Monday, May 2, 2011

Ground Zero Site Erupts in Celebration Following Osama Bin Laden's Death - ABC News

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Thousands of people cel...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Crowds of jubilant Americans filled the streets in front of the White House and Ground Zero last night in response to the news from President Obama that U.S. forces have killed Osama bin Laden.

Via ABC News:
Thousands of people arrived at Ground Zero early today, celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden with songs, cheers and champagne toasts at the very site where many of the revelers lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2011.

Waving American flags, chanting "USA" and singing patriotic songs, people in the crowd described the scene as "jubilant" and "celebratory," marking a stark contrast from the solemn mood that has permeated the site where nearly 3,000 people died in a terror attack and whose names are read there every year on the anniversary.

"Tonight is a great night," said Rocco Chierichella, the retired firefighter who famously handed President George W. Bush a bullhorn when he visited the smoldering wreckage of the twin towers 10 years ago.

"People are releasing some of that jubilation," he told ABC News steps from where he told President Bush that couldn't be heard.

"I can hear them all," Chierichella said of the revelers. "Let's hear it for the U.S. Army. Tonight is for them."

One woman held up an iPad serving as makeshift poster, which read "Obama: 1, Osama: 0."

Muslim women in head scarves and Muslim men in turbans and long beards carrying American flags, mixed with retired firefighters, service members in uniform and college students.

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