Gotta Watch: Dissecting bin Laden's effect
A bouquet marks the remembrance of the September 11 attacks and notes "We finally got him."
May 4th, 2011
11:19 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Dissecting bin Laden's effect

As the world seeks more information about the operation that brought down the globe's top terrorist, President Obama prepares to make his first visit Thursday to the World Trade Center site since the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death.

Obama extended an invitation to former President George W. Bush to join him at the site of bin Laden's most infamous attack. But Bush, who began the hunt for bin Laden, declined, saying he'd rather stay out of the spotlight. In today's Gotta Watch, we chronicle the aftermath of bin Laden's attacks and death.

Bush's big moment – He may want to be out of the limelight now, but George W. Bush was thrust into the spotlight following the September 11, 2001, attacks. In an effort to help the nation heal and show solidarity, Bush headed to where the World Trade Center stood to let the world know America was hurt, but not broken. "I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon," he said.

Capturing bin Laden step-by-step – It's everything you want to know about the plot to nab Osama bin Laden. From the operational details to the team that fired the fatal shot, get the play-by-play of how the U.S. was able to track and kill bin Laden.

A picture worth 1,000 words – It's the photo that may become the definitive image of the Obama presidency. President Obama and his national security team intensely watch the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. Now people are analyzing it and altering it to add unique twists.

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  1. nur amabo nur

    POLICE WAGE WAR ON COLLEGE STUDENTS IN USA !!! Police using military weapons and techniques on W I U students during annual street party. U tu be (mass arrests, tear gas, sound weapons used on W I U students). We really need to focus on the problems here at home.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob Hannigan

      What war I went to College for 4 years and I never got arrested an neither did any of my friends. Yeah if you are under the age to drink you should get arrested. Who the heck are you that makes you better than the law. Sorry kid the answer is it doesn't matter. An idiots walking down the middle of the street protesting are going to be arrested because its messing with traffic and so putting people into danger. So if they don't go away after they are asked. Then they deserve what they get.
      Heck tear gas non lethal weapons seriously have you not been watching the news? In Bahrain, Libya and other countries if you protest forget about being arrested you are going to get a bullet in you're head. An thats students at WIU are dumb everyone can see the video and make up their own minds.

      May 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Infinite Resolve

    Technology is the forefront of advancement Tarek. We are the United States of America and if you want a piece of us you are going to have to do better then Al Qaeda's meager attempts to hurt Americans. You want to antagonize us as a people then all I have to say is ANY TIME ANY PLACE PAL!!!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. you wish.

    terek hamzi,

    please. its people like you that keep the world hating the way it is. you arn't better than anyone.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bob

    That technology has already tracked your IP address and the buzzing you hear is the drone about to send you 72 virgins.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nur amabo nur

    This was not a protest moron, guess you didn't bother to watch the video, this is AMERICA and if you think what these police did is right you should move to china right now. Commie.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC 00001

      Theres a difference between a protest and a riot. Students don't throw beer bottles at police during peaceful protests.

      May 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nur eimmoc nur

    Shut up, you ass, run obama run. Who's the real Commie?

    May 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Todd

    I remember Bush standing on the rumble of the trade centers where the bodies of the innocent still lay and he stepped on their bodies of the dead to give a false message.Bush deserves nothing but contempt and a prison cell for his war crimes.

    May 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bob

    Democratic college students are stupid

    May 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. patricia

    let's stop promoting OBL and the evil he represented in the name of Allah...let's get back to taking care of each other...our country is a mess and OBL doesn't deserve but any live news footage other than a thumbprint photo.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |