For President Barack Obama, the test now is in the telling.
The White House has struggled to craft its account of the audacious raid that killed Osama bin Laden for both a jubilant American public and a skeptical Muslim world, correcting parts of its narrative, withholding others and, after internal debate, deciding not to release photos that could be considered too provocative.
"We review this information and make these decisions with the same calculation as we do with so many things — what we're trying to accomplish and does it serve or in any way harm our interests, not just domestically but globally," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
The White House deliberations and disclosures illustrated the public relations challenge for the president, eager on the one hand to quickly capitalize on a remarkable military achievement while at the same time seeking a tone that did not gloat or incite the Muslim world. In that environment, Obama tried to portray an air of business as usual even as his administration exulted in the aftermath of the feat carried out by Navy SEALs.
No doubt, the White House sought to carefully manage the story with presidential stagecraft. Obama emerged to make a dramatic statement announcing bin Laden's death Sunday night. On Monday, the White House released a photograph portraying the president and his national security team watching intently at an unseen screen as the raid unfolded 7,000 miles away. And on Thursday, Obama plans to go to the World Trade Center site in New York City to remember victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack by bin Laden's al-Qaida operatives.
Obama clearly was benefiting from the attention. His job approval rating spiked to 57 percent in a New York Times-CBS News poll and 56 percent in a Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll. It recently had been below 50 percent.
Yet, the White House found it had to backtrack and revise its own account of what happened in the raid. Administration officials said bin Laden was not armed after having said on Monday that he resisted and was killed in a firefight. They also backed away from earlier statements that bin Laden or his defenders used a woman as a human shield.
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Photographs released by the White House on Monday afternoon paint a vivid picture of one scene leading up to Sunday’s raid in Pakistan.
On the faces of 13 people gathered in the White House Situation Room on Sunday afternoon, nervous intensity and tension are starkly evident as they watched and reacted to commandos conducting a raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
One of the nine photographs released online by the White House shows Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with her right hand covering her mouth, her eyes glued to a screen just out of the camera’s shot.
President Obama is in a corner chair, hunched over with his hands in his lap, his brow furrowed and his mouth set into a grim frown. His eyes, too, are focused, laser-like, without any of the lightness that he often displays in public.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has his arms crossed on his chest, leaning back a bit, while others on Mr. Obama’s national security team stand around the small conference table. A classified document, purposely obscured by the White House, sits on an open laptop.
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I HAVE FULL FAITH IN YOU GOOD PEOPLE.WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS SCENARIO?
flecktarn wrote:a staged event a staged photo pictures of dead people yet not the one of bin laden a helicopter crash as if proof we were there ,,and fancy that the helicopter works perfect till its over the target then it has to ditch ,,,,lack of spent cases ,,,and a burial at sea ,,,,has tom clancy all over it
Books and Television SeriesDr. Pieczenik developed the lucrative book, television, audio and internet series called Tom Clancy’s Op-Center, Tom Clancy’s NetForce and Tom Clancy’s Commander Series. The net revenue for these projects alone was more than $100 million.
So WHY did they even mention the fact that Biden was holding his rosary ring which isnt viewable in the pic shot?
Just seems a lil over the top in explaining the photograph. Bring attention to something like that that isnt even viewable. Just seems strange to me...
My 2 cents...
THERE SHOULD BE NO DISCREPANCY IN ANY NARRATIVE.
why would they be getting info from ANY ground forces or intel when these 13 liars were supposedly watching it unfold-LIVE?
you will NEVER hear the mainstream media ask this question.
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