Did Obama watch all of the Bin Laden raid?

posted at 6:41 pm on August 14, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via the Weekly Standard and Ace. If you’re going to go around claiming “I” got Bin Laden, you should probably at least stick it out until the show’s over, no? No wonder he’s off in the corner in the famous “situation room” photo rather than seated in the big chair. He’d probably just walked in.

No, I’m kidding. I don’t think Love’s talking about O being out of the room during the raid itself but rather for a bit during the aftermath. Skip to 6:15 below and watch. He starts off saying what a long day it was, how Obama didn’t end up going on TV until almost midnight, and how he (Love) “sat around.” Then he says:

“Most people were, like, down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing.’”

Then he talks about playing 15 games of spades with O and a couple of other people. My sense of the timeline in the context of him remembering that it was a long day before Obama went on the air is that the card games happened after the raid, during the time when the White House was trying to figure out whether it was really Bin Laden they’d killed and when they should announce it. More than one news outlet published accounts at the time confirming that O was in the room during the raid itself; he’s the one who said, with characteristic Periclesian eloquence, “we got him” after Bin Laden was pronounced EKIA. In fact, follow that last link and note that, contrary to popular belief, they weren’t watching a live feed of the raid itself. They were watching Leon Panetta on a live cam at CIA headquarters relaying information he was getting from the scene of the raid. Bin Laden was killed sometime between 2:30 and 3 p.m. D.C. time (the raid took only 36 minutes), but it wasn’t until 7 p.m. that Obama was told there was a “high probability” that the guy they all thought was Bin Laden was in fact Bin Laden. Nearly four more hours would pass before he addressed the nation.

That’s the time frame that I think Love’s referring to — some point between 3 and 10:45 p.m., while the White House was waiting around for DNA confirmation that “Geronimo” was who they thought he was. The “entire thing” Love mentions was probably just the identification process, i.e. updates from Panetta on what they were doing to ID the body, how long it would take, and so forth. They were probably talking to foreign diplomats on the video screen too to give them advance notice, something that wouldn’t necessarily require Obama to be there. I bet Love will clarify tomorrow.

Update: Annnnd, while I was writing this post, the person who uploaded it yanked it from YouTube due to the attention it was getting. You’ll have to take my word for it on what Love said.


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Spades!?! Imagine if Bush played Spades at all, let alone during the Bin laden raid.

Rocks on August 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

The POS’s NSA is working OT today. First the NYT site is sabotaged and now Reggie’s confessions get yanked.

wyntre9 on August 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I hear he was out smoking a pack of kool’s at the time.

abobo on August 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

I think we were all pretty sure that if he was actually there that someone went and found him – of course, we all thought he was playing golf.

2nd Ammendment Mother on August 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

No wonder the clip was yanked.

Can anyone name one other serious leader who would have wandered off to play cards during one of the most important military events in the nation’s history?

Methinks Love is PO’d he didn’t get a Martha’s Vineyard invite.

wyntre9 on August 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

abobo on August 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

I think he was with Reggie but they weren’t playing a game of cards.

wyntre9 on August 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

The guy in the little chair.

Bmore on August 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

How could he be watching it on TV when he was in Pok-EEStahn personally choking the $*it out of bin Laden?

BigWyo on August 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

I’ve learned to take my worst suspicions about this president and then double them to get in the ballpark of what’s really going on.

forest on August 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM

We’ll never know what really happened because I guarantee that he will ‘clarify’ and walk this back

Timin203 on August 14, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Oh! Reggie! Playing cards? Oh yeah!

d1carter on August 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

I think he was with Reggie but they weren’t playing a game of cards.

wyntre9 on August 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Sure they were…52 card drop Trou’.

BigWyo on August 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Allah,
It’s been reposted:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chSkufr4T3M

Rocks on August 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

He’s either squeamish or has a hidden respect for Bin Laden’s faith.

rickv404 on August 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Busted

” Did I miss anything?”
-dear leader

cmsinaz on August 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

So what reason did he have to watch the Benghazi shootout?

If he was too busy with Body Man to watch something he was gonna take credit for, why would be bother watching something he was gonna catch flak for?

Akzed on August 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

The relevant part starts at 6:19.

Rocks on August 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Spades is the new My Pet Goat

cmsinaz on August 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Obama is a really tall man. Every time I look at that picture it looks like it was photoshopped.

txhsmom on August 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

What was on ESPN when the mission was happening?

I’ll bet Barky knows.

viking01 on August 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

He wasn’t watching. That pic is a photoshop (IMHO)

As usual, he’s just worried about covering his butt, wishing all it takes is Reggie.

wyntre9 on August 14, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Nero fiddled.

Obama played spades.

