Is Bin Laden capturing a boost for President Obama?
Tue, 03 May 2011 03:43:02 GMT —
While many Americans are feeling a heightened sense of patriotism and pride after the fall of the most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, not everyone believes it will impact President Barack Obama TMs approval rating.
Brownsville resident Mohamed Lawani is one of them.
"I don TMt think anyone is going to vote for him again," Lawani said.
For months, Obama has been under fire from many of his critics and the American people.
"The country is not in good shape, Lawani said. The economy is doing bad, too many people aren't happy " (Bin Laden TMs death) won TMt help."
Not knowing what to expect, many were on the edge of their seats when the news of a Sunday night presidential announcement came.
"The U.S. has conducted an operation and killed the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden," Obama said.
University of Texas at Brownsville History Professor Anthony Knopp said the fact that Bin Laden was as some are calling it, brought to justice," under the Obama Administration, can only benefit the president.
"Well obviously this is not going to play negatively, except for some foreign sources, which might be resentful, Knopp said. I think that the fact that his team was on task, works in his favor."
However, Knopp said, although the impact will be positive, it likely won't be significant.
"I wouldn TMt be surprised if he got a little bit of a bump because he was the president when Osama Bin Laden was hit, Knopp said. I don TMt think it's likely to have a long-term impact though, as far as presidential popularity goes."
Knapp said Obama has a tough road ahead of him if he wants to get re-elected in 2012.
He also said the president's executive order for the hit on Bin Laden definitely sends a strong message to the world.
"The United States will hunt you down - you may be able to strike at us, because like any country we are vulnerable, Knopp said. But we will come after you if you do it, and eventually we'll get you."