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May 3rd, 2011
06:00 AM ET

How much will bin Laden's death impact Obama's re-election?

Washington (CNN) – Obama's approval rating among Americans is currently in the mid to upper 40's, according to the most recent national polls. Most political observers expect an immediate bounce. "Sunday night was the best of the Obama presidency, injecting a much needed boost into his credibility as a leader," writes David Gergen, a senior political analyst for CNN and an adviser to four U.S. presidents, including both Democrats and Republicans. "Obama now walks taller, both at home and overseas."

AM asks, what do you think? Does Osama's death seal Obama's re-election? Let us know and we may read your comment on air.

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  1. Anon

    I think that Osama's death should have no bearing on the presidency. It was an operation that was planned and carried out without the president and had been in progress for years. What we really need is a president who is in touch with the people. Not a democrat, not a republican, not another rich politician with no understanding of how the real people live. It just shows how out of touch they are with reality. We need to clean out the whole of Washington. They have forgotten the people who have elected them to their positions. They disrespect us and put their needs ahead of the peoples. Yes, there are things that have to happen that people will or won't like because it is the nature of people to disagree, but what has our current government done that has made this country better, more of a cohesive unit? Increased prices, same wage, and we expect there to be an increase of jobs. No, people are going to hold their pocketbooks tighter, if they still have them at all. So much for decreasing unemployment. What ever happened to caring for your neighbor? Now if someone decides to help someone, it has devolved into "Let me show how benevolent I am to the nation (via national tv)". I applaud the unsung heroes who really care. It is time to see all of these political speeches as the farce they are. They say what we want to hear, but there is no meaning to their words. Do you really believe those words are Obama's? No, they may have started that way, but they have been reviewed and edited as to not offend. What do I care? I would rather the truth and be offended than told half-truths with honeyed words meant to appease!

    May 12, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  2. Earnest

    I will not re-elect Obama for one MTV styled attention getter.
    An apple drops when it is ripe, if Alfred E Neumann was sitting under the tree, history would be different. Just because Obama was under the apple when enough information was available to end Osamas' reign, does not make him Americas future KING. I wish people would stop deifying him when there is so much more to look at.. Solve his birth questions before we drop a crown on his head or change the rules and admit we can be shoved into any corner that the executive branch needs us in. Transparent is not hiding behind lies for years, then flashing a document that is instantly ignored by the press while the nation continuously burns in an economic pyre. How many presidents had a hand in spiraling debt? Asset oil is still in the ground, as we pay more for foreign oil, unless it seeped away and we will die before anyone tells us. Alternate energy research is a hobby compared to the money we are giving away to foreign oil producers. Where do Americans go to get answers to why these things are happening? TRUST the POLITICIANS and forget asking! That is where.
    Better to re-elect a president that has made America better. Not the guy that happened to be in the seat when we are elated about the death of a psychotic terrorist that will be replaced in a heartbeat.
    Choose your icons better Americans. Obama is not changing the downward spiral of America.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  3. MeLoN

    People fail to understand... the "clue" that led to bin Laden came on BUSH's watch. FACT.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:34 am |
  4. zina

    Slow and steady, with a level head, devoid of arrogance, Mr. Obama has shown, despite invalid opposition at Home, that Yes, we can and I did!

    eat that DT, TPty, Reps!

    May 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  5. Namesherdon2

    Not much. He probly had plans for terrorist attacks in case he died.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  6. Amir

    Great show. Sometimes it gets confusing. But that comes with the agenda. Sometimes it's also someone elses agenda.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  7. Bryan

    Obama did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found Bin Laden and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory

    May 3, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  8. Cherrie

    My sentiments about Pres. Obama's decision and all giddy frenzy that's followed are potently expressed in Martin Luther King Jr.'s words:

    "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

    This and some other military decisions have only served to make me more uneasy about my longstanding support for Obama. Our policies and double standards in the Middle East and not Osama vin Laden have long been at the heart of our terrorism concerns.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  9. Joshua Vollm

