- The Washington Times - Monday, May 2, 2011

President Obama told congressional leaders Monday night he wants the “sense of unity that prevailed” in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, and again this week after news of Osama bin Laden’s death, to carry over to other big challenges the country faces.

Speaking less than 24 hours after he announced bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. special forces in Pakistan, Mr. Obama said the country occasionally has moments that bring it together “as an American family.”

“Last night was one of those moments,” he told the bipartisan group of lawmakers he had invited weeks ago to the White House for dinner. “And so tonight, it is my fervent hope that we can harness some of that unity and some of that prode to confront the many challenges that we still face.”

Congress returned Monday after a two-week vacation to begin a long stretch run during which they will have to tackle the government’s borrowing limit, the 2012 budget and major decisions about the ongoing war on terror.