Overheard on CNN.com: No political capital for killing bin Laden?
May 4th, 2011
05:44 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: No political capital for killing bin Laden?

Comment of the day:

I'm voting for Obama in 2012. PERIOD! -Clint4CNN

‘Obama got Osama’ won’t win in 2012

LZ Granderson, a weekly CNN.com columnist and a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine, weighed in on how killing Osama bin Laden won’t seal the deal for U.S. President Barack Obama at the polls next year. He says that, among other things, Americans are more concerned about unemployment and gas prices, and he and points to a CNN poll after bin Laden's death that shows Obama's ratings have improved by only 1 percentage point.

So what do CNN.com readers think about Obama's chances now that bin Laden is dead?

dualaction said, " 'I swear if Obama turned water into wine his critics would accuse him of being an alcoholic.’ So sad and true.” BrainHertz said, “For sure 'Obama got Osama' is certainly not going to sway committed Republicans to change their vote in 2012. But something important did just happen: Republicans no longer have a 'soft on terrorism' stick to beat Obama with in 2012 which they would otherwise be using to try to swing independents." misterbig said, "Obama only took a couple of years to do what Bush couldn't do for seven years. The GOP can try to minimize his accomplishment, but it just makes them look like even bigger losers."

Granderson may not have addressed the subject directly in his column, but many CNN.com readers wondered about a viable Republican alternative. TGD783 said, "Obama didn't need to catch Osama to win 2012... the GOP doesn't have a serious candidate, Obama will win by default." BrodiMAN said, "In order for the Republicans to win in 2012, they first need a horse in the race. But, so far, all they've shown us is a bunch of mules and donkeys." Pearlene said, "If not Obama then who? Sarah Palin? Michelle Beckman? (sic) Donald Trump? Do you think they can do better?" But dnel responded, "Are you deaf, blind and stupid? Ron Paul that's who. Ron Paul will pull the troops spend less money on military while keeping the defense of the US strong. The dollar will recover the economy will recover. Anyone else is a joke."

ffmills said, "We have an honest and decent President with very good ideas who is supported on all sides by the brightest minds. I wish America would just appreciate what we have. There is NO short-term cure for America's economic problems and anyone who believes otherwise is being cheated by the vacuous promises of politicians who simply will find it impossible to deliver. If we would just relax for a while and give our President our support he will steer our nation back onto a road to prosperity."


Bush declines Ground Zero offer

On Thursday, President Obama will visit "ground zero" in New York City to mark the death of Osama bin Laden and visit with families who lost loved ones during the attacks on 9/11 – and he extended an invitation to President George W. Bush to join him. The former president declined, citing a desire to remain out of the spotlight since leaving office. Most CNN.com readers said they thought Bush had other reasons for skipping the event, while others applauded him for stepping aside.

R.L. said, “As much as I dislike GW, I think he should go to the World Trade Center on Thursday. He was President when this started and as much as I dislike the way he handled things, he was there for the victims' families and the first responders when they needed someone to lean on." Rudy NYC said, “President Bush seems to be getting wiser with age. Staying out of the political spotlight immediately after leaving office has been a long standing tradition for ex-Presidents." Pazke said, "There were so many people involved at every level that all deserve credit for bringing down bin Laden." Rsprings said, "Bush is a classy guy. He does deserve credit for setting up the apparatus that finally led the US to Bin Laden. The US will be relentless in its efforts to stop terrorists." Don said, "I can't believe I'm going to say this but Bush is right. We should keep this low profile."

But Tam said, "Bush has nothing to be proud of. Being there would remind everyone of his terms." Johnson said, "Did you expect anything different? If Obama was Republican he would be there." Ron said, "What a loser. Since he can't take credit for killing Been Lousy, he won't go to ground zero with the President who did. Bush will show up later....probably trying to promote his book again." Dominican mama 4 Obama said, "Imagine how stupid he would look standing at Ground Zero accepting part of the glory when his statements dismissing the importance of Osama have been played and replayed in the news since Sunday?" Steve (the real one) in Arizona said, "I am not surprised. Going back to Ground Zero would remind the world that it was during HIS presidency that 9/11 happened. It will remind the world of the useless and senseless war he started in Iraq that accomplished nothing. But most of all, he would be sharing the stage with the man who finally killed bin Laden." Jilli said, "Perhaps Mr. Bush finally found his sense of shame."

White House not releasing photos of bin Laden

The White House announced Wednesday afternoon that it will not release photos of Osama bin Laden's body. Most readers said they deserved to view the photos, while others claimed they wouldn't believe it until they saw the pictures. And some readers applauded the president's decision.

Copperbug said, "Thank you, President Obama, for showing your grace, maturity and respect. There is no reason to feed the morbid curiosity of others at the expense of basic decency." kevinlo said, "If the photo is unrecognizable what good would it do? Then we'd be having the discussion about the photo being a fake. Good decision."

But Inst7 said, "We can view footage of a journalist getting beheaded, Sadaam Hussein being hung, U.S. troops getting blown up, innocent people plummeting to their death on 9/11...but we can't see Bin Laden dead?" jman33 said, "We had no problem releasing the death pictures of Saddam and his sons but now all of a sudden there's a problem? It really shouldn't be any surprise that this president loves keeping things away from the public. It took him 4 years just to release his long form birth certificate, and he's still keeping his college records sealed." Countrycook said, "We the people want proof. When do we want it? Now." skytag mockingly said, "People need to see those pictures; people deserve to see those pictures; people have a right to see those pictures — all wrong. Some people want to see those pictures. Be honest. Just say you want to see them if you want to see them."

