ABC's Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:
With former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on his side, President Obama visited a firehouse in midtown Manhattan that lost 15 firefighters during September 11th.
“This is a symbolic site of the extraordinary sacrifice that was made on that terrible day almost 10 years ago,” the president said to firemen dressed blue uniforms stood in front of a shiny, red fire truck, “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.”
The president said that Sunday’s missionby Navy SEALs in Afghanistan, which led to the death of Osama bin Laden, came about because of the “courage of our military and the outstanding work of our intelligence,” and transcended politics or administrations.
“(It) 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.”
The president said the team who went into Pakistan was doing it in part because of the sacrifices made in the US.
“They were doing it in the name of your brothers that were lost," he told the fire fighters.
The president took a brief pause at a wall commemorating those lost on 9/11. It included a bronze memorial plaque that lists the 15 names for those lost from the firehouse on September 11th and reads, "Pride of Midtown Engine 54 Ladder 4 Battalion."
Mr. Obama then had private lunch with Giuliani and a dozen rank and file firefighters, the Fire Commissioner, and Chief of the Department.
“The main reason I came here is I hear the food is pretty good,” he joked.
– Sunlen Miller