Obama: People are proud to live in the USA 

President Obama praised the celebration of American patriotism rippling through the country in a speech Monday following the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

“I think we can all agree this is a good day for America,” Obama said during opening remarks at a ceremony in which he awarded two soldiers with presidential medals of honor. “Our country has kept its commitment to see that justice is done. The world is safer, it is a better place, because of the death of Osama bin Laden.”

He praised U.S. troops for their courage on the front lines of American military involvement abroad.

“We may not always know their names, we may not always know their stories, but they are there -- every day, on the front lines of freedom, and we are truly blessed,” he said.

Obama also recognized the citizens who have been celebrating bin Laden's death in the streets outside the White House, at ground zero in New York, and elsewhere in country.

“Today we are reminded that as a nation there’s nothing that we can’t do when we put our shoulders to the wheel, when we work together, when we remember the sense of unity that defines us as Americans,” he said. “We’ve seen that unity and sense of patriotism in the crowds. ... People are proud to live in the United States of America.”

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