SgtUSArmy said, "And ... let the conspiracies begin!" briant7189 complied: "Maybe it's because Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under three different administrations, Nixon, Ford and Carter is now claiming that Osama Bin Laden died in 2001 from Marfan Syndrome and is willing to testify under perjury before a court?" JohnQPublik said, "I bet the picture(s) make it to the internet in less than week, regardless of this lame attempt to contain them." PacificRain said, "Obama will release the photos right before elections. The photo has to be of some use, at least this time to get votes from the gullible."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Maharishi Swami Poobah

    Obama is "spiking the football" all over the country. This cretin is taking full credit for the mission for political purposes. Obama...you make me sick.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      Are you retarded?

      May 5, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas Most

      Mr Realist: Obama didnt find OBL. The military and the OTHER powers that be. He just gave the order.

      May 7, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
    • rod smith/OKLAHOMA

      REWARD MONEY NEEDS TO GO TO THE NEXT MOST WANTED TERROIST , WHATS WRONG WITH PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Please send to Carol/cnn facebook I can't send it ,Not enough blog places .
      Thank you CNN

      May 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kerry11w

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    May 5, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dave Reed

    Obama did'nt take out Osama ! An American soldier that just weeks ago Obama was not going to pay did. Its not an Obama victory its an American victory !!!

    May 5, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      BS, it was his call to go commando and a decisive one at that. No doubt you give Bush credit for taking down Saddam and there lies the obvious hypocrisy and double standars of the right

      May 5, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. tired

    The WORLD does not want to know... I dont want to see the pictures and I am part of the world. (I think...} Anyhow, if Bush could run on 9\11 and security, protecting the American public by taking away freedoms, etc. – why can't Obama run on 5\11 and get re-elected?

    May 5, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. OneAdam

    The other options for how this played out were to not mention any of this at all unless they took Osama alive. But they killed him. Al-Qaeda would have gotten the clear message of his death without the Whitehouse Press on it, and it would have been a chilling message for them; 'You have no hope, we'll get you all sooner or later and your organization's purposes will not be realized'. That's the kind of thinking that leads to surrender. If he was taken alive, the members of Al-Qaeda would have been coming out of the woodwork to free him and thereby exposing their positions.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. ohyouKIDS!

    Osama probably died of kidney disease or Marfan Syndrome or both in 2001. Many of us including me have been saying for years he was already dead. That's why we never saw him over the years, why those pre-2001 videos were anonymously sent over and over, why Bush switched to getting Saddam, why locals and tourists around the compound never saw him. Not only is Obama in on the conspiracy but so is Bush! That's why Fox news accepts that Osama died this week. I was waiting for Fox to question and they didn't! Obama's folks are changing their capture story; oh first Osama was armed then not unarmed. 24-hour burial at sea. If he was captured, they had to detain him, get information from him. Come on, people, wake up! Smarten up! God! At least google this name Steve Pieczenik and do your own research. Don't just accept and be sheep!

    May 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anthony L Myrick Sr

    Why does the news organazations constantly try to find fault with everything President Obama and his security team accomplishes? Just be glad and thankful they have the knowledge and guts to do what needs to be done. We do not need to know every detail involved in military missions. When the who, what, where, when, how and why is revealed to the general public, our enermies are watching the same reports. For their own protection and security, not every country wants the world to know what role they play in assiting America. Reporting which seal team and the area they are from could make them a specialized target for the enermy. Our President and military put it on the line 24/7 365, just say thanks and let it go. this e-mail will probaly not be posted on air because of its nature but thats ok, i'm sure i'm not the only one that feels this way

    May 6, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Thomas Most

    Voting for Obama? Are you kidding? He didnt find OBL. The military did. He still needs to go in 2012.

    May 7, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Roshea1956

    All Americans in foreign lands, return home, stop serving Obama and come home and save us from Obama!

    May 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • xyzc

      Roshea1956, noone is serving obama, we are fighting an enemy that would rather kill you than look at you. these are mentally ill unmedicated criminally insane inividuals that are manic and unreasonable. there is no way to solve this. it makes no sence this is the only way we can keep the lunatic fringe of muslim world from continuing to harm the rest of the sane world. it is a great ideal to bring our soldiers home and look the other way but it solves no problem/s to do so. believe me this is NOT religion these are crimes hidden under the false veil of religion. we have to deal with it.

      May 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. xyzc

    Listen, everyone has their own style but the result speaks. dont criticize the method or the man if the job is done.

    May 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jack

    Love Sarah's ignorant comment thanking W for bringing down Osama with no mention of Obama. Apparently Trip is not the only retarded member of the Palin family.

    May 8, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    well I am disappointed in Bush for not Joining Obama, regardless of his week response. Wasn't it you George who was standing on a pile of wreckage in NY preaching to America about revenging Americans for the tyranny of these Evil deeds. Maybe people of America and New yorkers would like to shake your hand as well as Obama. Aren't you still in office receiving your Golden parachute and the use of CIA and retired special ops at your service. or how about this, All the Family's and service men retired and active that will be present at Obama's speech. OK I sees how you are..I am loosing more respect my leaders every day.

    May 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
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