President Obama commends SEAL team
May 6th, 2011
04:46 PM ET
3 years ago

President Obama commends SEAL team

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Friday his meeting with the commandos who executed the mission against Osama bin Laden's compound was a chance to say "job well done."

"They're America's quiet professionals," Obama said. "They could have chosen a life of ease. But... they volunteered (and) chose to serve."

"They practiced tirelessly for this mission, and when I gave the order they were ready," he said.

President Obama told troops at Fort Campbell, Kentucky,that "we are ultimately going to defeat al Qaeda. We have cut off their head."

"Even before this week," al Qaeda's leaders "were under more pressure than at any time since 9/11," he said.

"Our strategy is working and there is no greater evidence of that than justice finally being delivered to Osama bin Laden," he said.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. fayse

    Job well done! to the service men & women, to the intelligence community and to our President.

    May 6, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. NC

    Thanks to everyone involved for a job well done.

    May 6, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. OneMoreTime

    Amen to that Fayse!!

    May 6, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Republican Robber Baron

    Great speech...President Obama took great political risks that could have jeopardized his career...but had confidence in our special forces to get the job done. I am especially proud The President took the time to meet with the poor NYC firefighters that lost entire battalions at WTC. Also the President is a class-act to go down to the troops and shake everyone's hand face to face...and have lunch with the NYC Fire Dept off camera. I am proud to have voted for The President and will do so again.

    May 6, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. kayla

    congratulations, job well done.

    May 6, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Tim

    Way to keep it quite, Obama. Nobody needs to know anything more about it.

    May 6, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    Mission REALLY accomplished – No pictures – We, as Americans, will remain vigilant and move on!!! Thank you to all that was involved – GREAT JOB!

    May 6, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Charles

    @ Tim, hatred will make you look stupid. The president has every right to thank the troops every minute.God bless UDA. Amen.

    May 6, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You are their CIC, it was very fitting that you take the time to thank your troops.
    Excellent job SEAL team.

    May 6, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. ST

    You have all the reasons to smile Mr. President. That was a remarkable moment which will stick in your mind and in many forever!

    May 6, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. peace

    thank god for a president like obama let keep praying for our leaders. and let"s pray for the ones that hate him like most of gop,rush, sarah and others. the more we pray for them god will deal with their hate.

    May 6, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Natalie

    Great job Mr president.. so very proud 2 have u as our commander in chief!

    May 6, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |