I don't know about you, folks, but this is what I call the essence of leadership: grace under pressure. President Obama is one hell of a Commander-in-Chief, and I, for one, am glad we elected the right man for the job. This is how John Brennan, the President's counterterrorism adviser, described those fateful 40 minutes (that's how long the operation lasted, from start to finish):
This is how they got word the operation was successful. A Navy SEAL sent the coded message to Washington: "Geronimo. EKIA." Geronimo was the name of the operation that dropped two teams of 12 elite SEALS units into the bin Laden compound. EKIA stood for "enemy killed in action."It was probably one of the most anxiety-filled periods of time, I think, in the lives of the people who were assembled here yesterday. The minutes passed like days. And the President was very concerned about the security of our personnel. That was what was on his mind throughout. And we wanted to make sure that we were able to get through this and accomplish the mission. But it was clearly very tense, a lot of people holding their breath. And there was a fair degree of silence as it progressed, as we would get the updates.
BRAVO! Well done, Mr. President. Well done.And when we finally were informed that those individuals who were able to go in that compound and found the individual that they believe was bin Laden, there was a tremendous sigh of relief that what we believed and who we believed was in that compound actually was in that compound and was found. And the President was relieved once we had our people and those remains off target.