Sitting on a chair along with his top national security advisors in the Situation Room, located in the basement of the White House last Sunday afternoon, it was one of the longest 40 minutes of United States President Barack Obama’s life.
In tense-filled moments, Obama and his national security aides held their breath many a times, while they were having real-time access to information of covert military operation in distant Pakistan to kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
“It was the longest 40 minutes of my life with the possible exception of when Sasha got meningitis when she was three months old. It was a very tense situation,” Obama told the 60 Minutes show on CBS News in his first exclusive interview after the death of bin Laden.
Obama said the mood in the Situation Room was tense and he was nervous as the operation went along.
Fifty-four-year-old bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist, was shot dead by US forces in a successful operation in Pakistan’s garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2. Officials say Osama was killed towards the later part of the 40-minute raid by special US forces.