/s

cs89 on August 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Slowest news week ever?

libfreeordie on August 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

“Most people were, like, down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing.’”

What’s the ‘thing’?

I would think it is the ‘raid.’

Maybe, he’s just a wuss and didn’t want to watch it all.

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Reggie backtrack after an email from Valerie in 5..4….3

cmsinaz on August 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Imagine how much worse the truth is.

Nice knowin’ ya, Reggie.

Naturally Curly on August 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Did anyone in that room even notice the little guy in the corner?

GarandFan on August 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

If Bush had been playing spades Barky and the Justice Brothers and Okra Winfrey would be screaming racism from the mountain tops.

Then hacks wacko Angela Corey-Nifong and punk judge Nelson would be orchestrating a show trial.

viking01 on August 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

I’ve learned to take my worst suspicions about this president and then double them to get in the ballpark of what’s really going on.

forest on August 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM

I’ve learned not to even bother caring about this guy’s conduct as POTUS. You can’t make chicken salad out of chick bleep. Man, I love that phrase.

JR on August 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Yup viking

cmsinaz on August 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM

“…he also had dealings with Omar Sheik, the man who murdered Osama bin Laden.” -Benazir Bhutto

(Then she was killed.) So maybe there wasn’t much to watch.

Akzed on August 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Slowest news week ever?

libfreeordie on August 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Here’s some more ‘slow news’ about your hero.

The pic was processed with Adobe Photoshop CS5 on a MAC computer according to its EXIF data.

Maybe, they photoshopped out the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner (/) and shopped Obama into the Situation room.

Obama, Love, White House photographer Pete Souza and staffer Marvin Nicholson were ‘holed up’ in the nearby private dining room playing the racist(!!!!) card game, Spades.

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

“Most people were, like, down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing.’”

What he actually meant:

“[President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I have better things to do; like play spades, shoot hoops and go to bed. Call me for the photo op in the morning.’”

Patriot Vet on August 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Just as interesting is what Love says right after about how the whole Birth Certificate thing really got under Obama’s skin.

Rocks on August 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Update: Annnnd, while I was writing this post, the person who uploaded it yanked it from YouTube due to the attention it was getting. You’ll have to take my word for it on what Love said.

First, it seems the person was threatened to take it down…’nother nail into the ‘freedom’ in the USA.

Here’s what he said, having listened to it earlier:

It started out the interviewer, a leftie, yacked it up with him, Love thanked the baseball audience, the reason the event of the interview took place.

Then Love talked about how he wrote to DC to be a part of the “team”.

He was hired as the next up level from an “inern”.

He then became obama’s “body man”, while obama was a senator. He carried things for him :)

obama tells him that “it’s nearly incredible how they cannived him into running”. Love tells him “I don’t know about you but I’m having the time of my life”.

The interviewer asks him specifics about obama, does he work hard, when does he start, b/s like that. obama gets up btw 7 – 7:30, incredibly, and goes to the gym first.

Love is asked whom obama trusts the most. “Michelle, because, you know, she’s soooo smart…and then some guy or likely Valerie Jarrett”.

More b/s, very little talk, nearly banal for talking about the president.

Toward the end the interviewer asks if he, Love, was in the WH during the osama raid and he says, yes he was and obama and him played 15 rounds of cards “Reggie I just can’t stand to watch all that shit all the time”, or something like this…

Niceties and the video ends in mid sentence.

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

reggie was blushing with giggly luv for bammy.

gracie on August 14, 2013 at 7:03 PM

President Obama played cards during the bin Laden raid says his longtime aide Reggie Love

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 20:46 GMT, 14 August 2013 | UPDATED: 22:23 GMT, 14 August 2013
*****

VIDEO:(.053)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2393832/Obama-personal-aide-Reggie-Love-says-president-played-cards-bin-Laden-raid.html

canopfor on August 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Meanwhile work harder because you’ll pay more for cell phone services, to introduce more services to schoolkids, for whom you already pay in 1001 ways…obama said so at Martha’s Vineyard, in btw. golfing and eating.

Jokes are forbidden in the USA, good, bad, or in poor taste, but no more jokes, unless your president is a R.

obama’care’ makes you double your ins. payments, under the radar and totally unconstitutionally, by a tyrant, who golf.

The slave says it’s a slow news day.

Enjoy obama, and may he scroom you into oblivion, all who brung/kept him.

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Lol! I know someone who can do that. ; ) Wouldn’t be 5 though.

Bmore on August 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Maybe he played spades before going to bed on the night of Benghazi, too.

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Bmore on August 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Hmmmm, I wonder who that could be?!?!?!

