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  161. kennethg

    Yeah, he had so much involvement. "Ok, go kill him". He should take all the credit....NOT. He should be praising the military and Intel community, and that's all.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  162. Taylor from MO

    I don't think he needs to use it. His campaign strategy is strong enough. He's hoping to wrangle votes from republicans who think killing Bin Laden is the only good thing Obama has done.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  163. Jonathan NYC

    Why not? He blames everyone else for his uncountable failures!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  164. Heriberto the mexican

    Kind of as long as he saved thousands of troops of another war. I feel if mcCain was in office the republicans would of went after Pakistan another war Obama sent Seals to bust a mission and Mission accomplished he has my Vote

    April 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  165. phillytheboss

    Of Course. Why not? Any other politician would have. Bush would have probably brought the body back to The United States out of pure arrogance to showcase at a Luau style BBQ on his Texas ranch. Obama along with the Navy SEALS accomplished something major. A milestone in the fight against terrorism. killing Bin Laden. We're so quick to criticize and publicize our disdain for our political leaders, lets highlight the positive for a change. Sincerely, an American Muslim.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  166. Bob S

    It's fair game. If the mission had failed Romney would be all over it, guaranteed.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  167. Anthony K

    The answer is simply, YES! If President Obama would have missed the mark, they would certainly waste no ads criticizing him. In addition, Mitt Romney touts himself as a business man, however, I have heard nothing substantive about his foreign policy positions, oh I forget, he said that he would not waste resources on the efforts to continue the search for Bin Laden. As an American, it is important that the issues are presented and the candidates vetted on their positions on those issues. So is the issue political, merely because President Obama had a successful outcome? In addition, his decision to kill Bin Laden has implications far greater than the removal of a low life, we have gather considerable intelligence that can deter future attacks from his followers. It is not political simply because President Obama is on the right side of this issue.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  168. hkareem

    Why not? The killing of the no. 1 enemy of United States has formed part of his resume and that gives him a bragging right.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  169. Leroy New Jersey

    Im quite sure if Bin-Laden were still alive the Republicans would be using it against him to say what a weak president he is.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  170. Thomas

    Certainly. When some thing good happens under Obama (Osama, Economy) etc., the GOP thinks it is in spite of him. However, Obama is considered directly responsible for anything bad that happens any where in America. Certainly killing Bin Laden is one of Obama' singular achievements and he deserves credit for that.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  171. Jeff Larson

    Of course he should. You can't tell me the republicans wouldn't do the exact same thing if they got Bin Laden. To take it one step further, if the mission had failed, the GOP would be all over the airwaves about it.

    Jeff Larson
    Middleton, Wisconsin

    April 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  172. Fuad Farage-Holm

    The right question isn't whether he should - obviously he should since in applying for the job of commander-in-chief it would be fatally modest to leave this off his resume - but how he should. Nobody, including Mitt Romney, knows how he would have decided in the same situation, so it is legitimate to question the propriety of implying that based on his ever changing statements anything can be predicted about how Romney would act in any given situation.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  173. Richard, Winston-Salem

    Jack - A staple of Republican presidential politics for decades has been to portray the Democratic candidate, whether an incumbent or a challenger, as weak on national defense. Given that reality, Obama is well within bounds to trumpet his signal achievement in the defense of the nation. As Commander-in-Chief, Obama is the person who made the decision to "Go" and bore the consequences if the mission had failed. Nobody is suggesting, however, that the Navy Seals don't deserve the lion's share of the credit.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  174. john new jersey

    Why not. He made the hard decision when he had to. Are you telling me that the Republicans wouldn't be using this against Obama if the raid would have failed. Of course they would.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  175. Brian in WV

    Of course he sould use it. What the hell else has he done ?

    April 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  176. Carl in San Diego

    Yes! It happened during his term, therefore it is justified. The Republican's have nothing to stand on. During Bush's second run for President, he and the Republican's used 9/11 in a way that promoted fear of change during war time. This was a major accomplishment for Obama that 8 years of Republican rule could not accomplish. Pot meet kettle!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  177. Mike from Texas

    If Osama Bin Laden was not there or if the Seals were captured or killed, I am sure that the GOP would not politicise that. It was a good and hard decision and shows that Obama has more then just a big stick....

