In a television interview, in the 1st week of May 2011, Obama had said, "That's not who we are. We don't trot out this stuff as trophies...The fact of the matter is this was somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received, and I think Americans and people around the world are glad that he is gone."
He added, "But we don't need to spike the football, and I think that, given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk, and I've discussed this with Bob Gates and Hillary Clinton and my intelligence teams, and they all agree."
Obama was replying to a query on releasing the photographs of Osama bin Laden's corpse.
According to the NBC poll, 24 percent of respondents strongly believed that the photos should be released and 52 percent not to. Another 12 percent of the participants said they agreed with the president, although not as strongly.
On CBS' 60 minutes program, an excerpt released by the White House quoted Obama as saying, "We've done DNA sampling and testing, and so there was no doubt we had killed Osama bin Laden. The fact is you will not see bin Laden walking on this earth again."
al-Qaeda has confirmed Osama's death in an internet message on May 6.