Monday, May 02, 2011
Students rejoice at colleges across U.S.

As the news of Osama bin Laden's death began to spread late Sunday night, images of college students celebrating across the United States started to pour into CNN iReport. From waving flags and blowing vuvuzelas at Yale University to a chorus of voices rising above Penn State University, the mood among campuses was electric.

 

"It was crazy, everyone was so unified and excited," said Colleen Russo, who joined around 400 other Denison University students in Granville, Ohio, to celebrate the news. They sang patriotic songs, shot off fireworks and cheered "USA! USA!" until the wee hours of the morning.

 

Although the majority of undergrads were just elementary school students when the September 11 attacks occurred, it seems the significance of bin Laden's death is not lost upon them.

 

"I remember I really lost my innocence that day," said Russo.

 

The 21-year-old psychology major explained that she grew up knowing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bin Laden's death, 10 years later, "[is] kind of like closure for me," she said.

 

"The attacks happened at an age where I was just beginning to understand world politics,” said West Virginia University student Puthiwadh Owen Huot, who was in 7th  grade and living in Washington D.C. at the time.

 

He watched thousands of rowdy students fill the streets of Morgantown, West Virginia, chanting, honking car horns, and, in some cases, setting couches on fire.

 

"People are celebrating like crazy where I am," said Huot. "I think its more of a mob mentality and students are just looking for a reason to celebrate."

 

Vanderbilt University student Chris McDonald, 22, said he was moved by seeing images of other college students reacting to the news.

 

"We were young at the time of the September 11 attacks, so we have grown up with this constantly in our minds," he said. "To see such justice delivered after such a long, hard wait is a feeling of unspeakable happiness. All Americans can truly feel proud of their nation's resolve."

 

And in Normal, Illinois, more than 1,000 students gathered at Illinois State University to sing the National Anthem late Sunday night. Sophomore Danny Craig, 20, described the moment as "historic and memorable."

 

"Everyone was happy, jubilant, excited, and overall thrilled to be an American," he said.

 

What's your reaction to bin Laden's death? What does it mean to you personally? Share your thoughts on video, and you could be featured on CNN.

72 Comments
May 2, 2011
Click to view lilbear68's profile

they dumped the body at sea makes sure there will be no autopsy dna will only reveal that he came from that family unless they have an actual sample of obl

photo shop will doctor any photo claim

he had many doubles

any more doubts? o yeah the govt is know to tell a white lie now an then lol

May 2, 2011
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I honestly dont think that the government would lie to this extent. There were enough people standing around me last night at Penn State that believe this wholeheartedly that this just can't be a lie. I have no doubts whatsoever. This is deffinately real.

May 2, 2011
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@lilbear68 His body was buried due to Islamic tradition. And familiar DNA is pretty darn conclusive since it is more likely from one of his sons (I believe from both Saad and Omar).

May 2, 2011
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i am afraid this war will never end.

May 2, 2011
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As not to upset the Muslim people here in America and around the world, you have to bury the Muslim the day of death, so what Obama did was the right thing, so we'll never see a body, pictures maybe, but not a body.

May 2, 2011
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I have no video, but would like to say, we must remain strong and vigilant in efforts to reduce terrorism around the world.  we must be strong for our president and give him confidence we are behind him. There is no black or white in this issue, we are all affected by this.

 

May 2, 2011
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It is becoming more apparent that the Taliban are in Afghanistan and the Base is in Pakistan. We should remove our people from Pakistan and increase our bombing there. The Taliban stays in it's home territory the Base do not, who is the bigger threat. DO not trust the Pakistan government or military.

May 2, 2011
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now that osama is found can we finally deal with pakistan please. Pakistan has proven time and again that they promote and support terrorism around the world. can we please blow up that country. please.

May 2, 2011
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Regardless, college kids always look for a reason to party and blow off classes.

 

It was great news though.

May 2, 2011
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Maybe we are entering into a new age where we don't have to fall for the "terrorism scare" that Bush and the incompetent Republican party started.

