Sunday, May 1, 2011

Heinous leader is no more

Osama Bin Laden has been killed and the US has his body. 
By: Jennifer Gorham
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Tuscaloosa, Ala. -- At approximately 9:05 p.m. on Sunday May 1, 2011 I clicked my Twitter icon and read a report from the user "Breaking News" that said "White House: The president to make statement at 10:30pm ET; subject not announced - AP." 
 This is exactly eight years to the day that President Bush made the "Mission Accomplished" speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. Finally President Obama is able to put the victims and victim's families mind's to some peace by declaring that the terrible Al-Qaida mastermind is now dead. 
 Sunday night at 10:09 "Breaking News" reported this tweet. "MORE:A military operation killed bin Laden in a house outside Islamabad, Pakistan - CNN." 

 Originally President Obama was supposed to give his speech at 9:30 p.m. CST, but he has yet to give the speech and it is now 10:16 p.m. As I watch while at work I am getting anxious not knowing when he will step to the podium and give the announcement so many people and Americans are eager and excited to hear. I have heard people cheering outside my office and I have had several students ask me if I have heard the good news, but legitimately no one has heard the good news that should be coming from our president's lips shortly. It is said that he is on the phone clearing some loose ends up and fastening together the ends of this story. 
 "I never wish someone's death, but with this it is different," one student said. 
 I would like to remind my readers that Suddam Hussein was captured and executed on December 30, 2006. He was the dictator of Iraq. Besides 
 My best friend Jessica Smith commented on how she found out about the death of Bin Laden and what she thinks about it. 
 "I seen on Twitter where President Obama was suppose to make an announcement at 10:30, but they didn't know what about so I turned it to CNN and that's not what I was expecting," Smith exclaimed. 
 My cousin, Tabitha Smith, gives her take on what the death of Osama Bin Laden means to her family. Her husband is a healthcare specialist stationed in Ga., and she is unsure of what it means for the military.
 "I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little afraid of what Osama Bin Laden's death is going to mean for our country for several reasons," Tabi admitted. "If in fact we killed him in Pakistan, correct me if I'm wrong, but we are absolutely not supposed to be in Pakistan. I'm afraid of some sort of retaliation. I don't think this is over. I understand being happy but there are more out there where he came from. This makes me nervous.  
Honestly, I'm not sure how it affects us [military]. I know all military bases have raised their security alert to Bravo, which is very bad. It means anything could happen anywhere at anytime. As far as what's going through my head, all I can think about."
 Level Bravo is the second level of four on the FPCON scale. The levels are dependent on the extent and nature of the threat. 
 According to the level was raised at 10:11 a.m. Sunday May 1. An Army spokesperson is quoted on's website saying this.
 "The level was raised because of national military activity and is 'not a cause for concern'."

 President Obama had this to say when he took that podium from the East Wing of the White House. 
 "Tonight I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al-Qaida and a terrorist who is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children," he proudly announced.
 As my heart beats to a patriotic tune tonight and for as long as I live, I will never forget where I was and what I was doing when I caught news and watched my president give that amazing speech. The speech that gave me goosebumps and chilled me to the bone. 

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

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