Political leaders react to bin Laden death



ARENAC COUNTY — As news from the White House was released Sunday night into Monday morning that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had been killed by American forces, local leaders and citizens of Arenac County celebrated.

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, said, “Today is a great day for Americans.”

Johnson said he was pleased to hear the news.

“It’s great that our military had the intestinal fortitude, skills and equipment to get the job done,” he said. “They were able to take care of the situation.”

Johnson said he will remember where he was when he heard the news, just like he does about 9/11.

On September 11, 2001, Johnson was at a livestock feed meeting in Columbus, Ohio, he said.

“I got there in time to see the first plane hit the World Trade Center,” he said. “I saw it, and I could not believe it.”

Johnson said the news about bin Laden’s death came while he was on his way to Linwood for a tour of a factory.

“I think it is really good to see this happen,” he said.

State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, said it was fitting to have bin Laden brought to justice at the hands of Americans who were serving their country.

“It’s been a long time coming,” he said.

Green said that the death of bin Laden is not the end of America’s war against terror.

“We have to remain diligent in the fight against terrorism and continue to support our troops and civilians who are fighting that war for us on the front lines,” he said.

For Green, the attacks on 9/11 are remembered for America coming together.

“We united together as a people and as a nation to heal and to defend our freedom and way of life,” he said.


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