West Wing Week

West Wing Week: 5/6/11 or “A Good Day For America”

The White House

This week, the President announced the death of Osama bin Laden, visited New York City to honor the victims of 9/11 and their families, made sure the federal government was doing its part in the states devastated by storms and much more.

Find out more about the topics covered in this West Wing Week:

Friday, April 29, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Navy SEALs · Osama Bin-Laden · President Obama

Obama’s Incredible Poker Face

If you saw the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last Saturday evening, you may have noticed the president’s demeanor.  He appeared calm and collected and ready to have a great time.  His jokes were well timed and he laughed at himself as well as others.  Yet, underneath the cool, calm demeanor, the President’s day had included giving the go ahead to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. 

Who would have known?

The Daily Beast

The president roasted Donald Trump in Washington, toured tornado devastation in Alabama, and gave a commencement speech in Miami—while directing the secret mission to kill Osama bin Laden. Lloyd Grove on Obama’s uncanny ability to compartmentalize.

Presidents are different from you and me. Certainly Barack Obama is.

On Saturday night, he was joking, laughing, and chitchatting at the head table of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Dapper in his tux, he looked like he didn’t have a care in the world. On Sunday morning he slipped away to Andrews Air Force Base for his regular golf foursome. The round was abbreviated to nine holes by chilly, rainy weather, but that didn’t stop him from practicing drives and spending four hours and 22 minutes outside the White House grounds.

Gallery: Osama Bin Laden’s Death: The World Reacts

When he returned to the West Wing at 2:04 p.m., he and his national-security team put the finishing touches on the secret mission to take out Osama bin Laden. By 3 p.m. the helicopters were in the air. But one would never have suspected, from outward appearances, that Obama was preparing to roll the dice on a risky military operation half a world away that would define—and maybe even destroy—his entire presidency.

On Monday, as the international community was absorbing the news that the planet’s most-wanted terrorist had just been terminated with extreme prejudice, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tried to explain Obama’s uncanny, one might say eerie, ability to green-light the most momentous mission of his presidency while touring tornado devastation in Alabama, traveling to Cape Canaveral for an abortive space shuttle launch, delivering a commencement speech at Miami Dade College, skewering Donald Trump at the correspondents’ dinner and playing a friendly golf game with aides. “Compartmentalization,” Carney summed up.

C-SPAN political editor Steven Scully, who (as a member of the WHCA board) schmoozed with the president at cocktails and dinner at the Washington Hilton on the eve of the operation, marveled at Obama’s sang-froid.

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