“The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done,” Bush added.
Clinton called it “a profoundly important moment.”
Before Obama made his announcement, Vice President Joseph Biden spoke with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Armed Services ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), according to a White House official.
Biden watched Obama’s late-night speech from the East Room of the White House. Also there were Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA and the president’s choice to be the next Defense secretary; and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.