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Photos: America Pounds Beers In Celebration At Ground Zero

Sort of like when that sailor kissed a lady after WWII, yes.
Last night, Americans heard the news about Osama bin Laden and flocked to the site where the World Trade Center once stood. And they arrived on this hallowed ground, they held up signs, tried to get themselves on teevee, and yelled celebratory chants, including “SEND THEM HOME.” But most of all, these people got drunk. And some of them also smoked marijuana. And then Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell opponent Lt. Dan Choi showed up for some reason. Uh, okay! We were there and took some photos of the celebration.

Choi Choi Choi
Here is your editor and Choi. Why exactly was Choi there? We’re not sure. Because there were teevee cameras? He, for one, wasn’t pounding beers, which was strange.

TEABAGGER GO HOME!
Here’s a guy being thrown in the air and… hey, isn’t that a Teabagger flag? Actually, it didn’t seem to be held by a Teabagger, so maybe the Gadsen is finally being reclaimed by the rest of the country?

GET THOSE MEXICAN BEERS AWAY FROM THE AMERICAN CELEBRATION, YOU ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
NYPD was on the perimeter and pretty much letting anything go on in the crowd; thus, everybody had a beer in his or her hand. Even this couple, who were older than most of the crowd.

Yes, Four Loko made it to see the death of Osama. Touching moment.
What was once covered in human remains is now covered in empty beer cans and vomit. Yay? We won? Umm.

Celebrating the freedoms we don't have.
It’s tough to see from the photo, but those are joints. For confirmation, though, you can see that this gentleman on the right is wearing a bath robe.

Upskirt photos.
Some bagpipers played “Amazing Grace.” The crowd dropped their beers and lifted up their cameras.

Oh c'mon, that was so many memes ago.
The one little sign gracing the fence around the WTC site. It couldn’t quite cover up the sight of the giant lot where there once stood two great towers full of people.

She looks scared! Must be a secret Kenyan Muslim too.
This woman was wearing an Obama button. Funny, we didn’t see any Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty campaign gear among the crowd. (He’s getting re-elected, in case you can’t tell.)

Lady, Biden had nothing to do with this.
This woman looked through her clothes, saw the Obama inauguration t-shirt, and thought to herself, “America.”

Are you sure? Have you heard these drunks?
There were some signs! This person wanted everyone to think people were cheering for something other than Bin Laden’s death, even though that’s exactly what they were doing.

That microphone is not exactly canon.
Our verbs are gone, but not forgotten.

Maybe that can be it? Let's stop there?
For those at home following America’s various wars, this man made a handy checklist.

RADIANT!
This blonde (is there any other kind?) Fox News reporter seemed flustered. Maybe it was the Obama poster staring at her?

Those your Corona bottles, bro?
A worker at Ground Zero looks at the crowd through the fence, which was a place where people saw fit to stash their empties. May as well, huh? Seems like a good place to put your trash. Nothing special. Anyway, hooray, death!

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141 comments

  1. MittsHairHelmet

    I bet the V-E and V-J Day celebrations were just as banal as this one, they just became idealized over time.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      Actually, the V-J riot in San Francisco was one of the worst civil disturbances in the history of The City – and that is saying something.

      Look it up – it was a real mess. Worse, even, then when the 9'ers beat the Cowboys…

    2. L188188

      Except they had that guy kissing that girl in Times Square – and that made the whole damn thing "iconic".

  2. DashboardBuddha

    Also…there the fuck did that guy get the Uncle Sam hat? Had he been holding on to it all these years in the hopeful expectation that he might get to celebrate the end of evil?

  3. memzilla

    How many times will Faux News say "But he got Bin Laden." I'm guessing… erm… zero?

      1. Serolf_Divad

        I've seen more pctures of G.W. Bush on the Fox News wesite today than of barack Obama.

      2. CapeClod

        They are also working on a ways to make this fit into their "Democrats want the terrorists to win" meme.

