I sighed when I read J. Nelson's letter ("Obama using bin Laden's death for political purposes," May 10). The accusation that President Obama is politicizing the death of Bin Laden is absurd. The president is a politician, and thus every act in an official capacity is political in some respect. It has been this way since George Washington's time. Since we all know this, then the accusation can't really mean that it's politicized, but rather something else, such as perhaps that the president shouldn't mention it after the fact because it gives him some sort of unfair advantage politically to do so or maybe even that he wouldn't have done it if he didn't think there was political gain in it for him.
I don't think any sane American would conclude that the president would allow bin Laden to run around free, taking pot shots at the United States, targeting places like Washington where the president's children go to school. So, if that's not it, then it seems to boil down to a petty squabble over who gets the bragging rights for the kill. Sure, President Bush did some things that helped us find him, but I'm not about to begrudge President Obama taking credit, and neither should anyone else.