Obama Talks Bin Laden on ’60 Minutes’ [VIDEO]
In a taped interview with Steve Kroft, Obama discusses the planning and execution of the operation to take out “Geronimo,” as Bin Laden was called, and the decisions that came after it.
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What was most difficult about the raid, says the president, was that the Navy seals were “going in in the darkness of night. And they don’t know what they’re going to find there. They don’t know if the building is rigged. They don’t know if… there are explosives that are triggered by a particular door opening… My number one concern was, if I send them in, can I get them out?” Also, despite strong intelligence, the president said he “could not say definitively that Bin Laden was there.”
Obama tells Kroft the mission “was the longest 40 minutes of my life with the possible exception of when Sasha got meningitis when she was three months old and I was waiting for the doctor to tell me that she was all right. It was a very tense situation.” The president admits he was nervous.
Only after the operation was complete did the president know that they had the right place and got their guy. “There was a point before folks had left, before we had gotten everybody back on the helicopter and were flying back to base, where they said Geronimo… has been killed. And Geronimo was the code name for Bin Laden.” Although the president said he won’t release a photo of the al Qaeda leader, he assures Kroft, “You will not see Bin Laden walking on this earth again.”
Obama ended by saying, “As nervous as I was about this whole process, the one thing I didn’t lose sleep over was the possibility of taking Bin Laden out. Justice was done. And I think that anyone who would question that the perpetrator of mass murder on American soil didn’t deserve what he got needs to have their head examined.”
What do you think of what the president said?