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Obama's address on bin Laden

May 2, 2011
By Ben Zimmer (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus ContributorVisual Thesaurus Moderator
President Obama's remarks on Osama bin Laden (May 1, 2011).

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/02/remarks-president-osama-bin-laden

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Osama bin Laden
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, wome
Qaeda
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, wome
reaffirm
We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country.
counterterrorism
Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort.
twin towers
The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.
9/11
The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pen
mass murderer
Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims.
think back
And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11.
hijack
The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.
loved one
These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded.
take office
And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.
ethnicity
On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.
weigh on
These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded.
affiliate
Meanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.
terrorist attack
We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense.
give thanks
Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome.
disrupt
We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense.
professionalism
We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country.
sear
The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.
exemplify
We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country.
heartbreak
The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.
tirelessly
Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome.
unite
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, women, and children.
dismantle
And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.
billowing
The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.
September 11
On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together.
Pakistan
Yet Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan.
tonight
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, women, and children.
dinner table
The empty seat at the dinner table.
indivisible
Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
terrorist
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, women, and children.
allies
And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.
go to war
And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.
testament
Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.
Pakistani
Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people.
Muslim
Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims.
waver
Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.
citizen
The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.
President Bush
I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam.
casualty
They took care to avoid civilian casualties.
darken
It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history.
painstaking
Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden.
demise
So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.
compound
I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan.
Islam
As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam.
carry out
We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda -- an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe.
tireless
Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort.
commitment
Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.
capability
A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.
cloudless
The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

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