US President Barack Obama announced he could report to the world that the US had conducted an operation that killed Osama Bin Laden – a terrorist responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children. The President made the announcement in direct and emotional terms.
Looking directly into the television camera in the East Room of the White House for the statement broadcast nationwide on short notice, he said it was a triumphant moment for Obama and U.S. security forces, particularly an intelligence community that has been maligned for its failure to head off the 2001 attacks and subsequent breakdowns in cohesion. Obama declared “On nights like this one, we can say to those families who lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: justice has been done,” He called bin Laden a mass murderer and said that “his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and dignity.” He went on to describe the worst images — “those that were unseen to the world.” “The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father.
Obama said that parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts”. Obama said “Tonight we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome,”. “The American people do not see their work nor know their names, but tonight they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.” Thanking the U.S. forces in yesterday’s operation, Obama said they “exemplify the professionalism, patriotism and unparalleled courage of those who serve their country. He was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries including the US.”