    April 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  178. Kayla

    Of course the President should use his accomplishment of being the one to give orders to take down American Enemy Number 1. George Bush spent all his energy on the wrong person and misled Americans about his involvement in 9/11. Taking out Osama bin Laden should have always been our main priority. It's not a "cheap ploy" and Republicans should stop pretending like it wasn't a big deal. If nothing else, we finally have justice for the nearly 3000 American lives lost in 2001 as well as those killed in Afghanistan fighting for this exact outcome.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  179. David

    I think he should remind the voters that he made a tough decision that others might not have made, after all Pakistan has always said that our military was not allowed to cross into their territory. Bush also had said if you are not with us you are with the terrorists and I believe Obama made the right decision. I heard Romney say that Obama has not done anything for the poor and also Obama has no interest in helping the poor. What rock has Romney been living under. My only dissapointment in Obama is that he has done too much for the wealthy by trying to keep everyone happy.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  180. Bill from Georgia

    Jack, Glad he's using it...Would've been derelict if he didn't. We Americans seem to have short memories...Just for a moment imagine the commercials the Republicans would be running now had the operation failed...DUH !!!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  181. Ramon

    He should be ashamed of himself. Give credit where it is due. To the Seals and the Intel Gatherers. This should have been the one non partisan issue we had as a nation. Any president would've ordered the hit. I thank him for giving the mission a go, BUT DO NOT ACT AS IF YOU DID SOMTHING ANY TRUE AMERICAN WOULDN'T HAVE DONE.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  182. Daniel

    So long as the opposition criticizes the President's foreign policy? The hunting for and killing of Osama bin Laden was a part of this President's foreign policy. To leave that out of the discussion would be ludicrous. One can't criticize a person and then complain when that criticism is met with cold hard facts. Candidate Romney said one thing, in the past, and this President did one thing a year ago, specifically, which was a culmination of part of his foreign policy statements. You can't have your cake and eat it, too. Once it is eaten? You don't have it anymore. It appears the Republican party doesn't truly understand that saying. JMHO

    April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  183. Marcus

    Wouldn't Mitt be doing the same thing? I think so. And if he were doing it, the Repubs would be behind him 100%.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  184. HLD

    McCain said that if he was elected he would get Osama, do you think he wouldn't use it.... Of course he should as everyone always states how short the American people memoriy is.. He is only stating the truth and facts, look at Romney's statements... I also don't believe it takes anything away from Seal Team 6

    April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  185. Jan & Jane, Illinois

    This is a victory for every American. Why shouldn't the President remind us of that? Every patriotic American should be supporting him, not denigrating him. There is no hypocrisy here. Your examples of previous statements simply don't hold water.

    This does not reduce the heroism of the Navy Seals who performed the mission, but someone - the Commander-in-Chief - had to make the courageous decision to send them in.

    Highlighting the President's decision is not divisive. Those who trump up the charge of politics are those who are dividing us.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  186. Raj

    Of course, it is fair game. It was an extremely bold decision & he can claim credit for the outcome. It sent a strong signal to terrorists that nobody can mess with the United States. I am sure if this mission had failed, President Obama would have been portrayed as a weak President on national security issues in this 2012 election.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  187. Steve, Minneapolis

    It's probably not the moral or ethical thing to do, but this is politics and when does a politician worry about those things. Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush probably would have done the same in one way or another.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  188. Midwest Jim

    Obama has the right and responsibility to outline what he's done. Thanks Mr. President! Bush and Cheney had 7 years and attacked Iraq instead! Pres. Obama is doing exactly what he said he'd do in Afghanistan and the fight against Al Qaeda. Romney has attacked Obama's foreign policy and defense policies. We are in a campaign and our war effort is an important topic. Obama must outline his record, including his successes.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  189. Lee

    Right. The Pious Republicans would never try to exploit this type of situation for their benefit.
    Give me a break.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  190. Kryshalis

    Did President Obama go through hellish training to become a Navy Seal? Was he taking point in the raid that resulted is Bin Laden's death along with Seal Tim Six? No, you say? In that case, I think crediting him with Bin Laden's death does the U.S. Armed Forces and Intelligence agencies a disservice. If he can use this for his own political gain, it is only fair that his ordering the death of An American citizen can be used against him, politically.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  191. auroque

    Obama HAS to remind moderates that he finished the job Bush W started. Just because it's macabre to celebrate the death of another human being, doesn't mean he can't put a major military victory on his resume; he's no hypocrite.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  192. Dan Louisville, KY

    Of course it is legitimate to use in his campaign. More substantive than whether he does or does not transport the dog on the roof. For 8 excruciating years we heard that G W Bush was the "DECIDER", and now when Obama makes a really tough call that could have been as damaging as the "Desert One" disaster was to r Jimmy Carter, now it is supposedly it's an unfair boast? NONSENSE. The Prez gets the blame when things go south- he ought to get the credit when America's public enemy number 1 gets a one-way plunge in the Indian Ocean. Now that really is a "Slam-Dunk!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  193. Richard Wade

    Yes, Obama should use Bin Ladin in his campaign. Why not? The Republicans used Bin Ladin as the boogeyman since 9/11 to convince us to "be afraid, be very afraid," so they could justify their ultra right wing agenda, and their being in bed with war industries. I disagreed with Obama's previous reluctance to politicize the terrorist, and I'm glad that he's not shy to do it now. Bin Ladin has been a political football for years, usually carried only by the Republicans. Now it's going to be taken to the other goal line.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  194. el don Rodrigo

