Obama marks bin Laden's death with Afghan trip

By The Associated Press | May 1, 2012 | 9:05 PM EDT

President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai shake hands after making statements before signing a strategic partnership agreement at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Barack Obama chose to mark the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden in a way that couldn't help but draw the attention of the whole world — a swift trip to Afghanistan, an upbeat meeting with U.S. troops, the signing of a joint strategic pact with President Hamid Karzai.

Obama, in the midst of his effort to win re-election as president and commander in chief, capped the rapid visit with a TV speech beamed back to the U.S. in which he declared that the war is ending and Americans can look forward to the "light of a new day on the horizon."

Here's a look at the presidential journey in pictures.