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May112011

Obama: Bin Laden's Death 'Should Inspire Us to Finish What We Started'

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- At the first of two fundraisers in Austin, Texas Tuesday night, President Obama stuck largely to his standard remarks for these types of events but was able to add a few references to recent news that that got the crowd revved up.

Going through a laundry list of legislative accomplishments over the past two and a half years, the president noted that the nation has made “incredible progress.”

“Sometimes folks forget,” he said.  "Progress shouldn’t make us complacent but should remind us that change is possible.”

A man in the audience then shouted out, “Thank you for getting Bin Laden!”

“Well, there you go -- case in point,” the president said as the crowd roared its approval.  “It should inspire us to finish what we started.”

Obama later brought up bin Laden’s death, again to great applause.

“Because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation’s uniform and the outstanding work of the intelligence agencies, Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States of America,” he said.

The president also highlighted the news that General Motors will add 4,000 American jobs.  About half of those jobs will be filled by some of the 2,000 GM workers who were recently let go from the company.

Approximately 750 people attended the first event at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, with tickets starting at $44 and going to up the legal maximum limit of $35,800.  The second event was a dinner for about 50 people at a private residence in Austin.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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