My first reaction to hearing Bin Laden was killed was sadness. My thoughts were of the three thousand people that died on 9/11. I thought of those forced to leap from the tower. I thought of those calling loved ones from planes. I thought of the firemen running into the WTC.
And then I thought, “Yesssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!! The bastard’s dead!!” If my mind could fist pump and do a dance mine did. I had to remind myself that a human being has died. A human being who had a lot of bad things on his soul. And I felt bad for dancing, if only metaphorically. But I’m having a hard time feeling too bad.
I am proud as heck of our armed forces doing their job better than anyone else in the world. I’m proud that Presidents Bush and Obama never stopped searching (even when I thought neither of them was really looking for him too hard.) And I’m glad that we got him. He needed getting. This sends a message to radical Muslims all around the globe. If you come after us we will come after you. And we won’t stop coming after you. Not in one year. Not in five. Not ever.
And then my mind went to issues like wondering if this would help Obama’s reelection chances. I really hope not. But that’s not what this day is for. This is a Lee Greenwood day. It’s an “I’m Proud to be an American” on the cd player sung at the top of your voice. Maybe even a little Toby Keith.
This video is kinda’ cool too as people at the Phillies/Mets game started hearing the news, chants of USA USA start popping up. Kinda’ cool.
The cadets at West Point react to the news here:
I’m interested in your guy’s thoughts and reactions to the news.