Obama vows "we remember, we rebuild" at World Trade Center

NEW YORK Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:46pm EDT

1 of 2. U.S. President Barack Obama talks with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (C) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as he tours the One World Trade Center building which is under construction, in New York June 14, 2012.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday toured the soaring skyscraper being built to replace the twin towers destroyed on September 11, 2001, in a poignant visit to mark a new chapter of recovery from the traumatic attack.

Inscribing one of the steel beams that will be part of the building's framework, Obama wrote: "We remember, we rebuild, we come back stronger!" followed by his signature.

Obama has touted the killing of Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader behind the attacks on the United States, as one of his top national security achievements and refers to it often as he campaigns for re-election.

The president and first lady looked down on the 9/11 memorial from One World Trade Center's 22nd floor, which is still under construction, after walking beneath bare pipes illuminated by light bulbs strung from the unfinished ceiling.

"We couldn't be prouder of you guys. This is what the American spirit is all about," Obama told construction workers after a brief outdoor ceremony in the shadow of the building, which is scheduled to be completed in late 2013.

Obama visited the site last September to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 2001 attacks by al Qaeda that killed nearly 3,000 people and destroyed the landmark twin towers.

In April, One World Trade Center surpassed the Empire State Building as New York's tallest structure, with a horizontal beam laid at a height of 1,270 feet.

When completed, it will rise 1,776 feet to the tip of its antenna, taller than the World Trade Center towers. Construction began six years ago on the edifice, which was formerly called the Freedom Tower.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called the building "a symbol of the enduring spirit of the city and state of New York."

(Reporting By Alister Bull; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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Comments (16)
l.conley wrote:
The Obama vows he had student loan debts, he didn’t, he lied about having student loan debts, they didn’t have any, it is a corruption. It was exposed by Barack Hussein Obama II, himself at, At LinkedIn Town Hall, September 26th, 2011, “Would you please raise my taxes?”, Obama replied that him nor his wife had any student loan debts to pay, as other people paid for his and Michelle’s education.

Obama and Michelle both asked America to vote for Obama/Biden in Election 2008 with “don’t you want a President like you who had STUDENT LOAN debts to pay”; The Obama’s tax returns from 2000-2010 do show that Obama didn’t claim student loan debts.

(2:32) into this video Obama At LinkedIn Town Hall, September 26th, 201[1], Obama “I went to school on scholarships and Michelle’s father paid for her education” – http://www.therightscoop.com/question-at-obama-town-hall-would-you-please-raise-my-taxes/

(00:39:07) Full length video: Live from Mountain View: LinkedIn Town Hall with President Obama. Obama “I went to school on scholarships and Michelle’s father paid for her education”. http://blog.linkedin.com/2011/09/26/obama-town-hall-live/

Obama/Biden Election 2008, Michelle Obama claims her and Barack have empathy, her and Barack took out student loans and just paid them off 3 years ago – Michelle Obama speech Delaware part3 http://youtu.be/QT8pdbJB8bk

Barack Obama at MTV – Obama, “Look, this I can relate to. I went to college having to take out student loans, went to law school having to take out student loans. Michelle took out student loans.” – Barack Obama Answers Your Questions — Check Out The Full Interview Here! – Music, Celebrity, Artist… http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1598409/barack-obama-answers-your-questions.jhtml

Jun 14, 2012 8:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
l.conley wrote:
Obama vows he had student loan debts, he didn’t, he lied about having student loan debts, TXE Obamas didn’t have any student loan debts, it is a corruption. It was exposed by Barack Hussein Obama II, himself at, At LinkedIn Town Hall, September 26th, 2011, “Would you please raise my taxes?”, Obama replied that him nor his wife had any student loan debts to pay, as other people paid for his and Michelle’s education.

Obama and Michelle both asked America to vote for Obama/Biden in Election 2008 with “don’t you want a President like you who had STUDENT LOAN debts to pay”; The Obama’s tax returns from 2000-2010 do show that Obama didn’t claim student loan debts.

(2:32) into this video Obama At LinkedIn Town Hall, September 26th, 201[1], Obama “I went to school on scholarships and Michelle’s father paid for her education” – http://www.therightscoop.com/question-at-obama-town-hall-would-you-please-raise-my-taxes/

(00:39:07) Full length video: Live from Mountain View: LinkedIn Town Hall with President Obama. Obama “I went to school on scholarships and Michelle’s father paid for her education”. http://blog.linkedin.com/2011/09/26/obama-town-hall-live/

Obama/Biden Election 2008, Michelle Obama claims her and Barack have empathy, her and Barack took out student loans and just paid them off 3 years ago – Michelle Obama speech Delaware part3 http://youtu.be/QT8pdbJB8bk

Barack Obama at MTV – Obama, “Look, this I can relate to. I went to college having to take out student loans, went to law school having to take out student loans. Michelle took out student loans.” – Barack Obama Answers Your Questions — Check Out The Full Interview Here! – Music, Celebrity, Artist… http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1598409/barack-obama-answers-your-questions.jhtml

Jun 14, 2012 8:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LenicGB wrote:
l.conley – the student loan debt issue is still not resolved, so there’s not any lying going on. These things take time, have patience.

I’m glad the new WTC building is nearing completion, I plan on visiting the memorial and the new building when its done.

Jun 14, 2012 9:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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