    Jack the answer is yes, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! This time.

    el don Rodrigo
    San Jose, CA

    April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  195. Skip in SA

    Of course he should use it. He should remind the GOP everytime he gets a chance. Romney could have cared less about killing OBL. That's the difference here Obama is a true Commander in Chief, while Romney is a wanna be! When that call comes at 3 o'clock in the morning I want someone to act not someone whose going to ask how much money is it going to cost.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  196. motojavaphil

    The Crown Jewel of the War On Terror was killed by Order of The President of the United States. Should he use it in the Campaign? Hell Yes! Would the Waffle King have made that call? Doubtful!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  197. Geneva

    YES SIR! Believe me if President Obama had not gotten Bin Laden, the Republicans would be riding that horse all the way to their finish line and with such glee!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  198. Azha

    YES, why not? This is a big achievement for president Obama , Do you remember how the whole country waiting for the day to hear the happy news and to take revenge of more than 3 thousands innocents? . I think it is one of the biggest things that Obama succeed to do

    April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  199. SEWAL11

    Bush and Cheyney had 8 years to do it and could not. President Obama should toot his own horn ...LOUDLY! Toot! Toot!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  200. Beverly - NYC

    Of course he should use it, the Republicans are claiming it's political because Bush didn't get him, missing another opportunity to hang the Mission Accomplished banner. In fact Bush quit concerning himself with finding OBL in March of 2002, six months after standing on a pile of ashes in NYC with his arms around a fireman vowing to get the people who did this. The Republicans needed a fear boogie man for 2004 to insure another 4 years to run up debt continue 2 wars and help the 1% and Halliburton.

    Don't kid yourself Jack, had the mision gone wrong, Romney Super PACs would be running ads day & night lamenting that Obama has not kept us safe, and Mitt could make the tough call, before he changes his mind this is.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  201. peter r

    I believe that no he should not use this ad campaign as fuel for his re-election , he should thank the US Navy Seals that did the secret mission and provide more security for these military men that scarifice their lives to protect the usa and the americas . Obama should have a new ad campaign and some thing original and make more jobs for the middle class and the better options for the poor people because they can not afford to eat and provide for their familes , you think they worry about re electing a president that does not care about the poor people of America ?
    he needs to wake up and stop using the "bling bling attitude " rommey is worse , we do not need another bush in power , these people that we elect have no idea , there are lot of people still out of work and the numbers atht you advertise that the economy is getting better is false and untrue , politicans and the government need to wake up and stop lying to the people !

    April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  202. William Brennan

    Come on Jack, you are old enough to recall Ronald Reagan ripping Jimmy Carter a new one when the Iranian hostage rescue fell apart. If the assualt on OBL compound had failed the Reep's would be all over it. President Obama made the call, the SEALS carried out the order. A job well done. William Brennan, Laguna Niguel, CA.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  203. Martin G from SJ

    Yes, of course. Do you think if Bin Laden was still alive that Republicans wouldn't use that against The POTUS as a failure on the International front? They would most definitely. Just like if any worker is asking for a raise at their job or POTUS making the case for another term, you must include instances where you got the job done. This was a monumental check mark on the War On Terror, so yes, he should include it as part of his successful record. It will be include as other factors will in mulling over if President Obama deserves another term. And you don't spike the ball in your opponents face meaning we wouldn't celebrate by releasing gruesome photos that may antagonize the enemy and make it worse by increasing recruitment. To do that would have risked US lives overseas immediately after his killing. Republicans look like morons when they try to twist the words in their favor when they clearly were intended for another purpose.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  204. Abby Z. In Hammond, LA

    Anyone that has been around for even ONE election season can see through the latest ploy of Romney's camp to try to demean the Commsnder-In-Chief from using the killing of Bin Laden as one of the successes during his 1st term. I guarantee you if it was Romney in that same situation, there would be a banner flying from Seamus' cage as he drove all over the country. Go for it, Prez. We remember Bin Laden and sleep better now.~~

    April 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  205. Name*Jack Taylor

    Yes he should. The decision he made was what should be expected of The Commander in Chief. Why not use, the GOP and the people need to be reminded that It was a decision that was really tough to call, but the right one.
    Jack Taylor
    Toronto, Canada.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  206. H. Lowe

    Are you serious? President Obama made the difficult choice to send those SEALS after bin Laden, which was the biggest gamble of his presidency, AGAINST the advice of many of his advisers, including his VP. Of course, for the Obama-haters on the right (Jack) "any" president would've done the same...yeah, riiiight! Mitt's own words against risking an attempt to "move heaven and earth to get bin Laden" as being "foolish" is certainly going to choke him, IF you media hacks stay out of the way, and stop running interference for Mittens. What better way to muddy the waters for a clear victory for President Obama than to try and paint it as "hypocrisy" or "bragging" or "politicization", you media people are a disgrace (Jack)!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  207. Bob in Ashland

