Barack Obama is riding a wave of support after his decision to order the US military operation against Osama bin Laden. The president said he hoped the sense of unity following the al Qaeda leader’s death would spill over into everyday politics.
Certainly the decisiveness of the commander-in-chief has been applauded. Although the knowledge that he watched bin Laden die has made some uneasy.
But in what is being seen as a boost to Obama, whose approval rating has been stuck below 50 per cent, large crowds gathered outside the White House and in New York to cheer and chant.
The president is expected to visit Ground Zero in New York on Thursday.