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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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candace    

How many of you who are calling the President names for not releasing it liked the President prior to this...and planned on voting for him.

Show of hands [crickets chirping]. Thought so.

There is no way to appease you people. So there is no reason to pander to you.

1216 days ago
92.

candace    

all of the Senate and House of Reps have seen it. If you dont want to believe your President... believe them. He made the correct decision. And to the person who said we shouldnt have seen the people jumping to their deaths on 9/11...you are right... we should not have. Two wrongs don't make a right.

1216 days ago
93.

LoudMouth    

What does he mean, how would we react if they posted pictures of our dead soldiers? Have they forgotten all the dead pics they have already done that with? Bodies strung from bridges ring a bell with anyone? What's good for the goose is good for the gander. POST THEM Obama, and quit worrying about what they are thinking. They have a double standard that is unmatched anywhere.

1216 days ago
94.

putzco    

Ahem, what photo??

1216 days ago
95.

Home Skillet    

@Chris - not really worried about getting your vote since, from the sounds of things, you won't be of age to vote for another six or seven years. Good luck in P.E. today, and I hope you do well on your geometry exam.

1216 days ago
96.

Eddie    

OH I SEE SO ITS OK FOR AL-QAIDA TO POST IMAGES OF OUR AMERICANS BEING BEAHEADED BUT ITS NOT OK TO REASSURE THE AMERICANS SAFETY AND SENSE OF RELIEF? I HAD TRUST IN OBAMA NOW IM NOT TOO SURE IF THIS WAS A PLOT TO GET RE-ELECTED. OBAMA YOUR A COWARD.

1216 days ago
97.

Sharon     

NO BUT BIDEN DID LINK http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyharnden/100086416/joe-biden-opens-his-mouth-about-us-navy-seals/ ENJOY

1216 days ago
98.

gd45    

Wikileaks will get hold of the photo's soon enough i'm sure.

As for obama's comments, who's his ghost writer? the same team that writes palins garbage?

I sure miss the day when people fact checked before writing brain dead comments like the photo one obama used, seriouisly makes him sound like an uneducated prick who can't be bothered enough to realized that american's have seen videos 10x worse then some pic of OBL with his brains showing.

As for being scared the middle east would retaliate.... well that speaks for itself, a scared president, really the man who runs the (supposedly) most powerful country in the world is scared of offending some radicals thousands of miles away? doesn't sound like a very tough country to me.

1216 days ago
99.

Home Skillet    

GO CANDACE, GO!!! WOO HOOO!!!!

1216 days ago
100.

jessica    

i wanna see it. now ppl will be saying bull**** cause where's the proof? it's JFK and ROSWELL as over again!

1216 days ago
101.

Home Skillet    

Eddie about a minute ago
OH I SEE SO ITS OK FOR AL-QAIDA TO POST IMAGES OF OUR AMERICANS BEING BEAHEADED BUT ITS NOT OK TO REASSURE THE AMERICANS SAFETY AND SENSE OF RELIEF? I HAD TRUST IN OBAMA NOW IM NOT TOO SURE IF THIS WAS A PLOT TO GET RE-ELECTED. OBAMA YOUR A COWARD.
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You REALIZE the logic behind the decision, don't you, you dumbs h i t ... think before you speak, azzwipe.

1216 days ago
102.

Bob Loblaw    

Oh, God, there's going to be years of idiots shi**ing up the internet with "deather" claims, isn't there? Osama is the new Elvis. I swear I saw him at Denny's in Barstow!

1216 days ago
103.

Green Eyes    

TMZ, only you could have a farting poll on the same page as a polarizing political issue. Gotta love it :)

1216 days ago
104.

buzznotes    

Obama accomplished a huge and important mission...Bin Laden is DEAD! Anyone who needs to see a photo to prove he is dead, is no doubt out there still looking around for Elvis as well. It is more important that Obama considers the political impact and negative effects it could provoke with other countries, rather than satisfying a minority of gore-seeking Americans. Obama made an upstanding and respectful decision.

1216 days ago
105.

psycho    

I remember when those maggots cut the head off of Nick Berg with a rusty knife and had no problem sending out the video and then just letting the body rot. The only way to get rid of these s***bags is to treat them the same way back. All of this political correctness is insane. Now Indians are crying about the codename Geronimo. Really?? Get over it people!

1216 days ago
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