Osama bin Laden
Osama bin laden
Historical Figure
Nationality: Saudi Arabia (officially stateless)
Date of Birth: 1957
Date of Death: 2011
Cause of Death: Shot to Death
Religion: Islam
Occupation: Terrorist, Civil engineer
Spouse: Five or six (divorced at least one)
Children: Between 20 and 26
Professional Affiliations: Al-Qaeda
Turtledove Appearances:
Type of Appearance: Direct (as "O")
Spouse: W
Osama bin Laden (10 March 1957 - 2 May 2011) was a member of the prominent Saudi Arabian bin Laden family and the founder of the jihadist organization Al-Qaeda. Although bin Laden was never indicted for the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States, he orally claimed responsibility for them in audio and video tapes that have been made public.

On 2 May 2011, bin Laden was killed in a compound outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad by U.S. Special Forces.

Osama bin Laden in "Bedfellows"Edit

O married his long-term partner, W, in a highly publicized ceremony in at the State House in Boston. Although not an American himself, O seemed generally more educated and better-spoken than his spouse. Both admitted to the press that each would be nothing without the other.

After the ceremony, performed in front of a justice of the peace, O and W shared a public and passionate kiss staged for the media. They then went home to hammer out the honeymoon. O was a little disturbed by W's suggestion that O start wearing a burka when visiting W's family. W then laughed at this little joke.[1]

Literary commentEdit

While neither O nor W are identified by any fuller name, descriptions and contexts make perfectly clear that they are meant to represent Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush.


  1. See, e.g., Atlantis and Other Places, pgs. 69-75, HC.