    No I do not think Obamma should be re elected just because of one judgement call.It was many years of work done by Americans who gave there all to achieve this great victory on the war on terror,No man should use the backs of many to stand on to use their hardships for their gain.So no I don't think this should get him re elected.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  10. KS

    I just listened to Mike Rogers and Loretta Sanchez. What a light weight she is! I hope the rest of the Senators and Congressmen working on this very important committee to keep America safe has more intelligence than she. Scary.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:59 am |

    how can we know that he is dead with out seeing his body.and some new are just giving different new.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  12. Stella Vinitchi Radulescu

    It should have a huge impact, the whole operation was a piece of art
    that prove one more time Obama's intelligence, determination , political
    genius. All Americans owe him respect, love – and should vote for him.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  13. Clyde

    The President had my vote when he signed the HealthCare law into effect. OBL demise has nothing to do with my vote.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  14. Name*Artie

    Now he will totally not.bring the troops home or end the wars, or create jobs.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  15. sheila

    I've noticed that a few of the affected families of 911 are grateful for what has transpired, but the few I have seen speak, seem to purposely ignore this president's (President Obama) contribution. I must admit, it makes me less sympathetic when I see that they still carry hatred, but for the wrong guy.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  16. sheila

    The capture and killing of Osama will affect President Obama in many ways. Number one: a few who feel national security is most important, will consider voting for him. But those who oppose him, no matter what he does, will continue more vehemently, to drown out any bump in polls and voting he may incur. Those who, of course, are for him, will continue, and are even prouder of our multi-tasking president.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  17. John Lamere

    I certainly hope it does. Obama was able to do in two years what the last Republican administration was unable to do in 8. Anything that keeps Palin and Trump out of the White House!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  18. Name*Jenny king

    It will have a major impact on his successful re-election. It is refreshing to finally hear journalists and laymen alike referring to him as "president Obama" instead of just "Obama", a clear indicator of increased respect – something that has been sadly lacking in his first 2 years in office. Bravo, Mr. President!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  19. Thomas

    Its not going to help him at all. I'm curious as to what DC is trying to sneak past the American people while everyone is focused on the Bin Ladens death. Obama has done nothing in reducing the debt, creating any jobs, and reduced gas prices. Oh 1 last thing, do you really believe that they barried Bin Laden in the ocean?

    May 3, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  20. James Yon

    No it does not! He didnt do a thing except give the order. That was all. His whole campaign was against this war from the start so for him to open his mouth and use this to help get him re-elected is just so wrong on so many different levels. It was because of 10 years of blood sweat and tears by our armed forces that brought justice to public enemy number one, not the president. If there is any good that he can do for this country, that will be to give his resignation and say sorry to every single person that lost someone in this war and at 9/11. Screw Obama and screw his whole office.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  21. Beverly

    This will not help him with re-election in my opinion. What exactly did obama do? Is he trying to take all the "thank and praise" that go to our special opts teams that risked their lives? Obama was on the gulf course, our special opts teams were in Pakistan. Our men and women in uniform deserve all the credit, and obama still deserves a one way ticket out. Anyone could have done obama's part, so I fail to see why this should help with his re-election.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  22. Beverly

    Obama acts like he did something more than say "yes or no"! This will not help him with re-election. It's the special opts teams that deserve our thanks and praise, not obama.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  23. John D.

    I feel that Mr. Obama deserves to take much credit for the success of Bin Laden's demise just as he would have born the weight of a failure. We as Americans, however, have evolved into such a state of complacency, expectation, self-adulation, and insulation that we will soon forget the euphoria of the triumph. Mr. Obama is not a shoe-in for reelection and could turn 180 degrees at the first whiff of a faux pas.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  24. Dale Stevens

    What do I Think?
    For any American to base their presidential decision solely on who is in office at the time of the capture or death of Bin Laden is a sad, sad notice to the future of America.
    That decision should be based on how that person is capable of running a country in ALL aspects not something another administration has started and he just happened to be in office when it was completed. Question is, what would president Obama have done if he was in office at the time of 9/11/01?

