WASHINGTON DC (NBC) - A spontaneous show of patriotism erupted outside the White House after the news of Osama Bin Laden's death.
Within an hour of President Obama's announcement hundreds of people formed a crowd alongside the White House gates.
The mob spilled over into Lafayette Square, across from the North Lawn.
The people were waving flags and shouting "U-S-A" and singing the Star Spangled Banner.
A similar impromptu rally took place near Ground Zero in New York.
Hundreds of people gathered around the site where the twin towers fell shortly after the news came out that Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by U.S. Forces Sunday.
At one point, there was an impromptu moment of silence.
Almost 3,000 people were killed by the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.
Bin Laden was considered the mastermind behind the attacks.
College campuses around the country saw some of the biggest overnight celebrations following the news of Bin Laden's death.
Meanwhile, a modest crowd of people gathered outside former President George W. Bush's Texas home after hearing the news.
Just after the attacks of September 11th, President Bush launched the war on terror and vowed that the U.S. would capture or kill Bin Laden.
Late Sunday, almost ten years later, President Obama called his predecessor to deliver the news that the world's most wanted terrorist had been in killed by U.S. forces.
Mr. Bush issued a statement saying Bin Laden's death shows, quote, "no matter how long it takes, justice will be done."
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