    Yes. The ad in question is simply stating the facts. If the operation had gone wrong, his political opponents would be raking him over the coals during this election season. We need a President who isn't afraid to make the tough calls, as he has demonstrated. His predecessor had seven years to get Bin Laden, and instead gave us 2 wars that history will show were unnecessary and debilitating to the national treasury.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  208. Collins from Ypsilanti, MI

    Yes Jack he should. Can you imagine what the Republicans, Mitt Romney and the media would have been saying if the operation had failed? they definitely would be using it against him. They would have been calling him all sorts of names and compare him (as they often do) to Jimmy Carter. Bush had 7 years to catch or kill Bin Laden, but he could not, and Obama did it in less than 4 years. It is a great accomplishment by everyone involved, but the president made the call. He was the decider, so he deserves the credit and should shout it from the roof top during this presidential campaign.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  209. Barbara in Florida

    It took him less than 3 years to do what the former president couldn't do in 7! Something to do with courage to make that decision I am sure. So why not? Do you think for one minute Mr. Romney wouldn't do the same thing? "I saved the Olympics" now that is real courage!!!!!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  210. scriptrod

    Hypocrisy has been championed by the Republican Party for the past three years. All attacks, personal, political fabrication, spin and simple lying have been weathered by President Obama with grace and statesmanship. I say let him go after the Republicans as they have gone after him. They deny any and all accomplishments. It's hard to deny Bin Laden's death. Bush couldn't do it.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  211. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    No. Considering that the Real Osama Bin Laden died of kidney failure ten years ago. Obama should use the death of Khaddafi in his campaign. That is if he has nothing good for America to report. Saving jobs in the auto industry would be a much better talking point than killing somebody, starting wars, or submitting to the ruthless whims of oil companies and bankers.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  212. Mengo

    Yes, don,t you think Romney would have done the same? Shame on you for this question.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  213. footballdude8

    Of course not! Cheers to Obama for eliminating a major terrorist threat. Jeers to the liberal left for remaining silent as we've witnessed a policy change from Bush's "capture and interrogate" to Obama's "target and assassinate".

    April 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  214. cuellard

    Obama will do anything to divide our country, the military killed Obama Bin Laden give credit to our real hero"s not a one term president. Don't forget Obama is killing our economy while the media goes gaga over his miss information! NOBAMA

    April 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  215. Joan

    Hypocrite in chief? That's the entire Republican/Tea Party. Bush posed grandiosely on an aircraft carrier declaring 'Mission Accomplished' – remember? He and Cheney are the ones who allowed Bin Laden to escape into Pakistan, then later pretended to go after him, when they were really after Iraqi oil. Since the Republicans are always the one banging the war drum, and they are the ones claiming yet again that they know best about foreign affairs, which would be very funny if it weren't so sadly and glaringly untrue, then of course President Obama's campaign has a right to point out that President Obama genuinely cares about keeping this country safe and has repeatedly delivered on that, without fanfare. Republicans/Tea Partiers prove constantly that they are incapable and unworthy of having any influence over US foreign policy. President Obama, from the day he was inaugurated, showed respect towards all US troops: the killed, wounded and those constantly fighting for this country. The Republicans never showed anything like that level of respect towards the US military or its Veterans.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  216. S. Molina

    Going after Osama anywhere he could be found was a campaign promise President Obama made several times during his presidential campaign. . Republicans often question whether Obama has kept campaign promises. Obama can and should proudly remind us he kept that promise. Republicans always paint the democrats as weak on defense and themselves as the hawks that protect America. The truth is that 9-1 happened under a republican president and republican administration. They promised justice and failed. Obama was responsible for the death of Osama and righting the9-11 wrong. Obama has now kept America and Americans safe from attack 4 times longer than Bush and the republicans did.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  217. 1aristophanes

    Yes, he should use it. Obama is accused and chastised of the economic woes of the US, what prevents the same critics from crediting him the killing Osama? Is it any wonder for Romney to make references to his economic successes when he was a governor? This should not be an issue of media debate. We need better issues to talk about, Jack.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  218. Patrick Hartman

    St. Petersburg, FL:
    No, Obama should not tell the world that he is the one who is responsible for his death, because it's not like the seals and other organizations have not been looking for Bin Laden before Obama took office. Romney has been misquoted, for he wants to attack the big issue on Al Qaeda instead on just one person.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  219. Bill

    He put his Presidency on the line by making a decision that had only a 50-60 percent chance of being correct. Would you put your job on line with those percentages?? Great decision Mr. President. Bill in Montana

