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What was Obama doing 20 min before Osama was killed?

US President Barack Obama was playing golf just 20 minutes before Osama Bin Laden was killed in his Abbottabad hideout in Pakistan, a new book has revealed. Later he rushed to the White House to watch what he later trumpeted as a great success of his presidency, the Daily Mail reports. A new book claims the official account was riddled

books Updated: Nov 08, 2011 10:13 IST
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US President Barack Obama was playing golf just 20 minutes before Osama Bin Laden was killed in his Abbottabad hideout in Pakistan, a new book has revealed.

Later he rushed to the White House to watch what he later trumpeted as a great success of his presidency, the Daily Mail reports.

A new book claims the official account was riddled with errors and that bin Laden was referred to as ''Bert'' and not just ''Geronimo''.

Also, none of the Navy SEALs said the now famous words: ''For God and country'', and when they burst into bin Laden''s room, his wife screamed: ''No, no, don''t do this... it’s not him!''

The claims have been made by Chuck Pfarrer, a former SEAL team commander, in a book called SEAL Target Geronimo.

He has spoken to several of the men who carried out the operation at Bin Laden''s mansion hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2.

Pfarrer paints a very different picture to the official photo released at the time, which shows Obama and advisers huddled round a table in the White House situation room as footage was beamed from a drone 15,000ft above the al-Qaeda leader''s mansion.

Pfarrer says the President''s role was largely inflated and suggests he stayed out on the golf course for so long so he could distance himself in case it went wrong.

”If this had completely gone south, he was in a position to disavow,” Pfarrer writes.

He says the White House photographs did not show the moment that bin Laden was killed, but the moment a helicopter went down, which happened after the shooting.