President Obama is minutes away from making a last-minute national security announcement. Political pundits persist in calling the Sunday night emergency announcement “extraordinary,” and though I regularly disagree with the talking heads, in this case, I think “extraordinary” is most likely the perfect word.
UPDATE: CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post are all reporting that Osama Bin Laden is dead. Do you remember where you were when you first heard that name? How about what you were doing when you heard the towers were crashing? Where are you now, 10 years later, hearing that
Obama Osama Bin Laden is dead?
UPDATE II (10:10 p.m.): Bin Laden was reportedly killed in a mansion just outside Islamabad by “actionable U.S. intelligence.” People are literally cheering in the streets in Washington D.C.
UPDATE III (10:50 p.m.): Within the announcement Obama first and last gave nod to those who lost family and friends on Sept. 11, 2001. He then informed the world that when he first came into office he gave the CIA the directive to capture or kill Bin Laden. Ten years later,
today a week ago a small infantry of men targeted a compound in Pakistan where Bin Laden was believed to be hiding. After a brief firefight, Bin Laden was killed and taken into custody by the U.S. DNA testing confirmed the identity today.
It’s a night, Obama said (and I think we can all agree) many in the country have waited in painful anticipation for, for 10 years. As a 13-year-old waking up on Sept. 11, 2001, I remember blearily walking downstairs to find my dad readying to leave from work. “Go turn on a TV, kiddo, there’s history happening right now.” I sat wide-eyed on my parents’ bed with my sister and mom, watching as the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
Ten years later at 23, sitting on my couch, drinking a smoothie, I received the news of Obama’s announcement via Twitter and immediately texted my sister nearly the same words our dad said to me years ago, “Turn on the TV, kid. … This is a historical moment, you’re not going to want to miss it.” Her response, “I’m shocked.” I think we all are. But this is one of those moments, like Sept. 11, that years from now we’ll all recall where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news, Osama Bin Laden is dead.