At a White House dinner with Senate and House leaders from both parties and their spouses, President Barack Obama got a standing ovation when he mentioned the demise of Osama bin Laden in his welcome.
“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…” Obama said.
“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 continued after the applause subsided.
The Monday evening dinner had been on the books for a few weeks, but Obama said it could not have come at a more fitting time.
A day earlier, he had announced that bin Laden had been killed in a U.S. assault on a compound in Pakistan — ending a nearly decade-long manhunt.