President Obama On Gaddafi’s Death: “This Is A Momentous Day In The History Of Libya”

Just hours after Moammar Gaddafi was confirmed dead, President Obama emerged from the White House and gave a short statement on the day’s events. He praised the U.S. troops (pointing out that this was achieved without putt a single U.S. service member on the ground), the NATO forces who halted Gaddafi’s march on the cities of Libya, and the people of Libya, for standing up to the regime.

“One year ago, the notion of a free Libya seemed impossible,” Obama said. “But then the Libyan people rose up and demanded their rights.”

It was a somewhat milquetoast press conference, with no questions taken and no new details on how everything played out. Obama essentially doled out thanks and pressed how big of a day this would be for the African nation. “This is a momentous day in the history of Libya,” Obama said. “The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted.”

Obama also reminded the Libyan people that they now have a great responsibility — to build, “an inclusive and democratic,” nation, one which, “stands as the ultimate rebuke to Gaddafi’s dictatorship.”

Watch the video of the press conference below, courtesy of CNN:

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