Local people react to the death of Osama bin Laden

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Tue., May. 3, 2011
Luz Caraballo
Luz Caraballo

When asked for their reaction to the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan on May 1, people who answered the question in Putnam on May 2 had this to say:

Luz Caraballo:

“Yesterday when I heard Obama's message, I felt great because of all the people [bin Laden] killed, the war he started. I felt happy that, at last, the people who died in the twin towers will finally rest in peace. It's the final chapter of the story, I hope.”

Ralph Hebert:

“What does it matter what we say or think? Politicians get to Hartford or Washington and they do what they want to do, not what we want them to do. It's not a government by the people anymore.”

Menilek Kenfe:

“He died? That's good. I'm glad. I've been thinking, 'I hope they catch him. I hope they catch him.' Good. I didn't know.”

Shaun and Barbara Kenyon:

“I just feel it took them less than 24 hours to dispose of the body and how quickly the DNA was returned, compared to other cases you hear on television.” - Barbara

“We hope it's true. We woke up to hear it, and they already disposed of his body? We hope it's true, but we are not convinced it's true.” - Shaun

Lee Tellier:

“It's a great day in U.S. history. Obama did something right. He might get reelected.”

Bonnie Stuckart:

“I think it's a good thing. I just hope we don't get retaliated against. What else can you say? It's been a long time coming.”

Walter Moriarty:

“I'm very glad. I'm very pleased. It was done properly. It was also done right in the sense that no political party is taking responsibility. It's a bigger issue than political parties.”

Elizabeth Carey:

“It's a wonderful day for the country, and it's a wonderful day for the president.”

Rusty Mattingly:

“I'm glad he's dead. I think we should have gotten him a long time ago.”


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