    May 3, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  25. Barbara Escher

    I volunteered for Obama in 2008. Drove voters to the polls. Gave some money. And was so proud of this country when he was elected. Proud that, for once, we looked past race and saw a human being who was intelligent, wise beyond his years, whose heart was not driven by fear and cowboy bravado.

    I'd like to think that the wing-nuts will now admire his audacity and recognize that it took courage to take such a big risk. If it had gone wrong – if the SEALS had been killed or captured – his head would have been on a plate. Huge risk. But perhaps it will give him a respite from those who hate him for all the wrong reasons. It won't last. More idiots like Trump will turn up. And more fools will listen to them.

    If the Tea Party continues to grow, the rest of us may have to move to Canada to have any kind of civil discourse.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  26. Joey D

    wI think in the short term he will ride high in the polls, however as the summer rolls on those darn gas prices are going to be whats on vacationers minds, as well as jobs.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  27. Reg

    Guys, you are not showing the crashed Navy helicopter at the Bin laden hidout. Pictures at: Aviation Safety Network.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  28. Eddie Borowiak

    President Obama is just walking in President Bush's shadows. Busk
    issued the order after 9/11. Obama had no choice but to follow that order. The Birth Certificate is a 3 year bad joke. This is just another
    sugar coated pill.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  29. tony in nc

    It's not that I doubt Obama, but I am being asked by our government, riddled with corruption, questionable ethical decisions, and secret back room deals, to believe that after 10 years they got him. The really questionable fact – Burial at Sea!?? Come on! And NOW former Bush officials asking to give Bush some credit for this! How political can you get?

    May 3, 2011 at 7:16 am |
  30. FlyerJim

    Obama may see a small bump, but he is still a failure! None of the major national issues have changed. The deficit is out of control, Obamacare is still poised to break the countries bank, Small businesses, which create most of the new jobs, are still struggeling under excessive government regulations and taxes. This victory, which Obama actually played a very small part in making possible, will fade from the headlines very quickly.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  31. Jeffrey A Landes

    Not to take anything away from the presidents persistance on catching and killing this mass murderer, but if the people think he should be re-elected because of this are fools. If the merit of catching america's most wanted then John Walsh has him beat hands down!!! The election could be decided on the upcoming budget debate and health care issues.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  32. Andy Sun

    Obama can and should bathe in glory for a while, but he must seize every opportunity to strengthen his position and boost his popular support as a result of bin Laden's death – such as containing al Qaeda, reinforcing security measures (both domestic and abroad) against possible terrorist counter attacks, maintaining lower oil prices, rallying support of other nations especially the Arab world, preventing spread of terrorist groups, etc. A lot of unpredictable events can unfold between now and the next election that are beyond his control, but I trust that Obama will use his best judgment and wisdom to weigh each situation and handle it accordingly.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  33. Lee McNeal

    I honestly believe that we have knocked down a "Hornet's Nest" and that we now need to prepare to get stung by all the stray's that are out there,..we need to sleep with one eye open now.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  34. Lloyd from Missouri

    If election day were tomorrow, obviously it would have made a significant difference, and I'm sure he'll get a few votes out of this regardless. But Obama should not get all the credit on this. The CIA began working on this long before Obama became president. I'm glad we finally got bin Laden but before I vote for Obama again, he needs to bring our boys home (now that our mission is complete), and focus completely on our economy.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  35. sylvia desjardins

    I belive obama did the right thing . bush couldn't for 8 years ! I am relived and thrilled ! GREAT JOB OBAMA!!!!! now we have to be very cautious ! because we don't know what his followers might do . God help us all .

