NBC News   |  May 02, 2011

Obama: 'A good day for America'

Speaking at the White House, President Obama says "the world is safer, is a better place, because of the death of Osama bin Laden."

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>> we can all agree this is a good day for america. our country has kept its commitment to see that justice is done. the world is safer. it is a better place because of the death of osama bin laden . today we are reminded that as a nation, there is nothing we can't do when we put our shoulders to the wheel, when we work together, when we remember the sense of unity that defines us as americans. and we have seen that spirit, that patriotism and the crowds that have gathered here outside the white house , at ground zero in new york and across the country, people holding candles, waving the flag, singing the national anthem , people proud to live in the united states of america . and we're reminded that we are fortunate to have americans who dedicate their lives to protecting ours. they volunteer. they train. they endure separation from their families. they take extraordinary risks so that we can be safe. they get the job done. we may not always know their names. we may not always know their stories. but they are there, every day, on the front lines of freedom and we are truly blessed. i do want to acknowledge before we begin the ceremony two individuals who have been critical as part of my team who are here today. first of all, i think somebody who will go down as one of the finest secretaries of defense in history,