The man who ordered the 'hit', Barack Obama, is facing an election one year after the death of Osama.
His fortunes seem remarkably tied to that of the American people in general.
Their Parliament is frozen, in a deadlock thanks to a merciless fight between the Republicans and the Democrats. Amid a lot of name-calling and shouting, no laws have been passed at all.
Reforms, urgently needed after the 2008 crash, have not really materialised. The healthcare debate seems unending as millions of Americans continue to be forced to pay huge prices for medicines because they are uninsured. No effective solution for either the halting or the assimilation of illegal immigrants has been found.
Unemployment continues to be high and the economy is only just recovering completely from the 2008 crash.
The bitter fight among the Republicans to choose a nominee for the upcoming Presidential elections in November has thrown up Mitt Romney, a 'safe' candidate that the Democrats are sure will never beat Obama and the Republicans can only call a 'compromise'. One year on, the highlight remains that they killed Osama.
For the Obama Presidency and for the American people in general it was a turning point of sorts - they had their revenge, they proved they were tough on terror, they got a small justification for their 'war on terror'.
It proved they had what it takes to do the tough things.
Now an election will show if that is the spirit they want to continue with or if a new, more conservative, agenda needs to be bought on.
Image: US President Barack Obama arrives at a campaign event at the Washington Convention Center on April 27, 2012 in Washington, DC.