Speaking Sunday evening from the East Room, President Obama announced that U.S. special forces killed Osama Bin Laden yesterday. Bin Laden has already been buried at sea. He was shot in the head as he and his bodyguards resisted the assault.
Obama cancelled a March bombing of the compound, wanting a ground assault that would reduce casualties and offer proof Bin Laden was dead.
The president is sure to get a bump in the polls, but before the strike, Democratic strategists were saying his reelection may be even tougher than it appears.
Republican leaders hailed the news and congratulated Obama. Among them were George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and John McCain. There were jubilant crowds gathered outside the White House into the early morning hours.
The killing of Bin Laden strengthens calls for an Afghan pullout. Obama must decide by July how many troops to take out by July.