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President Obama WILL NOT Release Death Photo

5/4/2011 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

President Barack Obama has now decided he will NOT release the ultra-gory photos of Osama bin Laden's bloody, bullet-ridden face to the public.

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The news comes in the wake of reports that Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Hillary Clinton had advised Obama about concerns that releasing a photograph could prompt a backlash against the U.S.

Obama told "60 Minutes" ... "The risks of release outweigh the benefits" ... adding, "Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East."

Obama continued, "Imagine how the American people would react if al-Qaida killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet."

"Osama bin Laden is not a trophy -- he is dead and let's now focus on continuing the fight until al-Qaida has been eliminated."


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136.

Mork12    

What a joke....It's a hoax people, there is no Boogie man

1177 days ago
137.

Sliver    

What an idiot. So what he going to say when the Terrorist start saying that we didn't get Bin Laden? Nothing happened when videos of Saddam got released, and Terrorist are going to keep killing people no matter what you do or don't do. I just hope he isn't going to hold the picture until election time, trying to use them for his own gain to get votes.

1177 days ago
138.

Lisa    

You know he mentioned how we would feel if they'd ever show photos of one ours. Well haven't they done that! They have killed one of our journalist on TV , they beheaded the man on TV. So they have killed one of ours and showed it.

1177 days ago
139.

Originalkat    

You don't think we are going to have backlash with just the fact we supposedly killed him and the US is celebrating like their team just won the Super Bowl. I mean that will piss them off worse.

1177 days ago
140.

CrashAndBurn    

Of course not. Typical of the White House to not release a photo but they can parade the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers in front of the millions or maybe even billions of people on live tv. And to release a single photo of the so called slain OBL is a no no and sensitive matter. Remember the countless lives lost on 9-11? Nearly 3000 lives aired on live tv.

1177 days ago
141.

chris     

@ Skillet - you missed something pretty important (see below)

Obama continued, "Imagine how the American people would react if al-Qaida killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet."

- Let's not forget, frying pan, that al-Qaida has time and time again done exactly what your beloved "president" doesn't want to do. Why the hell should we care if we upset al-Qaida or the Taliban or any of OBL sympathizers.

Apparently YOUR parents grounded you and said "NO TV" cuz had you watched CNN last night you would have heard: A) OBL didnt have a gun - nor did he shoot back - B) he didnt use a woman as a shield.

Now Frying Pan, dont you think that once al-Qaida and the Taliban learn that our SEALS SHOT an unarmed man they'll get a bit pissed?

Let me ask you this, and you can answer when your off restriction, HOW COULD ALL THOSE NAVY SEALS (highly trained) NOT take CAPTURE the man who was right there? They could have disabled him (shot him in both legs so he could run) and took him into custody.

It would have been more punishment for him to be locked away in solitary confinement for the rest of his life.

Maybe when your not grounded any more, Mommy and Daddy will let you watch the news so you can get some education in your head

1177 days ago
142.

lazick    

WTF Obama? They have put Americans on camera and beheaded them. We allowed him to be buried at sea within 24 hours to appease his beliefs - what about all those innocent people he was responsible for killing. He didn't care about the lives he took, we should have paraded his body through the Middle East and let those who choose to harm us see the punishment for terrorism.

1177 days ago
143.

DeeWA2010    

WELL, you got this one WRONG. The White House news conference is on RIGHT NOW. There will be NO PICTURES released. Can't trust all your sources...

1177 days ago
144.

lona    

Ashley, I agree with you. Put them out and people don't look if you don't want to. I am getting tired of Obama acting like we are children and he has to make decisions for us. Didn't he learn anything by withholding the birth certificate so long? He will regret it in the end because the conspiracies are going to fly. Something didn't hit me right when the body was put in the ocean so fast. There is something not right with this but it will come out.

1177 days ago
145.

Lucky_130    

People can talk all the crap about the conspiracy people they want. All I have to say is if WW3 were to begin today, In mind, body, and spirit Im ready to die. Are you?

1177 days ago
146.

Bob Loblaw    

We have proof. We have confirmed DNA tests and the testimony of his freaking family members who saw him die. I suppose some of you don't trust all that "science-y" stuff. Releasing the photo will not prove anything because people who want to disbelieve will simply say it's faked.

There seems to be two types of people screaming for this photo: Obama haters and those who seek some sort of gratification from seeing Bin Laden with the top of his head blown-off. I'm not sure which type of person is more disturbing.

1177 days ago
147.

Jersey S8nT    

al-Qaida is a terrorist organization. They would love to show pictures of our murdered president. Obama is feeding us 1st grade "how would you feel" lessons. He is a rediculous creature and I can't believe this man is our president. "How would you feel not showing the confirmed kill of a man that has killed many people, and influenced the killings of many Americans. Obama you're a clown"

-D

1177 days ago
148.

Cartman    

I think he's decided to save the picture until the week before the election.

Obama is all about getting elected.

1177 days ago
149.

Joe    

Obama says "Imagine how the American people would react if al-Qaida killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet."

I guess the President doesn't remember the gruesome video of Daniel Pearl.
Obama is making decisions based on fear of how terrorists might react. That means that THEY WIN! It is the definition of terrorism.
Either that, of he has no proof of Bin Laden's death. I am no conspiracy theorist, but its a LOT to swallow. The news of his death broke late Sunday. Before most people had even heard, his body was at sea. Now we can't see the pictures. We must take the president on his word. No thanks!

1177 days ago
150.

N. Edward    

"Watch me."

Drink the kool aid!

1177 days ago
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