May 2, 2011
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Didn't take long for the looney conspiracy theorists to say this is a hoax, did it? Looney they are, however - let's not embolden them by commenting on their lunacy.

May 2, 2011
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absolute B.S.   This is the biggest cover up in written history. I was there almost 10 years ago when he was first reported dead. www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/osama_dead.php

May 2, 2011
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Now if only some of those college students would join the military or any of the intelligence agencies....otherwise this is just an excuse for a party.

May 2, 2011
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These kids were what..10 or 11 when 9/11 happened? Just looking for a reason to party. What a joke. Go to class!

May 2, 2011
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Yes college students need some reason to get effed up....Back in the old days it was called "Thursday"

May 2, 2011
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Last night after the news broke out a group of students with the American flag came running through my dorm at St. Mary's College of Maryland. My friends and I joined them. We began marching through the dorms chanting and singing, collecting more and more students until at least half the campus was in our march. We continued on to the end of our campus, Church Point.

 

Church Point is a beach with a giant cross jutting into the sky with nothing but water around it. It stands to represent where the first settlers landed in 1634 to establish one of country's very first cities; St. Mary’s City. The kid leading the group stood at the foot of the cross, the American flag flowing against it, and told us, “I walked out of my house with ten people, and look at what it has become!”

 

There we were standing at the foundation of our nation where we could show these ghosts that the country they began was still here and very strong.

May 2, 2011

I am 48 years old and lived through the first bombing of the WTC in 1993. I worked 2 blocks away. I worked in NYC also on 9-11. I never thought when word of OBL's death came that young people/college kids would ever react like this. I thought they didn't know and didn't care about this. The mainstream media likes to portray all college kids as i-Pod/facebook entranced anti-war liberal, "dilpomacy" softies. Now that I see this reaction from these young people,I have hope for the furutre that we may be strong again in the USA.  Rot in HELL Osama.

May 2, 2011
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While I can understand how these people feel, I do wish they would pay more respect to the American Flag.

 

They think they are patriots but the way they treat our flag (wearing it round their necks, dragging on the floor) one would think we were watching a demonstration by the terrorists

May 2, 2011
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lilbear, please stop being stupid. If the US Government wanted to lie like that, they would've done so YEARS ago and much closer to 9/11, rather than wait over 9 years to do so.  They would have done so especially during the Bush presidency, when Bush was trying to bolster sagging spirits and morale at home and in the military.  

May 2, 2011
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I cannot believe that they alreday dumped his body at sea.? a little too wierd. and it was because of the islamic tradtion, to hell with there tradition for him. he doesnt deserve anything.! he killed thousands and they want to give him a burial according to his faith? and how do we really know that he is dead? just because the president told us? this government is so messeed up. and yes they could have photoshopped all the pics. I just hope that it is th etruth!

May 2, 2011
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For those saying the "kids" just wanted to party....I did not see a single alcoholic beverage in any of the videos. This was a spontaneous celebration showing pride in our Country and Military...Hear that USMC79.   College kids don't normally sing the National Anthem when they are "partying". 

And for those concocting conspiracy theories...give it a rest and just once believe it is true.  If he ain't dead he will be in a video in the next few days laughing his a$$ off!!

May 2, 2011
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As a college kid who commissions into the Navy in 13 days, stop complaining about those of us who choose to become officers and go to college first.  Not all college kids get drunk all the time and are looking for an excuse to party.  Most of my friends are also in ROTC, and yes, we're celebrating that there's one less terrorist to kill once we get out there.

May 2, 2011
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I think the way everyone is celebrating, while understandable, is appalling.  Have some honor in victory.  He may have been a horrible person, but a human being has died, and that is no reason to throw a party.

 

After all, we created him by being jerks to everyone in the Middle East, and in the end his death signifies nothing but the end of Bin Laden.  His network lives on, the middle east is still poor, and we are not an inch safer to show for it.