    May 3, 2011 at 7:08 am |
  36. Stephen Craig

    President Obama is a special man who has been put in the White House by GOD to clean up the mess left by the republicans. This president has made the hard choices needed to steer this country through the storms of the republicans and I am so proud of this president and his family. I pray my fellow americans will open their eyes and see that the country is in a much better position than President Obama took office and reward this president in 2012 with four more years. GOD BLESS AMERICA...................

    May 3, 2011 at 7:08 am |
  37. mgfree

    Pres Obama did not locate bin Laden. Pres Obama did not participate in the military operation. He is using this for his political advantage. He still remains the worst president since Carter. Look at his record since being in office. The facts speak for themselves. He is not qualified to be president.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  38. marlon

    the president had my vote already. this man is doing everything he can to get straight. each and every issue he addresses is just one more needle in the haystack that he has to find and solve. the death of osama made a great impact!!

    one president wanted him after 911 and another got him!! even if it did take 10 yrs how long has president obama been in the chair??? exactly less than that!! so give the man credit and we as americans regardless of race, where we live, what we drive or how much money we have, just think could you be the president and handle what he does? my answer would be no, i just continue to pray for everybody democrats or republicans

    May 3, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  39. jackie renz

    One good deed will not undo all the wrong, bad he has done to this country, It will noit change my vote,

    May 3, 2011 at 7:06 am |
  40. lovepolitics

    I don't think this will help Obama in 2012. He just isn't a good leader and has no experience and has a socialist agenda. I think he can be beat in 2012 by anyone. As a democrat myself I don't know anyone that will vote for him again like they did last time.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  41. dorothy kosak

    Lets give all of the credit where it belongs, to the military and our intelligence community. Obama does not deserve any benefit from this operation and that includes reelection.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:04 am |
  42. Well-Duh

    No lasting effect. The upcoming economic crash will wipe out everything good.

    Its going to accidentally set a very unfortunate precedent when the first black President is lynched. The Klan may even experience a rebirth among rednecks and other irrationally emotional people (which includes a few of the very rich and well educated).

    May 3, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  43. Mike Koelblin

    President Obama has all the Bush era policy's in place, so his backbone has not been in question since his presidency began. However killing Osama Bin Laden didn't put any money in pocket, any gas in my tank, or any food ion my table. If that doesn't answer your question than let me say this plain and simple.... NO!

    May 3, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  44. Terry Marvin

    Tuesday, may 3, 2011–6:01 am CST

    Morning American Morning,

    I think President Obama might get re-elected, after the death of
    Osama Bin Laden. He should win.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  45. dennis zielinski

    Not for me.....I wouldn't vote for him under any circumstances...
    and no one should be infuenced by the killing of Bin Laden...what does it have to do with all the problems we have now?

    May 3, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  46. TheTech

    As a 45 year old independent voter, thie Bin Laden capture/kill coupled with the bafoonery of the Republican prospects; seals the deal for the Obama Administration! Kudos to the U.S JSOC!

    May 3, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  47. eternal

    Even though there are so many other problems going on that Obama still has to address. This is a huge success for Obama. You have to admit no other president could get the job done. So this will definitely have an impact on his 2012 election. Hate him or love him but you got to give him credit where it's due on this one.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  48. Roger Hanley

    While I give the President credit for handling the bin Laden situation, we still have Obamacare strangling our small businesses, there are no jobs for thousands of Americans, and his administration is doing nothing to reduce our debt. I will NOT vote for Obama.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  49. Delos

    I dont think so not give Obama vote for Victory !! i say DENIED sorry I m not support Presdient Obama as soon 2012 get out ! That for Only Victory America on ground Not any who Presdient ...

    American is Victory on ground ....