    April 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  220. don

    If was a Mission Accomplished

    April 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  221. Anna

    Absolutely. It's not only accomplishment, but the decision to 'go' that shows President Obama was willing to risk his re-election campaign to do the right thing for Americans. The SEALS did the work and he gave them credit for their incredible skill and bravery, but they didn't make the 'GO' decision. The success was accomplished by leadership and a heroic group of trained Americans. Remember, they weren't 100% confident the person was Bin Laden...the whole mission took guts.
    Don't begrudge any of them the victory they accomplished on behalf of all Americans and for the rest of the world who suffer from terrorist pressures. It's mean spirited and not very patriotic.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  222. Gregory Young

    When George Bush was in office everyday the word for the day was Bin Laden, Terrorist and 9/11 yet the only results that Bush accomplished was killing Saddam Hussein who had nothing to do with Bin Laden Terrorist or 9/11 and the republicans were happy. Now that President Obama actually accomplished what Bush couldn't do which did effect Bin Laden terrorist and 9/11 you want him to keep quite about it. Talk about a double standard, even Stevie Wonder can see through you Jack.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  223. Mr b from Shreveport, la

    It makes me sick acting like he hasn't done anything. Give him his credit.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  224. jamie

    Yes he should, when Mitt says that he has not accomplish anything in four years, and the repub. say that he is one of the worst presidents we have every had. They will not give him credit for anything. Go a head President Obama pat yourself on the back, no one else will.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  225. Clint

    Well Jack I think you have your answer, the majority say "YES", did you ever ask the question when he was running for president "do you believe a President Obama could effectivlly be Commander and Chief?", I think we have again taken a precieved political reality to the rederick of the rebulicans that dems are soft of National Defense, he did what Bush and Cheney choose not to do, the question should be "Do you believe that if Bush really wanted to that he could have gotten Bin Laden? The anwers today would be interesting as now they all have egg on thier face.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  226. Geoffrey in Pa

    Yes Jack , the President should, as it goes to show his real caharacter. Without these claims to accomplishment, we would not see the true character of this , do anything to get a vote, of this elected offical. His decision to take out OBL was only to get the feather in his cap., something that Bush couldn't do and something the Clinton decided not to do. If it wasn't a get a vote decision, then he would have had not problem in a missle strike on the secret drone that left millions of dollars in tech in the hands of Iran.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  227. Bill S

    Yes I think he should use his many successes in his campaign for re-election. The GOP would use it if they had it in their arsenal as you well know. Plus President Obama will use it with discretion unlike others who would brag prematurely from a carrier deck. Took balls to do what SEAL Team 6 did that night and it was Big O that unleashed those stealthy warriors.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  228. David Choate

    Sure! He has every right to take credit for that courageous decision. Where the political ad goes over the line is when it intimates that Romney would not have made the same decision. Is there any sane person who really believes that any President in that situation would have made a different decision...especially someone from the Republican party?

    April 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  229. Nancy Beaver

    Yes – Remember Bush and Chaney talking about our troops that almost got Bin Laden on the Afgan border – Almost – if
    they had just got we would not have been at war so long. Do the Republican's remember when Reagan wanted to get back at Libya for blowing up the the US PLANE OVER SCOTLAND? Margaret Thacher let us take our planes to England. France did not want us to use their air space in fear of Libya. Reagen sent the planes down Europe's coast over the Medditerain and bombed Gadafi's palace. We didn't go to war killing thousands of people – We didn't hear from Libya again – Bush was after Iraq not Bin Laden. Obama should get a medal for his decision. Nancy (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

    April 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  230. bill in Montana

    We abhor the inappropriate celebrations of our soldiers who pose with dead Afghans, who abuse their corpses, or who mistreat prisoners. These actions place our troops in danger. The President's use of killing Bin Laden is no different. He should stop immediately.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  231. Monte Brown

    Yes, President Obama should use the death of Bin Laden in his campaigns. If a Republican had captured and killed bin Laden you bet your bottom dollar every Tea Party Patriot, right winger and Karl Rove crony would be shouting and rejoicing every single day. Of course a Republican would not have captured and killed Bin Laden because Republicans had a vested interest in keeping Bin Laden alive. The social conservative base want to continue this fake war on Islam social conservatives have launched. With no Bin Laden they have no one to reference for their fake war. Everyone and their grandmother knows that Mitt Romney want to go to war with Iran. How else would he rally his blood thirsty, contemptible base? The Democrats want sensible foreign policy. The Republicans want nonsense. Years ago the Republicans called President Obama weak on foreign policy. Now that President Obama has demonstrated strength, its a whole different story for the Republicans. No, no, no. President Obama should remind Americans, whenever the issue of foreign policy comes up, that he killed Bin Laden. It is what it is.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  232. Ron S

    Obama made a Presidential decisoin with much less than perfect intelligence data. If this decision had backfired.; it would now be the highlight of the Romney campaign. If one gets the blame for a decision should they not get the credit if it works out? The GOP is still trying to blame him for the bailouts needed after Bush even though he had not been in office long enough to screw up anything.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  233. Kissimmee Kris

    Obama should take some credit for the decision especially when his plan was criticized during the 2008 election cycle as being naive. If things went wrong nobody would blame the Seals. Ask President Carter if you don't believe me.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  234. Jay, Middlesex County, NJ

    Osama Bin Laden was killed on Obamas watch so as far as I'm concerned President Obama has every right to use Osama's death in his campaign. Why not take credit for it? Granted The Navy Seals deserve all the credit but when a NFL team win the Superbowl don't the coaches and owners get credit for the win as well?

