Obama was not told about the effort until the SEAL team was already in Pakistani air space. The president was on the golf course when he was informed.
The reason for the sneaking about was that Panetta and the other staffers were tired of Obama nixing their efforts to take out the leader of al-Qaida. According to the report, Obama had rejected three kill missions earlier in the year.
In his book “Leading From Behind,” author Richard Miniter wrote that adviser Valerie Jarrett was the voice who kept urging Obama not to kill bin Laden.
Jarrett is a powerful figure at the White House, an Obama family friend who has an unexplained hold over the president and first lady.