POLITICO – Bush aides: Sense of elation, closure

POLITICO reporter Jeanne Cummings spoke with several former Bush 43 staff members to get reaction to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Her story includes thoughts from Karl Rove, Karen Hughes, Stephen Hadley and me. Below are my comments. You can see the whole story here.

And Scott Stanzel, a former press officer, was in Bluffton, S.C., watching a baseball game on ESPN when he spotted a tweet from Keith Urbahn, the former chief of staff to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, before the president’s announcement that read: “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama bin Laden. Hot damn.”

Stanzel was visiting with his girlfriend Priscilla Jones, who also worked in the Bush White House, as he began pouring over his tweets and emails looking for confirmation that the Bush teams’ shared ordeal was over.

“It was a constant focus of President Bush’s administration and it was something that we thought about just about every day whether it was in the first term or up until the last day of the White House in January 2009,” he said.

“Osama bin Laden is just one person in an organization committed to killing innocent people. However, bringing him to justice was very symbolic for America and an important act that, hopefully, will bring some peace to the families of the victims,” he added.

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