I am so proud to be an American tonight. President Obama confirmed tonight that our troops located and killed Osama bin Laden last week, and we have his body in custody. For 10 years, the mastermind behind 9/11 who killed more than 3,000 Americans has been playing hide-and-go-seek with us — and now he’s finally lost.
I was at the News & Advance tonight when the news broke, and we all went nuts. Most of our papers missed deadline because we were holding for the story. Front pages were completely redone with “OSAMA IS DEAD” stripped across the top in bold black type. We were frozen around the TV for 20 minutes during Obama’s speech. There’s nothing like being a journalist when news breaks. It’s something innate that makes you fly into action: Making calls, checking sources, designing the front page with news that changes lives forever. It’s such a rush, and I’ll never get tired of it.
The two presidents that were influential in this feat made great presentations tonight. One — former George W. Bush — released a written statement. The other — current President Barack Obama — delivered the news live on television to the world. Regardless of how I feel about these two men, and regardless of the politics, I am proud that they stuck to their guns (pun … intended?) and did everything in their power to capture bin Laden. I appreciate their commitment to their office and to our nation’s security, and it’s something history will not soon forget.
The two responses, from the men who made it happen: