What the President Saw

By MichaelJames

May 3, 2011 8:40pm

ABC News was able to learn more today about what President Obama was able to see and hear of the Navy SEALs operation Sunday — in real time — as he and his national security team watched the operation from the Situation Room.

Experts say on the screens were likely night-vision images from a surveillance plane, a drone, of the operation, with images of explosions and Navy SEALs moving around outside.

The president and his aides could hear audio communications from the command structure, including CIA Director Leon Panetta and JSOC commander Vice Adm. William McRaven – but not from the Navy SEALs themselves or the chopper pilots, sources said.

Officials said the president and his top aides were not able to watch any images in real time being filmed by the SEALs themselves from inside the compound.

In fact, for roughly 20 minutes, when the SEALs were inside the compound, they could not see much activity at all — which officials described as nerve-wracking.

- Jake Tapper

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