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Afghanistan / Obama Secret Visit / Bin Laden Death #1021874

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 01, 2012
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(Studio: Brian Williams) President Obama’s unannounced trip to Afghanistan on the first anniversary of the Navy Seals raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden noted; scenes shown of his arrival in Kabul. NOTE: Local weather bulletin on screen.

(White House: Chuck Todd) Obama’s trip reviewed; details given about the agreement with President Hamid Karzai on the US-Afghan relationship after US troops pull out. [OBAMA – says we are committed to pursuing a more hopeful future as equal partners.] [With US troops at Bagram Air Base, OBAMA - says there will be heartbreak and pain but there is a light on the horizon.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Kabul: Atia Abawi) The significance to Afghanistan of this trip featured; photos and scenes of Obama with Karzai shown.

(Studio: Brian Williams; White House: Chuck Todd) The timing of the trip on the bin Laden death anniversary, praise from Republicans for the strategic agreement and former President George Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech 9 years ago discussed.

(New York: Brian Williams) Live in-studio discussion held with NBC national security analyst Michael Leiter† about whether we are better off in the year since bin Laden’s death; photo shown of the situation room on the night of the Seals raid. [LEITER – says Al Qaeda is weaker than ever and it lost its operational driver for pushing affiliates to attack the US; describes the day of the raid and the mood in the situation room.] [OBAMA – recalls seeing the death photos of bin Laden; recounts his phone call to Bush.]

Williams, Brian;
Todd, Chuck;
Abawi, Atia

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