    April 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  235. Terry McGraw

    Yes, why not? He gave the order to take out the man that has cost our solidiers their lives and America billions of dollars. The GOP will use lies and fake scare tatics to get elected. It is a true fact that Pres. Obama got Osama Bin Laden. It doesn't matter what Pres. Obama, does they the "GOP" will attack what ever it is. So, if I were him I would use all of the good deeds that has been accomplished byhim and his Administration.. So sick of the disrespect our President has received from the GOP. They will eveb not work with our President for the good of our Country! Let them continue on being "The Grumpy Old Men Party"

    April 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  236. Greg from the Jersey Shore

    Jack, what's this nonsense about Obama overshadowing the acheivements of the Navy Seals. Cry me a river. The Seals are big boys and understand there mission, and it does not include glomming the glory you feel would be taken away by Obama. If they failed in their mission, you would be blaming Obama and not the Seals, and you know it.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  237. Hal in Dallas

    I want to like Obama but he gets to the edge of being a great leader then lets politics sweep him back into mediocrity. His strong leadership during the Bin Laden raid is only cheapened by this political circus and it demeans the people who risked their lives during the mission. I felt the same way when he squandered the opportunity to leverage the Bowles Simpson commission recommendations. The Republicans have bound themselves up in the unyielding dogma of the TEA party, and have as a result become useless in leading the country. If President Obama wants my vote he needs to lead like a President more, and politic like Karl Rove less.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm |

    Arriana Huffington had it right when she said this is despicable. I totally agree why would The President want to cheaping what he did with this ad. Men always try to prove who's the toughest guy this is just ridiculous.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  239. Xavier Jackson

    The President has every right to highlight ALL of his foreign policy accomplishments in the face of withering attacks from the right that he is mismanaging American foreign policy. If there is any hypocrisy here Jack, its on the part of Fox News and the GOP that cheered on Bush as he advertised "Mission Accomplished" on the aircraft carrier, scared the country with endless terror alerts, and celebrated the capture and torture of Al Qaeda members.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  240. Andrea in Tennessee

    Absolutely...it (the demise of Bin Laden) was orchestrated and carried out on President Obama's watch!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  241. Everlena Holmes

    Why, of course President Obama should use Osama bin Laden's death in his campaign. It is a major accomplishment by the Commander in Chief. It was upon the command of President Obama that the Navy Seals carried out their Mission. Therefore, the Seals would never have taken the actions they took if not for the President's command.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  242. James Sherman

    No! Obama savaged President Bush on every aspect of the war. He deserves no special credit. Any president would have made the same decision. All that Obama has done is validate the wisdom of many of the decisions that Bush made and paid dearly for. Guantanamo, Iraq, Afghanistan etc. To try to take any credit of any aspect of anything associated with these events defines chutzpa. The fact that he was located on Obama’s watch has nothing to do with Obama. Thousands of intelligence personnel and military analysts worked for over a decade to bring this about. They and Seal Team 6 deserve all the credit. I only hope that their success continues regardless of who is President.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  243. Helena

    Yes, for finding and getting Bin Laden is an accomplishment by the Obama administration. Didn't President Bush stand in front of the American flag iwith the sign "Mission Accomplished" after attacking Irag. He and his Administration continually boasted about getting Sadam Hussain.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  244. Irene

    Absolutely he should..........facts are facts.....and this one can't be distorted!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  245. Dan

    Oh, so Obama should just push the fact that he took out Bin Laden under the rug and not use it in his campaign. You have got to be kidding. He already clearly acknowledged the participation of the Navy Seals in a very appropriate manner at the time of the event. The Seals are not running for reelection, so your comment Jack was completely out of line. Obama is an honorable man and I am very impressed by him. While he has made some mistakes, they pale by comparison to the ones Bush made. He needs to make clear to all Americans the accomplishments that he has made, including Bin Ladens death, in order to convince them that he deserves reelection. I disagree however with any comments during his campaign that Romney would not have done the same...no one knows what he would have done. The real difference between the two candidates will come out during debates. Most significant is that Romney doesn't want to tax the rich (at a rate comparable to rest of America) and Obama does. I'm pretty sure this issue will clinch the election for Obama, and Bin Ladens death will just be another feather in his cap. In my opinion Obama will slay Romney in debates.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  246. Ricardo