        1. horsedreamer_1

          Clearly, Obama only had al-Qaeda's financier taken out due to him being in support of a competing Caliphate.

          The Worldwide Dominion of Ibn al-Barack al-Obama shall not be stopped.

    1. beer4prez

      Because the people in the towers weren't mass-murderers? So it's very different.

  4. JustPixelz

    Yes, we are different. The people in the towers were innocents, deliberately targeted by bin Laden because of their innocence. That is the heart of terrorism. Osama bin Laden happily took credit for that and other attacks. He took credit and now paid for it.

    1. DashboardBuddha

      Had OBL been capture/killed back in 2002 when we almost had him, but dropped the ball, then yah, beers all around. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I'm not glad he's dead. Actually, I got a chuckle thinking about him waking up and NOT being surrounded by 72 virgins. But now, after all of this time, partying feels unseemly…especially in the light of how 911 was ultimately used as the excuse for invading Iraq.

      1. finallyhappy

        911 was used by GWB to invade Iraq- so are you waiting for GWB's death for the beers? I didn't feel like celebrating because yeah, ok, OBL is dead but there are plenty more out there ready to do his will/.

  5. ManchuCandidate

    Most of these photos are great except one… the dipshit waving the Sadman, OBL and Gadaffi duck sign one sets me off.

    /face palm/

    Some people are just fucking stupid. Maybe if a significant number of US Americans weren't too fucking stupid/brainwashed/ignorant to realize the Sad man had nothing to with 9/11 you might have caught that motherfucker OBL a lot sooner and saved yourselves a lot of fucking grief in Iraqinam. Doesn't mean the Sad Man wasn't a shit, he was.

    1. Arken

      I wouldn't be surprised based on his physical appearance if he was a Libyan and thus had a personal stake in the issue.

    1. DashboardBuddha

      Glad he's dead? Yes. But glad in the way that I'm glad when the old Nazi prison guards are finally brought to justice. Does this have any immediate effect on my life (other than hoping that the families of the victims find some peace)? No. I wish we could have nailed him back in 2002, but we were too distracted with starting another war to really care.

  6. freakishlywrong

    Either my internet is vomiting up patriotic beer, or these pics are fucking huge, Jack

    1. MissTaken

      Huge, yet they still hold on to the tradition of grainy Wonkett editor pics. So glad some things never change.

  7. CrunchyKnee

    Nothing says USA! USA! USA! better than a guy smoking weed in his bath robe in public.

  8. arihaya

    congrats Barry,,

    but in 2050s Texas history book may say that it was Bush that killed Osama

    1. Blendergoathead

      Actually, Saint Ronald Reagen killed Osama. Get your facts straight, people!

    2. natoslug

      2050? I'm betting they're quickly preparing the 2012 edition to reflect Bush's great victory over terrorism and single-handed slaying of OBL.

  9. SaintRond

    We are idiots. But we're protected idiots now. And we can be proud that we have embarked on this sacred mission to make the world safe for idiots everywhere.

    Now everyone can go back to their job in life, which is laying little eggie weggies for the Koch brothers and their friends.

  10. Fare la Volpe

    This blonde Fox News reporter seemed flustered. Maybe it was the Obama poster staring at her?

    Sometimes a brotha gotta ask, "Where da white women at?"

    Guess he found one.

    1. HateMachine

      She's flustered, but secretly she wants the Obama poster to bust up her chiffarobe.

  11. Serolf_Divad

    Hey, that older couple is holding a beer called "Negra Modelo…" a subtle tribute to our beloved Commander in Chief in his moment of triumph? (Or maybe his wife Michelle).

  12. Arken

    You're right. Being happy about killing thousands of innocent people is exactly the same as being happy that the man behind those killings has himself been killed.

  13. angryclownspawn

    Cause everybody knows the really great countries assassinate their enemies and then let loose with the street parties.