    May 3, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  50. deana

    the president had my vote before the death of bin Laden, and this event along with all of the other things that he had to take own was there before he took office. i think that some people think that all problems can be solved over night but it can't. This man took over a mess and one by one he is trying really hard to make postive things happen, but some feel that he is the cause of the issues that are coming out but remember during his election it was stated that if he won he had alot of unfinshed business to handle!! we americans don't know every little thing that any president has to go through, all we see is what's exposed, so give the man credit he is trying and i think he is doing a wionderful job and yes Sunday night put ithe icing on the cake.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  51. Mark

    I hope people remember that the US Military was responsible for finding and eliminating Osama Bin Laden, not ANY Politician...not even the President. By the way, let's not forget that the forces that made all this happen, were not built during President Obama's term...

    May 3, 2011 at 7:01 am |
  52. Larry - St Louis

    Probably a short term positive impact on his current numbers but with all of the other debt and healthcare issues still outstanding and everyone remembering his self-centered approach to presenting and approving those programs, support hikes now are short-term. Killing Obama does not resolve this issue! thinking otherwise is placing your head in a hole! I voted for him in past but still have not come around to vote for him in the future. Remember, Bush was loved following 9/11!!

    May 3, 2011 at 7:01 am |
  53. Tina

    Oh my he is one of the best leaders among leaders. One thing I like about him is he really thinks and weigh all options before he acts. Very deep thinker.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:01 am |
  54. Davian

    Americans voted for a change when we elected Obama, and we got it. He gets my vote in 2012. God bless America and the families of the victims of 9/11.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  55. Constantine Germanakos

    I think Obama just won his re-election because of the killing of bin Laden. Bush was re-elected with the help of America being in the middle of a War, and Obama will be re-elected because we are in the middle of an economic crisis, and he is in the middle of a plan to help our economy. What the death of bin Laden does is make President Obama look like a very good decision maker, knowing how to construct a plan, and how and when to take action. He accomplished something former President Bush could not, and this will definitely give him brownie points.

    Constantine from Tampa, FL

    May 3, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  56. cherie in oho

    I think its too early to say; we are a fickle nation. I think this is "good" for a few months, six at most, but if Pes Obama doesn't follow up closer to the election with something else "good"- it could be anyone's game.
    p.s. I voted for him and will again

    May 3, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  57. Stephen Herbits

    CNN producers may wonder why there those who want news are deserting to other media forms. The answer is in this question where CNN wants to make news instead of act in the responsible role of journalistic filters. This very question begs a nonsense answer, whatever it is. Facts and thoughtful analysis is what is wanted. We can get junk outside our doors.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  58. John Romero

    It did not work with Fmr. Pres. George Bush Sr. (Desert Storm) and It will not work with Pres. Obama simply because of the long wait 'till the next election. People will forget.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  59. Jeff Spencer

    I did not vote for Obama. I had not planned to vote for Obama. After watching his nwavering speech on Sunday night, I am looking at President Obama in a whole new light. He brought fortitude and calm to the country in a desperate time of need. I will only vote for President Obama if the country does in fact benefit from his re-election. Which is the change from Sunday afternoon when I had just decided he wasn't quite right for the Presidency.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  60. Danielle P.

    I just had to share this with is a quote from one of my Facebook friends.

    "Dear Westboro Baptist Church, we have a funeral you can protest. It's in Pakistan, we'll help you pack. Sincerely, America"

    May 3, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  61. Mark Prevatt

    Yes....President Obama's brilliant coordination of the demise of America's worst enemy Osama Bin Laden has brought this nation to a point from which we can start believing in each other again. We felt this way right after 911 and ironically, the catalyst of THAT event now serves to unite us at a time when we need it the most.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  62. Geetanjali

    and what about the jobs and economy? Does the death of OBL shadow the obvious problems of our country?

