Washington: The news of US elite forces
eliminating Osama bin Laden brought the entire country together as "an American family", President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
"Last night, as Americans learned that the United
States had carried out an operation that resulted in the
capture and death of Osama bin Laden, I think we experienced
the same sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11," Obama said in
his remarks at a Congressional bipartisan dinner.
"We were reminded again that there is a pride in
what this nation stands for, and what we can achieve, that
runs far deeper than party, far deeper than politics," Obama
He said the administration had scheduled the dinner a
few weeks as he thought it would be a good opportunity for
leaders of both parties and their spouses to spend some time
together outside of politics.
"And tonight seems like an especially fitting
occasion to do this...Obviously we`ve all had disagreements
and differences in the past. I suspect we`ll have them again
in the future," he added.
Recognising the heroes who carried out this
"incredibly dangerous" mission, as well as all the military
and counter-terrorism professionals who made the mission
possible, Obama said he also want to thank the members of
Congress from both parties who have given extraordinary
support to the military and the intelligence officials.
"Without your support, they could not do what they
do," he said.
"I know that that unity that we felt on 9/11 has
frayed a little bit over the years, and I have no illusions
about the difficulties of the debates that we`ll have to be
engaged in, in the weeks and months to come," Obama said.
"But I also know there have been several moments
like this during the course of this year that have brought us
together as an American family, whether it was the tragedy in
Tucson or, most recently, our unified response to the terrible
storms that have taken place in the South," he said.
"Last night was one of those moments. And so tonight,
it is my fervent hope that we can harness some of that unity
and some of that pride to confront the many challenges that we
still face," Obama said.