May 2, 2011
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@Grilawarefare, if you did in fact serve this country than i have to show you respect. But your comment that you're going to 'straighten out' college students is firstly both alarming and misguided. Secondly, for you to assume that all college students protested your war is wrong. And thirdly, the ones celebrating the death of OBL are rejoicing so i dont know what your problem is but chill.

May 2, 2011
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My college student daughter, who was age 8 on September 11, 2001, called me at 11:00 last night with the news.  She, a far-left, liberal tree hugger, was as excited by the news of OBL's death as any right-wing war monger could have been.  This is an American, and yes, a world celebration, so don't try to say that only certain people have the right to celebrate the death of the face of terrorism. 

May 2, 2011
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Didn't OBL supposedly develop end-stage renal disease like 10 years ago? Without a transplant, this man would only be expected to live 3-5 years assuming he had access to dialysis all of this time.

May 2, 2011
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Some on unknown reasons didn't get the news till today, it sounded like Abe lincoln himself got bin Laden Osama.  This has to be one of the gretest news since lincoln decared the end to the civil war. Ok it was not Abe Lincoln,it was obama lincolnist.

May 2, 2011
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I just heard that Donald Trump wants to see Osama's death certificate!

May 2, 2011
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For those who are in doubt that this kill is hoax, you should be ashame of yourself as an outsider on the unified US people. You should be ashame of yourself when the long birth certificate was shown. If you are not ashame, then you may be a rock or a walking tree.

May 2, 2011
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I salute to my brave comrades, “US Military Special Forces” to get the job done.

President Obama remarks during his speech, “But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding.  Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people.

Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts.  They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations.  And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates”.

 

Once again, it is proven that Pakistan remains a key partner along with USA and other nations towards world peace.

 

May 2, 2011
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Even though I was only 11 when this happened, I had NEVER forgotten what happened. And running around the streets last night singing the Star Spangled Banner with my peers was one of the most memorable nights. We are happy that an icon to terrorism has finally been brought down, that maybe our country and other countries can finally unite and bring peace to this warring world.

May 2, 2011
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LSU had it's american flag taken down and burned on the parade ground sometime this morning!

May 2, 2011
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Yes it's bittersweet that justice finally came to Bin Laden, but I find it sad that so many people are rejoicing that someone was killed. People should be remorseful that this had to happen. Taking someone's life is never good, no matter the reason. Especially in revenge.

 

May 2, 2011
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Keep the enthusiasm and vote in 2012.... If 1/2 of the 18 to 29 age group turned out in the mid term elections, that were there in 2008, we wouldn't have the Tea Baggers who are in now.  

May 2, 2011
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OBAMA 2012

May 2, 2011
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This is a time for reflection on the new chapter in history that is unfolding -- the mindless jubilation on display here is reminiscent of extremists celebrating the 9/11 attacks.

May 2, 2011
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I love the kid who understood world politics by the time he was in 7th grade!

 

He's gotta be like the Dougie Houser of International Relations!

May 2, 2011
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"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

 

--Martin Luther King, Jr

 

May 2, 2011
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Maybe they tossed his body at sea to prevent the Taliban and al Qaeda from establishing an inspiring jihadist memorial on land.

May 2, 2011
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why did they have to kill him ,why didnt they bring him back.suddenly the messiah obama now believe the bush doctrine ,the man that got elected on opposing the bush doctrine.you people dont know your head from you ass. you raised hell and called george bush a murderer and you worship obama  and call him the messiah for doing the same ,surely you can see why they are children of the image of the beast democracy ,they are the ones with the symbol of a jackass and they called themselves democrats.ha! but you worship obama for attacking libya and .usa usa usa  yeaaa.ha pot calling the kettle black.now who is doing the killing .why you all didnt give him some pork chops.ride your donkey hahahahhaa

May 2, 2011
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I am guessing he was buried at sea so that there is no grave to visit and use as a gathering shrine for martyrdom by his followers. I have no regret that his death is being celebrated.  It is not about  a human being dead - he was not a human being, he was an abomination.  Let's regret instead the American soldiers and citizens who died in the needless war in Iraq that was sold as stopping the evil of 9/11.  OBL was the source of that evil, and now he is gone. 