    May 3, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  63. tom

    Are you kidding? This is the first positive thing to come out of his presidency.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  64. Agnes Reid

    It will help, but low gas prices, lower unemployment, and other major domestic issues will help more. But... give him time he's working on them. I'm a staunch supporter and will work for him in 2012.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  65. Caitlin

    I think it will significantly change the ideas of the independent voters and perhaps even some of the GOP.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  66. Mark Prevatt

    Yes....President Obama's brilliant coordination of the demise of America's worst enemy Osama Bin Laden has brought this nation to a point from wich we can start believing in each other again. We felt this way right after 911 and ironically, the catalyst of THAT event now serves to unite us at a time when we need it the most.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  67. Confused in Ohio

    The political comments are getting over the top after the asassination of bin Laden again. Imagine if the current Commander in Chief flew onto an aircraft carrier, in a flight suit, with a banner "Mission Accomplished" as a backdrop.
    What would the GOP say?
    The reality is, he is judged by a doublestandard.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  68. Lou Jorfi

    Rota, Spain.
    If you think Obama has secured the 2012 election with the killing of UBL ask Bush #1 if a major success a year or so before an election helped him. "Its the economy stupid" (remember?)

    May 3, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  69. Randy

    Even without Osama's death; Obama would have been re-elected. What can I say he's been a great president; the best we've had in awhile.

    Jacksonville, NC

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    May 3, 2011 at 6:48 am |
  71. Ricardo

    Not only he got Osama but proof that he's qualify as Comamder and Chief.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:44 am |
  72. Elmer Barney

    As the Commander In Chief, Mr. Obama's status has gone sky-high which is good for him. Unfortunately, drowning in a sea of debt is also sky high. The good news for Mr. Obama is the fact that there are no qualified challengers. He will probably be re-elected as a direct result of his brilliant operation.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  73. cray

    Hmmm, let's see....

    He failed horribly and neglected to address Russia invading Georgia for over 3 days ... it took him 6 days just to give any answer about the Gulf oil spil, and it's been over 3 weeks to get his hands around the Libya fiasco ...

    -– and now we're going to give him points for making a decision on a plan thats been set in stone for almost 10 years by a crack military staff.????

    I don't think so.

    CRay Mathews.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:38 am |
  74. Glenn Warrick

    Sorry, no win in 2012 for Obama. Its the economy stupid. The euphora will wear off when folks have to fill up at the gas pump or buy groceries this week. Remember what happened to George Herbert Walker Bush? If the economy doesnt improve, gas prices go down and unemployment drops then Obama will be a one term president inspite of the love affair by the media.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:35 am |
  75. david

    No, I think they could have done it al along, they now see we cant fix the bigger problems with the economy and thats what needs no be fixedQ=! This was just for show

    May 3, 2011 at 6:34 am |
  76. Chris

    Regardless, OBL was found & killed, I believe President Obama still deserves to win the 2012 election. Why choose another president when the he just cleaned up shop. Go Obama 2012!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:34 am |
  77. Sue Grim

    Bin Ladens death should not impact Obamas re-election. Obama should work on homeland issues (unemployment , fuel prices etc) The death of Bin Laden has been in the works since 9/11 so the credit goes to intel and special forces not Obama.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  78. Doug Ronnenkamp

    It would be nice to go at least a few days without having to throw presidential politics into an event that finally brought justice to a person who committed horrible atrocities to humanity. There is plenty of time to discuss the political ramifications of the execution of bin Laden – but let it go for now.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  79. eric

    The president's accomplishments were already impressive, despite all of the rhetoric. Now, he's achieved the ultimate milestone. The American people have grown tired of the GOP's antics and will support the president in the next election in a landslide.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  80. glen

    It signals a strong Possibility
    But Americans have to remember that when Obama took the job as
    president Bush Had left America in shambles

    May 3, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  81. Dennis Jarosz

    Let's be clear on This: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American Navy Seal who Obama just a few weeks ago he was debating on whether or not to PAY our military.
    Obama just happened to be in office when one of our soldiers finally found O.B.L and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  82. Generic Mammal

    George Bush was considered a shoe-in after the Gulf War in early '91, but that passion faded by the time he lost to Clinton in late '92. A lot can happen between now and election time.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  83. Larry

