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?

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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. Linari

    ObL wasn't a Sheik any more than I'm the Queen of England. Just as you're not the sister of that murderous moron, troll. Be gone, I say! Be gone!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    What's with this mumbo-jumbo of "no political capital" for the murder of the purported Ussama bin Laden? Of course it is! That murder has aleady all but sealed Obama's 2012 reelection. He along with American public is having a gigantic field day.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey

    Obama already had my vote for 2012, but it will marked with greater enthusiasm since he had bin Laden killed in such a dignified and honest manner.
    Obama showed me that he is stronger than I thought he was.
    I also had thought that bin Laden was stronger than meeting death with a woman as a shield.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jim schacht

    we can view people forced to jump off the trade towers relentlessly but not a picture of the perpatrators death face. how is that propaganda, its not, but reality. like that would infuriate alkiada, give me a break. what better of a deterant for the #2 guy taking his place but to see the inevidable in a cold hard photo.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzzz

    For me He would have had my vote but if some one else had come along , not so sure. I really don't think it matters who is president at this point .... the wheels for the end of time are in motion.
    @ RUFFNUTT , I think his name is really spelled Osama , just saying. O, and you better say hello to me Remember what I told you about the WRATH OF JAZZZZZZZ

    May 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kim

    Personaly speaking I seen the photo and it was a relief to me i believed he was dead and althrough graphic i felt it was what he deserved. I just thought about how little he cared about what he did to so many people how and why should I feel sorry for a person that would kill anyone that he just percieved a threat. My mind would not allow me to feel anymore pity for a man that show his victims only contempt and disregard for human life. There are people that are not deserving of pity when they end the way they lived. They should let those who want to see view the proof they should have that option please. You just dont know what this evil man did for the peace of mind that once existed in this country it was tainted after 9/11 It was a day I will never forget. Show the picture as a choice or option.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shampoohorns

      You never "seen the photo."

      May 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ Kim .... how can say you've seen the photo ? President Obama is not going to release it. Pls explain

    May 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Common Sense

    George Bush did a better job wrecking the country than the terrorist. Of course he did'nt want to go ground zero.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      much agreed

      May 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Smokey

    The death of OBL will have little effect on the upcoming Obama/Pawlenty contest in 2012. The economy remains THE issue. Domestically, the impact it may have is to spur co-operation, to give the impression that maybe this administration can accomplish important things, things that are a non-partisan priority...maybe the pols will be inspired to work together a little more. Geopolitically, that's where the importance lies. It shames Pakistan, it splinters global terrorism back into the disparate, infighting segments it was in before the end of the Cold War, it paves the road out of Afghanistan as smoothly as the Russians did in their last major operation before they left. Unlike them, when we leave in a year or two it will be with heads held high and a sense of accomplishment.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Margaret Wells

    The President made the best decision, no doubt. He is a wise, caring and principled man. Legislators in both parties need to work with our President to get America back on course. The rancor and lies that are spun in the media by his opponents are SO detrimental to our common good.
    Please America. Stop hating. Stop hating this President because he is black, or because he is a Democrat, or because Rush or Beck told you he is evil. That is a tragic lie, and i hope that many come to realize how they are being used. . Any rational person can see the racisim against this man. It is so demeaning to our country. if you disagree on policy please disagree respectfully. That is what you owe your fellow citizens.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristen

      Well said.

      May 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • kevin

      I agree 100%, but the racisim will never go away. I get treated differently at work if the president says something or does something the day before that people disagree with. People will never change.

      May 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • AS

      Please stop using the race card, the GOP dislike of the president has nothing to do with him being black. It has EVERYTHING to do with his ideology and ineffectiveness while in office. If a democratic president's most noteworthy accomplishment during his term is assassinating someone, while leaving the country in worse debt than was handed him, then he has failed.

      Trust me, if he were white I would think the same way and so would many/most conservatives. The fact that you play the race card first, without provocation from the right, tells me you don't actually have any solid arguments to back up why your savior should remain in office another term. He has proven that he does not have what it takes to lead this country.

      May 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pkfops

    Just release the photos on Nov. 5, 2012.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AwesomeDude

    Why even have an election in 2012? Obama's got this one in the bag. Lets just save everyone the time and the money, shall we?

    May 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      So how is our economy again?

      May 4, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • rafael

      Improving all the time, Sharky. Sixteen straight months of employment growth. Not to mention having been saved from a great depression. People like you have memories that are either short-term or highly selective.

      May 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      1000 times better than the trainwreck Bush left us with sharky, but you go ahead and keep drinkin the red kool aid

      May 5, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. Todd

    How stupid.Obama will win in 2012,none of the current GOP morons can beat him.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Liz in dc

    How would we the american shield our precious children from such horrific photos on tv and the nets.coms

    May 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scott Stevens

    Hands down, the Worse President our country has ever had. There has never been a more UN-American in our oval office. He apologizes to other countries about the USA, Tripled our National debt in 1 year, Most NON-Transparent President ever, passing health care, tarp, etc without ever letting the American people debate or even see what was in it. Can't wait for 2010 for a new President

    May 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      How's that red kool ais tastin Scott?? ROFL!!!!!

      May 5, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
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