Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
- Albert Camus, French Existential Writer (1913-1960)
For a long time presidents have had the ability to video-conference with their commanders in real time, and you and I can go over to a friend’s house and watch true-to-life action as they conduct an online computer mission in Counter-Strike, but this is probably the first time in history where a president has been able to watch in real time (via camera on one of the SEAL’s helmets?) anything as intense as the commando raid that was launched on bin Laden’s fortress.
WASHINGTON (AP) – From halfway around the world, President Barack Obama and his national security team monitored the strike on Osama bin Laden’s compound in real time, watching and listening to the firefight that killed the terrorist leader.
Gathered in the White House Situation Room, members of the group held their breath and barely spoke as they waited to see whether a carefully crafted yet extremely risky plan would succeed, said White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan. Obama had been playing golf but returned to the White House for the suspenseful watch Sunday.
Look at this photo – they are watching the raid as it’s going down.
Click to expand and just look at the intense looks on Obama’s and Hillary’s faces: