Oakland University students react to Osama bin Laden’s death

By Kay Nguyen

President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that Osama bin Laden was killed in a United States-led operation in Pakistan.

The most wanted man in America, bin Laden was the leader of Al Qaeda. The group was responsible for terror attacks carried out at the World Trade Center in New York City and Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001.

Obama said the killing of bin Laden was the “most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat Al Qaeda.”

At 10 p.m., Obama initially announced he would be addressing a matter of national security at 10:30 p.m. He took to the podium at about 11:30 p.m. to give the short announcement.

“I think he did a great job addressing the country, and I feel like his ratings will go up because of this — but after all it is 100 percent our military who won the war on terror,” Jordan Keller said. “They are our heroes.”

Keller, a junior majoring in accounting and finance, said he felt a surge of patriotism and referenced the song “America, F*ck Yeah” from the comedy movie Team America: World Police.

Speculation over what the talk would be about spread via social media networks like Twitter. The discussion quickly turned to the fact that Obama’s announcement would be about bin Laden’s death.

Senior political science major Nate Fleer said he was informed of the speech through Twitter, but was skeptical when he initially heard bin Laden had been killed. He was afraid to click on various links from news sources.

“I actually thought it was one of those viruses,” Fleer said.

He noted the death of bin Laden was an accomplishment that wasn’t easily achieved. Obama said the act was carefully carried out.

“We have the majority of the world’s military at our disposal and it took us ten years to find one guy,” Fleer said.

He said he too listened to what was once a purely comedic song about American patriotism.

“Justice has been done,” the president said.

Jacqui Stephens disagreed with those who, like Fleer and Keller, are celebrating the death of the 9/11 mastermind.

“I think that people need to be more on guard than celebratory,” said Stephens, a junior communications major. “The minute we let our guard down is the minute they make another 9/11.”