President Obama has announced Osama bin Laden is dead
Just over an hour ago, President Obama announced to the nation that the face of terror since the 9/11 Terror attacks had been killed.
THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.
Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must –- and we will — remain vigilant at home and abroad.
As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims.
And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.
Crowds have begun to gather in front of the white house, cheering and singing the national anthem in celebration. It has been reported that crowds at sporting events have broken into cheer and song tonight as well as the news spread across the country.
We’ll have continuing coverage of this breaking news story on SLU-TV and a full report Monday night on SLU News 22 at 6:30pm.