President Obama vistis ground zero, speaks with 9/11 survivors and families
Online Staff Report
President Barack Obama delivered a sobering speech at New York City’s ground zero Thursday, adding slight closure for thousands of families who lost loves ones at the hands of Osama bin Laden-led extremist soldiers.
Obama laid a wreath on the site where the World Trade Center’s twin towers stood before two hijacked jets took the buildings down on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
“When we say we will never forget,” Obama said, “we mean what we say.”
The president shook the hands of more than 50 family members of those killed in the attack, while dozens of New York firefighters and police officers looked on.
Obama also spoke to officers at a lower Manhattan police station, saying America will never forget the officers who risked and gave their lives during the attacks.
Former President George W. Bush, who was making a speech to elementary school children in Florida when the World Trade Center and Pentagon were hit almost 10 years ago, was invited to join Obama today for the ceremony but he declined.
Osama bin Laden, after a decade as the world’s most wanted fugitive, was killed in a CIA-leg Navy SEAL mission in Pakistan last Sunday. The Al Qaeda mastermind’s body was later identified by DNA tests before it was dumped somewhere in the North Arabian Sea Monday, May 2.
As of this report, only faked photos of bin Laden’s body have surfaced, however, video footage of the compound where he was hiding has been released. Several memebers of bin Laden’s family, who reportedly witnessed him be shot by members of SEAL Team 6, have been cooperating with intelligence authorities.
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