POSTED: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 5:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — President Barack Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan Tuesday to sign an agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about the role the U.S. will play in that country after 2014.
He is also making the trip on the one year anniversary of a raid that resulted in the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
To some his trip is a pat on the back to troops still in harms way.
To others it's the president patting himself on the back, making the Bin Laden raid part of his reelection effort.
"The president undertaking this victory lap and using this somehow to say he's better than
Romney is,... mistaken," says Ohio Representative Michael Turner.
Mitt Romney was in New York, visiting 9-11 first responders with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
He gave credit to President Obama and everyone involved in the Bin Laden raid.
Still, Romney did complain about the Obama campaign ad that questions if he would have approved the raid.
"I think politicizing it and trying to draw a distinction between himself and myself was an inappropriate use of the very important event that brought America together," Romney said.
Half a world away, just by being where Bin Laden ordered the 9-11 attacks, President Obama drove home to America the fact that he's the one who ordered the counterattack the world is celebrating.
Election analysts predict Bin Laden will not be much of an issue in November, and Republicans hope that's true.