As the President said, "Justice has been done." Here is a video of the full address by President Obama:
Here are the President's prepared remarks from the White House. This is fantastic news for our country and our world. Families of 9/11 victims have a closure now that might never have been possible without the tireless work of so many. Thank you to all of our intelligence professionals, people involved, and President Obama.
This is the brilliance of a decisive, calm, and collected President in the face of difficulty. President Obama brought us justice. As the New York Times put it:
One American official said that American forces, acting on intelligence, launched a “targeted assault” that killed Mr. Bin Laden, whose ability to elude capture for so long deeply frustrated the Bush administration.Presidents Bush (II) and Clinton also issued statements after being contacted by President Obama prior to his announcing the news to the country. Here are their statements.
President Bill Clinton:
"I congratulate the President, the National Security team and the members of our armed forces on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice after more than a decade of murderous al-Qaida attacks.President George W. Bush:
"Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done."Crowds have spontaneously gathered in New York and outside the White House in DC (and other places across this country), jubilant, celebrating, with American flags and smiles. Indeed, this is a momentous day in American history. As we somberly recall the memories of those we lost on 9/11, let us also remember Al Queda and Bin Laden's other victims across the world - in Spain, in Bali, and elsewhere. Let us understand that we Americans share a destiny with the other free peoples of the world, and there is no better way to honor the victims of 9/11 and the heroes of Bin Laden's death than by embracing our common humanity, and refusing to succumb to our worst angels by targeting groups - be they a religious group, a racial one, or of any other category.
As for things going forward, US assets, including embassies, are on high alert, as authorities expect Al Queda and other terrorist organizations to try to retaliate against the US. The next few days will be critical, and will require us to be vigilant. Al Queda is still a very real threat. I, for one, feel good that our national security is in the hands of President Obama.
Oh, by the way, take this, Donald Trump!