1. Behind The Scenes

    Biden Opposed bin Laden Raid

    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 1:  (EDITORS NOTE: Please be advised that a classified document visible in this photo was obscured by The White House) In this handout image provided by The White House, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House May 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama later announced that the United States had killed Bin Laden in an operation led by U.S. Special Forces at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Hillary Clinton;Joe Biden;

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    In a speech to House Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden gave a detailed—and dramatic—look at the administration's debate over killing Osama bin Laden. It turns out Biden, along with other senior officials, opposed the raid, but they were overruled by President Obama. In the Situation Room, Obama polled his staff on whether they should go ahead with the raid. “Every single person in that room hedged their bet except Leon Panetta,” Biden recalled. “Leon said go. Everyone else said, 49, 51.” Obama then asked Biden, who said, “You know, I didn’t know we had so many economists around the table. We owe the man a direct answer. Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go. We have to do two more things to see if he’s there.” The next morning, Obama gave the go-ahead.

    Read it at The New York Times