President Obama: Osama Bin Laden is dead. Here’s the Complete Video:

Via on May 1, 2011

A moment for all Americans, including our Muslim citizens. May this historic moment remain about Peace, and Unity—not Revenge or Divisiveness.

I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure. – Mark Twain

President Obama: “The United States is not and never will be at war with Islam…Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader.”

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Wonderful speech. President Obama took pains to thank 9/11 families, those in service, to make sure that tonight is about peace and justice, not revenge, that this is not a strike against Islam. We’ll share some quotes and final video.

This historic moment is not just about, as President Bush just stated, “a victory for America.” May this moment remain about Peace on Earth, not celebration of revenge.

Fireworks are shooting off all over my neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado. 10 years after 9/11. And as much as we want to leave partisan politics out of it…it is eight years, strangely, to the day, to the Mission Accomplished speech by President Bush.

In any case, a moment for all of us to hope for more peace. ~ Waylon

Our colleague Joe Yeoman and I will share updates, videos as we learn more.

Update: CBS News reports his body is in U.S. custody.
Update: US DRONE AIRSTRIKE IN NW PAKISTAN CREDITED
Update: via @andersoncooper: Ed henry of CNN: osama killed in mansion > islamabad. Wow, if true = stunning, + Pakistan has some explaining 2do

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Live video link:

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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16 Responses to “President Obama: Osama Bin Laden is dead. Here’s the Complete Video:”

  1. news says:

    I'll watch the announcement of the President Obama…

  2. Rasputin says:

    And now we wait for Donald Trump to demand the long-form death certificate.

  3. Celia Aurora de Blas Aurora says:

    Celebrating this is gross. Who are we?

    • Celia Aurora de Blas Aurora says:

      in ref to watching the cheering crowds…

      • elephantjournal says:

        Well, let's focus on the positive: that tonight is about peace, not revenge.

        I agree, this shouldn't become a USA USA USA moment…we didn't just win a football game, we struck a blow against the will to murder civilians. Appreciate that President Obama took pains to write own speech, which included specific mention that the US soldiers were able to carry out strike against Osama bin Laden without harming additional civilians.

        As for the cheering crowds, let's remember that quote by Mark Twain:

        I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure. – Mark Twain

  4. Anneke_Lucas says:

    I much prefer the political strategies of the Mahatma Ghandi. All I can think is that the killing of Osama Bin Laden is going to give rise to rebuttals, and escalate the violence, especially towards Americans. "An eye for an eye (of course this was an act of revenge) makes the whole world blind."

  5. Angie says:

    Obama nor the elected leaders did not kill bin Laden, the military did. That is their job. It is justice, not retaliation.

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  8. randolphr says:

    "In any case, a moment for all of us to hope for more peace."

    said well Waylon

  9. Lisa says:

    I thought there was a separation of church and state LOL. The ending is so religious. :) Just sayin'.

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    The issue is not about America and Osama Bin ladin, but the issue is bringing to book a culprit that denied the entire world peace. Hope his death will bring to rest the problem of violence.

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