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Expert: Political Boost For Obama, But Will It Last?

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President Obama addresses the nation from the East Room of the White House following the death of Osama Bin Laden.  (CBS)

President Obama addresses the nation from the East Room of the White House following the death of Osama Bin Laden. (CBS)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – An expert on presidential politics says the killing of Osama bin Laden on President Obama’s watch will help the president politically.

University of Chicago professor William Howell says the success of the mission to get Osama bin Laden shores up Obama’s foreign policy credentials.

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Howell says that even though the work that led to yesterday’s killing of bin Laden happened over years, the president is sure to receive the “disproportionate benefits of that.”

But, Howell points out, the president “acted deliberately…..and pulled it off,” unlike some risky military missions that were failures under previous presidents, most notably under Presidents Carter and Clinton.

Howell says Republicans will still have issues to raise against Obama in 2012, including questions about the United States’ relationship with Pakistan and how long American forces are going to remain in Afghanistan.

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