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The White House today released this photo of a rapt national security team monitoring the raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound.

Today's White House press briefing, which featured John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism, taking questions about the weekend raid, AFTER THE JUMP...

Also, Politico has an especially detailed blow-by-blow account of what went down. And Raw Story has a list of five of the most bizarre GOP reactions to the news of Bin Laden's death including Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough's assertion that Obama's base didn't want this, Steve King's (IA) assertion that this vindicates waterboarding, and Donald Rumsfeld's assertion that Bush deserves the credit.

(White House photo by Pete Souza)

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  1. Look at Obama's expression. He looks like he's about to kill someone.

    Posted by: Jason 2 | May 2, 2011 7:02:54 PM

  2. love Hillary's and Obama's expression.

    Posted by: suede | May 2, 2011 7:18:40 PM

  3. Holy sh**. Obama looks VERY intense. Very serious. He looks like he hasn't had any sleep at all.

    Hillary looks horrified, but in a womanly way.

    Biden looks business-like. Very serious. He's not gloating, he's not squeamish, he's just studying what's going on before him.

    The guy between Hillary and the navy (?) guy in the big executive chair looks excited, though. And the guy behind the executive chair, and in the foreground next to Hillary look like they're both having silent erections.

    Who's the dark haired guy in the background in the 'I wanna see' pose?

    Posted by: zeta | May 2, 2011 7:38:59 PM

  4. Proud! Proud! Proud!

    Posted by: mitchblair | May 2, 2011 7:42:59 PM

  5. Those golf clubs came and went years ago where as us gays are and always be fabulous! Trump should really catch up with the times.

    Posted by: Sean | May 2, 2011 7:51:18 PM

  6. Funny. It looks just like a typical small office conference room. In the movies, the situation room would be much more impressive and high tech.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 2, 2011 8:28:21 PM

  7. Can you imagine the how they felt when it was all over.

    I LOVE that Hillary is on Obama's team.

    So very proud of our President and his team today.

    Posted by: ronny | May 2, 2011 8:30:28 PM

  8. Am I the only one who notices how it's all white men in the room except Hillary and Obama?

    Posted by: mike128 | May 2, 2011 10:32:04 PM

  9. I should add that I love Hillary and think Obama did a good job, but really.... does everyone in Washington look like that group of old white guys?

    Posted by: mike128 | May 2, 2011 10:33:04 PM

  10. that photo was taken while they were watching a deposition by Julian Assange. UH huh. Yup. Whateva. Whose to say? you? them? I am not voting democrat unless my rights to equality is ruled in the courts BEFORE election day.

    Posted by: ewe | May 2, 2011 11:11:49 PM

  11. I like that the President and Secretary of State appear to take their jobs very, very seriously.

    Posted by: TJ | May 2, 2011 11:52:00 PM

  12. @Jason - no, he looks like he realizes that someone will be killed. And feels that killing and smiling are incompatible.

    Posted by: TJ | May 2, 2011 11:58:34 PM

  13. @MIKE128 - that's exactly what I was gonna post. All whitey, except for, well, you know...

    Posted by: Pinky | May 3, 2011 12:04:25 AM

  14. Republicans have been trying to spin this into something Bush achieved but these people pictured above, they are the true heroes along with our great military. Thank you President Obama for making clear and decisive decisions that captured and killed the worlds worst terror leader

    Posted by: Chris | May 3, 2011 1:37:31 AM

  15. So race mongers, would the room be improved by being all black, brown, red and green? What's your point? In fact a good many rooms filled with the leaders of industry, science, technology, medical research, education, philanthropy and a nearly limitless list of other categories (including the creators of influential websites) are beneficially dominated by less-than-young, white, American, men, a disproportionate number of whom are, interestingly, Jewish.

    Posted by: Bear | May 3, 2011 2:02:20 AM

  16. I'm suprised that Obama has yet to thank Bush & all Republican party members. It's only the appropriate bipartisan thing to do.

    Posted by: Von Lmo | May 3, 2011 3:59:24 AM

  17. @CHRIS - THESE people are the true heroes? REALLY? First off, the Navy SEALS did it. Not Obama. Also, remember, Bush issued the directive and Obama issued the order. For one administration to take full credit is ridiculous. The intelligence was gathered while Bush was in office (thanks to enhanced interrogation) and THIS is exactly why Obama has not closed Gitmo. His first day in office he was informed how important Gitmo really is.

    Can the gays please STOP the partisan crap for one second and actually realize that this was an accomplishment of both administrations, but more importantly, the Navy SEALS who did the actual work-flawlessly.

