How to celebrate Osama’s death

May 06, 12 How to celebrate Osama’s death

The night Osama bin Laden’s death was announced (2 May 2011), I was nearing the end of my exchange programme in Washington DC. Because I lived a short 20 minute walk away from the White House, a group of us decided to become a part of history and see what was happening down the road. It seemed that everyone in the area had the exact same idea as within minutes, before Barack Obama could even finish his national security speech, thousands of people had gathered around Pennsylvania Avenue. Students made up the majority of the crowd who saw the announcement as a good reason to drink in public, climb up camera poles, chant “USA” and even attempt to scale the gates of the most famous residence in town. Needless to say, there were more snipers on top of the White House than usual that night. I tried to capture the atmosphere with this video.