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The W - One Question... - How did you (or did you) celebrate Osama bin Laden's death?
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It was a day that I was really starting to think would never happen. When I got picked up from work by my mother, she told me, "Osama bin Laden is dead."

I blinked, looked at her and said, "You're kidding, right?"

Hearing the confirmation on Fox News on the radio (not the world's most reliable source), I was uncertain, but felt more and more confident about it as they continued talking, and I started singing, "Ding, dong, the witch is dead!"

I watched the president's speech on CNN, and I just finished listening to "God Bless the USA". No doubt it'll be the first of many patriotic songs I'll be listening to in the coming days; I might even do one or two at Karaoke on Friday.

How did you celebrate Osama bin Laden's death? Or, for that matter, did you? A couple of my Facebook friends said that while they're happy for the victory over terrorism, they cannot justify ever celebrating the death of another human being.

That argument has merit, and I probably should be a little more solemn myself. But the bastard was responsible for killing thousands of people, and quite frankly I'm not gonna shed one bloody tear over him.

So... what did you do?

(edited by ekedolphin on 2.5.11 0035)


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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    So... what did you do?
Got a text, said "holy shit," read some CNN.com, and went back to the rest of my life.
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I shrugged and enjoyed the rest of my evening.

I'm not happy someone died. I'm happy he can never hurt anyone again, though.



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I am highly susceptible to earworms (en.wikipedia.org), so I've had "America, Fuck Yeah" from Team America: World Police running through my head all night.

(edited by Zeruel on 2.5.11 0412)

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    Originally posted by shinstrife
    I shrugged and enjoyed the rest of my evening.

    I'm not happy someone died. I'm happy he can never hurt anyone again, though.


Yup. Though I am a little relieved his death has been confirmed because maybe this will tone down the military jingoism after all the initial excitement fades. But probably not.



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Went out with my girlfriend, had a beer or two while she watched the Mets game. Well, that and watching the address while trying to keep her dog from eating the corgi we were watching this weekend.

(For the record, when I saw about the address and how no one had a clue what it was about, once someone started speculating that it was national security-related and overseas, she called that it had something to do with bin Laden. That's when I realized we hadn't heard anything from him in a while...)





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I cracked open a 6-pack of Leinie Summer Shandy I'd just bought. Had two before I went to bed.

Had to be up early this morning due to Comcast people coming over, so I continued the celebration with a McDonald's breakfast.




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I found out by reading Facebook. This was about 11 pm EDT.

I told The Lovely Mrs. Tracker as she was doing her nightly mysterious bathroom rituals and watched the president's speech. When she was done, I watched the speech again with her and dissected it. It's well done.

The majority of the speech is for the world: this is what happened, this is what started all this, this is how we did it, and this is why we acted this way.

The rest of the speech is for us: this is justice, this was justified, this is done. Ending the speech with text from the pledge of allegiance? Smart and strong.

I appreciated the speech's tone and precision. I felt a surprising degree of relief and satisfaction. That was the extent of my celebration. That's all I needed.





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While quite glad, I thought about the thousands of lives and billions of dollars spent since this started. And how the country I grew up in can never come back thanks to all of this.

but overall sadness over how much so many in this country sacrificed because of this SOB



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Like Mr. Tracker, I was on Facebook chatting with a friend from my softball team. He told me that Bin Laden was dead, and from there I turned on Fox News and CNN and when back and forth until the Presidential statement.

I also did not really "celebrate" his death myself, but I did celebrate that some of the families that were affected by 9/11 can possibly feel some kind of closure.



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Got off the plane in Harrisburg and got a CNN breaking news that President Obama was about to speak. Called the wife and she game me the rumor. I did not celebrate. While it was just that he be executed, it's not cause for me to celebrate over. Proud of the guys who found and eliminated him though.



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We shut off the TV at about 930, so I didn't find out until the next morning. As I was on my way out the door, my wife ran out and told me the news.

I gave her a thumbs up, said "that's great!" and went to work. Because if we don't go about our daily lives the terrorists have won.
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    Originally posted by shinstrife
    I shrugged and enjoyed the rest of my evening.
That just about sums up my reaction, too.



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