    1. natoslug

      That's called American Exceptionalism. What, were you expecting an advancing of peace and knowledge and an adherence to the rule of law? We brought the world Guantanamo Bay and the Patriot Act, so it's fitting that today we are all Toby Keith.

      But yeah, it'd be nice it maybe now we could start working on either admitting it's all about resources or bringing troops home.

  14. BaldarTFlagass

    That first pic reminds me, I need to send my latest DVD of "Girls Gone Wild" back to Netflix.

  15. Fare la Volpe

    Buddha, I respect your opinion, but there is a massive difference between cheering the death of innocent people and cheering the death of a man who terrorized your nation. If the folks in the Middle East cheer the death of our war criminal ex-Pres or VP, it might be equivalent. But cheering the deaths of innocents in the WTC is nothing like this. Not at all.

    1. DashboardBuddha

      Thank you. You have a point. Perhaps I'm putting too much of a burden on context, but when I think how 911 was used as excuse to invade Iraq, I feel more sadness than celebration.

        1. DashboardBuddha

          Always ;-)

          High school story: A young woman who would eventually become a very good friend had a note on her binder that said, "Quick, reassuring hugs: 25 cents" I asked how much the rest was and she said, "You can't afford it". Even though I was the one shot down, I have to admit it was inspired.

      1. anniegetyerfun

        No, I'm with you here. I happen to have met some Muslims who had expressed EXTREME happiness at 9/11, and when I told them to suck a bag of dicks, they said, "But it was so good, to see the US pay for all the harm it has caused the world." Glossing over that (because what the fuck can I say?), I said, "Muslims DIED in the WTC." And they said, "Sure, RICH Muslims who were helping the US continue behaving like an asshole." And I pointed out that OBL was rich, but they weren't proud of him per se; they were just so happy that US was getting what they saw as our due.

        OBVIOUSLY, the people who died on 9/11 weren't responsible for the US govt's overseas military policy and covert actions for the past hundred-odd years, but the Afghanis who are routinely blasted apart in US bombing raids aren't always Al Qaeda members, either. Both sides see the overall picture – justice being meted out on a country that deserves it. But the truth is, of course, much more nuanced and painful than that.

        Yes, OBL wanted to kill innocents – he loved the idea of innocent American blood being spilled. But he saw it as part of a bigger picture in which HIS idea of utopia was spread but defeating the US overall. How different is his vision from the one we imposed on Iraq, where hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the name of, what? Democracy?

    2. CookiE_MonstA

      The difference is only which side are you on when the cheering starts. I am not altogether on anyone's side so, I don't cheer.

  16. LabRodent

    Congrats President Obama on the OBL killing but that does not change the fact that you are still BLACK signed THE TEA PARTY.

    1. calibrit

      We are aware that you happen to be the traitor illegally occupying the Oval Office at the time that our heroic Bush-loving Navy SEALS acting on continuing orders originated by Bush killed bin Laden, but that does not change the fact that you are still BLACK signed THE TEA PARTY.

      There, fixed!

    2. ChapterUndVerse

      Serving the country while black is still offensive to many folk, as you so rightly point out, Sir. Ma'am. Rodent.

  17. GuyClinch

    "Now, normally, I would not comment on something like this, because, obviously, there's a lot of stuff swirling in the press at any given day and, you know, I've got other things to do," – president Obama last week.

    1. HELisforHEL

      Hot damn, Mr. President, this sure as hell was some 'other thing'. Go Barry 2.0, go. Keep hitting them out of the park, please.

  18. arihaya

    do we have response from John Bolton yet?

    bet he said the best follow up after killing OBL is invading Iran

  19. Tundra Grifter

    July 3, 1898: While attempting to escape from the harbor at Santiago de Cuba, Spanish warships were attacked by the US fleet. The cruiser Vizcaya was hit and then driven ashore in the ensuing Battle of Santiago Bay.

    The American sailors began to yell and shout as they watched the vessel burn.

    "Don't cheer, boys" ordered Capt. John Woodward, "the poor devils are dying."

