Credit (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza/via White House Flickr account)
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011.
("Please note: a classified document seen in the above photograph has been obscured."- Pete Souza)
These are a series of photos from chief official White House photographer for President Obama, Pete Souza. He describes them on his Twitter account as "Behind the scenes photos of President Obama from yesterday's mission in Pakistan."
Maj. John Gillum of the Mo. National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve receives a Silver Star banner and certificate from Gov. Jay Nixon. Gillum says America's mission in Afghanistan isn't over just because Osama Bin Laden has been killed.
Herbert Kuebler of Jefferson City, who served as an Army medic during World War Two. Kuebler suggests that Bin Laden's death could trigger more enemy resistance in Afghanistan.
Updated 2:15 p.m. May 2 with information from conference call with Sen. Blunt
From Senator Roy Blunt:
"Osama bin Laden's death is a major victory for America. This development is the culmination of the sacrifices and dedication from our brave troops and intelligence professionals. After nearly a decade, it also brings a great measure of justice and closure for all Americans who lost loved ones as a result of the brutal attacks against our nation on 9/11. While this does not mean the end of our fight against global terrorism, bin Laden's death is a major blow to al-Qaeda and the terrorist organizations he financed."
In a Monday conference call, Blunt praised the president for sending Special Forces into bin Laden's Pakistani compound, rather than conducting a bombing raid.