Supporters Rally at Bush House After Bin Laden Announcement

By Frank Heinz
|  Friday, Sep 2, 2011  |  Updated 12:37 PM CDT
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People have flocked to former President George W. Bush's Dallas home since news of Osama bin Laden's death to leave balloons and thanks.

Randy McIlwain, NBCDFW.com

People have flocked to former President George W. Bush's Dallas home since news of Osama bin Laden's death to leave balloons and thanks.

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Dallas resident David Granger didn't have a U.S. flag on Sept. 11, 2001.  By that afternoon, he had one hanging on his home in Casa Linda Heights.

Granger told NBCDFW that when he heard the news of Osama bin Laden's death Sunday evening, he felt it was time to take down that flag and bring it to the home of former President George W. Bush.

"Osama bin Laden is dead. I had to bring the flag out tonight in front of Bush's house and celebrate justice for the thousands killed, the troops that are dead, the troops that have been fighting for 10 years.  We got him. It's done," Granger said. "I had to be here ...  [along] with the thousands in New York and thousands in D.C. and us here at Bush's house in Dallas."

Granger was joined by an estimated four to five dozen supporters who braved a cold, rainy night to show support at the home of a former U.S. President just minutes after the world learned of the death of Osama bin Laden. Similarly, jubilant crowds numbring in the thousands also gathered outside the White House as well as near Ground Zero in New York City.

On Monday, visitors adorned the gates around Bush's Preston Hollow neighbhorhood with balloons, American flags and thank-you cards.

"I just wanted to come by and see what people were leaving, and it really gave me some chills," John Salamone said.

Bush, who was at his Dallas home Sunday night, released a statement saying he congratulated President Barack Obama after hearing of bin Laden's death and praised U.S. military personnel.

"This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001," Bush said. "The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done."

According to Dallas resident Josh Adelstein, 50-60 people showed up outside Bush's Preston Hollow neighborhood on a cold, rainy night to show support for the former president. Many of those in attendance thought he deserved as much credit as the current president for bin Laden's capture.

"I think it doesn't stop the hurting, it doesn't stop the loss.  But it's justification that something has been done, by America, for what happened on 9/11," said David Granger, Dallas resident. "I think that means the world. I think that says a lot."

"We saw on the news everyone outside the White House chanting and showing their support. I think a lot of credit needs to be given to President Bush," said Adelstein. "There's been a lot of enthusiasm from those that have come."

Some displayed U.S. flags while another taped a sign to Bush's Daria Place gate that said: "President Obama forgot to say ... Thank you, President Bush."

Bush spokesman David Sherzer said Monday the ex-president does not plan any additional statement.

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said the mission has been accomplished to take down the leader of the terrorist network while U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said the death of bin Laden should serve as a reminder to those who target our nation that they will be hunted, found and brought to justice.  Read their complete statements here.

The Associated Press and NBCDFW's Patric Alva and Randy McIlwain contributed to this report.

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