Local people react to the death of Osama bin Laden
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Mansfield - posted Wed., May. 4, 2011
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 at the East Brook Mall on May 2 had this to say:
Millie, Willimantic: "We haven't seen the body, so how do we know he's dead? And if he is, bring our troops home. We've got to see the body to believe it."
Chelsea, Mansfield: "I was surprised, but happy that it happened. For what he did, I think he deserved it."
Brandon, Mansfield: "I believe it's a conspiracy. I think Obama is making it up to try to get credit for something, because he hasn't done anything yet."
Danny, North Windham: "No way. I couldn't believe it. I still don't understand why they won't show the body. I also don't understand why people are so happy about it. Someone else is going to take his place."
Phyllis, Marlborough: "I'm glad he's out of the picture now. I know we have to defend ourselves, but I think death is not something to celebrate. I have a stepson in the military, and I have hopes that this will affect him in a positive way."
Marilyn, Dayville: "I have mixed emotions. I'm glad it's over, but I think some of the celebratory things are inappropriate."