President Barack Obama is facing heavy criticism for using the killing of Osama bin Laden as a campaign issue to his advantage. Meanwhile, William McRaven ("Bill") -- the man who oversaw the actual strike on bin Laden last year -- will hardly even take credit for his role in the mission.
Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker spoke with Adm. McRaven at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday:
At one point during the dinner, I thought the president was going to recognize our man, Bill. Obama began his speech by acknowledging that, a year ago, the United States delivered justice to a deserving person. I glanced at McRaven thinking, aha, he’s about to have his well-deserved moment. Instead, the huge screens in the room flashed the face of Donald Trump. It was a setup for a joke.
I asked McRaven what it’s like to wake up every day and know that you’re the one who brought down bin Laden. Does he open his eyes and think, wow, I did that?
No, he smiles and shakes his head. “It’s our job. It’s what we do.”
McRaven was a runner-up for Time magazine's "Person of the Year" in 2011.