Remembering One Hell of a Night – 5.1.11

I remember checking my Twitter feed on the night of May 1, 2011, and catching news that made my heart leap: the White House had called a press conference at 10:30 PM to announce that Osama Bin Laden was dead.

Twitter lit up. There were the normal speculations, but it also appeared that someone on Twitter had a front row seat. It turns out that a software consultant living in Abbottabad, Pakistan named Sohaib Athar had heard helicopters. Over the course of the evening, he ended up live tweeting the SEAL Team Six strike that took out Bin Laden.First Tweets of Bin Laden Raid

Eventually, the President came on TV an hour late, and gave us the official word.

I ended up following the story, and joining in, on Twitter, until the wee hours of the morning. After almost ten years of anguish, after living through the torment of 9/11, it was one hell of a night.


A week or so later, the Stonebridge Group made this print available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Navy SEAL Foundation. My copy hangs proudly on the wall of the Man Cave.

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