|President Barack Obama edits his remarks in the Oval Office prior to making a televised statement detailing the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) |
"Still, though, there was nothing that confirmed that Bin Laden was at that compound, and therefore, when President Obama was faced with the opportunity to act upon this, the President had to evaluate the strength of that information and then made, what I believe was one of the most gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory." -John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism
"It was probably one of the most anxiety-filled periods of time, I think, in the lives of the people who were assembled here yesterday.
"The minutes passed like days, and the president was very concerned about the security of our personnel. That was what was on his mind throughout, and we wanted to make sure that we were able to get through this and accomplish the mission." -John Brennan