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'60 Minutes:' Some of the Obama transcript

In this image taken from video and released

In this image taken from video and released by CBS, President Barack Obama, left, speaks with "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft at the White House in Washington. (May 4, 2011) Credit: AP/CBS

STEVE KROFT: Did you see the pictures?


STEVE KROFT: What was your reaction when you saw them?


STEVE KROFT: Why haven't you released them?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: You know -- we discussed this internally. Keep in mind that -- we are absolutely certain this was him. We've done DNA -- sampling -- and testing. And-- and so there is no doubt that -- we killed -- Osama bin Laden. It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head-- are not floating around -- as -- an incitement to additional violence. As a propaganda tool. You know, that's not who we are. You know, we don't trot out this stuff as trophies. You know, 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's gone. But-- but we don't need to spike the football. And -- I think that given the -- 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.

STEVE KROFT: There are people in Pakistan, for example, who say, "Look, this is all a lie. Obama, this is another American trick. Osama's not dead."

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: You know, the truth is that and we -- we're monitoring worldwide reaction. There's no doubt that bin Laden is dead. Certainly there's no doubt among al-Qaida members that he is dead. And so -- we don't think that -- a photograph in and of itself -- is going to make any difference. There are going be some folks who deny it. The fact of the matter is, you will not see bin Laden walking on this earth again.

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