Obama visits ground zero

May 5, 2011 11:32 a.m.  •  0 comments

Marking Osama bin Laden’s death where the terrorist inflicted his greatest damage, President Barack Obama soberly laid a wreath Thursday at New York’s ground zero and declared to the city and the world, “When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say.”

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A crowd waits for President Barack Obama to make an appearance at the fire station for Engine 54 Ladder 4 Battalion 9 in New York Thursday, May 5, 2011. President Obama came to New York to visit with the firefighters and to visit ground zero after announcing that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden on Sunday, May 1.

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President Barack Obama is applauded as he meets with firefighters and first responders at Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9 before visiting the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.

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“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.

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President Barack Obama meets with police officers and first responders at the First Precinct before visiting the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York, Thursday, May 5, 201.

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Ground zero is seen from the south side of the site in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.

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Deanne McDonald, right, of Brooklyn, waves American flags near ground zero, Thursday, May 5, 2011 in New York. President Obama came to New York to visit with the firefighters and to visit ground zero after announcing that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden on Sunday, May 1.

Mary Altaffer Associated Press Link

People line up near ground zero for a glimpse of President Barack Obama, Thursday, May 5, 2011 in New York. President Obama came to New York to visit with the firefighters and to visit ground zero after announcing that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden on Sunday, May 1.

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President Barack Obama walks with, from left, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Port Authority Chairman David Samson, as they arrive for wreath laying ceremony at the World Trade Center site in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.

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The president 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.

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President Barack Obama hugs Diane Wall, wife of Glen James Wall who died at the World Trade Center attack, after laying a wreath at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.

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President Barack Obama, center, shakes hands with first responders as he arrives for a wreath laying ceremony at the September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.

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President Barack Obama and a New York City Fire Dept. lieutenant carry a wreath to be placed at the World Trade Center site, in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.

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President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.

Charles Dharapak Associated Press Link

President Barack Obama, accompanied by a New York City Police officer, New York City Firefighter, and Port Authority officer, observers a moment of silence after placing a wreath at the World Trade Center site, in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.

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New York city police officers detain a man near ground zero as President Obama leaves a ground zero, Thursday, May 5, 2011 in New York. President Obama came to New York to visit with the firefighters and to visit ground zero after announcing that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden on Sunday, May 1.

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