Skip to comments.OBL: Mission to kill al-Qaeda leader was so secret I didn't even tell Michelle, reveals Obama
Posted on 05/10/2011 12:50:56 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
PRESIDENT Barack Obama was so keen to ensure the mission to nab Osama bin Laden was successful he even kept it secret from his wife.
The al-Qaeda chief was shot dead in his bedroom at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, last week.
Obama, 49, said: "I didn't tell most people here in the White House. I didn't tell my own family.
"It was that important for us to maintain operational security."
The president kept the plan secret from wife Michelle, 47, and spent the weekend before the raid visiting tornado victims, speaking at a space shuttle launch and attending the White House correspondents' dinner.
Obama added: "I made the decision Thursday night and then we flew off to look at the tornado damage, to go to Cape Canaveral to make a speech. And then we had the White House correspondents' dinner on Saturday night.
"This was in the back of my mind all weekend."
Obama spoke for the first time about how he watched the "tense" 40-minute raid live from the White House situation room, after earlier easing the tension with a game of golf.
He said: "It was the longest 40 minutes of my life."
Yesterday, a Washington Post poll found Obama's approval rating had jumped eight per cent to 57 per cent since the killing of Bin Laden.
CIA data experts are probing information found in Bin Laden's bolthole for leads on tracking down other al-Qaeda members. The data has already revealed details about a planned attack on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Last night, a US intelligence source said the data suggested that al-Qaeda were interested in hitting Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Pakistan have launched a probe into how Bin Laden was able to live in the country undetected for at least six years.
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani branded allegations of Pakistani complicity and incompetence as "absurd".
Gilani said: "We are determined to get to the bottom of the how, when and why regarding his presence in Abbottabad. We did not invite al-Qaeda to Pakistan."
So the fact that Mr. President thinks anyone would be impressed by the fact that he didn't give his wife super secrete operational and tactical information just irritates the hell out of me. No sh*t you didn't tell your wife you idiot. YOU AREN'T SUPPOSE TO TELL YOUR WIFE.
I've often said I wish ignorance was painful. I forgot to say that I wish ignorance was painful to the IGNORANT. This man's ignorance IS painful, to us!
LMAO! I can hear it now.
“Come home? What do you mean come home. I’m only on 9. If they wait I’ll let them kill the old goat.......oh. On my way.”
Even without that license, I’m sure lawyers know how to not share information that would violate confidentiality.
There have been a couple times where I learned of a plea agreement my wife negotiated in the newspaper or on the radio news.
Our state has continuing education to keep your Professional License...so it is no longer just keeping it active by paying the registration fees.
I find this appalling. I simply cannot believe this idiot would even say that he DIDN’T tell his wife.
I agree with the other poster that if there were even such a thing as a real security clearance now, there is simply no way he could ever be considered for one, on the sole basis of the anti-American scumbags he has associated with.
Good thing for him they give out security clearances like Crackerjack toys now.
Bad for us.
You need to go read what Atlas Shrugged pulled up on this
This was not an ordinary license surrender, it was part of a disciplinary process
Or maybe you think our first lady and her husband are ethical people...
Look at the rules in that state at the time Michelle let her license go inactive.
If something had occurred, it would be written up...what she did, how she pleaded and what the penalty was.
like I said- perhaps you believe our first lady, our first bum and Valerie Jarrett were/are all ethical people just looking to serve the poor and downtrodden of Chicago
I have this feeling that she runs more of Obama's policy's then we give her credit for.
Michelle didn’t let her license go inactive, nor did she apply to go inactive (see rule 756)
her license was ordered inactive by the court as stated in the record uncovered (see rule 770)
of course a lot of the record and even the ARD code was scrubbed in 2008 when Pamela uncovered this
It is Illinois, after all
not under rule 770
“WOW...Great. He actually did what any enlisted man would do automatically.”
I don’t think the Left has the same view/respect for national security matters that the typical enlisted man does. Valerie Plame blew her own cover to Joe Wilson on their first encounter. You’d think a serious “CIA operative” would be a bit more discreet—esepecially one who years later would be shrieking to anyone who listened “The White House blew my cover! That evil Karl Rove blew my cover!”
Obama’s cut from the same cloth. His not telling his wife (who had no “need to know” nor the clearance to know) was apparently a deviation from business as usual. What he’s implicitly saying is that all the other Top Secrets that the POTUS routinely encounters every day likely are routinely transmitted to the First Lady. But we’re to feel proud and perhaps pat him on the back for having the self-discipline not to do so in this one instance. Pardon me while I barf.
Yes it’s called codeword.
If Mooch is the man of the house, Communist sympathizer Valerie Jarrett is the Gate-Keeper & Puppet-Master!
Obama didn’t know that the operation was going on until it started. Ponetta and Petreus probably did not tell Obama about the operation until the SEALs were in the air inbound to Osama’s compound and were in Pokeystan.
Uh, shouldn’t it be standard operating procedure for the President to be expected to keep his mouth shut? I can’t believe he’s mooching for brownie points for this. What a putz.
Why do I suspect that Obama’s lucky that someone even REMEMBERED to let him know this was going down?!!
Drip, drip, drip....
Let’s keep this in the ‘news’ so we won’t have to talk about the ECONOMY, no jobs, no border security, high gas costs, etc.
“OBL: Mission to kill al-Qaeda leader was so secret I didn’t even know, reveals Obama”
I don't want to say it...contemplating is enough. More than enough.
Woohoo he didn’t tell Michele.Hummm what does he tell her.
Question: If it is so secret, is it also a secret to divulge who wasn't "in the know" on this?
A competent leader of the most powerful country on the planet would not suddenly begin talking about the secrets once the immediate action is completed. These things would remain secret for life.
How many of our military heroes have citations that they cannot talk about because the missions were, and are, still secret?
And Obama is willing to compromise everything that America used to consider Top Secret for his own personal aggrandizement?
I left Army intelligence in 1983 and still cannot talk about anything I did. I would have to get permission before going to a communist country like Red China.