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The Everchanging Story on OBL: Government Incompetence or Lying?

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  • The Everchanging Story on OBL: Government Incompetence or Lying?

    Obama's Bin Laden coup risks becoming PR defeat

    With its flip-flopping over the official narrative of Bin Laden's killing, the White House has squandered the political capital

    Last weekend, as the operation to strike Osama bin Laden's lair was first postponed, then greenlighted and then finally carried out, President Barack Obama and his administration appeared to have ice running through their veins. Amid the behind-the-scenes risk-taking, Obama played golf and found time to roast Donald Trump expertly at the White House correspondents' dinner. He appeared relaxed in public while in private facing unimaginable stress. Never has he more deserved his nickname "no drama Obama".

    Once the daring operation was successfully carried out, he sauntered to the podium and told the American public the words it had longed to hear for almost a decade: "The United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden." It was all so cool and collected.

    Which makes the Obama administration's collective response to the aftermath of the shooting of Bin Laden so baffling. Having actually caught and killed the west's ultimate terrorist bogeyman, the White House has been busy messing up the aftermath with a display of PR ineptness that is remarkable. The White House, seemingly, can't get its facts straight.

    Was Obama using his wife as a shield?