Most Americans agree with President Barack Obama’s decision to hold pictures of Osama bin Laden’s dead body.
When the president put his foot down, stating that U.S. would not release photos taken after Osama was killed, most of the country co-signed!
A recent NBC News poll shows that nearly two-thirds of U.S. citizens support the president’s stance with 52 percent of people asked strongly agreeing. Another 12 percent of people polled also agreed, but they didn’t feel as strongly about it.
"We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies," the president asserted. "You know, the fact of the matter is this was somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received. And I think Americans and people around the world are glad that he’s gone. But we don’t need to spike the football.”
On the other side of the argument, 24 percent of those asked are glad Osama’s gone, but they strongly believe that the public should be able see the pictures proving that he is dead. Another five percent also agree, but their desire to see the death shots isn’t as strong.
No matter what anyone thinks, though, Barack is not budging on his decision. He did, however, explain his thoughts on the operation that led to the 9/11 mastermind’s death. During his interview on "60 Minutes," the president said that the government uncovered a few shockers during the planning of this historic mission.
President Obama said, "We were surprised when we learned that this compound had been there for five or six years and that it was in an area where you would think he would attract some attention."
Although it’s not clear to the government whether the compound was built specifically for Osama, the president said that it had a few strategic advantages. Specifically, there was no way to see into the grounds.
"The elements of the compound were structured so that no one could see in," President Obama said. "There were no sight lines that would enable someone walking by or someone in an adjoining building to see him."
Through it all, though, the president’s biggest concern was the safety of U.S. special forces carrying out this mission, as he explains in the full "60 Minutes" interview below.
— Sonya Eskridge