Note Of Note of the Day: From the Associated Press’ Washington-based Assistant Chief of Bureau for photos, J. David Ake:
A protester handed President Barack Obama a note while shaking hands along a rope line in New Hampshire today. Photographer Charlie Dharapak smartly zoomed in so you can read the note for yourself.
Transcript follows for those who can’t:
Mr. President: Over 4000 peaceful protesters / have been arrested / While banksters continue / to destroy the American economy (with impunity) / You must stop the assault / on our 1st ammendment rights [sic]. / Your silence sends a message / that police brutality is ac(ceptable) / Banks got bailed out. / We got sold out.
Follow Up of the Day: Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril announced a short while ago that MuammarGaddafiwas in fact killed while attempting to flee from anti-loyalist forces flooding into Sirte. The State Department and NATO have yet to independently confirm the claim.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Gaddafi’s convoy was struck with a bomb from a NATO aircraft, causing the deposed leader to flee into a nearby drain where he was eventually captured. NATO has confirmed the airstrike, but said it was targeting pro-Gaddafi forces engaging in military operations and could not confirm Gaddafi’s presence in the convoy.
Gaddafi’s spokesman Moussa Ibrahim was also captured in Sirte, according to a National Transitional Council official, and Gaddafi’s son Mutassim and former defense minister AbuBakrYuniswere both killed. Al Arabiya says it has confirmed reports that Seif al-Islam, another of Gaddafi’s sons, was killed as well.
Questions surrounding the exact nature of Gaddafi’s demise continue to emerge. Though the NTC alleges that the tyrant had succumb to wounds suffered during the attack, just-obtained footage shows Gaddafi alive and mobile in the immediate aftermath of his capture (warning: graphic):
Video of later scenes released by Al Arabiyashows an unresponsiveGaddafi being aggressively manhandled by unidentified men, while footage aired on Al Jazeera shows Gaddafi’s body being shoved around while strewn about on the street.
Global reaction to Gaddafi’s death has been swift. ”This is only the end of the beginning,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Other world leaders such as British PM David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed optimism and hope in their official statements. President Obama is set to address Gaddafi’s death at 2 PM ET from the White House’s Rose Garden.
CBS News aired a behind-the-scenes video from a press interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during which she receives word of Gaddafi’s death via BlackBerry. Her initial reaction was “wow.”