Upon the world hearing the news that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. military forces late Sunday evening, large crowds began gathering both in front of the White House and New York’s Times Square. Composed largely of college students, the crowd of people at the White House celebrated with flags, signs, silly string, patriotic music, and politics.
Sign holding supporters of President Barack Obama chanted “four more years” and the 2008’s famous “Yes we can,” while former President George W. Bush backers arrived with their own signs and reminded those around them that President Bush’s role in fighting the war on terror should not be forgotten.
While some disagreed on how much credit Mr. Obama and Mr. Bush should each receive on the successful mission that took out the Al-Qaeda’s leader who claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks, the evening’s gathering remained celebratory.
President Obama addressed the nation on Sunday night saying, “Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”
Both President Bush and former President Bill Clinton also issued written statements on the death of Osama bin Laden. According to Politco, President Obama contacted both former presidents to preview his statement prior to addressing the country.