May 4 - The killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has given a huge boost politically to U.S. President Barack Obama. Jon Decker reports.
The killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has given a huge boost politically to U.S. President Barack Obama. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that about four in 10 Americans say their opinion of Obama improved after he ordered Monday's successful U.S. military operation in Pakistan to kill bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11th attacks. On the streets of New York City, many people gave the President credit for the mission to get bin Laden. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORK RESIDENT PHIL WIENER SAYING: "I think it's great that justice was finally met and I think that he did a great job. He's the one that finally stepped up to the plate and got it done and this should help him for sure in his reelection." (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORK RESIDENT KEN DOLAN SAYING: "I think it will go up in the short term. You know, obviously in a few months, obviously you've got some economic issues to deal with and that will probably be the next step and the next hurdle to get over. But in the short term, I think it will go up, yes." That view was echoed by Brian Darling, a political analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRIAN DARLING, RESEARCH FELLOW, HERITAGE FOUNDATION, SAYING: "This issue of the killing of Osama bin Laden very much helps the president politically in the short term. But in the long-term, what the American people are gonna be more concerned about are gas prices, commodity prices, food prices and jobs." For now though, the praise of the President is bi-partisan. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER SAYING: "I also want to commend President Obama and President Bush for all their efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice." The bi-partisanship may be fleeting, however, according to pollsters. While it's common for presidents to see their poll numbers shoot up after major military or foreign policy successes, it's less typical for presidents to sustain those high ratings. Jon Decker, Reuters.