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George W. Bush Describes the Moment Obama Broke the OBL News to Him


"I was eating souffle at Rise Restaurant with Laura and two buddies."

Since the news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed, it seems everyone has been rushing to give their opinion about the news. One notably absent voice, however, has been the man who launched the modern war on terror, former President George W. Bush. Now, he's broken his public silence, and among the things he's revealed is the moment President Obama called Bush with the news.

"I was eating souffle at Rise Restaurant with Laura and two buddies," ABC reports Bush said when asked at an event in Las Vegas what he was doing when he received the call from President Obama.

"I excused myself and went home to take the call," he explained. "Obama simply said 'Osama Bin Laden is dead.'"

He went on to say that Obama described the raid in detail and the decision to pull off the raid. That prompted a simple response from Bush: "Good call."

At the event, a hedge fund conference moderated by CNBC, Bush also offered his thoughts on what bin Laden's death means for the war on terror.

"The guy is dead. That is good," Bush said of bin Laden. "Osama's death is a great victory in the war on terror. He was held up as a leader."

"The intelligence services deserve a lot of credit. They built a mosaic of information, piece by piece," he added, and reports say he claimed no personal credit.

"I met SEAL Team Six in Afghanistan. They are awesome, skilled, talented and brave," he said. "I said, 'I hope you have everything you need. One guy said, 'We need your permission to go into Pakistan and kick ass.'"

Read a full account of Bush's thoughts here.

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