You know, we discussed this internally. Keep in mind that we are absolutely certain this was him. We’ve done DNA sampling and testing. And so there is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden. It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence. As a propaganda tool. You know, that’s not who we are. You know, we don’t trot out this stuff as trophies. You know, the fact of the matter is this was somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received. And I think— Americans and people around the world are glad that he’s gone. But we don’t need to spike the football. And I think that given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk. And I’ve discussed this with Bob Gates and Hillary Clinton and my intelligence teams and they all agree.
…We’re monitoring worldwide reaction. There’s no doubt that Bin Laden is dead. Certainly there’s no doubt among al Qaeda members that he is dead. And so we don’t think that a photograph in and of itself is going to make any difference. There are going be some folks who deny it. The fact of the matter is, you will not see bin Laden walking on this Earth again.”
President BARACK OBAMA, in an interview with 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft, explaining why the U.S. will not release photos of a deceased Osama bin Laden.
(via CBS News)
The Obamas > royal couples in general > Donald Trump.
(Photo of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner by the AP via the Daily Mail)
American resident (and future American president) Barack Obama, age 6, with his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, in Hawaii — where Barack was born; she is the subject of a New York Times Magazine profile:
To describe Dunham as a white woman from Kansas turns out to be about as illuminating as describing her son as a politician who likes golf. Intentionally or not, the label obscures an extraordinary story — of a girl with a boy’s name who grew up in the years before the women’s movement, the pill and the antiwar movement; who married an African at a time when nearly two dozen states still had laws against interracial marriage; who, at 24, moved to Jakarta with her son in the waning days of an anticommunist bloodbath in which hundreds of thousands of Indonesians were slaughtered; who lived more than half her adult life in a place barely known to most Americans, in the country with the largest Muslim population in the world; who spent years working in villages where a lone Western woman was a rarity; who immersed herself in the study of blacksmithing, a craft long practiced exclusively by men; who, as a working and mostly single mother, brought up two biracial children; who believed her son in particular had the potential to be great; who raised him to be, as he has put it jokingly, a combination of Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and Harry Belafonte; and then died at 52, never knowing who or what he would become.
(Photo via friends and family of Stanley Ann Dunham / The New York Times)
HANDEGG, ANYONE? President Barack Obama practices passing a football with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia in the Oval Office, March 7, 2011. Under Australian Football League rules, a player must hold the ball in front of them and punch it with a clenched fist in order to conduct a legal pass to another player. “Well that just seems silly,” said President Obama. “Tell me about it,” replied P.M. Gillard. (Photo: Pete Souza / The White House)
"You know, Barack — may I call you Barack if I let you call me ‘Mayor Rahm’? ‘Mayrahm’? Fine, ‘Mayrahm’ it is — anyway, Barack, Mayrahm has always wanted to say that Mayrahm thinks that chair of yours looks unnaturally poofy."
Front page, the Washington Post, Saturday 11 December 2010.
This is why you don’t leave the podium, Mr. President: because the story becomes that you did that, and not the other thing.
“Bringing about change, in terms of how the legislative process operates, in terms of the power that lobbyists have, the power that special interests have—that is a work in progress. It’s just not going to happen overnight. But I don’t regret, during the campaign, having said that we can change that process. We can make it more transparent… we can reduce the power of special interests… We can make sure that, as a White House, we are more open than previous White Houses…. I guess, on all these issues, my attitude is, if we’re making progress, step by step, inch by inch, day by day, that we are being true to the spirit of that campaign.”
– President BARACK OBAMA, on The Daily Show.
Jon Stewart’s gift to POTUS: a bedazzled “Mug Force One.”
(Photo of our current President and our future President [in navy blue] by Doug Mills / the New York Times)
There’s a whole biiiiiig article in today’s New York Times about how, after a sometimes bitter battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now get along.
Yeah, it’s called letting bygones be bygones; adults acting like grownups; etc. I mean, what did the Times expect to find? That Obama asked Clinton to lead the State Department because he secretly hated her guts, and vice-versa?
What an annoying, piece of shit article to write. And I wonder if they’ll do Biden next.
(Photo: Feng Li / Getty Images via the New York Times)
NOT A HEALTHCARE IN THE WORLD Barack Obama, then known as Barry Soetoro (center), is pictured at a classmate’s birthday party in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1971. (Photo via the AP / Daily Mail)
So do you think our President really had the time to fill out this NCAA bracket all by himself? Or is this Robert Gibbs’s handwriting, taking dictation from Rahm Emanuel?
And while the Kansas Tourism Board celebrates, poor Winthrop falls victim to a Presidential typo.
Here’s a look at President Obama’s first physical as Commander-In-Chief.
Time magazine notes that
the doctor also recommends that Obama “continue smoking cessation efforts.” No word on whether he’s been sneaking any smokes.
We’re with you, Mr. President. Quit that deadly habit.
The Obamas celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary with a night out at the Blue Duck Tavern, which is not in New York City, which means it’s overrated.