President Obama Calls Osama bin Laden's Death 'a Significant Achievement'
Many Americans were already asleep on Sunday night when President Barack Obama addressed the nation to say that U.S. military operatives killed Osama bin Laden in a mansion in Pakistan's Abbottabad Cantonment earlier in the day.
"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 Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men," the president said in the East Room at close to midnight Eastern time.
The Chief Executive – who briefed former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton before he spoke to the public – termed bin Laden's death "the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda."
Watch the President's entire address above.
– Stephen M. Silverman