September 5th, 2011
11:39 AM ET

Bush: no sense of jubilation at bin Laden's death

Former President George W. Bush says he experienced no pleasure when he heard about the death of Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader responsible for orchestrating the deadly terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

"He was sitting in a restaurant in Dallas when the Secret Service told him that President (Barack) Obama wanted to speak to him. He then learned about the assassination," documentarian Peter Schnall told CNN in an interview set to air Monday.

Bush "said to us certainly there was no sense of jubilation (and) certainly no sense of happiness," Schnall stressed. "If anything, he felt that finally there was a sense of closure."

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  1. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio )™ "Leave no stone unturned."


    September 5, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. michaelfury

    September 5, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT© ( elf slayer & 15th lvl warrior )

    i noticed that steven segul was no where to be found during the time osama was killed... kinda funny huh?.

    September 5, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. michaelfury

    "He was sitting in a restaurant in Dallas when the Secret Service told him"

    Closure, indeed.

    September 5, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    There shouldn't ever be 'jubilation' at the thought of *anyone's* death.
    I'm not sure of what the proper emotion should be in OBL's death...relief, maybe?
    I don't know.

    September 5, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio )™ "Leave no stone unturned."

    CNN – What did you expect? Live video coverage at a Dallas restaurant starring "George W. Bush", dancing in jubilation atop a dinning table?

    September 5, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT© ( elf slayer & 15th lvl warrior )

    i think they should have brought him back, then decided not to prosecute him and release him at ground zero... of course announce it first..

    September 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:

    Is that how he's making his money these days? Lol!

    September 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio )™ "Leave no stone unturned."

      he he

      September 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    This is a really lousy attempt to fan people's anger because of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 is fast approaching.
    Why didn't they release this (non) info when it actually happened?
    Fail, CNN.

    September 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    The thought that 9/11 got us onto a path of self destruction and we continue plodding on that path is sobering. And Osama's death does nothing to dispel it.
    Whoever was behind 9/11 attacks achieved one goal. To get the West on a path of confrontation with the Muslim world, engineering a bait for the US which we took. It did nothing to advance the cause of Al-Qaeda which thankfully, is getting destroyed.
    Who benefited the most?? That is the question.
    Ten years on Americans deserve to know the truth.

    September 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT© ( elf slayer & 15th lvl warrior )

    i wonder what they are going to do for "9-11 II, the rath of al Qaeda"..

    September 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. slider

    I miss you Mr. President.

    September 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helen

      Me too.

      September 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jordan scene©

    Bush isn't happy because it didn't happen during his term. There would have been video coverage of him dancing in jubilation on the vessel that cast OBL out to sea with a big banner that says "Mission Accomplished"

    September 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RUFFNUTT© ( elf slayer & 15th lvl warrior )

    the problem is bush didn't go full blast... he should have just taken out the whole middle east..

    September 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. clearmind

    @Jordan The banner was for the SHIP!! NOT president Bush. The ship had accomplished its mission!!

    September 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
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