ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:
“This is a good day for America,” President Obama said from the East Room of the White House today, in reference to yesterday’s killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
“Our country has kept its commitment to see that justice is done. The world is safer; it is a better place because of the death of Osama bin Laden.”
The president made these remarks at a previously scheduled East Room ceremony where he honored two Medal of Honor recipients posthumously for their service in Korea. But this week’s news provided a nice parallel, marking the spirit of a nation that is still very strong he said.
“Today, we are reminded that, as a nation, there’s nothing we can’t do —- when we put our shoulders to the wheel, when we work together, when we remember the sense of unity that defines us as Americans.”
The president said that the patriotism and spirit was felt last night at the random gatherings of Americans celebrating the news.
“Here outside the White House, at Ground Zero in New York, and across the country — people holding candles, waving the flag, singing the National Anthem — people proud to live in the United States of America.”
The president personally acknowledged the work of Defense Secretary Bob Gates, Mike Mullen, Hoss Cartwright, which he said without which “today and yesterday would not have happened.”
“Their steadiness and leadership has been extraordinary. I could not be prouder of them, and I am so grateful that they have been part of our team.”