Obama in NYC: When We Say We Never Forget, We Mean What We Say

Thursday, May 05, 2011

President Barack Obama placed a wreath at the Ground Zero in solemn remembrance of victims of September 11 (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

President Barack Obama placed a wreath at the Ground Zero in solemn remembrance of victims of September 11 on Thursday after meeting with emergency workers during a visit to New York City to mark the death of Osama bin Laden.

"When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say," Obama told firefighters in Midtown earlier on Thursday.

"It didn't matter which administration was in. It didn't matter who was in charge. We were going to make sure that the perpetrators of that horrible act — that they received justice."


Earlier in the day, the president shared an eggplant parmesan lunch with firefighters at Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9 — known as the "Pride of Midtown" — which lost 15 men on September 11, 2001, the most of any New York firehouse. He was joined by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and was greeted by Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano.

Obama later paid a visit to the First Precinct Police Station, which covers the area around World Trade Center and Ground Zero and whose officers were the first on the scene during September 11. He told police officers there that "there are still going to be threats out there."

Officers in uniform, plainclothes and undercover were deployed on the streets of New York City. There are no specific threats against the city, officials said.

Since bin Laden was killed, the NYPD has been on alert for suspicious packages at landmarks and elsewhere. They have also been working overtime to provide more security in subways during the rush-hours.

With Associated Press

Stephen Nessen/WNYC
hundreds wait for the president's arrival outside Ladder 10 Engine Co. 10 in Lower Manhattan
Stephen Nessen/WNYC
Awaiting Obama
Bob Hennelly/WNYC
Obama lays a wreath at Ground Zero


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Comments [4]

Margaret from UWS

Osama Bin Laden - he is dead!
We have less worry on our heads.
But be not slack to now suppose
we have completely ended all our woes.

Remember we need to try and live
so that we never give
the kind without the same psyche's stand
a reason to abhor our land.

But how, you say, can we do that?
When what it takes to create their spat
is that we live in freedom, and with intelligence
that we've realized ages long gone by;
and they hope for occasion for us to die.

It's a toss-up, to just happen to be born
in situations that foster a lesser norm.
I don't really think it's impossible,
seeing potential through psyche's windowsill,
to feed the sense of hearts and minds,
and foster the advance of kind.

Influence, as best you can,
all you cross paths with, to a man,
and contribute to the greater spiritual gain,
so all can live in a world without pain.

Celebrate, but don't just wait
for others to uphold
the sphere of The Planet's civil psyche -
be responsible for our souls.

May. 06 2011 03:00 PM
Vic from .

One last thought...
Do you remember on 9/11, after the collapse ~ Members of the Bin Laden family were ushered quickly, & quietly, in flight, in secret...
Out of this country >>>
- No Questions Asked.
As I recall from the television news, the Bush family & the Bin Laden family were on friendly terms. They had (have) common interest$.
But at this time, there has been been no mention of the Bin Laden family, wherever they might be...
How did they come to hear of Osama's death ?
The evening news ?

May. 06 2011 01:44 AM
Vic from .

"We Never Forget..." (?)

The destruction of the WTC Twin Towers was a controlled demolition.
These massive structures collapsed to the ground, into their own footprint (??), at near free fall speed. Imagine...

Check out:
THE 9/11 MYSTERIES - Demolitions

"Never Forget..."
We don't even want to address this horrible crime, and expose the bloody criminal$.
This was an inside job. (whatever that means?)

"Never Forget" (?)

How do you keep a straight face ?

May. 05 2011 04:30 PM
geo from downtown

I work downtown and i am excited to know this great President will be in my vicinity..
Love yeah Barry!!!

May. 05 2011 10:14 AM

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