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."
In fact, this mission was so secret Obama didn’t even hear about it until he was on the 9th hole.
So he didn’t tell Moochelle
.... but did his caddy know?
Presidents don’t have to get Security Clearance.
It automatically goes with the job.
The press is the only ones who could have vetted him, and we all saw how they handled that.
The grown ups didn’t even tell him it was going down until they pulled him off the golf course to come watch
they are no longer atttorneys- both surrendered their law licenses ... that’s a whole nother story the press has never explored
suffice it to say Valerie Jarrett probably has the goods on both of them ... and vice versa
The president kept the plan secret from wife Michelle, 47
Wonder why a journalist thought telling us their age was relevant to the story? Odd..
Right! That explains why he looks so grumpy in the "situation room."
The mission was so secret that even I didn't know about it. Obama rimshot
The question begs to be asked: what classified info does he share with the missus?
Wouldn’t he also have had to not tell Valerie in order to keep it from Michelle?
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.