Today was a huge milestone in a war that has lasted over nine years. We have accomplished what we set out to do 9 years ago. We as Americans have made huge sacrifices for this day. Our rights were violated by the Bush administration with the Patriot Act. Our privacy was invaded every time we go to an airport. And now, the thousands of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to bring this man to justice can rest in peace. The families of those who died on September 11th and the families of the soldiers who gave their lives to find this man can sleep a little better tonight. The absolution and closure these families so hoped for and DESERVED has finally come. And I thank God for that.
And now we have one more step. I hope President Obama makes sure to let Americans know that we cannot tolerate ignorance toward Muslims not only in America, but across the globe. We need to make sure that we demonstrate a commitment to accepting Islam but to continue to denounce extremist terrorist groups. We need to show the world that we know the difference between the millions of peaceful Muslims across the globe and terrorist groups like al Qaeda.
Today, like every other day, I'm proud to be an American. Not only because Osama bin laden is dead, but because we did it. Americans did it. And as I've reflected on this day and the past nine years, it's been difficult to hold back tears. So although today should be remembered, let's not forget why this day needed to happen, the 3,000 Americans who lost their lives on that Tuesday morning on September 11th.