The president also made clear in his remarks at the White House on Sunday evening that the US still faces serious national security threats.
“His death does not mark the end of our effort,” Obama said. “There’s no doubt that al-Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad.”
However, as Obama delivered his remarks, and the crowds continued to gather outside the White House, there was little question that his presidency had forever been changed by snaring bin Laden. The search for him has played out over Obama’s entire maturation as a national political figure in the last decade.
“Today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people,” Obama said.