May 2, 2011
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I'm glad that he has been killed. But at the same time, I'm wondering why college students are acting as if they were a part of this event. YOU'RE IN COLLEGE!!! NOT OVERSEAS DEPLOYED getting MORTAR rounds dropped on you! I served in the invasion of Iraq (Airborne Infantry), 1 year later back again (Mechanized Infantry), 2 years Drill Sergeant, and now spending 1 year in Afghanistan (Light Infantry). Sorry college students, but you know as much about war, as I do about going to a frat party.... All this does is just give you another excuse to drink yourselves stupid, and call yourselves patriotic. Don't get me wrong, I love what we accomplished, but people are acting like America did in 1945 when the Japanese Empire surrendered. That was a moment to be happy about and gather on the streets, not the death of a murderer.

May 3, 2011
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@ rodair, one thing you need to understand is that for a lot of us, 9/11 is one of our first memorable dates. For my Dad it was Martin Luther King Jr.'s death.  We've been at war for half of my life, and I was just old enough to remember 9/11 in detail, and not just from the news over the next year or two.  Thank you very much for your service I appreciate it, but we were part of this event, we heard all the war updates, the controversies, and know the places you fought. Sure some will just use this as a time to get drunk. But... many, including me feel like justice as been done, sure there are still terrorist but the man who made me wonder/ at times fear, going onto a plane, or going to a NFL game.  This shows that as Americans we can do anything we set our minds to, and we can accomplish our goals even if they take 10 years.

May 3, 2011
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AMERICA once again CELEBRATES FREEDOM. Our celebrations are not so much for killing UBL and sending him to hell, but for our FREEDOM. FREEDOM from Bin Ladin's attacks and threats. You can hear it everywhere. People are saying this chapter of our history is now closed. We open a new chapter, based once again on the strengths of our core values. Those values laid down by our inestimable forefathers. What are these strengths? The LAND OF THE FREE IS THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. AND CROWN THY GOOD WITH BROTHERHOOD FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA. That is the real reason for Celebration: FREEDOM.

May 3, 2011
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india celebrates osama bin laden's death, god bless usa. india been telling usa to declare pakistan a terrorist state. we should then, they or their terrorist government would realise to take it seriously or face the nuclear bomb on their head.good job soldiers we salute you.job well done.

May 3, 2011
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These kind of kids contribute to the stereotype of Americans being illogical. For being idiots that literally don't question anything and everything they're told they accept as truth. They appeal to popularity and to illogical actions.

There is not one piece of evidence that proves or even shows a depiction of osama being dead, and yet we have thousands and thousands of people celebrating without knowing.

Osama had doubles, osama had no effect on the USA after 9/11.People need to rise up and think for once, and question their government. Not too sit around and rejoice in a man's d where the man we spent money to find, had done nothing after 9/11 to effect with America, and you don't even know if he's really dead.

Good job America, you have once again outdone yourselves with your logic. Maybe instead of celebrating those dumb kids should go back to school, grab a logic and political science book and read up.

when they do they'll figure out how close elections are and how desperate Obama and his administration is to get votes.

Logic , America, Logic

You dumbasses might have a caught a man but you still have left to catch 2 trillion dollars that you are in debt, how about all of Americans concentrate on the big things not the celebration of the death of one man, no matter how much of a symbol he was.

May 3, 2011
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I find the response infantile and repellent. I'm glad he's gone. I would have been equally glad to see him locked in a small isolation cell and regularly interrogated for whatever useful intelligence might be gleaned for the rest of his miserable life.

But fireworks? Songs? The original victims are still lost to us. Our own military casualties and countless "collateral" deaths have mounted over the 10 years of hunting him down.

