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Hanging up on the 3am phone call

Hanging up on the 3am phone call

One of the most memorable rhetorical moments of the 2008 presidential election came when Hillary Clinton's campaign released this campaign ad: "It's 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone [in the White House]?"

Would you ever have imagined the commander in chief picking up the phone only to say, "I'll get back to you"?

The UK's Daily Mail reports that President Obama took 16 hours to give the order to raid bin Laden's compound:

Barack Obama kept military commanders hanging by declaring he would 'sleep on it' before taking 16 hours to give the go-ahead to raid Bin Laden's compound.

Hit squads of specialist Navy Seals - who were not even told who they were preparing to capture - had practised the mission at two reconstructions of the terror chiefs sprawling compound.

The mission looked set to be given the all clear last Thursday when analysts confirmed beyond doubt that Bin Laden was in busy town of Abbottabad in northern Pakistan.

But the president stunned officials when he told a national security meeting that he wanted more time to think - and disappeared out of the room.

'I'm not going to tell you what my decision is now - I'm going to go back and think about it some more,' said Obama, according to the New York Times. He then added 'I'm going to make a decision soon.'

Is this what Hillary had in mind?

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