President Barack Obama announced al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s death on Sunday, May 1. Former president George W. Bush was in office at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks and famously said he wanted bin Laden dead or alive. President Obama called Bush at 9:04 PM central time and a Bush spokesman says the call lasted four minutes.
Bush posted the following message on Facebook:
“Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to the mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2011. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”
Former president Bill Clinton also issued a statement, saying, “I congratulate the President, the National Security team and the members of our armed forces on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice after more than a decade of al-Qaida attacks.”
Clinton was in office for the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.