Nightly News | April 28, 2012
>>> to presidential politics now and a war or words that has erupted between the white house and republicans as we approach the anniversary of the death of osama bin laden . mike viqueira is in washington tonight with details.
>> reporter: by any measure, it was a success.
>> and now, we can report that osama bin laden is dead.
>> reporter: one year ago wednesday, the daring covert into pakistan when navy s.e.a.l.s shot and killed osama bin laden , but now -- for political gain. the vice president at a campaign rally on thursday.
>> if you're looking for a bumper sticker to sum up what president obama has done, what we inherited, it's simple. osama bin laden is dead. and general motor ss alive.
>> reporter: all week, administration officials have been doing interviews tied to the anniversary. the president was interviewed in the white house swas room and where the photo was taken the night of the raid and later in the week, the obama campaign released a web ad . it hit mitt romney for his 2007 comment suggesting the hunt for bin laden wasn't worth it and the ad touched a nerve with some republicans. mr. obama 's 2008 opponent, john mccain , lashed out writing president obama is shamelessly turning the one decision he got right into a pathetic political act of self-congratlation and while mitt romney has praised the killing of bin laden , a spokeswoman says it's now sad to see the obama campaign -- in order to try to distract voters' attention from the failures of his administration. the white house says it's all fair game . all part of the president's record on foreign policy .
>> i think the way we handled it is represents exactly the balance you need to strike.
>> another political controversy today over credit taking when top romney aide told the washington forum that the only reason that general motors and chrysler continue to exist is because president obama 's mitt romney 's advice. the obama camera scoffed and said both gm and chrysler would not be vital and vibrant and back in business today . lester?
>> mike viqueira at the white house . thanks. obama 's campaign senior strategist robert gibbs and romney campaign senior strategist are among david gregory 's guests tomorrow morning on "meet the press" here