His demise only reminds me of how sad it is that he ever existed, and that others are still at large, or just being formed and trained, and that there will certainly be more innocent victims to come.

The cheering diminishes this to the level of an intramural soccer match.

May 3, 2011
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"People are celebrating like crazy where I am," said Huot. "I think its more of a mob mentality and students are just looking for a reason to celebrate."

May 3, 2011
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@Bonertreat

 

First of all, look at your username: bonertreat...Really? That's weak. And to be honest, as a college student I firmly believe that we had a right to be excited about what had happened. When you have people in their mid 40s refusing to vote because 'it doesn't matter,' you should be glad that the youth of our nation is so moved by this victory.

 

I was personally affected by 9/11. My family members and I grew up in New York City and the surrounding area. I took the events of 9/11 as not only an American, but as a New Yorker.

 

Naturally many people celebrated the death of a murderer. Don't go criticizing a generation that was also affected by that monster.

 

Oh and another thing, as college students we're just naturally happy people. (:

May 3, 2011
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@pipe296

 

How about you pick up a grammar book, perhaps take a look at the nonsense you spew. Idiocracy? Let's all just be on our way, be born, grow up, get an education, get a job, get married, raise a family, grow old, die. The only thing we were put here for: passing on genetics.

 

In the end will any of this matter anyway?

May 3, 2011
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College students should be jumping for joy of our military. Military is one college of life that teaches discipline, bravery, amongst many noble things. These college kids give nothing. They should all be volunteering at VA Hospitals across this country once a week in an effort to give back instead of partying for it is the acts of our military that provide them their freedom to sit on their rears and drink until they puke having had no desire in themselves to protect the very streets they walk on.

May 3, 2011
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I love how college kids have no issue taking to the streets and celebrating, like we see here .. but when it comes to voting ... we know how that goes.

May 3, 2011
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It was wonderful to see the young generation waving the one and only. I  Have not seen that since the mid eughttes

May 3, 2011
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@ arielmarie

 

Please read  LisaLoooo's post. I'm pretty sure that that comment fits you 100%. So you're from NYC...so why didn't you join the military, and defend our country instead of going to school?

May 3, 2011
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I do believe that OBL is dead, when he died and the circumstances involving his death I really don't care but to say that I wouldn't be surprised if word comes that all this is a lie is an understatement. I CAN'T believe a word this man you call the president says's! Just like the last democrap I voted for, Jimmy Carter, this president has been caught in so many lies it begs for some truth. Not that all these lies really matter, they all could be mistaken for a man being overworked but give me a break, this president has taken about 7 vacations in two years.

May 3, 2011
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To those of you who seem to believe military service is more important than going to college: those college kids are going to be fighting a much more important war in the coming decades than any recent armed conflict. It is an economic war; fighting to innovate and produce so that we can remain competitive with Japan, China, Russia, etc. Show some respect for civilians, they will ultimately determine the greatness of our country and give our armed forces something for which is worth fighting. This is a victory for everyone.

May 3, 2011
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Most college students I know are  too busy staring at pictures of themselves on Facebook to even notice when something important happens in the world. 

May 3, 2011
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To those people who are saying that college kids are "just looking for an excuse to party, you are seriously mistaken.

 

First, please look at these videos do you see ANY alcoholic beverages? No.

 

Second, I am a college student myself.  I was 10 years old when these horrible attacks happened on the United States.  I have grown up hearing about Osama and everything else related to the war on terror...how could you POSSIBLY say that we don't have a right to celebrate?  I don't remember a time when we weren't hearing about the "War on Terror" at least once a day.

 

Third, I am currently abroad and upon hearing this news I wished more than anything that I was home in America to celebrate with the rest of my peers (no, not get drunk).  I walked around with my held, proud to be an American.

 

You should be happy to see such unity amongst the future of your country. 

May 3, 2011
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mrm19: You are the exception. My stepdaughter voted for Obama because she thought he was "hot." My other stepdaughter wants to be a "tv personality" in spite of the fact that she knows nothing about anything. Your parents are lucky.

