I know a lot of people don’t condone celebrating someone’s death, but to me, this man was a mass murderer masquerading as a religious man who killed close to 3000 people of all races and religions on American soil. I know someone who died at the WTC on September 11, 2001 and I remember hearing about it sitting in my 6th grade math class, confused because none of us truly understood how our lives were about to change. This tragedy changed the course of history, and we will be telling our children where we were when we heard about 9/11 and where we were when we heard the man behind it was dead. So, no, I’m not celebrating his death tonight, I’m celebrating our country standing up for itself and completing a mission it set out to do in honor of the people that died that day. This is justice; if Bin Laden had come quietly to be taken to Guantanamo or some equally horrible jail, I would also be celebrating, because he had surrendered. Since instead the Navy SEALS (who are total badasses) had to take him down, going into a firefight just for that, I’m going to celebrate the fact that none of their lives were taken in the battle and that yes, JUSTICE IS SERVED.
Doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican, Democrat, Independent or a member of the Tea Party: there is a wonderful current of patriotism running through our country right now and I hope it lasts for a while. Thank you President Clinton for starting us on the journey to get Bin Laden, thank you Bush for playing your part in doing what you could, and thank you Obama for taking it all the way. Our current president is a true BAMF who is taking care of business behind the scenes that we don’t know about; same could be said for all of our past presidents, so we should all think before we criticize what we don’t know.
What a great speech, Mr. President. Thank you for addressing the troops; of course we still have them in our hearts. Thank you for reminding us that this is NOT a war against Islam, it’s a war against the perversion of religion that Al Qaeda stands for. Thank you for reminding us that there are families who lost loved ones on 9/11, friends who still have a hole in their hearts that even this kind of justice can’t fill—at least this is hopefully a small step towards recovery for them. In honor of my friend’s mom who died in the Twin Towers, I thank our president for showing some emotion when talking about them. I don’t care if his speechwriters wrote it or if he did, he read it over before he spoke it out loud and he approved it, and you can tell that when he was talking to us the words were coming from his heart. Thank you for reminding us that the war against terror is not over yet. Honestly, it’ll probably never be over, there will always be someone trying to prove that their God is better than someone else’s. Until we realize that we are all equal and we all pray to the same God (we just address Him differently), things won’t change; they probably never will. So, that’s why we take the little victories when we can, like tonight—this is a big one. I’ll always remember I was in my little apartment studying for my pathology exam—and that’s what I’ll tell my kids. I’ll tell them that one of my friends at George Washington University hitched a ride down to the White House and has been standing in those crowds for well over two hours, chanting and screaming and hugging strangers who believe in our country.
I love our president, our military, and our country. That is all. Let’s leave politics out of this right now.