Sunday night, thousands of Americans stood outside the White House gates and cheered as if we had just won an Olympic hockey game.
'"USA!" they chanted. "USA!" They belted out "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America." They waved flags, raised cans of beer and hooted and hollered like the spill-out crowds at sports bars.
From a distance, before I saw any of their faces, the carnival atmosphere struck me as unseemly. Such an undignified response for a country that has endured so much because of an elusive terrorist who hated America.