Now, he’s the political beneficiary of several major breaches in the wall of secrecy.
For more than a year, the White House has cultivated a politically potent public narrative about the president’s deft handling of the war on terror. Obama and his reelection campaign gleefully capitalized on the first anniversary of the raid that killed Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden. Filmmakers commemorating the event got special, high-level briefings. And a TV news crew was allowed to interview the president in the Situation Room.