State, Local Leaders on the Death of Osama Bin Laden
Last night's news of the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden as part of a targeted attack by U.S. forces prompted powerful reactions from the American public, as some took to Twitter and Facebook to cheer, reflect, and joke. Leaders from around the state have begun to release statements about the death of Bin Laden; we'll update with more as they become available.
California Governor Jerry Brown
"Tonight, Americans can be grateful that President Obama brought bin Laden to justice. Our friends as well as our adversaries throughout the world can be assured of America's resolve in combating terrorism and protecting the values of democracy and freedom."
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
"Tonight, we owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the brave men and women who serve under our flag around the world, as well as to our Commander in Chief for his unwavering leadership. This announcement tonight by President Obama that Osama bin Laden has been killed is indeed historic, but we must continue to be vigilant and remain on guard against those that still seek to harm us. We must also recognize that members of the Muslim community are and have been our partners against terrorism. They have worked side by side with us for years, and we have stood together against hatred and united as one nation against terrorism. Although we will never forget the tragic events of 9/11, tonight we recognize this significant milestone in the healing process of our nation and we thank all those across the country and around the world who are hard at work to keep us safe."
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
“Almost ten years ago, after the horrific attacks of 9/11, I voted to go after Osama bin Laden to make sure justice prevailed. Today the world knows that he has paid the ultimate price for what he did. His death doesn’t lessen the tragic loss of all those killed by al Qaeda, or the pain of their loved ones, but it closes a chapter on his unspeakable act. I thank the President for his determination and I thank all the brave members of our Armed Forces who risked everything to carry out this mission of justice.”
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
"The death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant development in our fight against al Qaeda ... It is a testament to the professionalism of our dedicated national security professionals that no American lives were lost in this operation ... I hope that today's action provides some comfort to the 9/11 families who lost loved ones in the devastating attacks on our shores."
Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-CA)
"Osama Bin Laden was an enemy of the United States and the free world, and his death represents a great success in the long fight against terror. Tonight we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the brave men and women of our armed forces and our entire intelligence community. Still, the fight against extremism must continue. We now face diffuse, decentralized threats around the world, and we must intensify our efforts if we are to make certain the extremism Bin Laden represented is ultimately defeated."
State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima)
“Osama Bin Laden's death and retrieval is an extraordinarily significant event and milestone in our war on terror. Every American remembers where we were on 9/11 and the tragic loss of lives we suffered from those attacks. I was serving as acting Mayor of Los Angeles that day and I recall activating the city's emergency operation center as we heard conflicting news reports of hijacked planes headed to Los Angeles. We later learned that those planes had been tragically used to kill thousands of our fellow Americans in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. Just as we remember where we were on 9/11 and the horror we felt, we will also remember where we were when we heard that Bin Laden had been killed. Justice has been done. And as this important chapter in the war on terror comes to a close, I hope and pray that his death and capture allows for a brighter more peaceful future.”