Obama Enters Political Fray on Death of bin Laden
'Look at people's previous statements,' says president
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2012 6:37 PM CDT
President Barack Obama adjusts his ear piece during his joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Monday, April 30, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Obama today personally entered the fray over the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, taking a verbal shot at Mitt Romney without mentioning the candidate's name, AFP reports. "I just recommend that everybody take a look at people's previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out bin Laden," Obama said at a White House press conference. "I assume people meant what they said when they said it."

Obama also denied gloating over bin Laden's death, saying, "I hardly think that you've seen any excessive celebration taking place here." (No mention of his using it in a recent campaign ad.) Romney, asked today whether he would have killed the al-Qaeda leader, quipped, "Of course, even Jimmy Carter would have given that order." A Romney campaign spokeswoman hit back harder, saying Obama had stooped to "cheap political ploy" that twisted Romney's "strong policies on the war on terror." (In fact, Obama himself once slammed Hillary Clinton for invoking bin Laden in a campaign ad.)

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JudMiller
May 2, 2012 9:50 AM CDT
He is just trying to get rid of his image as a pansy. No Obama, we can't forget you throwing out that ball like a girl. Or riding a girl's bike in your dainty manner...
DraftyBeer
May 2, 2012 5:01 AM CDT
Really......Reallly.....reject this Golden Calf....
USLady
May 1, 2012 6:25 PM CDT
This is sad,Obama thinks this is his best pitch,for election,the death of Bin Laden,well,he is not the one who did it to start with,And i have not heard Obama give thanks or praise to the men who really protected us! that is what kind of person Obama is! He is someone who wants credit for everything,and gives no credit to the people who deserve it! I think this is a pathetic for Obama.It shows how weak and low he will go to try to pull votes! he is even trying to be all friendly with the military right now,but he has not been friendly with them! he just wants their vote! he cares nothing about what they are doing for this country,he more than likely would like to replace them with the taliban if he could.