May 1, 2011 is a day that will mark the end of Public Enemy Number 1 to America, Osama bin Laden. It’s fitting that this event happened tonight, since May 1 is the destruction day of another hate-filled leader–on May 1, 1945, Adolf Hilter killed himself.
News broke around 9 p.m. that President Obama would speak on something, but the subject was then unknown. Even though the major news networks hesitated to give speculation on what President Obama would speak about, Twitter was the first to break the news that the speech would be about Osama’s death.
During and after Obama finished his speech, however, Twitter was ablaze with an outpouring of support for the troops, Obama, and the people who lost their lives on 9/11 as well as their families:
“In Times Square now. Flags, cameras in the air. “The Star Spangled Banner” is being sung by the crowd.”–@brianstelter (Brian Stelter, TV and Digital Media reporter for the New York Times)
“My thoughts are with the families of those killed 10 years ago, that they may at last find some peace and resolution.” @georgetakei (George Takei, “Star Trek”)
“I hope all families with loved ones who perished on September 11th are feeling some closure. Our country’s great.” @mindykaling (Mindy Kaling “The Office”)
“Hail to our commander-in-chief!!” @teesbydesign
“@trekmovie As of tonight, I don’t think we can compare Obama to Spock anymore. Nope, turns out he’s Ben Sisko. :D” @argustar
News stations have also been showing footage of people celebrating outside the White House and at Ground Zero in New York, singing, shouting, and celebrating the death of bin Laden.
If you happened to not see the president’s speech on the death of bin Laden, here it is below. Make sure to leave your comments on this momentous news in the comments section below.