    I feel he would have won anyway but if he does not show prove that Osama is dead then they will think it is just another trick. Just like the one Bush and gang pulled when they blamed Osama for 9/11. Check your own news achives and find the clip where Osama said the day it happen that they had nothing to do with it.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  84. cindy miller

    I did not vote for him in last Presidential election, I will in 2012. He showed leadership, strength, resolve and came through on his campaign promise to kill Osama. He has shown the world that he means what he says and has my respect as well as my vote in 2012.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  85. Ricardo

    During 7 years of Bush he did not get Osama and 2 years of Obama he got him, what do you think?

    May 3, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  86. Larry Neal

    I Praise God for some one that had the "Salt" to do this and any President with any salt would have done the same thing! So, it has no bearing on the election in my heart because it has nothing to do with the economy or the shape our country is in or his leadership! How are we going to afford food or Gas or provide for our families? NO, this does not clinch the Election! God Bless America and God Bless our troops!!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:25 am |
  87. Nichole

    With the death of Osama Bin Laden, President Obama has already WON the 2012 election. He wasn't liked before, but he is loved now. BARACK OBAMA WILL SERVE HIS SECOND TERM.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  88. Ray hammond

    You're joking, right?

    Because he said 'yes' instead of 'no' on an operation begun by a former President is going to clinch his reelection?

    Have you forgotten everything else he has made poor decisions on?

    Millions of still unemployed and underemployed people will not see this as proof of BHO's skill as President so much as a single good decision in an ocean of poor ones

    May 3, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  89. Dave

    As a voter registered as an Independent (formerly Republican), I will vote for Barrack Obama again regardless of the wonderful achievement of bagging Osama bin Laden. The childish behavior demonstrated by the other two parties will never get my vote ... until they mature. President Obama is a class act, one we haven't seen in a long, long time and he deserves continued support. For the record, I am a 61-year old Caucasian military retiree.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  90. Costa Apostolou

    As a Canadian I believe this just won him the election. The Bush Preidency couldn't find him in two terms and went into at least one country (Iraq) that had nothing to do with 9/11. Obama's administration focused on Pakistan which lead to the death of Osama Bin Laden.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:18 am |
  91. jack carpenter

    the republican party's 2012 presidential hopes died along with Osama bin Laden.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  92. Maximo Lindo

    I Think He Will Get Re-Elected Because" He Was On The Clock".

    May 3, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  93. tony

    hes a cinch to get relected after much can i bet?

    May 3, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  94. Ron

    I don't think it seals a re-election but it goes to prove how strong a president he is. I believe he's the turtle in the race. Don't ever count him out!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:16 am |
  95. Charles Duncan

    President Obama's decisive and gutsy move to rid the world of the evil Usama Bin Laden has clinched his reelection. There isn't a candidate that can really dispute his handling of terrorism now. He has done what Bush couldn't do in 8 years. Also, the economy is recovering, jobs are coming back, healthcare was passed, the banks have repaid their bailouts, and the house market (although slow) is recovering,

    We haven't seen a president accomplish so much in 2 years in decades!

    Obama 2012

    May 3, 2011 at 6:16 am |
  96. i486girl

    I am an Obama supporter, but will be the first to admit that, sadly, American voters are easily influenced by things less powerful than this.
    And this was huge. If Obama can carry the exuberance with him, of course he will win 2012.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:16 am |
  97. Kathy kogut

    I think we can cancel the election and just move on to another term for Obama. How can the man who got Bin Laden NOT be reelected? New bumper sticker – Yes I DID!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  98. Donna McAllister

    Let's be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found OBL and took him out. This is NOT !!! an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:14 am |
  99. Brent, Alexandria VA

    Obama is a great President as history will reveal. He should be re elected whether or not Bin Laden was captured.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:14 am |
  100. MeLoN

    Let's be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found bin Laden and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:11 am |