May 2, 2011

Emily, Margo, Katie H. PART 1

1. Will this affect our war(s)?
2. What did Obama say about it?
3. How are Americans reacting?
         Osama bin Ladin's death was responded to in many ways. Some people responded with fear. His NY Times obituary says,  "his greatest hope, he told supporters, was that if he died at the hands of the Americans, the Muslim world would rise up and defeat the nation that had killed him."  In Barack Obama's speech responding to this turn of events, he says, "His death does not mark the end of our effort. There is no doubt that Al Quaeda will continue to persue attacks against us. We must, and we will, remain vigilant at home and abroad." This means that our wars will still go on the way they were before.
          However, there are many people in the United States who are thrilled. There were roaring parties at Times Square and in front of the White House where young people gathered with large American flags and jumped around screaming, dancing, and climbing trees. Some people had funny responses, one Youtube comment on a video of Obama's speech says "does this mean I can now carry full bottles of shampoo on the plane?" Obama's speech was very composed and calm. He described this situation with solemn language. He then explained how Al Quaeda was still a force to be reckoned with, and this would not affect the amount of vigilance we have.

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