The news came out on Twitter long before Obama showed up for his press conference - the quirks of modern technology!
Huge props today to our American military and special forces! Amazing that this scumbag was hiding in plain sight but now that's over.
As news unfolds today I'm sure the spontaneous celebrations all over the country, and world even, will continue. I wish I could stay home and write about and record it all.
Statement from 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.
In Philadelphia, the crowd erupted in spontaneous cheers during the Mets game. I'll link to a video but I'm sure it will get taken down by MLB. Terms of Service and all that.
News this morning is that bin Laden was buried at sea to avoid creating a shrine or pilgrimage location; Michael Yon calls it a big mistake until we see proof. I'm sure there's proof. It will come out. There are pictures.
Thanks again to our American military, special forces, and especially those Navy Seals who carried out this operation. It's a great day!