Here are some of the details as reported by Pundit Press:
The memo reads (emphasis mine):
Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault.
The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.
In other words, everything from when to go in, what to do, and how to do it were all up to Admiral McRaven. The President played practically no role in bin Laden’s death other than being aware of it and allowing it… if bin Laden was indeed there. It wasn’t gutsy in the least, but one of Mr. Obama’s trademark non-committal commitments. If bin Laden wasn’t there and everything went south, he could have easily pointed to the memo and said, “Gee, I told them to get out if he wasn’t there!” Instead, bin Laden was there and the President took all the credit that he possibly could.
But there was no gutsy call. And there never was unless it was made by Admiral McRaven.
The President’s version of the decision process is coming under attack. From Richard Butrick is this take:
Not only have doubts been raised about the war-room narrative and pictures of an Intense President watching the Navy Seal operation to take out Osama, along with a picture of Hillary with her hand clasped over her mouth, now the story is that Obama had relegated the go-no-go decision to Admiral McRaven. If the mission succeeded the credit goes to the brave and daring Commander in Chief, had it failed the Admiral goes under the bus. Does that make Obama brave and fearless or wily and cunning?
The Obama Administration deserves kudos for “getting bin Laden.” It is, however, disgraceful that we have an insecure juvenile leading the country, one who needs to convey (the lie) to the American people that he was the key man in planning and executing the mission. If he thought he could have gotten away with it, he probably would have claimed that he was with Seal Team Six when they raided the compound, perhaps even that he had fired the lethal shot.
On second thought, firing the lethal shot might have been going too far. After all, he has Muslim supporters that he dare not alienate.