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Bin Laden omitted from Obama's stump speech

May 17, 2011|By Peter Nicholas | Washington Bureau
(Carolyn Kaster, Associated…)

Reporting from Washington   — It looks like Osama bin Laden has dropped out of Obama's campaign speech.

In his speech Monday night at a DNC fund-raising event, Obama mentioned that his administration has made progress against Al Qaeda, but he doesn't mention Bin Laden specifically.

"We have gone after Al Qaeda relentlessly — and made America safer in the process," he said to applause, according to the White House transcript.

Contrast that to his speech on May 10 at a fundraiser in Austin, Texas, where he said:

"And because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation's uniform and the outstanding work of our intelligence agencies, Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States of America."

So, after being spoofed by "Saturday Night Live" for "spiking the football" over the Bin Laden killing, it seems Obama is being more careful about invoking Bin Laden's name.

peter.nicholas@latimes.com

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