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The White House watches as bin Laden is slain

The White House releases a gallery of images showing Barack Obama and his team watching the Bin Laden raid live.

THE WHITE HOUSE has released a series of striking images showing President Barack Obama and his senior advisers watching the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, live from the White House’s Situation Room.

It’s a little more cramped than its TV depictions, and much darker than many West Wing fans might recognise, but the individual looks on each face are particularly striking in telling of the individual reactions on the part of each observer.

The 13 people in the room are watching the bin Laden raid live, through a camera mounted on the helmet of  a Navy SEAL officer involved in it.

All photos via the  White House Flickr account, and taken by Pete Souza.

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    Around the table: Joe Biden, vice president; Barack Obama, president; Marshall Webb, brigadier general, Denis McDonough, deputy National Security Advisor; Hillary Clinton, secretary of state; Robert Gates, secretary of defence. Standing: Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Tom Donilon, National Security Advisor; Bill Daley, Chief of Staff; Antony Blinken, advisor to Joe Biden; Audrey Tomason, counterterrorism director; John Brennan, presidential assistant; James Clapper, director of national intelligence.
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    Obama prepares his remarks before speaking to the nation and the world.
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    James Clapper, director of national intelligence; national security advisor Tom Donilon; CIA director Leon Panetta; Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and vice-president Joe Biden watch as Barack Obama tells the public about the death of Osama Bin Laden.
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    Obama shakes hands with Admiral Mike Mullen in the Green Room of the White House following his statement.

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