Florida politicians exhaulted in President Barack Obama's announcement tonight that 911 mastermind Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces today in Pakistan.
"The noose has been tightening for months because of our intelligence operations. And we've finally cut off the head of the snake," said Florida Sen. Bill Nelson. "This is a historic day, and we thank the men and women who carried out this operation."
"This moment will forever be remembered by each one of us as the day justice for that tragedy was finally served," said Sen. Marco Rubio. ""I congratulate our intelligence and military communities on this monumental operation. Their persistence and relentlessness in tracking Osama Bin Laden down have finally brought us this long awaited event. While this diabolical terrorist's death at America's hands is a moment to celebrate, we must never forget the serious terrorist threats that remain and will demand an enduring vigilance."
Neither senator mentioned Obama, but Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz -- the incoming chief of the Democratic party -- suggested he should get some credit: "This terrible chapter in American history will never be forgotten, but tonight we can go to sleep knowing that no other innocent life will be taken by this terrorist," she said.
"I cannot thank enough the men and women of our armed forces and intelligence agencies, who bravely fought, and continue to fight, to protect all Americans from terrorism. The fight has been long, but tonight, because of you, America rid the world of a mass murderer.
"President Obama's leadership in making the targeting of Osama Bin Laden our highest military and intelligence priority, warrants our gratitude. He deserves credit for refocusing U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan to root out terrorism. I doubt very seriously that finding and killing Osama Bin Laden would have been possible if we had not done so."