ByÂ Kara Rowland-The Washington Times
NEW YORK â€” Visiting New York just days after the mastermind of the 2001 attack on the city was killed U.S. special forces, PresidentÂ Obamaon Thursday told police and firefighters the terroristâ€™s death is proof that American justice has a long reach.
In surprise visits to the â€œPride of Midtownâ€ firehouse, which lost 15 men in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks nearly a decade ago, and then later at the 1stÂ Precinct police station in Lower Manhattan,Â Mr. Obama said the Navy SEALs who killedÂ Osama bin Laden Sunday inÂ Pakistan did it â€œin the name of your brothers that were lost.â€
â€œWhat 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,â€ the president told the firefighters.
He also visited with family members of victims of the attack and laid a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero. Along the roads his motorcade was greeted by cheering crowds.
â€œA lot of you continue to do extraordinarily courageous acts without a lot of fanfare,â€ he said at the police station. â€œAnd I know I speak for the military teams, the intelligence teams that helped getÂ 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.â€
The president was accompanied by former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, the Republican mayor at the time of the attacks who won widespread praise for his handling of the aftermath.
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