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Obama passed on several occasions to get bid laden and even on the mission that got him stalled as long as he could. Bush wouldn’t have hesitated but Nobel prize winner Obama didnt want to get his hands dirty

jaywemm on August 14, 2013 at 7:07 PM

This story gets worser and worser’er!

canopfor on August 14, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Who was he playing cards with the evening of 11 Sept 2012?

Another Drew on August 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Methinks Love is PO’d he didn’t get a Martha’s Vineyard invite.

wyntre9 on August 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Not to mention the dog’s special flight !

viking01 on August 14, 2013 at 7:09 PM

That’s the time frame that I think Love’s referring to — some point between 3 and 10:45 p.m., while the White House was waiting around for DNA confirmation that “Geronimo” was who they thought he was.

It’s a good thing that they didn’t name Osama bin Laden ‘Redskin.’

However would Rachel Maddow have referred to him?

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 7:09 PM

“Most people were, like, down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing.’”

Barky had to cut out to do his rodeo clown thing. Barky specializes in being a rodeo clown for the sheep in the Mutton Busting events.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 14, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Even if it was after the raid wouldn’t you think he might be in discussion with the security team about the after math instead of playing cards with his “body man” Reggie?

sandee on August 14, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Slowest news week ever?

libfreeordie on August 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Only because your Democrat Media is actively censoring this story, which they would be running with wall-to-wall if Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann had said it:

On Monday, Hillary Clinton botched the name of civil and voting rights icon Medgar Evers while addressing a group of lawyers in San Francisco in a speech about voting rights.

In a speech that denounced Voter ID efforts, Clinton referred to Medgar Evers as “Medger Evans” while discussing how one of her mentors defused a volatile situation in Mississippi after Evers, who courageously organized voter registration efforts in the South, was assassinated.

“Link or it didn’t happen!

And here’s the video from C-SPIN 2

Do a Google News search using the keywords “Hillary Clinton Medgar Evers”. You get exactly 4 results, only 1 of which is a national outlet (Wall Street Journal).

And in a traditional web search, most of the results you get are local.

New York Magazine: “Hillary Clinton Nearly Says Name of Civil-Rights Icon Correctly”

Dr. Goebbels would approve of the blackout.

Del Dolemonte on August 14, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Slowest news week ever?

libfreeordie on August 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Here ya go…maybe THIS and http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/08/14/NY-Times-Clinton-Foundation-Rife-With-Cronyism is more up to your speed?

Andddddd, comments, please?

BlaxPac on August 14, 2013 at 7:15 PM

More for Slave…

From Frank Rich(!!!)…

Washington may be a dysfunctional place to govern, but it’s working better than ever as a marketplace for cashing in. And that’s thanks, more than anything, to the Democratic Establishment.

The Stench of the Potomac

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Watched half of the reposted clip and what burns me is when Love says the day of the OBL raid was unusual because they were there a really long time, from early morning ’til 12 pm.

W! T! F!

Is that not what a POTUS is supposed to do? Work long hours? I mean who here has not worked a double or triple shift or gone several days on no sleep for the sake of your job?

This is just . . . sputter . . .I am speechless.

Love says the POS worked only half a day (sometimes) on weekends and was ALWAYS with his family for the 6:30 dinner.

Again, I ask if anyone who posts here has ever had the luxury of ALWAYS making it to family dinner.

wyntre9 on August 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

You’d think Obama could have found something more productive to do with the down time than playing card games — like perhaps reading the memos from his daily security briefings. Oh, wait . . . he doesn’t bother with those. Too much like real work.

AZCoyote on August 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Slowest news week ever?

libfreeordie on August 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Timing…..Classic. Lol!

Bmore on August 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Obama passed on several occasions to get bid laden and even on the mission that got him stalled as long as he could. Bush wouldn’t have hesitated but Nobel prize winner Obama didnt want to get his hands dirty

jaywemm on August 14, 2013 at 7:07 PM

bill clinton missed getting bin laden before 9/11/01; i think it was the saudis who wanted to hand him over and he said nah.

gracie on August 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Who cares?

All that matters is that obama single-handedly killed Bin Laden, and saved Detroit! Right?

… But try to understand, try to understand … Try try try to understand … He’s a MAGIC MAN!

Pork-Chop on August 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

So,..Reggie Love is a

DemoSexacrat!!
(sarc)

canopfor on August 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM

It’s hard wathing a fellow muslim die, apparently. Alternately, he just doesn’t give a sh*t.

SouthernGent on August 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM

And additional: keep in mind that the point of this thread is addressing the seemingly lack of Leadership from our elected Commander in Chief.

Doesn’t it bother you just *maybe* a smidgen that his style is to lead from behind? Political leanings aside, you cannot be called OR consider yourself a leader if you are shown to be sucking hind t!t.

But hey, that’s just my humble $0.02 worth.

