Sen. Dianne Feinstein took a peek but didn’t sound too happy about it. “I don’t need to see those pictures, and no one needs to see them,” the California Democrat told reporters.
Sen. James Inhofe, on the other hand, supports making the pictures public. The Oklahoma Republican also gave a pretty gruesome description, noting that one bullet went through bin Laden’s left eye.
Sen. Ben Nelson (D) said he viewed the photos to confirm bin Laden’s death for “the people of Nebraska.”
Rep. Duncan Hunter, a former Marine, was more congratulatory in his reaction. “Our nation’s Special Forces did an exceptional job and deserve great credit for their work,” the California Republican said in a statement.
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) told reporters that he felt satisfied after seeing the images.
Sen. Mark Udall sounded more queasy in his account of the pictures. “After seeing the photos, I still agree with the president’s decision not to make them public,” the Colorado Democrat said.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.