Vienna Reacts To Bin Laden's Death, In Tweets

A timeline of what our users were saying before, during and after Sunday's announcement

Even before President Barack Obama confirmed that Osama Bin Laden was dead in a televised speech Sunday night, people across the world took to Twitter to speculate, celebrate and discuss the death of Al Qaeda's long-time leader, sharing 140-character messages of joy, confusion, fear and hope about the death of the man behind the deadly Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Vienna Patch compiled a timeline of Tweets and ReTweets in and around Vienna that came across our feed before, during and after the Presiden'ts announcement.

10:38pm: Vienna Patch: #President making last minute speech. Some sources are saying #OsamaBinLaden is dead and US has body. Watch here: http://ow.ly/4KS56

10:55 pm: MarkKeam: I still remember 9.11 as if it happened yesterday.10 years long time to wait for justice but not too late. God bless America!

10:57 pm: daveweigel: 2031: "Dad, where were you when we learned bin Laden died?" "Kids, I was saying stupid crap about it on Twitter."

11:04 p.m.: MarkKeam: Credit goes to brave men and women in uniform who fought & sacrificed for our freedom.Not time for politicians to take credit.

11:05 p.m: iPaulLee: Are we in a safer or more dangerous world now? Bothered by the thought of escalating retribution.

11:32 pm: Vienna Patch: @washingtonpost live feed says two minute warning for Obama's speech

11:35 pm: President Obama Begins Speech

11:38 pm: RachaelDickson: Hundreds of people outside of the white house in dc- running toward it. This is amazing.

11:43 pm: Vienna Patch: Where were you on 9/11? What service members that you know have served in the fight since? Share here: http://patch.com/A-hdHc

11:54 pm: LukeRussert: Obama called George W Bush earlier in the evening to inform him of #BinLaden 's death.

11:54 pm: Vienna Patch: The US is not+never will be @ war with #Islam #BinLaden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims" http://patch.com/A-hdHc

Tuesday May 2

12:01 am: MarkKeam: "@whitehouse: Obama: “Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11, that we have never forgotten your loss”

12:13 am: Vienna Patch: We've got photos of students in front of #Whitehouse chanting "#USA." http://patch.com/A-hdHc Celebrations in your neighborhood?Share pics

12:15 am:  InsideNoVA: Livestream from Channel 4: Party outside the White House tonight. Crowd of about 2,500 and growing: http://fb.me/X4Ns9xwp

12:15 am: DanKPatrick: multiple military sources say145 members of MDbased Marine's CBIRF team withdrawn from Japan to respond to any US emergency

12:15 am: connect2mason: Osama bin Laden has been killed. Student are running around outside campus. If you take video, let us know. #gmu

12:16 am: ColinStorm: Saw earlier: Most of crowd at W.H. was 8-11 yrs old when 9/11 happened. Likely first major event they remember, huge impact.

12:17 am:granthpaulsen @billbarnwell Unspoken part Obama's speech:"This is the s--- you interrupted when you made me release my birth certificate

12:41 am: markknoller: Cheering crowd outside White House estimated at 2500.

12:41 am:chaddukes: Great! He's dead! Can we bring home our troops??? Can we get OUT of these three money sucking wars we are in?? GET OUT OF IT!

12:41 am: HerndonPatch: RT @NAShSatt: The pilot announced that Bin Laden was dead when we landed at Dulles. The silence was deafening.

12:42 am: ptklein  Downtown #DC is in total gridlock.

12:43 am: careyscotttalks @JoshCahan Amen.We all deserve it.Great comment.Ur right on.Let's not celebrate where he is,but that justice was served.

12:43 am: ColinStorm: RT @suaadsait: RT @nihalmehta: groundzero webcams @ http://bit.ly/DKBcl

12:55 am: Vienna Patch #Obama 's full speech: http://patch.com/N-Zbf

12:56 am: BallstonPatch: Those loud/low #helicopters over #Ballston: http://patch.com/A-hdNy

1:22 am: WoodbridgePatch: RT @StateDept: U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should be alert to the potential for anti-American violence.

1:24 am: AlexThorneDC Many sides, thoughts RT @palafo:9/11 WTC survivor: "can’t find it in me to be glad one more person is dead,even bin Laden"

1:51am: _JuliaKim  Debating on whether to sleep or give up and join the masses in front of the White House on this very historic (early) morning.


5:34 a.m.: ABC7News U.S. issues travel alert after bin Laden killing http://wj.la/lJQANi

7:16 amIAFF_L2068: Remembering our fallen brothers from FDNY L94 and L854 as we wake up and receive word that justice has been done. #9-11 #343

8:39 am: Fairfax Co Patch: Gov. McDonnell: 'The death of Osama Bin Laden brings final justice to the evil perpetrator of the attacks of 9/11.'

9:12 am: TheBeltTeam: Bin Laden's last words: "May Day, May Day"!

Vienna Patch will update tweets throughout the day on Monday.


Bill McGinly May 02, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Finally. I have been writing to President Obama asking why Osama Bin Laden was not in custody or dead after nearly 10 years. Got to love those US Navy Seals. I hope too that we can embrace the war tactic of gathering information and sending in small forces with specific missions and withdrawing them. While this is positive news for us, it can't heal the pain of 3,000 US citizens murdered on 9/11 including our son Mark who grew up in Vienna and worked in the North Tower of the WTC, NYC.
Maria Koklanaris Bonaquist May 03, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Mr. McGinly, your post is extremely moving to me. I would love to express myself in a better way, but I will simply say: I am very sorry for your loss, sir. I wish peace for your family.


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