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President Obama's Visit to Ground Zero

By Kelly Thomas - Posted on 06 May 2011

I thought President Obama "kept it classy" in his visit to New York City yesterday, focusing on thanking the victim's families, police officers, and firefighters. A Republican strategist was on MSNBC and said she was very critical of him visiting Ground Zero, but when she followed him around and covered it she completely changed her mind and thought it was very important for him to be there. She also mentioned that many relatives of the victims spoke to her and said the killing of Osama bin Laden brings them closure and comfort and they were very thankful to the president and all those involved. They seemed very happy that he arranged this visit. Here is an article from CNN about his visit and here is a video of the crowds cheering as Obama's motorcade passes and photos from the day.

New York (CNN) -- Six picture frames hang inside a firehouse in Manhattan, each displaying a photograph of a man who died in the aftermath of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

"We always say never forget," said one firefighter from New York's Engine 23.

The grizzled middle-aged man, who did not want to share his name, said President Barack Obama's visit to New York was an acknowledgement of "what we're going through."

After nearly a decade of war prompted by the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the president traveled to Manhattan Thursday to meet with 9/11 survivors and lay a wreath at ground zero, four days after the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

"I wanted to just come up here to thank you," Obama said in prepared remarks, after eating lunch with firefighters and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. "This is a symbolic site of the extraordinary sacrifice that was made on that terrible day almost 10 years ago."

The president visited with members of Fire Engine 54, Battalion Nine, which lost 15 men after hijackers flew two fully-fueled commercial airliners into the World Trade Center's twin towers.

"Obviously we can't bring back your friends that were lost," the president said. "I know that each and every one of you not only grieve for them, but have also over the last 10 years dealt with their family."

The men of Engine 54 left behind 28 children.

Today, President Obama plans to meet with the Navy SEAL heros who were part of the successful mission.

(CNN) -- President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet Friday afternoon with members of the military team responsible for conducting the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, a senior administration official said.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed Friday morning that the president will meet with "special operators" involved in the mission.

The president will meet with members of Navy SEAL Team 6 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Fort Campbell is home to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the group that operated the helicopters used in the raid.

The meeting will be held in private, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

In addition to meeting with SEAL team members, Obama will address troops who have recently returned from combat in Afghanistan.




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