Obama hails Bin Laden SEALs flag as symbol of unity

By AFP
Published: January 25, 2012

US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on January 24, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama Tuesday held up the flag of the Navy SEAL team which carried out the mission to eliminate Osama bin Laden as a symbol of the need for America to unite in face of challenges.

Calling the flag “one of my proudest possessions,” Obama told US lawmakers in his annual State of the Union address that it bears the names of all the men who carried out the daring raid commando raid deep inside Pakistan on May 2.

“Some may be Democrats. Some may be Republicans. But that doesn’t matter. Just like it didn’t matter that day in the Situation room,” said Obama, whose agenda has been stymied by battles with Republican congressional foes.

“All that mattered that day was the mission. No-one thought about politics,” he said, pointing out how he watched the raid unfold alongside then defense secretary Robert Gates, who served under former president George W Bush, as well as his former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The SEAL team slipped into Pakistan by helicopter and landed in Bin Laden’s walled compound in Abbottabad, storming the house and killing the al Qaeda leader blamed for ordering the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

“Each time I look at that flag, I’m reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those fifty stars and those thirteen stripes. No-one built this country on their own,” Obama said.

“This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we worked as a team. This nation is great because we get each others’ backs. And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great, no mission too hard.”

The annual address this year effectively launches Obama’s campaign for re-election in the November polls, as he sought to tout his credentials as the nation’s commander-in-chief.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Khurram Mansoor
    Jan 25, 2012 - 12:29PM

    Unity is thekey to success and eventual pride of any nation. If Paksitanis also learn it. We will not be facing embarassing time and again.

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  • Vigilant
    Jan 25, 2012 - 4:09PM

    I donot know what type of daring it is……to kill a unarmed & unprotected Man……& slipping deep inside Pakistan for Americans is daily routine

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jan 25, 2012 - 7:35PM

    remember thousands of innocent iraqis too.

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  • carl nuggets
    Jan 25, 2012 - 8:51PM

    September 11, 2011 attacks?….lol…typo! Recommend

  • Skatedagreat
    Jan 25, 2012 - 10:49PM

    How many unarmed, unprotected Americans died on 9/11?Recommend

  • Mj
    Jan 25, 2012 - 11:19PM

    @Ali Tanoli:
    Actually, out of the 100,000 or so Iraqis how have dies, 80-90% of them were victims of civil war and religious genocide between shia and sunni forces.

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  • Cautious
    Jan 26, 2012 - 12:04AM

    The USA isn’t going to forget OBL nor Abbottabad — regardless of whether Pakistan has decided to come down with a convenient case of mass selective amnesia.

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  • Pakiman,
    Jan 26, 2012 - 12:58AM

    @skatedagreat
    Six Decades and still palestine not solved and israel son of america get full support of killing palestinians.??Recommend

  • Pakiman,
    Jan 26, 2012 - 1:04AM

    @MJ
    Reason behind.???

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  • John B
    Jan 26, 2012 - 1:41AM

    Obama also mentioned Pakistan, though it was not flattering to PAK.

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