At the beginning of her report  which lead Tuesday's Morning Edition, Liasson gushed that "every president benefits from moments of national unity, but none so much as Barack Obama, who ran for office promising to bridge partisan divides." Later, the journalist noted that, with the raid against Bin Laden, "he [Obama] made good on his repeated promise to act unilaterally if he had actionable intelligence."
Liasson devoted the second half of the report to the possible political ramifications for the President, playing three sound bites from Professor George Edwards of Texas A&M University, who saw nothing but positives for the chief executive:
GEORGE EDWARDS: I think this strengthens the image of the President as a leader.A day earlier, on Monday's Morning Edition, Liasson appeared with Renee Montagne , and it didn't take long for the NPR host to wonder how the Navy SEAL operation might benefit Mr. Obama:
LIASSON: George Edwards is a presidential scholar at Texas A&M University.
EDWARDS: Because of the success of this decision, and this operation, it shows him as strong and competent and decisive, and he can claim a major national security victory at a time when he's been sharply criticized for lack of decisiveness- for example, in the early stages of the Libya operation- and he was dismissed as a military amateur by many conservatives.
LIASSON: The operation that killed the country's number one terrorist target earned President Obama praise from some unusual sources. Dick Cheney congratulated him, so did Donald Rumsfeld- even Donald Trump gave him credit- and although many Republicans on Capitol Hill said President Obama was just continuing the fight against al-Qaeda begun by George W. Bush, George Edwards says there's no doubt this will be a boost for the President at home, although probably not a game changer.
EDWARDS: That gives him a little more leverage in dealing with Republicans in Congress, but they are not going to fundamentally change their views on health care reform or the deficit, and the issues with which he has to deal with on the domestic front are still polarized. And so, we shouldn't expect that night is going to turn into day here.
LIASSON: Maybe not, but from this day on his Republican opponents will have to deal with the new and enduring fact that Barack Obama is the president who got Osama bin Laden.
MONTAGNE: Let's turn to some of the politics of this event: how big a victory is this for the President?Earlier in the program, Montagne and co-host Steve Inskeep brought on Roberts  on Monday. After an initial question, Montagne asked, "Cokie, remind us though just how much the attacks of 9/11 changed the government." Immediately, the liberal journalist emphasized the political:
LIASSON: It's a huge victory. He is the president who got Osama bin Laden, and three presidents have been trying to get him for many years. This is a huge national security victory. It's generated some headlines that some people thought they'd never see, such as 'Cheney Congratulates Obama.' So very big victory for him, and he took a big risk. He decided not to bomb the compound.
ROBERTS: Ah, well, there were some changes there, but, you know, look, the real change coming here, Renee, now is likely to be a game changer politically. This could really make a tremendous difference. The fact is, is that we have been in a real silly season, both politically and in terms of media coverage with all the business of Donald Trump and the President's birth certificate, and, you know, this reminds people of what's really important....
The stories of excited troops, of excitement in the intelligence community, and the law enforcement community, it's all likely to be seen as a triumph for the President. After all, it was the White House where people gathered as news spread about bin Laden's death last night. It was the White House where people went to shout, 'USA, USA,' not the Capitol. So I think that you have- you know, you have a score here for President Obama.