Obama: 'One of the world's longest serving dictators is no more'

Standing in the Rose Garden about eight months after he joined NATO in aiding Libyan rebels, Obama offered both a defense of his decision to intervene and a warning about the tough days ahead as Libya begins to rebuild its government.

Obama called Thursday a “momentous day in the history of Libya,” and said the Libyan people “now have a responsibility to build an inclusive, tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke of Gadhafi’s leadership.”

For more on the president's comments read The Hill's 'Obama hails Gadhafi death, says mission to 'soon come to an end.'