The top state official in Iowa today says it is a day to celebrate because “justice has been served.” Governor Terry Branstad is out-of-state and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds briefed reporters this morning at the statehouse, saying there’s been no move from Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management to go on higher alert because of Osama bin Laden’s death.
“Just like they would on any other day, they are on top of the situation, will continue to be on top of the situation,” Reynolds said. “and would alert us to any changes or any additional needs that would have to take place.” Reynolds calls bin Laden’s death a “great day” for America.
“It really is heartwarming this morning as I saw the patriotism all across this nation where individuals gathered on the street to say, ‘U.S.A.! U.S.A.!’ or to say the Pledge of Allegiance or to sing The Star Spangled Banner,” Reynolds said. “And I’m very proud of our president and of the CIA and for the men and women that are on the line, fighting for our freedoms, and especially the nearly 2,800 National Guard men and women who are serving our state overseas.”
Reynolds told reporters she hopes bin Laden’s death “brings some closure” to the families of those who died on the attacks of September 11th, 2001.