Obama on '60 Minutes': bin Laden Raid 'Longest 40 Minutes of My Life'

President Obama appeared on '60 Minutes' last night to discuss the events leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden for the first time and, predictably, it's fascinating. He reveals certain details about the tactical elements raid, which had been in motion since August 2010 -- Special Forces built a replica of bin Laden's compound for practice drills, the compound was specially created without sight lines from the street, most of his senior aides didn't know the operation was even happening. But the most compelling, revealing pieces of the interview come when Obama reflects intimately on the impact the experience has had on his presidency and his life. Of being in the situation room as the action unfolded:

...we were able to monitor the situation in real time. Getting reports back from Bill McRaven, the head of our Special Forces operations as well as Leon Panetta. There were big chunks of time in which all we were doin' was just waiting. And it 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.

Read the full transcript here, and watch the segment below.





AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at May 9, 2011, 3:51am

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