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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Obama didn't forget 9/11 ground zero..

The president closed his eyes and clasped his hands at the outdoor memorial where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once dominated the Manhattan skyline. He shook hands with 9/11 family members and others dressed in black at the site where the skyscrapers were brought down by planes commandeered by bin Laden's followers. Nearly 3,000 people were killed.
The president met privately at the memorial site with about 60 family members from various 9/11 organizations.
Earlier, the president visited the firefighters and police officers whose response to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, turned them into heroes and symbols of national resolve, but also cost them heavy casualties on that horrific day.
"This is a symbolic site of the extraordinary sacrifice that was made on that terrible day," the president said Thursday at Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9. The firehouse in New York's theater district lost 15 firefighters on Sept. 11, 2001.
At the First Precinct police station in lower Manhattan, the first on the scene on Sept. 11, Obama alluded to bin Laden's killing and said of those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks, `'We keep them in our hearts. We haven't forgotten."
The president's visits with police and firefighters were upbeat, but overall the day did not have a celebratory feel despite the success of the mission to get bin Laden. The mood at ground zero was somber, even sad, as the president stood where the towers had been, seeing the faces of the children who lost parents and adults who lost spouses. As Obama bowed his head, a jetliner screamed by far overhead on a blue-sky day.
Obama never mentioned bin Laden's name in his brief remarks to firefighters and police.
"What happened on Sunday because
To those who keep on doubting, Obama said, "You will not see bin Laden walking on this earth again."
The president sought to handle the moment without being seen as overly celebrating bin Laden's death or aiming to boost his own standing.
Al-Qaida terrorists hijacked jets and flew two of them into the World Trade Center's towers. Both buildings collapsed, trapping thousands inside and also claiming the lives of firefighters and others who had rushed to help. A third plane slammed into the Pentagon. Officials have speculated that a fourth plane had been heading for the U.S. Capitol or perhaps even the White House when it crashed after passengers fought back in Pennsylvania.

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