As Americans celebrated the first anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s killing, Presidentaccused presumptive GOP nominee of being unprepared to make the kind of decision he, the president, made to manhunt the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. Romney has jumped to his defense, saying that he would have done the same had the situation called for it.
Obama’s re-election campaign appears to have gotten its hold on Romney’s 2007 statement, in which he showed his disapproval over sending U.S. troops to Pakistan to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Amid attacks, Romney said on Monday that “off course” he would have also ordered the killing of Osama Bin Laden. "Even Romney said in response to a question during his campaign appearance.[former U.S. President] would have given that order,"
“I assume that people meant what they said when they said it,” Obama said at a White House news conference following Romney’s comments. “That’s been at least my practice. I said that I’d go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did. If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they’d do something else, then I’d go ahead and let them explain it.”
Obama said that while it felt good to know that one of America’s biggest enemies had been shot down, it’s a time to reflect rather than celebrate. "I hardly think you've seen any excessive celebration taking place here," he said at a White House news conference. "I think that people, the American people, rightly remember what we as a country accomplished in bringing to justice somebody who killed over 3,000 of our citizens."
Romney’s campaign accuses Obama of using the killing of Osama Bin Laden to push his re-election campaign, by portraying himself bold and decisive when it comes to protecting American lives and doing justice. Obama refuses to accept any such accusations.
“It's a mark of the excellence of our intelligence teams and our military teams, a political process that worked. And I think for us to use that time for some reflection, to give thanks to those who participated is entirely appropriate, and that's what's been taking place," says Obama.
In an exclusive interview that airs Wednesday, May 2, President Barack Obama, Admiral Mike Mullen and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton will speak with NBC to reflect on the raid that took place one year ago and killed Osama Bin Laden.