Obama on news of bin Laden death: "We got him"

President Barack Obama listens during one in a series of meetings discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) White House/Pete Souza

President Obama in the Situation Room
President Barack Obama listens during one in a series of meetings discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011.
White House/Pete Souza

As information from the operation targeting Osama bin Laden flowed into the Situation Room on Sunday afternoon, President Obama exclaimed "We got him," based on what he was hearing and seeing, according to a senior administration official.

One official heard a commander on scene say "Geronimo E-KIA." Geronimo was the code name for Bin Laden; E-KIA is "enemy killed in action."

Senior officials believe that bin Laden had lived in the compound for more than three years - perhaps since it was built.

In a meeting on March 29, the president took a B-2 bombing operation on the compound off the table and settled on the course of action that was taken. There was one other possible scenario; we don't know what it was.

Special Report: The killing of Osama bin Laden

  • Bill Plante

    Bill Plante is a CBS News Senior White House Correspondent

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