    The older I get, the less there is to cheer about any war.

    1. GOPCrusher

      The first thing I thought of when I heard the news last night, was OK, so which one of the current crop that we helped create, is going to take his place and plan the revenge attack.

  20. Fare la Volpe

    Your head feeling alright, Barb? You were pretty smashed last night, yet amazingly articulate. I'd send you kudos if I wasn't sure the noise would crack your skull open.

    1. Barb

      Thanks Fare! I just ate a cup of Life cereal, ironic, eh? If I don't "yodel groceries" I will still have to do my chores today.

      The NY Times that I got here in Albuquerque didn't mention OBL.

  21. V572..whatever

    They're SEALs, not Seals. Very fussy about it, and you don't want to get catty-wampus with them…

  22. ifthethunderdontgetya

    So Osama is dead at last.

    As are our civil liberties, thousands of Americans (for no reason) in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis (for no reason) in Iraq, and lots of innocent Afghans (for no reason) in Afghanistan.

    USA! USA! USA!
    ~

  23. CrankyLttlCamperette

    Apparently the White House Lawn is clear (well, except for the newscrews) and there was nothing going on on the Hill last night…

  24. neiltheblaze

    What's that FOX reporter doing there? Why – this reaction wasn't even Astroturfed!

  25. EatsBabyDingos

    Gadsen flag was on the neighbor's yard by the bushes. Said "don't pee on me." So I drew a picture of W and HW and put in in my toilet for solidarity, because I like to pee on the bushes.

  26. Terry

    You have to admire the devil-may-care attitude of the two kilted bagpipers. Sitting spreadlegged like that above the crowd, they are pretty much guaranteed to be flashing their junk at a worldwide audience while playing Amazing Grace.

  27. BaldarTFlagass

    Obama should have concluded his announcement last night with "Now watch this drive."

    1. HateMachine

      Oh god, I would have paid any amount of money to have the announcement be Barry standing at the tee in flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt, saying "Oh hey, that bin Laden character? We shot him and threw him in the fucking ocean" then just shrugging, lighting up a cigar and pounding the ball down the fairway.

      End of broadcast, TV cuts back to Celebrity Apprentice.

  28. JoshuaNorton

    Sometime today Barry should step up to the mic and say “I forgot to use these Donald Trump jokes….”

  29. MrFizzy

    Throw back another Binweiser. I guess this made the 12T national debt disappear, eh?

  30. loulouroo

    This makes Obama's comment to Trump about "those are the decisions that would keep me up at night" even more delicious. Turn the knife once it's in, my friend. : )

  31. freakishlywrong

    So. Country healed. Bitter partisanship solved. Medicare? Not to worry, we're all just 'Muricans now, one big loving country. Except..isn't congress back from, (aptly named), recess today? ♪DUM. DUM.♪ DUUUUUUMM.♫♪

    1. proudgrampa

      Will it snow in hell? Will the sun rise in the west? Will the Tea Party stop its ass-hattery? Will Trump drop out of the race and endorse Obama? Will Senator Graham finally admit he's gay?

      1. ArmoredBore

        Well, it's been theorized that the earth's even rotation would break down in the absence of it's moon, which has acted as a stabil-*BRICK*

  32. DaRooster

    Hey! Someone deport those friggin' Messicans drinkin' Modelo…
    Mr. President… build up that wall.

  33. Pragmatist2

    OK, so the Keg Party had a celebration.
    How come the Tea Party didn't?
    Oh, cause the prez is not the white guy, Bush????
    Could that be it?

  34. DashboardBuddha

    "I am also glad he's dead, but "victorious" is not the emotion I am feeling. "

    Well said.

      1. natoslug

        It was my birthday this weekend. I spent it drinking way too much, eating out way too much, and in a hotel with my wife, eating her out almost enough. The only thing that would have made it better is if she weren't currently pissed at the mistress so I could have made the hotel staff even more uncomfortable. I am a strong proponent of no pants.

