The Osama pictures not released by President Obama have been a topic of hot debate among the U.S. government and citizens. Will Obama's choice to not show the photos hurt his chances of re-election?
Many are focused on simply wanting proof, and some feel Americans deserve to see the pictures. Some have no desire to see the photos at all. As another Presidential election nears, this is a critical time for choices such as this.
The Osama pictures not released by President Obama and the birth certificate debacle show that there are plenty of people against our president right now. The Gallup Poll is showing that for the week of April 25 to May 1, 2011, Obama's approval rating was 44 percent and is term average is 51 percent.
Mitt Romney, one of President Obama's Republican contenders weighed in on the issue. "I think the killing of Osama bin Laden is an enormous success, and I don't know if it helps or hurts the president politically, but I really don't care," he said. "The right thing is we got the bad guy, and the nation celebrates that. We're all Americans. This is not a Republican or Democrat thing. This is an American thing" reports The Hill.
Wars seem to actually work in the favor of the serving President. The Presidents that served during the Gulf War, World War II and the September 11th terrorist attacks all received sizeable approval bumps following these events.
"George W. Bush got the biggest bump after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a 35 percent increase that lasted for two years. Franklin D. Roosevelt got an 11 percent increase for nearly a year after Pearl Harbor. And George H.W. Bush received a 23 percent increase for about 10 months after the Gulf War," reports Fox News.
It seems safe to say that the Osama pictures not released is not really going to hurt him much. If history repeats itself, President Obama has a good chance of being re-elected in 2012.
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