"As a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I want to echo President Obama's comments tonight. Our Intelligence Community and our military personnel deserve our gratitude for their tireless efforts to never stop looking for Osama bin Laden, the murderous mastermind of September 11. They put their lives on the line for our country every day, and today, all of America can be proud of their commitment and dedication. We will probably never be able to personally thank all who were responsible for ending the reign of terror of bin Laden, but we can celebrate their success and offer our appreciation for the work they do every day to keep America safe."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg (New York City)
"After September 11, 2001, we gave our word as Americans that we would stop at nothing to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. After the contribution of millions, including so many who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, we have kept that word.
"The killing of Osama bin Laden does not lessen the suffering that New Yorkers and Americans experienced at his hands, but it is a critically important victory for our nation - and a tribute to the millions of men and women in our armed forces and elsewhere who have fought so hard for our nation.
"New Yorkers have waited nearly ten years for this news. It is my hope that it will bring some closure and comfort to all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001."