Obama defends bin Laden ad, denies using anniversary for ‘excessive celebration’

President Obama on Monday defended a campaign ad that suggested Mitt Romney would not have ordered the bin Laden raid, as the president also described the administration’s handling of the one-year anniversary as “entirely appropriate.”

Responding to a question at a press conference on whether White House attention to the anniversary might seem like “excessive celebration,” Obama said it was not. And he effectively challenged Romney to “explain” himself, after Romney said in 2007 that, “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”

Romney now says that “of course” he would have ordered the raid.

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