President Obama Ground Zero Video May 5, 2011: 9-11 Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony

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Watch video of President Barack Obama’s ground zero visit on Thurs. May 5, 2011. He will attend a 9-11 memorial ceremony and lay a wreath in honor of those who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. The event will start at 1:20 p.m. ET. Watch live stream video at that time. Thereafter replay video will be posted.

UPDATE: Full replay video and transcript are below.

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Remarks by the President to Police Officers in New York, New York
First Precinct Police Station

New York, New York

12:38 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Well, listen, everybody, the — I’m not here to make a long speech. I am here basically to shake your hands and just to say how proud I am of all of you.

Obviously we had an important day on Sunday. The reason, what is important, was because it sent a signal around the world that we have never forgotten the extraordinary sacrifices that were made on September 11th. We’ve never forgotten the tragedy. We’ve never forgotten the loss of life. We’ve never forgotten the courage that was shown by the NYPD, by the firefighters, by the first responders.

My understanding is all of you were there that day. And I know you’ll never forget. I know it’s hard to fill the hole that occurred as a consequence of you losing folks who you had worked with for so long. But what, hopefully, this weekend does is it says we keep them in our hearts; we haven’t forgotten; we said what we — we did what we said we were going to do; and that Americans, even in the midst of tragedy, will come together, across the years, across politics, across party, across administrations, to make sure that justice is done.

And so since that time I know a lot of you have probably comforted loved ones of those who were lost. A lot of you have probably looked after kids who grew up without a parent. And a lot of you continue to do extraordinary — extraordinarily courageous acts without a lot of fanfare. What we did on Sunday was directly connected to what you do every single day. And I know I speak for the military teams, the intelligence teams that helped get bin Laden in saying that we know the sacrifices and courage that you show as well, and that you are part of the team that helped us achieve our goal, but also help us keep our citizens safe each and every day.

So I couldn’t be prouder of all of you. I couldn’t be more grateful to you. And I hope that you know that the country will continue to stand behind you going forward, because there are still going to be threats out there and you’re still going to be called on to take courageous actions and to remain vigilant, and you’re going to have an entire country behind you when you do it.

All right? God bless you. (Applause.)

I very much appreciate the fact that Mayor Giuliani is here, because obviously we remember his leadership and courage on that day as well. And it’s a testimony that we may have our differences, politically, in ordinary times, but when it comes to keeping this country safe, we are, first and foremost, Americans.

Thank you, Mr. Mayor.

MAYOR GIULIANI: Thank you very much.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, sir. Appreciate you.

All right, thank you. (Applause.)

12:42 P.M. EDT

Source: White House

Remarks by the President at “Pride of Midtown” Firehouse, Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9
New York, New York

11:29 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Well, listen, the main reason I came here is because I heard the food is pretty good. (Laughter.)

But to the Commissioner, to Mayor Giuliani — who obviously performed heroic acts almost 10 years ago — but most of all, to all of you, I wanted to just come up here to thank you.

This is a symbolic site of the extraordinary sacrifice that was made on that terrible day almost 10 years ago. Obviously we can’t bring back your friends that were lost, and I know that each and every one of you not only grieve for them, but have also over the last 10 years dealt with their family, their children, trying to give them comfort, trying to give them support.

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; that our commitment to making sure that justice is 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 that the perpetrators of that horrible act — that they received justice.

So it’s some comfort, I hope, to all of you to know that when those guys took those extraordinary risks going into Pakistan, that they were doing it in part because of the sacrifices that were made in the States. They were doing it in the name of your brothers that were lost.

And finally, let me just say that, although 9/11 obviously was a high water mark of courage for the New York Fire Department and a symbol of the sacrifice, you guys are making sacrifices every single day. It doesn’t get as much notoriety, it doesn’t get as much attention, but every time you run into a burning building, every time that you are saving lives, you’re making a difference. And that’s part of what makes this city great and that’s part of what makes this country great.

So I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the American people for the sacrifices that you make every single day. And I just want to let you know that you’re always going to have a President and an administration who’s got your back the way you’ve got the backs of the people of New York over these last many years.

So God bless you. God bless the United States of America.

And with that, I’m going to try some of that food. All right? Appreciate you. Thank you. (Applause.)

11:33 A.M. EDT

Source: White House


link for mobile viewing. Live web-feed video above. The event can also be seen on CNN Live starting at 1:20 p.m. ET. / 10:20 a.m. PT (approx). The video stream can also be seen via the White House iPad and iPhone app, a free download.

President Obama will meet with 9-11 families and first responders during his visit to ground zero and Lower Manhattan. He will not be making a public speech during his appearance at the 9/11 National Memorial which is his first as President. He previously made a visit during the 2008 Presidential campaign to mark the September 11 anniversary. Former President George W. Bush was invited but declined the invitation.

Today’s complete itinerary: President Obama official schedule and guidance, May 5, 2011.

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