May 3, 2011
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A little bit scary seeing Americans, albeit immature ones, act this way. Obama's keeping Bush's foreign policies is a 2-edged sword: you get the moment of triumph over OBL, but the taxpayers will be paying for these wars for a long time. These college kids will sober up when they look at the debt clock.

May 3, 2011
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USA, USA !!!

May 3, 2011
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It has to be said by someone.

 

I believe that the United States should feel proud. We have been patient, we have stayed diplomatic,

we have held or heads high through all the evil that Osama bin laden has done to us. We should have a sense of pride in our troops and support them even more. Osama brought this to our door steps.

 

What Osama's death has to do with President Obama's next term in office?.....Oh-Please this has been our (america's) objective for over a decade. Obama is just the one who is sitting in the presidential seat right now. Obama's champaign people are already trying to use this as a stepping stool for his next term. The killing of Osama bin Laden was accomplished by our soldiers. Their blood has been shed in the hunt for Osama.

 

Please Americans do not let President Obama use this as a re-election champaign ad for his political career. Do not let this proud moment for AMERICA be over shadowed by a political sound bite for his next term. The killing of Osama was not a personal accomplishment by Obama. He has no right to take all the glory and use the blood of our soldiers both those who have fallen and those still there.

 

For Obama to use this as a personal achievement is sad.

 

It does not matter in the long run

who was in office. The plan all along was to kill Osama, and Obama did not do it by himself.

 

Feel proud America. Enjoy the feeling of justice. Praise those Americans and allies who fought to bring this to an end.

 

President Obama does not have the right to use this as his personal political advantage.  Just how selfish is he going to be.

 

Thank you,

JoAnn Meseke

Brunswick GA.   

May 3, 2011
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Osama Bin Laden's death is monumental. There will be several more key figures in Al Qaeda that will be killed in the coming months and year. This is a wake-up call for them, but they won't see it that way. They will just try harder to attack us and their hearts will grow even harder towards God. When they all die by the sword repressnting Good, they will crawl across the grounds of Hell and suffer the anguish and torment Bin Laden now suffers. It will be everlasting and they will know that God exists and that he loves His children. Praise God, highest in heaven forever and ever, Amen.

May 3, 2011
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VeBeachEMT: If my stepdaughters were and dumber, they'd be you.

May 3, 2011
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I worry that Osama Bin Laden's followers will want revenge on the U.S. for killing him. The U.S. will should be careful about that.

May 3, 2011
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hey anderson, would you or someone there be sure to mention, bin ladens last act was to hide behind and shield himself with a women, coward!

May 3, 2011
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of course he is dead or bin laden would be making a video giving the finger as usual, but this time he got the finger, as he hid behind and shielded himself by a women, the COWARD IS DEAD, DEAD, DEAD, AND I HOPE IT HURT LIKE hell, lmao at the coward

May 3, 2011
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worried about revenge?, lord have mercy, a bigger worry is having the coward alive, relax

May 3, 2011
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Today Was No Ordinary Day For Me

 

 

Let me explain.

 

I had an appointment with my doctor at the Hines Veterans Hospital here in Illinois this morning. It was just a routine  follow up. As I entered the grounds, I noticed all these American

 

flags on each side of the road leading to the Hospital. There must have been over a hundred of these flags. "They must be celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden, " I thought to

 

myself. I parked and went to get a blood test first. Everything checked out OK. Then I went up and saw the doctor. That too went well.

 

After my checkup I asked my doctor where the medical records department was. I needed a copies of my V.A.medical records for my outside doctor that I also see. He told me where it

 

was and I went down to get them. This woman came up to me and asked if she could help. I said yes and I told her what I needed. As I was filling out this form she noticed my name. With

 

a smile on her face she said, " We both have the same last name . We both were smiling by then and we got to talking.

