It has become known as the ‘Obama death stare.’
It’s the photo of President Obama and his team in the White House Situation Room monitoring the progress of the Navy SEALs ‘kill operation’ on Osama bin Laden.
The tension is visible on the faces. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had her hand over her mouth. At least two people have their arms crossed. Obama’s look, however, is the tensest of them all.
His jaws were tightly clenched and his eyes held an intense glare. Even the blood vessels near his temple were bulging.
There were a total of 13 people in the room. They were:
President Barack Obama
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Director For Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason
Vice President Joe Biden
National Security Advisor to Joe Biden Antony Blinken
Chief Counterterrorism Advisor to Barack Obama John Brennan
Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough
Brigadier General Marshall Webb
Admiral Mike Mullen
National Security Advisor Tom Donilon
Chief of Staff Bill Daley
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper