The original video featuring an interview with former Obama bodyman Reggie Love, in which he says the president played cards the day of the Osama bin Laden raid, has been removed from YouTube after news of its contents caused an uproar. The deletion was noticed by the Washington Examiner among others.
The video was originally posted by the The Artists & Athletes Alliance YouTube account, the Examiner notes, and shows highlights of a July 18 interview with Love and Jim Newton, editor-at-large of the Los Angeles Times, which was sponsored by the Alliance and took place at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.
But anyone who tries to go to the original video link is greeted by a grim picture:
TheBlaze reached out to The Artists & Athletes Alliance to ask why the video was taken down, and we are awaiting a reply. As you might guess, the video has been copied numerous times and still lives on plenty of other sites, including TheBlaze.
It’s also available at Live Leak. You can watch the Bin Laden remarks again at the 6:22 mark below:
“Most people were like down in the Situation Room and [Obama] was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing,’” Love recalled during a Q&A.
So Love said he, Obama, White House photographer Pete Souza, and staffer Marvin Nicholson got together in a nearby private dining room and “must have played 15 games of spades” (and were interrupted by a steady stream of dispatches, according to UCLA Today).
Again, it should be stressed that Love didn’t specify which parts of the Situation Room activities Obama chose to skip.
Still, it will likely raise questions regarding how the president may have reacted during another important military event during his presidency: the terror attack on the compound in Benghazi.
If he was playing cards while others were down in the situation room on arguably the most important night of his presidency, some will wonder, what might Obama have been doing on the night of the Benghazi raid more than a year later?