Obama Visits First Precinct Police Station: “There Are Still Going To Be Threats Out There”

May 5, 2011 2:29pm

ABC's  Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:

In addition to laying a wreath at the Survivors Tree and having a 27-second moment of silence at Ground Zero President Obama also stopped by the First Precinct Police Station in Lower Manhattan, which houses some of the first officers on the scene on 9/11.

“My understanding is all of you were there that day.  And I know you’ll never forget,” Obama said to a group of the police officers, largely repeating the same message of thanks that he did earlier in the day with a stop at a midtown fire station.

“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.”

The president warned the police officers – this bunch is among the ones that also responded to the attempted bombing of Times Square  – that the threats to the nation are still out there, even with Osama bin Laden gone.

“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.”

With former mayor Giuliani by his side, the president noted that while they have “difference politically, in ordinary times,” when it comes to keeping the country safe, “we are, first and foremost, Americans.”

-Sunlen Miller

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