Having ordered the raid on bin Laden’s hideout Friday, Obama kept the secret well-guarded even when Seth Meyers joked about it Saturday.
As Seth Meyers equated C-SPAN’s ghostliness to bin Laden’s elusiveness, Obama sat back in his chair and gave a hearty laugh. But did the Commander-in-Chief know fully what was going down in Pakistan? All signs point to yes.
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It was a joke that turned out to be shockingly topical on Meyers’ part, though a decade-long search for the terrorist mastermind certainly warrants the occasional bit of humor about his evasive techniques.
Meyers quipped: “People think bin Laden is hiding in the Hindu Kush, but did you know that every day from 4 to 5 he hosts a show on C-SPAN?”
Post-punchline, Obama gave a toothy smile — and was he even blushing? Perhaps his look was one of genuine surprise to hear bin Laden’s name come up in a joke, knowing secretly what was happening in Abbottabad. Perhaps he was just responding heartily to the humor. One thing’s for certain: we wouldn’t want to be across the table from Barack in Vegas.
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