Republicans accuse Obama of exploiting the anniversary of Osama Bin Laden's death
POSTED: Monday, April 30, 2012 - 4:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 30, 2012 - 4:49pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — President Obama is not heaping praise on himself on this emotional anniversary week, a year after he gave a greenlight to the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
At a news conference Monday with the Japanese prime minister, the president denied "excessive celebration".
"I said we go after Bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him and I did. If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they'd do something else - then I'd go ahead and let them explain," the president said.
That's a shot at Mitt Romney who, before the raid questioned spending billions of dollars trying to catch one person.
Team Obama implies Romney might not have given the "go" order.
Romney insisted Monday he would have, and implied it was the easy call.
"Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order," he chuckled.
Unlike any previous president, Mr. Obama has escalated devastating drone attacks on Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
A new strike was announced Sunday, despite a ban by Pakistan.
The president has proven to be aggressive.
"You've got to give him a pretty high grade," says former CIA agent and intelligence analyst Michael Baker. "He's been tougher, I think, than people would have expected."
Former President Clinton praises the raid in a new Obama campaign ad, saying "You hire the president to make the calls when no one else will do it."
Republicans call the ad "shameful" and condemn the president for politicizing the anniversary.
This should be a unifying event, says the Romney campaign, not used for partisan political advantage.