 

After I was through getting copies of my medical records, she told me about "The Flag Stitching Ceremony" that they had going on in the Auditorium just down the hall. Her eyes were all

 

lit up and she seemed excited while telling me about it. I didn't know what she was talking about but I had to go check it out. There were signs all over pointing the way to the Flag

 

Sewing. When I got there, I saw this huge old American flag draped across the stage. It was the remnants of the 30-foot American flag that was found hung, torn, tattered, and blowing in

 

the wind on Sept 11th 2001 at 90 West Street across from Ground Zero. WOW!!!

 

There were people standing there waiting in line. I found out that this flag has been going around the country. They are repairing this flag. Each person standing in line got to put one

 

stitch in the Flag. As I stood there waiting for my turn to put my stitch in the 9/11 Flag, I couldn't help thinking what a perfect way to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden. I was proud

 

of myself when I took that needle and put my stitch in Our Flag. It was only one stitch but I was proud.

 

They must be keeping a record of everybody that is participating because they made me fill out a card with my name and address. And then when they gave me the needle to put my

 

stitch in the flag they took my picture. They did that to everybody that helped sew the 9/11 Flag.

 

Once the flag is restored and made whole again. The National 9/11 Flag will become a part of the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum being built at the

 

World Trade Center. What a privilege it was for me to be put my stitch in the 9/11 Flag.

 

A Proud American

5Bill

May 4, 2011
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On September 11th 2001 I responded to Manhattan with my rescue gear to begin 2-weeks on “The Pile” that changed my life. As a combat veteran I have seen some things that still haunt me however the ghosts of that day are ever present.

 

The death of Osama does bring some sort of closure to the past decade in that the mission started the day of the attacks has finally come to pass. It demonstrates the persistent determination of our nation to keep at it till success is achieved. I was particularly grateful that Islamic law was observed in the burial of his body. That is the America I had begun to doubt still existed. It is a great testament to our Nations ideals that in spite of the complete vilification of and almost dehumanization of the individual we, as a Nation, honored the beliefs and traditions of our enemy. It clearly shows the world even though we have enemies; even the most hated enemy is respected. Having respect for ones adversary and clear refusal to circumvent the ideals we hold so dear to defeat that enemy truly makes us a great nation.

 

It will take some time for me to process the current events but for now I am just proud of my Nation and how we conducted ourselves surrounding this event.

 

May 4, 2011
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It would be nice to see some actual facts to be reported by any news agency. Yes he deserved to die for terrorist attacks. That isn't disputed. But there is just a few facts that no one is reporting in the mainstream media.

1.) Osama Bin Laden was never charged with the September 11th attacks.

2.) There was not enough evidence to even formally accuse the man.

3.) There is no such tradition in Islam that calls for an immediate burial at sea, as has been claimed by the Obama administration.

4.) The Information that lead to Bin Laden's killing, did not come from "water-boarding" as claimed by Rep. Peter King.

That statement is nothing but a ploy to persuade the American public into believing that torturing Guantanamo Bay's Illegal detainees is an acceptable practice.

5.) The timing of this is suspicious to say the least. Obama facing some his worst approval ratings ever, the birth certificate that has been proven to be altered. (YES, A PROVEN FACT) and the body being disposed of so quickly, the fact thata man worth billions and successfully hiding for 10 years is found 200 yards from a US occupied military base in what looks to be a squalid room with no dialysis machine present in the room.

 

All of this put together and the fact that the Obama administration has broken every single campaign promise, from signing statements being used by Obama when he declared them illegal and immoral while campaigning, to the fact that the United States is preparing for the permanent occupation of the Caspian Sea region with the building of 14 permanent military bases. (Another absolute fact) and you have the likelihood of  something unsavory happening. Yet every single so called News Agency including CNN has not reported on any of this. Nor have put 2 and 2 together and come up with anything remotely resembling the truth.

 

   

May 9, 2011
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hi

bin laden's death mean for me America you have to be always strong to be the king of kings God bless USA from it;s ennemie Hero USA go on

 

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