    Why not. When Bush was running for President he used the issue to invade Irak alleging that Sadan Hussein was behind the attack in New York. Now Obama can use the killing of Osama Bin Laden by staten that in fact He (Obama) took care of the brain behind the attack in New York with out the money Bush spended in the Irak war.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  247. Wayne in East Point GA

    Jack, please put your hypocrisy talk into context. Republicans have politicized foreign policy for years. Mitt Romney's problem is President Obama has been a great Commander in Chief. If the Bin Laden raid was a failure, Mitt Romney would surely be using that against the President – as Republicans did against Carter and Clinton. But it didn't fail and President Obama deserves the credit.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  248. Oldfaz

    I HOPE HE DOES, as Often as Possible... It Will "Explode in His Face," as the American People Hate Braggarts... In Addition, Everyone Knows that 100's, if Not 1000's of Hard Working Americans were Involved in Hunting Bin Laden Down, Which led to the Seal Team 6 Finishing the Job... King "O" was Safe in White House Worrying About How Failure Would Play on His Re-Election Campaign...

    April 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  249. Cody VanHorn, Lakewood, WA

    You bet. He's the Commander in Chief. He makes the ultimate call. He didn't try to steal any of the Navy Seals thunder and heroism. What would you have him do? Put all their names and pictures up in Times Square, Jack? I usually think you're pretty right on but you disappoint me on this one.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  250. Ricardo

    Why not. When Bush was running for President he used the issue to invade Iraq alleging that Sadan Hussein was behind the attack in New York. Now Obama can use the killing of Osama Bin Laden by staten that in fact He (Obama) took care of the brain behind the attack in New York with out the money Bush spended in the Iraq war.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  251. Mike

    While the President should take some credit for taking down OBL, (The opposite would be the case if it went wrong). I don't see anything wrong with reminding the public about it. True leadership isn't about pounding your chest but letting the facts speak for itself. I am a bit disappointed!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  252. Kathleen Link

    Yes he has a perfect right to mention his decision and willingness to take the risks involved. However, part of his ad needs to give credit to the Seals that carried out his decision to take out Bin Laden.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm |

    This is why we end up in Wars because one Party or the other wants to look the toughest regardless of why we went to War. This is basically what this ad is about the President is saying he is tougher than Mitt Romney well I could care less I want a President who keeps us out of Wars. And this type of rhetoric doesn't help accomplish that.

    Althea Van Der Wal Mount Vernon, MO.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  254. Tony

    Should President Obama use Osama bin Laden's death in his campaign? Absolutely YES! I'd be extremely disappointed if he didn't and I plan to tell him so in an email. After the attack on the World Trade Center buildings, our sole mission should have been to take down Osama Bin Laden. Not conduct a war in Iraq! Not conduct a war in Afghanistan! The focus should have been clear...GET OSAMA BIN LADEN! If President Obama had been in charge instead of the idiot Bush, that's exactly what we would have done and we'd not have wasted the lives of nearly 4500 American troops and we would not have over 33,000 wounded veterans coming home. After seeing an inept of Donald Rumsfeld fail to focus on the main objective, Osama Bin Laden, and see him get lost like a child in the fog of war, it's clear we needed a few people with some brains in the White House and at the State Department and at the Department of Defense. Today, that is what we have. People that think clearly and don't have the military industrial complex feeding their wallet. Yes! President Obama needs to brag a little about killing Osama Bin Laden. Bragging is not what President Obama does well but he should take a page out of the GOP play book and learn from Republicans how it's done. In spite of the fact that Republicans have nothing to brag about except conducting a war on women, conducting a war on senior citizens, conducting a war on the poor and conducting a war on the middle-class. The GOP! Nothing but a bunch of Neanderthal morons!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  255. Dennis

    No one in the Press had a probelm when FOR MONTHS Mitt Romney was running around the USA – LYING, and insulting President Obama on Foreign - BUT NOW, that President Obama is defending himself – pointing out the FACT that Mitt Romney SAID he WOULD NOT move heaven and earth to get BIN Laden – a man who committed a war crime against America – and killed almost 3500 Americans! Yes President Obama has every right and duty to point this out this fact about Mitt Romney!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  256. Frank Waterman

    Of course he should. If he had not gotten Osama, or had tried and had failed, the partisan Republicans would have been screaming their criticisms from every network and every rooftop. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and the rest of the hyenas, would have gleefully stomped on his political grave, as it would have been the failure needed to drum him out of office. So why not trumpet the spectacular triumph it turned out to be.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  257. J Rainone

