Early polls show Obama gets limited bounce from Bin Laden news 

Two polls out this afternoon show President Obama receiving a limited boost from the news of a U.S. raid that killed 9/11 terrorist plotter Osama bin Laden.

A Washington Post poll finds his approval at 56 percent, a 9-point bump. A CNN poll finds a mere 1-point uptick, to 52 percent.

The polling data shows that while the public is more approving of Obama's handling of terrorism, he continues to get bad reviews for his handling of the economy, which is weighing him down.

I expect those numbers to go back down once the bin Laden news is out of the headlines. In the long-run, what the news does is help Obama deflect a number of Republican attack lines -- that he's a weak and indecisive president who is neglecting fighting terrorism and is generally poor on national security. Conservative jokes about his renaming of  the War on Terror as "overseas contingency operations" probably won't have as much resonance. But either way, he's likely to be judged primarily based on the performance of the economy. Unless, of course, there's another major terrorist attack or national security crisis.

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