Some pundits and journalists are amazed that the administration even took the trouble to correct the record surrounding Osama Bin Laden's killing.
TheWrap chronicled the changing story, day by day, as facts have emerged to strip the Hollywood sheen off a story that's become -- like Bin Laden -- a moving target.
The president kept his account of the terrorist leader's death in Abbottabad, relatively short and to the point.
However, his account of the circumstances that ultimately led to Bin Laden's death would later draw scrutiny -- particularly his use of the phrase firefight.
"No Americans were harmed," Obama said in his address. "They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama Bin Laden and took custody of his body."
Addressing the press the day after the news broke, it is Brennan who introduces the idea that Bin Laden had used a woman living in the compound as a "human shield" -- an account that has been subsequently been disproved.
The top aide goes on to insist that the Navy SEALs conducting the operation were not tasked with killing Bin Laden and would have captured him if possible. But Brennan maintains the president's line that Bin Laden's death happened as the result of a firefight.
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It is Carney who first acknowledges some holes in the administration's initial accounts of Bin Laden's killing. Though the press secretary maintains that the Al Qaeda head resisted capture, he acknowledges that he was unarmed at the time he was shot.
On the first floor of Bin Laden’s building, two Al Qaeda couriers were killed, along with a woman who was killed in crossfire.
"I think resistance does not require a firearm," Carney said. "We expected a great deal of resistance and were met with a great deal of resistance. There were many other people who were armed in the compound. There was a firefight. It was a highly volatile firefight ... He resisted."
As a guest on Jim Lehrer's PBS show, Panetta also acknowledges Bin Laden was unarmed, but implies he was hostile with the SEALs storming the compound.
In more shifting logic, Holder drops Panetta's claims that Bin Laden was acting in a hostile manner and instead argues that the terrorist's killing was justified simply because he did not surrender.
Noticeably absent in this latest moment of story juggling are any descriptions of "threatening" or "hostile" moves or attitudes on the part of the dialytic Al Qaeda head.
The Times quotes administration officials who acknowledge that Navy SEALs encountered minimal resistance in their raid of the Bin Laden compound. In a further wrinkle, it turns out the only shots came at the beginning of the raid after Bin Laden’s courier fired from behind the door of a guesthouse.