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Monday, May 2, 2011 1:34 a.m.

Photos: Students swarm White House after death of Osama bin Laden

Thousands of students flocked to the White House Monday to celebrate the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. President Barack Obama said American forces swarmed a compound in Pakistan Sunday and killed bin Laden, prompting a mass of students to rush to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Students swarmed the White House Monday morning after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. Francis Rivera | Assistant Photo Editor

President Barack Obama said American forces killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden Sunday, prompting celebrations at the White House. Michelle Rattinger | Photo Editor

Students from GW and other universities flocked to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to celebrate after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. Michelle Rattinger | Photo Editor

Crowds at the White House after the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death spread into Lafayette Square Monday. Michelle Rattinger | Photo Editor

Edward Dooley shows support for former President George W. Bush at the White House Monday. Francis Rivera | Assistant Photo Editor

Amanda Galonek and other students watch on as President Barack Obama announces that American forces killed Osama bin Laden. Becky Crowder | Hatchet photographer

American pride was at an all-time high Monday as students swarmed the White House. Jordan Emont | Assistant Photo Editor

The crowds at the White House chanted "USA, USA," and sang the National Anthem Monday. Jordan Emont | Assistant Photo Editor

Kai Gardner, 2, and his father Jeff Gardner, 32, from Arlington, Va. joined students at the White House to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden. Jordan Emont | Assistant Photo Editor

American flags were flown as students climbed trees outside the White House following the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death. Jordan Emont | Assistant Photo Editor

American University students Pat Hanlon and Nick Yanchulis, driving, celebrated at the White House Monday. Jordan Emont | Assistant Photo Editor

  • Ted Dooley

    Great article. Great night for America. God bless these United States.

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  • Bättre Folk

    It really does not matter what kind of a person Bin Laden was, throwing celebrations with hundreds of people because any kind of a person is now dead, makes you a sick people.

    Wanting revenge, being overly nationalistic and celebrating death(!) will not make the world safer, better or less divided.

    Grow up, America. The rest of us need you to.

  • Bill

    Here is one from the Boston Globe that sums the emotions up nicely, Battre Folk.

    Good people rejoice when evil monsters are cut down, and by the tens of thousands good Americans from one end of the country to the other came pouring into the streets last night to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden. From the White House to Ground Zero, from the Boston Common to Miami’s Little Havana, the scenes of jubilation were spontaneous, heartfelt, and overflowing with American pride.

    ‘‘We love death,’’ bin Laden once told an interviewer. ‘‘The US loves life. That is the big difference between us.’’

    He was right. But some deaths even an American can love, and the death of the Al Qaeda mastermind who murdered so many innocent victims is one of them. For the bloodbath of 9/11, for the hundreds slaughtered in the Kenya and Tanzania embassy bombings, for those who died in the unprovoked attack on the USS Cole — for all the violent and malignant savageries he committed against men, women, and children who had done nothing to deserve them, bin Laden’s day of reckoning was long overdue. But it came at last. Now the arch terrorist is in hell, and Americans are rightly overjoyed. ‘‘The son of a bitch is dead. Ding dong,’’ exults the New York Post in an editorial. Not the most refined formulation, perhaps, but it certainly captures the nation’s satisfaction.

  • Ted Dooley

    Last night was not simply a celebration of death. We as America looked deeper into the significance of last night’s events. It was a celebration of the everlasting triumph of the ideals that we as a country hold so dear – freedom, liberty, & justice. Last night, we celebrated these traits. These events marked that no matter where you are, what you do, when you infringe on these god given rights, they will ultimately triumph or evil in the end.

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  • GWU alum

    Now, look, I have no problem with our brave soldiers taking out bin Laden. We see these pictures of students out there near the White House looking…so fake.

    I have a few friends on Facebook who participated and they had posted statuses such as, “let’s go to the WH to join the flash mob!!!” and other silly/stupid things.

    Most of these people seem to just want to be part of this mob to “prove they were there.” You can do better, GW.

  • Ryan

    9/11 occurred when we were all between 9-12 years old. It haunted us and for the first time in our lives we saw our parents scared and vulnerable. Osama destroyed the nationalistic pride that this nation holds on to and the rally at the White House was simply restoring that pride. We celebrated a man who wanted death to all of America. You’re sick if you for one minute support that awful person.

  • Ryan

    Celebrating Osama’s death was one of the greatest moments in American history.

  • GDubBro

    I know I say this a lot, but Osama was a straight up GDI.

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