BlaxPac on August 14, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Bmore, you need to put some cards into Obama’s hands. :-)

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Again, I ask if anyone who posts here has ever had the luxury of ALWAYS making it to family dinner.

wyntre9 on August 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Obama is an incredibly lazy individual. But it’s not as if voters didn’t know that before they elected him. His Harvard classmates on the law review talked about it, and Obama himself has even admitted to being lazy. (Of course, the rest of us dare not say that about him, or we’re being raaaaacist.)

Apparently it’s much more important that he’s black than that he is actually competent or ethical or hard-working.

AZCoyote on August 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Lolz. To all the exotic places he visits?

Bmore on August 14, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Slowest news week ever?

libfreeordie on August 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Don’t let that Reggie Love envy derange you…..

viking01 on August 14, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Lolz. To all the exotic places he visits?

Bmore on August 14, 2013 at 7:24 PM

The SitRoom photo.

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 7:34 PM

The Photoshopped Pic from the Osama raid

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I should hope you would think my work better than that. Too funny. I’ve always said never trust a photo. Lol!

Bmore on August 14, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Isn’t it racist to say Øbama played spades?

Kafir on August 14, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Obama: “Bored now!”

Ukiah on August 14, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Vera?

Or Soros……take yer pick.

PappyD61 on August 14, 2013 at 8:03 PM

The video is back on YouTube at this link (short version) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQBxZoUgac8

The complete version of the interview in on Liveleak, here : http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b96_1376519391

I saved both versions and can send it in case it needs to be re-uploaded.

coolapic on August 14, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Why does it matter?

I don’t think I would fault a Republican President if he decided he’d rather just be notified of the result rather than sit through the play-by-play.

hatespam on August 14, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Annnnd, while I was writing this post, the person who uploaded it yanked it from YouTube due to the attention it was getting. You’ll have to take my word for it on what Love said.

If you dump the overpriced I-toys crap and got a real computer, you could very easily snag copies of any video you want from YouTube and a host of other video sites.

whatcat on August 14, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Did Obama watch all of the Bin Laden raid?

Yeah, but he thought it was a new mini-series on Showtime.

Oldnuke on August 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Libfree sucks Obama’s **** every single time he gets a chance. What a lapdog.

CW on August 14, 2013 at 9:22 PM

I think he was with Reggie but they weren’t playing a game of cards.

wyntre9 on August 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Sure they were…52 card drop Trou’.

BigWyo on August 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Which one of them was wearing the French maid outfit?

slickwillie2001 on August 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM

The little guy in the little chair.

Bmore on August 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

FIFY

Cleombrotus on August 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM

The video is back on YouTube at this link (short version) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQBxZoUgac8

The complete version of the interview in on Liveleak, here : http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b96_1376519391

I saved both versions and can send it in case it needs to be re-uploaded.

coolapic on August 14, 2013 at 8:11 PM

coolapic:Excellent job,on securing the video,”tips hat*!:)

canopfor on August 14, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Did Obama watch all of the Bin Laden raid?

The Choomer in Chief was probably so high he thought he was watching a movie and got bored.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 14, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Everyone has their priorities. Games and leisure happen to be Obama’s.

ritewhit on August 14, 2013 at 10:56 PM

The president has never really understood the role of commander in chief, that’s why he would rather go play cards instead of engaging in or being an active participant in something as historic as finally catching the orchestrator of the mass murder of over 3000 Americans. He just isn’t interested in how things work, he only wants to take the credit and give a speech about how “we” got him. It’s really kind of pathetic and cowardly.

scalleywag on August 14, 2013 at 11:31 PM

WHO CARES….or to quote Hillary, “What does it matter?” What I want to know is where he was on 9/11/12 when 20 U.S. Embassies in the Middle East were being attacked – 12 over-run, While Ambassador Stevens – the 1st ambassador to be killed in 30 years – was murdered and dragged through the Benghazi streets, & while Americans fought for their lives while they waited for help to show – while they were being betrayed, abandoned, & left for dead?1

easyt65 on August 14, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Dude, he was doing some major blow.

John the Libertarian on August 15, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Spades, how appropriate…

Pest on August 15, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Others have pointed out that in the picture which purports to show Obama in the situation room, his head is strangely smaller than those around him. It appears that his image wasn’t correctly sized when it was photoshopped into the picture.

Orcaswa on August 15, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Are they sure that Obama was playing Spades, and not Hearts, with Love?

Right before he goes campaigning on “I” got Bin Laden, Obama couldn’t be bothered to check whether the dead man was Bin Laden. Can’t miss a good card game, can he?

Next revelation–on 9/11/2012, when Ambassador Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Hillary was playing Old Maid with Susan Rice.

Steve Z on August 15, 2013 at 3:27 PM