May 5 - Days after the killing of Osama bin Laden, U.S. President Barack Obama traveled to New York City and visited Ground Zero to offer comfort to a city still scarred by the September 11 attacks. Jon Decker reports.
Days after the killing of Osama bin Laden, U.S. President Barack Obama travelled to New York City and visited Ground Zero to offer comfort to a city still scarred by the September 11 attacks. The first stop on his day-trip - the "Pride of Manhattan" Engine 54 firehouse in midtown, which lost 15 members on 9/11 - when firefighters tried to lead occupants of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers to safety. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama saying (English): "What happened on Sunday, because of the courage of our military and the outstanding work of our intelligence, sent a message around the world but also sent a message here, back home. That, when we say we will never forget, we mean what we say. And, our commitment to making sure that justice was done is something that transcended politics, transcended party. It didn't matter which administration was in; it didn't matter who was in charge. We were going to make sure the perpetrators of that horrible act--, that they receive justice." Afterward, the President headed to Lower Manhattan on this bright and sunny day to talk with police and lay a wreath of red, white and blue flowers at Ground Zero to honor those who died. The President's visit to New York was something of a victory lap -- coming three days after U.S. forces killed the mastermind of the September 11th attacks - after a nearly decade-long manhunt. Jon Decker, Reuters.