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May 02, 2011

Osama Bin Laden is Dead, This New Yorker is Pleased

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It seems only fitting that since I was at work when 9/11 happened, I was also at work when I found out the perpetrator of 9/11 was dead.

But what was I doing?

Why, watching "Celebrity Apprentice."  I kid you not.  I was killing time before going home when NBC ran a ticker that announced President Obama was going to make an address to the nation within minutes.

Now remember, this was just one night after Obama and Seth Myers had opened a big ol' can of whoopass on Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. So how cool was it that Obama's national address over whatever the important issue was, just happened to interrupt Donald Trump's show?

You couldn't script it better.

Then came the big announcement:  Osama bin Laden was dead. 

Turns out, not only was Osama bin Laden dead, our armed forces went in to get him.  And better yet, we had the body to prove it.

I'm a New Yorker so the news that this mass murderer was dead made me glad.  Yes, it's a little unseemly to celebrate the death of any human being, but on this occasion I have no problem making an exception.

Watching as a crowd spontaneously started celebrating outside the White House, I was surprised at how emotional I got.  Mixed in with that emotion was gratitude to the armed forces that pulled off the dangerous operation so flawlessly, pride in our country and especially our President.

Say what you want, and I'm sure many will, but Barack Obama will go down in history as one of the greatest presidents ever. 

Oh, and Trump fired Hope.


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