  35. ttommyunger

    I'm a big fan of teh gheys, but some of them can be such fucking prima donnas. I'm talking to you, Captain Choi, Sir.

  36. widestanceroman

    Am I alone in thinking Obama was uncharacteristically smug (though typically brilliant) at the WHCD? He had to know what was going down within days while speaking, and had to be thinking ,"I've got a secret" in a big way. I'm thinking especially about him taunting Trump's duties like what to do about Gary Busey (sp? who cares, it's f-ing Busey).

  37. bureaucrap

    Poor Lt. Dan Choi. Now that DADT is over, he no longer has any reason to be "famous". I love the fact that he dressed up in full military drag just to stand on the street and chug beers. This was perhaps his last chance for an "expert opinion" op; I'm having fun imagining him wandering up to camera crews and saying, "Please, please, interview me!!!"

    Soon he'll have to get a real job. Walmart is hiring.

  38. chascates

    Some unhappy with the situation:

    Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas administration in Gaza Strip
    We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood.

    Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast
    US and their allies have no more excuse to deploy forces in the Middle East under pretext of fighting terrorism.

  39. fuflans

    i've been getting twinges like that too.

    but then i remember this is a loud american gathering that doesn't involve baggers and i am happy again.

  40. arihaya

    oh please please make this video viral my fellow Wonketteers,

    right wing spins to make it look likes Bush's success make want to vomit

  41. Limeylizzie

    Has anyone heard anythng from the usual suspects, Bolton, Palin, McCain , Trump et al?

  42. AlaskaGrrl

    Nothing says American Exceptionalism like the litter of empty beer cans and cigarette butts. USA! USA!

  43. DashboardBuddha

    The guy with the girl on his shoulders? His girlfriend is an ornithologist, specializing in tropical birds. How do I know? She has a two can.

  44. HateMachine

    Snazzy outfit, can speak in tongues, capable of showing up wherever and whenever…

    He's obviously a wizard.

  45. DarwinianDemon

    This is good news for John McCain! He has a good lead on where to find Osama so he can follow him on to the "gates of hell" *smile*

    Does hell have scooter ramps?

  46. Lost_Teabaggers

    Okay so here's the thing, if you think this celebration is similar to the celebration after 9.11 then I have a couple of points to make. First off, then I guess VE and VJ day celebrations were wrong because it was like, victory in war and stuff. Also, how can you blame and equivocate these people with what the Bush Admin did? Was it NYC's fault George Bush, Dick Cheney et.al. decided to use sadness and insecurity as to exploit for a war that had nothing to do with 9.11 other than the cheap use of said emotions for war? If you say yes to either, there is little I can say to you.

    Also, this is NYC, I think it's appropriate. Now, were this sort of raucus celebration in say, Midland, Texas I'd feel the squick too. NYCer's have been waiting 10 long years to FINALLY see justice done to the guy who killed 3,000 people in this city. I'm sure some of these people knew or were related to those killed way back when…so yeah, like I said…the motives and reasons ARE NOT the same.

  47. Lost_Teabaggers

    Also, it doesn't matter if it's 2002 or 2010, Eichmann wasn't apprehended until the 1960's for his crimes committed 20 years earlier. Getting Bin Laden yesterday is very much the same as when Eichmann was captured, and few people could fault Jewish people for feeling good when that death camp mass murderer WAS CAUGHT. Had UBL not resisted, he would be on his way to trial but he did resist and went down fighting. That his end was violent doesn't make this any less sweet for the people of NYC and I for one will never fault them for celebrating it.

    1. glamourdammerung

      I was actually reminded of Eichmann by this stuff last night myself. Including the dumping of the body (though I am not sure that part is not a rumor at this point).

  48. Jukesgrrl

    Just so those drunk people don't expect us to say, "Thank you for your service."

  49. Biel_ze_Bubba

    The SEALS brought Coronas with them?
    It's that kind of attention to details that marks them as professionals.

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