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President Obama Meets with Firefighters in New York


President Obama:
Well, listen, the main reason I
came here is because I heard the food’s 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. And our commitment to making
sure that justice was 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, you know, 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)

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