    In the 2004 election, Vice President Dick Cheney warned America that if we voted for the wrong person, bin Laden would attack us again. Therefore, it is perfectly reasonable that President Obama should point out to America that we needn't fear any attacks from bin Laden anymore since President Obama had him killed – in case any republicans hadn't heard.
    John in Arkansas

    April 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  258. tony florida

    It seems in politics, as in war, all is fair, no holds barred. The one side attacks the the other, and then comes the counterattack. If politics, and the statement made, in a campaign to be regulated lets start with inaccurate statements, acknowledging sponsorship of political advertisement and bill sponsorship, especially allowing the legislative branch of government to profit from insider trading. the list can go on.
    And if Romney's campaign attacks Obama's foreign policies and a statement for his inactions , why can't Obama defend with his actions in office, either foreign or domestic.
    Should Romney avoid a counterattack because of a statement made by the Democrats?

    April 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  259. Tommy in Toledo

    When Mitt Romney made the disgusting claim that the President was "appeasing our enemies", and even criticized Mr. Obama for saying he'd go after bin Laden in the last campaign, Romney is reaping what he sowed.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  260. Patrick, New Jersey

    Too answer your question, I would say NO! The death of Osama Bin Laden was a great day for our nation, and his end can be seen by many as a new beginning for a country for ever traumatized by the events of 9/11. To take a unifying event in our nations history and turn it political to serve your own personal needs is truly misguided. Unfortunately for the country, President Obama lacks accomplishments to run on during this campaign cycle and needs to politicize what ever he can to get some more votes in November.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  261. Jason

    Absolutely. I'm a Republican and if GWB had done it, we'd be touting his success unapologetically. To attack Obama for adding this accomplishment to his resume actually makes Republicans look desperate and scared this one issue might handicap Romney irreparably.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  262. Chris

    Chris, Hampton, VA

    Yes, running for any office, including the President, is like appling for a job; campaigns are in a way like submitting your resume to the American people and getting Osama bin Ladin was an accomplishment of the administration, and of course the Navy Seals too, but I don't take it like he's taking all the credit, its hard to list all those who helped make it possible in an ad. Its fair in my opinion.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  263. Jacques

    I don't see why the president should not use the death of OBL in his campaign... After all, isn't the Standard set by the Republicans for  8 years when GWB was in office?

    April 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  264. Maria Porter

    No he should not. We all know that Obama made the final decision. This comes off as showing off and worse, as Mr. Cafferty said there is no appreciation In this slogan for what our military did in putting their lives on the line for us. President Bush always appreciated and gave credit to our military for what they did and what they do.
    God bless.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  265. Augusto from L.A.CA.

    yes he should. He made a promise to the American people and he kept it. It rightfully points to his accomplishments as Commander-in-Chief.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  266. Angela

    The President has every right to ask if Romney would give the same command. The answer Romney gives now may change by election day. Romney cannot remember which side of the fence he is on. Actually, he tends to be on both sides of the same argument.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  267. D David

    Certainly NOT in an attack or “spike the ball” ad – that disgraces our country and the office of the president. He can list it as an atcomplishment while he ‘occupied’ the white house, however he should give others their “fair share” of the credit (i.e., seal Team 6, the military, the prior administration) which is something he has never done in his I-me-my world!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  268. Al

    If the attack failed, like Desert One, the Republicans that are criticizing Obama for boosting about killing Bin Laden would be using the failed attempt against Obama. It would be the lead line of everything Romney said on a daily basis. Give me a break.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  269. Adam - Cornell University

    Of course he should. Republicans have been saying since his inauguration that his foreign policy is weak and he's nothing but an apologist. This throws a wrench right in their logic and it's hilarious. They act like Bush didn't politicize September 11th...

    April 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  270. Jim

    Jack! Pres. Obama is just running on his record. This is so non political. Jack take another day off, or Rtire to Paris and wave your white flag with the rest of the parasitic press.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  271. Reggie

    I don't understand the "hypocrite-in-chief" comment you made. To me, it's hypocritical to act as though we can't recognize the numerous attacks this President has endured. During the Democratic Primaries & campaign for office, there were questions that President Obama could not make the difficult call if needed. Remember that? Who really is being hypocritical. President Reagan had the foregoing reputation that he would do whatever was necessary to free U.S. hostages and keep America safe. Not many people cried then about him upstaging the military who are the ones who carry out the missions. Let me ask you, has any Commander-in-Chief personally carried out military operations? No. So why are we talking about upstaging the military now. It is an "election year." You know there are legitimate questions about what a person will do as a national leader. Can't there a legitimate answer? President Obama praised The Navy Seal team. He also points out that he is willing/able to do what it takes. Hypocritical? Upstaging? Really? So who was beating the drums saying "hey, we don't need to ask those questions in previous campaign ads." I believe questions would've been asked had the operation been a failure. Everyone would have blamed the president. I can't believe this is an issue.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm |