During a Sunday evening press conference, President Barack Obama offered details on the Pakistani operation that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Obama said that he had given consent for the operation, which led to a firefight and bin Laden's death.
“On nights like this one, we can say that justice has been done," Obama said. A transcript of the President's speech is available here.
It's been almost 10 years since 9/11, which left more than 3,000 dead and has been deemed the worst terrorist attack against the United States.
I was in my freshman gym class at Hoffman Estates High School in the Northwest Chicago suburbs when the announcement was made. We had been running around the track, when slowly but surely everyone began to stop. The gym teachers had congregated at one end and the students grouped around them. It was hard to make out what they were saying about planes crashing into buildings in New York City. I'm not sure if it was hard to hear or just hard to process.
They dismissed us early and a lot of the students ended up in the library. Staff and teachers had wheeled in TV's for us to watch the events unfold. They kept those TV's in the library for the rest of the week. I remember coming home to hear my mother talk about what it was like during the Cold War. I remember later that week talking to her father/my grandfather, who had served in WWII, about Pearl Harbor.
I watched last night's news unfold from a Washington Post email alert, to an outpour over Twitter and then a live stream on whitehouse.gov. I'm still in shock.