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Joe Biden calls bin Laden raid the most ‘audacious plan’ in 500 years

Olivier Knox
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(AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero) Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a union hall in Toledo, Ohio, Thursday March 15, …

Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was the most "audacious plan" of the past 500 years. Biden's comments, made at a Democratic fundraiser in Morris Township, NJ, ranked the May 2011 assault that ended the Al-Qaeda chief's life above the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944, the surprise landing at Inchon in 1950 that turned the tide of the Korean War or, going back a bit further, George Washington's daring night-time crossing of the Delaware River before the Battle of Trenton in 1776.

"You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48% probability that he was there," Biden said, hailing the raid as a shining example of President Barack Obama's leadership.

"Do any one of you have a doubt that if that raid failed that this guy would be a one-term president?" Biden asked, according to the media pool report from the event. "This guy is willing to do the right thing and risk losing."

The vice president also delivered a regular line that may be the pithiest "bumper sticker" reelection argument for Obama: "Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. Think about it."

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