    Posted by: BC | May 3, 2011 9:21:05 AM

  18. BC (Ratbastard by any other name)

    President Obama put his presidency on the line when he approved Operation Geronimo. If this operation had been a failure, like Operation Eagle Claw was in 1980, the President would have received all the blame and surely been defeated in 2012. Though our Navy Seals and intelligence operatives deserve the bulk of the credit for Operation Geronimo’s success, President Obama deserves kudos for making the right decision at the right time.

    Posted by: Hank | May 3, 2011 9:55:46 AM

  19. I'm happy about the President's success...well, current foreign policy success. But I don't the idea of the military (or CIA) guys using the name of a Native American hero as a code name for this terrorist villian. I feel just as uneasy about nick-naming Bin Laden "Geronimo" as I would if they'd nick-named him "Nat Turner".

    Call it what you want, but "political correctness" may be what keeps us from killing each other.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 3, 2011 10:32:23 AM

  20. BC, you're so predictably hilarious, in that Republican partisan hack kind of way. You think that if Osama had been captured and killed on the Republican's watch, they'd be busy spreading around the bipartisan love to make sure everyone got credit? Are you 8? It is absolutely killing Republicans to give credit to the current Commander in Chief for successfully leading his armed forces to do what the Republicans promised and failed to do.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 3, 2011 10:43:16 AM

  21. BC

    Bush stopped looking for Osama, and specifically lost him at tora bora

    torture did not get them any info pertenant to this operation

    The CIA first and foremost deserve the largest bulk of the praise for the months and months of info gathering. No lives were lost in the operation BUT that does not lives were not lost leading up to it by brave CIA agents gathering info

    The Navy seals did what they are trained to do. The Best of the Best who will never experience a public awards ceremony............THANK YOU! THANK YOU THANK YOU

    President Obama ordered Panetta to focus the CIA on getting OBL. Obama chose what intelligence looked the most promising and ordered the focus on that. Obama then had multiple plans presented to him and he chose this plan to get OBl as vs just bombing the hell out of the compound. Obama made the decision that potentially some of our navy seals would have died in completing this mission. He made the decision that only a president can mae.......the order to someone to risk their life

    This mission could have gone horribly wrong. Some of our guys could have been captured and turned into hostages etc

    obama laid his presidency on the line with the mission because if it had gone wrong he would not be president 2012

    Thank you President Obama for being the anti-bush

    Posted by: | May 3, 2011 10:46:37 AM

  22. PS

    Foo Fighters "My hero"

    for the navy seals who carried out the mission and who we will never know who they were till maybe decades from now when they are all retired and the mission completely declassified

    Posted by: | May 3, 2011 10:50:35 AM

  23. Oooohhh -- how brave and studied everyone
    looks, at the operation using systems
    started by GW Bush (ooohhh!), and thoroughly
    decried by former Senators Obama and Clinton!

    How brave of our illustrious, fearless Leader
    Obama to order an operation to which he
    opposed all the work to get to! How brave
    of Sec'y Clinton, after accusing her now-
    colleague at CIA, Gen. Petraeus, of lying
    to her Senate committee!

    I hope our fearless Prez Obama sat down
    to a nice warm din-din that night, including
    his arugula salad and a nice red wine.
    He certainly deserved it, after all that
    hard, grueling work!!

    You can be sure the brave SEALs who actually
    put their LIVES on the line ate MREs that night, at best.

    Nov 2012 is still on -- FLUSH OBAMA.

    Posted by: GBArg | May 3, 2011 1:14:16 PM

  24. Hank and Ernie - thanks for the name calling. I'm so glad we can keep this an adult conversation.

    If either of you noticed, I gave credit to BOTH ADMINISTRATIONS for the success, simply pointing out that the far left (Hank, Ernie) cannot even begin to say one civil word about Bush. I am also crediting Obama for doing his Flip-Flop on Gitmo. He made the right decision not closing it. The information gathered there is invaluable to our security and we need to keep gathering it.

    And great point by GBARG - Obama opposed these actions the ENTIRE time he was in campaign mode. It is interesting the tune changes people will make when they actually KNOW what is going on, rather than speculating, like what all of you do here. None of you have any clue what is going on in the Obama White House, nor did you have any clue what went on in the Bush White House. Why you all think you know more than the people who live and work there is beyond me.

    And no, Hank, I am my own person and I ALWAYS and ONLY post by the name "BC" - I do not creep and use other names. I stand by what I post.

    Posted by: BC | May 3, 2011 1:43:24 PM

  25. Rumsfeld himself

    Rumsfels was one of 3 that promoted torture the most the other 2 being Bush and cheney

    Rumsfeld himself acknowledges that 100% !!!!!!!!!!!!!! not 1 bit of torture helped in this operation

    Posted by: | May 3, 2011 4:13:23 PM

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