My fellow Americans. Today, we celebrate together. Grab a beer. Order a pizza. Enjoy your freedom a little more than usual tonight. Osama bin Laden was shot in the head and killed by one of our own. It wasn’t me who shot him. It wasn’t me who found him. In fact, my biggest part was giving the order that it was okay to take down this mass murderer. And I’m okay with the small role I played, because I want credit to go where credit is due. So, enough about me.
First, I want to give my deepest and sincerest love to the children of our fallen soldiers. I want to acknowledge that there are many children whose fathers or mothers never came home after going out and pursuing this murderer. Thank you, children, for your sacrifice, though I know that a thank you will never properly fill the holes in your hearts and spirits that will permanently crave the touch of your parents’ warm hands.
And to every wife who has lost her soldier, and to every husband who has lost his, this moment belongs to you. Every tear that has been poured over your pillows has not been in vain. I know that signing my name on a paper telling you I’m sorry about your spouse’s death took little effort and in no way do I wish to pretend that doing so can put me on the same emotional level as you. Your lives are forever changed. Your partners are gone. Your lovers no more. It was your sacrifices that brought this bastard down. I want you to know that.
And to every soldier who gave his life, thank you. Greater love hath no man.
To every soldier who was wounded; to every soldier who lost a friend; to every soldier who left his home for months or years; to every military spouse; to every soldier whose marriage suffered while they were away or after they came back; to every soldier who missed their children’s biggest life events; to every soldier who got in the mud, risked life and limb, and woke up every day knowing it could be his last…
And did it anyway…
You are the example for all of us of what it means to be a truly selfless human being. You care more about the future of your children, your spouses, your friends, and your neighbors than you do your own advancement, your own victories, your own ego, and your own life. In no way do I want to take away from that by aggrandizing myself in this victory. This victory was won by men and women risking everything on the other side of the world, not in the oval office. And I’ll never forget that. I’ll never try to take that away from you. Ever.
There are many to thank tonight. There are many to praise. There are many who have sacrificed things that can’t be imagined. Many tears, much sweat, and immeasurable amounts of blood have made this happen. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.