(Politico) — Seeing the first photo of a dead Osama bin Laden wasn’t a “high-five” moment, President Barack Obama told NBC’s Brian Williams for a Wednesday night special marking the one-year anniversary of the terrorist leader’s death.
“I think it’s wrong to say that I did a high-five because you have a picture of a dead body and, you know, there’s I think, regardless of who it is, you always have to be sober about death,” Obama told Williams in a suede-lined conference space inside the White House Situation Room where he and others followed last year’s raid.
“But understanding the satisfaction for the American people, what it would mean for 9/11 families, what it would mean for the children of folks who died in the Twin Towers who never got to know their parents, I think there was a deep-seated satisfaction for the country at that moment,” he said according to video excerpts of the show.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton separately told Williams that bin Laden’s death was akin to a sigh of relief.
“It wasn’t so much a high-five moment as a kinda looking around and just feeling together as almost one body that ‘Okay, it’s over.’”