Obama Goes To Ground Zero Following the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama traveled to ground zero Thursday to pay tribute to 9/11 victims. Obama visited with their families, New York City emergency responders — and he laid a wreath where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood. Melissa Block talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro, who traveled with the president.

Obama Goes To Ground Zero

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

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BLOCK: And, Ari, before he went to ground zero, the president first made a stop at a firehouse in midtown Manhattan.

ARI SHAPIRO: As part of that message, he traveled with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican who was mayor of New York during 9/11, and he said that making sure justice was done is something that transcended political party.

BLOCK: And then, the president made his way down to ground zero. Tell us about what happened there.

SHAPIRO: And then after the wreath-laying ceremony, he met in private with other family members of those who died on 9/11.

BLOCK: And, Ari, a carefully calibrated decision not to have the president make a major speech at ground zero, right?

SHAPIRO: President Obama constantly reminded everyone that this is not the end for the people who continue to live without the loved ones who died on that day, and it is not the end for the service members, military officials and others who are on the frontlines continuing to fight every day.

BLOCK: Which brings us to the president's trip tomorrow. He'll be going to speak to troops at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, and there's more news that's coming out today about just what that visit will involve.

SHAPIRO: And President Obama tomorrow is going to speak to some of those people who he is sending into harm's way and explain why he thinks that's the right thing to do.

BLOCK: Ari, thanks very much.

SHAPIRO: You're welcome, Melissa.

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