Osama bin Laden death: "Reminds us ... September 11 affected everybody"
At Portfolio Coffeehouse in Long Beach, several late-night coffee drinkers were monitoring the news on their laptops on Facebook, Twitter and news sites.
Ryan Consart, 22, said he was at home when he saw the news on Twitter and immediately turned on his TV. When President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden is dead, he heard shouts of joy around his home.
Consart said he was moved by the president's talk of signing letters to the families of those who have died in the two wars that ensued after 9/11.
"It kind of reminds us of how Sept. 11 affected everybody," said Consart, who was in eighth grade when the attacks happened. "I was too young to understand exactly what had happened ... but Osama bin Laden was the face that everybody put to who was behind the attacks."
Jahn Vahidov, 34, of San Diego, was a voice of skepticism among celebrants. "I don't think transnational terrorism goes away when one man dies," he said.
-- Paloma Esquivel in Long Beach