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Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces

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« Reply #30 on: May 02, 2011, 02:15:24 am »

Today 2:09 AM Thousands Celebrate In The Capital

HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reports from Washington, D.C.:

Thousands thronged to Lafayette Park and Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House on Sunday night, many of them local college students coming out with their friends. People swarmed right up to the fence -- dangerously climbing lamp posts and trees to get a better look at the crowd -- until police officers put up barricades to keep them off the sidewalk. (Despite getting restricted to a smaller area, the mob remained friendly, shouting, "DC's finest!" and thanking them for their work.)

Some brought out their 2008 Obama-Biden campaign signs, and there were even a few chants of "Four more years!" A carnival-like atmosphere persisted, with cars honking, people dressed up as everything from Santa Claus to Uncle Sam, and the smell of cigar smoke and alcohol hanging in the air. Everyone who talked to The Huffington Post said they wanted to come out tonight to celebrate America and were excited at the news of Osama bin Laden's death.

"As a citizen soldier, I'm celebrating achieving one of the promises of the president, and obviously killing the number one terrorist," said Jaime Areizaga-Soto, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. National Guard and a candidate for the Virginia state senate who carried a "Latinos for Obama" sign. "It's a great day to celebrate as a soldier too, because obviously we've lost many of our brothers and sisters in this mission, and today we've achieved a critical part of the mission -- maybe the most important one."
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