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May 5th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #836 'On another note . . .'

Reporter's Note: Osama bin Laden has thoroughly dominated the news lately, just as he did years ago. So he’s in today’s letter again as well.

Dear Mr. President,

Perhaps in the middle of all the Osama bin Laden news you missed what happened with our Capitols. They were spanked like bratty kids by the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was ridiculous. Every time the Caps seemed to get something going, the Lightning players just skated down the ice and stuffed the puck into the goal again.

As a result, the Caps were swept out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s a shame really, because they had a nice season and while I did not assume they would make it to the final round, I never thought they’d wind up humiliated.

Oh well. Not sure whom I’m going to cheer for now. My Avalanche never made it to the contest. I kind of like the look of the Sharks. Anyway, if you want to come over for a game, give me a yell.

On other fronts: Interesting call you made about not releasing the photo of bin Laden after he was killed. Your team did a decent job explaining your thinking - about how we don’t display trophies of war, and all that. Still, you know some folks will be second guessing you for a long time and even more so if enough people in the Middle East keep calling the death a hoax.

I watched a video online tonight from some generic conspiracy theorist explaining at length how the whole story of the assault was a fraud. (How on Earth do they get these things together so quickly?) As usual, it included “evidence,” which consisted primarily of saying the shrubbery in the satellite images looks different than it does in the video shot on the ground. Yeah, nice work, Sherlock.

I’m convinced that such people would not believe the official version of things even if you released a wide-screen, 3-D, Dolby, IMAX film of every single second complete with a commentary by the Pope. So, maybe for that reason alone, your decision is a good one. After all, the pictures may very well incite anger overseas; and if they are not going to quiet the critics anyway, why bother?

It’s been a big week. I’ll be happy when the weekend is here, and I suppose you will be too.

Regards,
Tom

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. colin m

    here is my question about the navy seals and the family members of bin laden during the raid.. the navy seals shot and wounded bin ladens wife after rushing them, there were also 8 children in the compound at the time of the raid. once the wife was shot and bin laden had been killed along with the other 3 bin laden bodyguards, the navy seals carried bin ladens body to the waiting black hawk; here is my question, what did the navy seals do with the rest of the family including the injured wife? did they just get out of dodge leaving her there bleeding from a leg wound? anyone who knows please explain that situation. thanks

    May 5, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  2. Jim Ott

    US citizens who doubt that Obama has been killed display a monumental disrespect for the President, the Office of the President, the National Security staff and especially those brave warriors of Seal Team Six when they assert that they won't believe it without seeing the photos! This is shameful. Insofar the the international community is concerned, if they believe Bin Laden is still alive let them prove it. Frankly, I don't give a rats a.. what they think. Enough of the anti-government, anti-Obama sentiment. .

    May 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans were on a 2 week vacation when President Obama captured and killed OBL.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  4. Donnie Sartor

    What is the issue about Osama bin Laden being unarmed. How many people were unarmed at the Twin Towers? It has been mentioned that his daughter was watching when he was gunned downed. All the children and the world have watched over and over the dreadful planes take thier parents to their death. People please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  5. david

    The death of Bin ladin and the trip to groung zero is nothing but a reelection ploy. prove he is dead. If the president cared about ground zero he would have already visited. he visits it as a campain photo op. The president and his wife needs to stop taking all the needless trip and vacations, it costs the american public a lot of money. The elderly are the ones that kept this country going and now the gov is taking away part of their social security away. we take away from us and send the money over seas.

    May 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  6. Rob

    Do you think that a place like Yale University is going to have Bin Ladens Skull in replace of Geronimos Skull at the good ol 'Skulls n Bones Club'? Or put them side by side? I can only assume "they" beheaded Bin Laden, then threw him off the helicopter (vietnam style). Now prove it that it is him and show pictures. We lost too many Soldiers and Warriors over this. Other than that, whomever wanted to kick up dust should've at least named the whole Operation something more Patriotic e.i. "Operation: John Waynes Fist".

    May 5, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  7. D.J. Agger

    Women and men who were in the towers vanished without a trace–there were no pictures left behind for their families. So should bin Laden disappear without a trace left behind.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  8. Christopher E/NY

    President Obama, It seems that many are requesting photos of bin Laden. I agree with your opinion, decision not to release the photo's to the public. However, maybe you should consider gathering the Senate and Congress into a closed room to share the video and photos of the Navy Seal operation. Then upon this viewing those US representatives can confirm the death of bin Laden. I believe our Senate and Congress should wear the weight that only a some have witnessed. They represent our states, this union, and should be required to realize you position of humanity. Christopher E/NY

    May 5, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  9. Darwin Mendoza

    How soon we forget the pictures of OUR helicopter pilots killed and then the bodies dragged through the streets. How soon be forget the beheading of an innocent man and publically displayed. Let us not forget.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:25 am |