Matt Bissonnette, member of the the Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden and author of the new book “No Easy Day,” appeared on “60 Minutes” last night for his first TV interview recounting the story.
Bissonnette’s own story is layered in some controversy: he wrote “No Easy Day” under the pseudonym Mark Owen and his identity was outed by Fox News. The Pentagon takes umbrage with his book, saying it discloses classified information. And having his actual identity public could place him in danger. (“The enemy has a long memory,” he says.)
All of which led Bissonnette to appear on “60 Minutes” in disguise, with a make-up team spending 4 hours altering his appearance and CBS providing voice-altering technology to mask his voice.
But if all the intrigue makes Bissonnette’s life sound like the next installment in the Bourne franchise, he shared some details about the day-to-day experience of a Navy SEAL that sounds just as banal as life for the rest of us.
For instance: What does a special ops team member do to celebrate upon returning home after ridding the world of its top terrorist? Hit up Taco Bell.
They told us we had a couple days off. And I grabbed my keys, went and got in my truck and, you know, I put it in the book. But, you know, I hit Taco Bell on the way home, hit the drive-thru, a couple tacos. And, you know, ate it in my car right there and then drove home.
Scott Pelley: You were part of the team that killed Osama bin Laden and the first thing you do when you get back to the United States is go to Taco Bell?
Two tacos and a bean burrito. It’s routine.
I guess in the lore of Americana that’s what heroes are all about—they do the job, and don’t even ask for a big fancy steak dinner in return. But seriously—dude didn’t even get a Gordita. We hope he at least treated himself to Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme.
Watch the full interview below.