Republicans have criticized President Obama for using the killing of Osama Bin Laden as a political tool, but the president Monday -- using his questioner's words -- said there hadn't been "any excessive celebration taking place here.
"I think that people -- the American people rightly remember what we as a country accomplished in bringing to justice somebody who killed over 3,000 of our citizens," Obama said. "And it's a mark of the excellence of our intelligence teams and our military teams, a political process that worked. And I think for us to use that time for some reflection, to give thanks to those who participated is entirely appropriate, and that's what's been taking place."
An Obama campaign ad suggests that Mitt Romney wouldn't have made the same decision -- and Obama defended that assertion, saying "I'd just recommend that everybody take a look at people's previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out bin Laden.
I assume that people meant what they said when they said it. That's been at least my practice. I said that I'd 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 it."