The week marking the first anniversary of the death of bin Laden was defined by political pushback over an Obama campaign Web video that suggested Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP nominee, would not have cleared the Navy SEAL raid that resulted in the al Queda leader’s death.
Republicans slammed Obama for using the mission for political gain, with Sen. John McCainJohn McCainGOP lawmakers slam secret agreement to help lift Iran bank sanctions Kerry: US 'on the verge' of suspending talks with Russia on Syria Trump, Clinton to headline Al Smith dinner MORE (R-Ariz.) telling Fox News on Monday night that “heroes … don't brag” and Obama should not “take credit for something that any president would do.”
Obama on Monday denied "any excessive celebration" by his administration over the anniversary.
"I think the American people remember rightly what we as a country accomplished in bringing to justice someone who killed 3,000 of our citizens,” he said.
On Tuesday, the first lady was deployed to Las Vegas for fundraising events as part of a western campaign push. There, she touted the president’s first-term accomplishments and included the death of bin Laden.
“We finally brought to justice the man behind the 9/11 attacks and so many acts of violence,” she said in her speech, according to the White House press pool report.
Simultaneously on Tuesday, rumors swirled in the foreign press that Obama was on an unpublicized trip to Afghanistan, a story the White House initially denied but later confirmed as a trip to sign an agreement on the future U.S. role in the country.