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Obama approval rating bumps by 9 percent after Bin Laden's death

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton smiles along side President Barack Obama

How valuable is killing Osama bin Laden to an American president's approval rating? According to a recent poll, only about 9%.

A Pew/Washington Post poll conducted Monday in the wake of the death of the world's most sought-after terrorist found that 56% of those asked say they approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president while 38% disapprove. In April only 47% approved while 45% disapproved.

Obama isn't the only president to benefit in the polls due to the fall of a vilified leader. In 2003 when the U.S. captured Iraqi President Saddam Hussein hiding at the bottom of an 8-foot hole, President George W. Bush's approval ratings rose from 50% to 57%.

Among other questions, the poll asked 654 adults who deserved the credit for the killing of Bin Laden. Only a third of the total group said Obama deserved "a great deal of credit".

Meanwhile 31% of those polled who identify themselves as Republicans said Bush deserved "a great deal of credit" for the demise of Bin Laden.


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-- Tony Pierce

Photo: President Barack Obama smiles as he is seated with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the start of a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

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In sports, in ethnicity, in religion, in politics, human nature will look for excuses to unleash its original hate, it’s primal self-assuring need of us vs. them. Hate is what killed left and right of all enemy lines, what killed the jews, the hutus, the shiit, the croats, the gays, hate killed Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy, hate is what made 911’s tragedy possible, hate is always the one who kills the cat, a hundred percent of the time.

So maybe I’m not really in the mood to shoot beer into the air in recognition of it. Maybe it’s time we finally go about wound-healing in a slightly more mindful way.

Hoo-rah! Mission (finally) accomplished! Kudos to President Obama, the CIA, and our elite Navy SEALs. Too bad so many right-wingers stubbornly refuse to even acknowledge the story of bin Laden's capture and death, hope they choke on their sour grapes. :-)

nice to see smiles on the faces obama and hillary

Gloat Hilary and Hussein and celebrate while you can, the upswing in popularity isn't going last long. Most Americans are hip to the fact that this is the most inept, poorly run, polarizing, corrupt administration in US history. The fact that our military can actually do their job shouldn't distract anyone from the fact that we have no business with these overseas adventures and that the military has a full time job protecting the borders on land, sea and air. Oh that's right, Obozo doesn't want to alienate those future Democratic voters. The tin ear of this administration is going to cost Obozo the 2012 election in a huge way.

These people take credit for osama bin laden's death yet they were against the war give Bush the credit for this crap. I don't trust smiling snakes.

I picture a group of people spending several days setting up thousands of dominoes. They invite Obama in to knock over the first one. As it makes its way around the room with all the related tricks, he says "Look what I did!"

Our POTUS is still a man child as far as politics go. I heard that Leon Panetta took control of this situation and no one told Obama until the last minute. Look at the picture once more of them sitting around biting their nails. He is the least important stature of the group.
According to the article he was hesitant about rushing the compound to kill Osama bit the Military over ruled and took control.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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