Killing Bin Laden Boosts Obama

Killing Osama bin Laden is the war on terror's moral equivalent of V-E Day.

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Pollster John Zogby updates our weekly Obama Report Card with a grade on the president's performance. Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis, and interaction with major players to come up with a grade and some comments that capture how he sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week: 119

"Killing Osama bin Laden is the war on terror's moral equivalent of V-E Day. Obama should see a major bump in the polls, especially from independents. Republicans will find it much harder to raise national security as a trump card against Obama. It had already been a remarkable week for Obama, as he remade his national security team by replacing Defense Secretary Robert Gates with Democratic wise man Leon Panetta, and named America's most popular soldier, Gen. David Petraeus, to succeed Panetta as head of the CIA. Obama also shut down the 'birther' claims by releasing his long-form birth certificate. He may have also shut-up Donald Trump, who had a very bad week after being the butt of jokes at the White House correspondents' dinner and ending with NBC cutting off the last 15 minutes of The Apprentice in the east for the lead-in to Obama's dramatic announcement."

This week's grade: A

Last week's: D+

John Zogby is Chairman of the Board and Chief Insights Officer for IBOPE Zogby International, a non-partisan public opinion, research, and business solutions firm with experience working in more than 70 countries around the globe. IBOPE Zogby International specializes in telephone, Internet, and face-to-face survey research and analysis for corporate, political, nonprofit, and governmental clients. The firm is headquartered in Utica, N.Y. John Zogby is also the author of The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House).

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