NATION

Osama bin Laden dead: Public strikes more somber note

Comment
Decrease Increase Text size

Twenty-four hours after President Barack Obama announced the news of Osama bin Laden's death to the nation, the public's response is changing.

At the Nationals stadium, Monday was military appreciation night. Members of the military got up to four free tickets to the game. This might have served as a reason to feel grateful for bin Laden’s death, yet some in the crowd were more reflective about the killing.

“You don't want to celebrate the death of another person, but on the other hand he you know actively pursued the death of Americans,” said Carolyn Ericson, who lives in Arlington.

“I think it's more of a reason to celebrate because it's a milestone that we have accomplished,” said Daniel Polk, a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force.

Another member of the military echoed this more somber view. It's still a victory, it's still a good thing, just not something I would want to celebrate,” said Doug Ericson, who is a Captain in the Air Force.

One venue, and true to the country's character, many differing opinions. Some felt anxious that the killing would lead to more threats to Americans. Then there are those who believe this brings an end to a tragic chapter in our nation's history.

“That was good news, definitely good news,” said Garrett Watson, a senior airman. “Hopefully it's something we can put in the past now, that is what we're hoping. We will see what happens.”

Would you like to contribute to this story? Join the discussion.

Recommended For You
comments powered by Disqus