May 2, 2011

Crowds in DC

Last night after the news was broken about Osama bin Laden's death, Jeff and I decided to go down to the crowds around the White House and document what was going on.

The atmosphere was jubilant, people were chanting, singing, cheering. While a bit disconcerting to see cheering over the death of an individual, I believe the intense emotion many feel understandably turned into this type of reaction - especially in an enormous crowd like gathered last night. Seeing that a man like Osama bin Laden has finally been stopped - a man who brought about the death of so many along with the physical and emotional pain and scarring of countless others - is a very monumental event for many Americans who feel relief that he will be unable to continue to hurt and kill. True, al-Qaida is not dead, but this does send a strong message to them, the American people, and the world. It is obvious that many feel optimistic about a more peaceful world in the future.


VickieLan said...

Your photojournalism is fantastic. :)

Jay, the Dad said...

Simply stunning. I'm glad we were able to publish these on our site. I know you're my daughter, but in my unbiased opinion, you rock!

Kirsti said...

These are amazing photos Linnea. I enjoyed reading your comments as well. It is disconcerting for me also to watch others celebrate the death of another person. Yet it is heartening to see Americans united and displaying patriotism. I'm glad you were there to document it for us.

. said...

Really good photos! Love the first one.

Erik Haneberg said...

Great pictures!

"I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure."
— Mark Twain