Celebrations, Reflection After Bin Laden's Death Announced: Reports from White House, Ground Zero

Were you as surprised as I was by the spontaneous demonstrations you saw outside the White House last night after the announcement of Osama Bin Laden's Death? On the internet and in the streets, there was a strange mix of sobriety, sadness for all the lives lost on and since September 11th, and a weird punch-drunk jubilation as though our "team" had won a major sporting event. All part of a disconcertingly unexpected evening of news.

Here are some details on the spontaneous street demonstrations:

Rachel Maddow called in to MSNBC from in front of the White House.

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TPM's Jillian Rayfield was on the scene at New York City's Ground Zero, and filed this report detailing vigils, raucous chanting, and the singing of the national anthem, caught on tape below:


AlterNet readers, what did you think of the celebrations? Disgusting or understandable or both? Or a desperate reaction to desperate, unhappy times--a burning need to celebrate anything that feels like a victory or justice?

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at May 2, 2011, 3:21am

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