Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura were out having dinner in Dallas when news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed.
The former first couple were seen eating at Rise No. 1 in the Inwood Village shopping center in Dallas Sunday night. Star-Telegram military reporter Chris Vaughn was there with his family celebrating his wedding anniversary.
Bush appeared relaxed at first. Vaughn's 12-year-old son briefly spoke to the former president and recommended Bush try the lobster souffle.
About 8:20 p.m., however, "it got weird," Vaughn said.
"We were leaving and noticed a couple of SUVs pulled up quickly in front of the restaurant, and the president came out," Vaughn said. "He hurriedly jumped into one of the SUVS, and the caravan of vehicles took off."
The anniversary couple thought it was unusual that the president left his wife behind.
Bush released the following statement to news media later that evening:
"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. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done."
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