The Obama administration faces a delicate balancing act in marking the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s killing.

The administration, which has been touting its role the death of the former al Qaeda head, will have to tread the fine line between gloating over ordering the operation that killed the most wanted man in the world and giving itself due credit for ending the reign of a terrorist who took nearly 3,000 American lives.

The one-year anniversary, coming at the end of this month, is the first taste of an issue that is likely to gain an increasing amount of attention on the national stage as the 2012 presidential race heats up. Obama and Republicans will both face the predicament of how to address a serious and somber, yet politically powerful subject.