WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said he hopes that in Osama bin Laden’s last moments, the master terrorist understood that the U.S. had come for him to avenge the deaths of 3,000 people on September 11, 2001.
Obama and key members of his inner circle spoke to CNN’s Peter Bergen about the raid that killed the mastermind of the attacks for the “Anderson Cooper 360°” special on Monday at 8 p.m. ET: “‘We Got Him’: President Obama, Bin Laden and the Future of the War on Terror.” Bergen’s exclusive interview marks the first time Obama has sat down with a journalist in the Situation Room.
Bergen notes that “the last person that bin Laden saw on Earth was an American.”
Obama responds, saying, “and hopefully, at that moment, he understood that the American people hadn’t forgotten the some 3,000 people who he killed.”
Obama’s administration has pointed to the raid as evidence that despite the President’s caution about foreign engagement, he isn’t loathe to act forcefully on behalf of American interests and pursue aggressive action against terrorists.