President Obama To Meet 9/11 Families, Lay Wreath At Ground Zero Thursday

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)President Barack Obama was finalizing plans to visit ground zero on Thursday, where he’ll meet with a small, handpicked group of September 11 families at the site.

Obama will also meet with first responders and participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Groun Zero.

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Kurt Horning, of Scotch Plains, N.J., is among those that received an invitation to meet with Obama.

Horning said he intends to tell the president that bin Laden got a better burial than many 9/11 victims.

“He was washed and wrapped and buried at sea after prayers were read and thousands of people from the World Trade Center are in a garbage dump in Staten Island,” Horning, who lost his son in the attacks, said.

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Horning is the co-founder of WTC Families for Proper Burial.

Anthoula Katsimatides, who lost her brother John, also got an invitation and plans to thank the president.

“I think that as the commander in chief we owe him a debt of gratitude,” Katsimatides said.

Mr. Obama will not be joined by his predecessor, President George W. Bush, who declined an invitation and has kept out of the spotlight.

“It certainly brings back memories of that day that I don’t want to remember,” said Annette Fox of Brooklyn.

Retired FDNY firefighter Jim Riches lost his son, Jimmy, who was also a firefighter.

“It just makes me feel better knowing that the man that stood up and killed my son is gone, and has been brought to justice – and that’s it,” Riches told CBS 2’s Jay Dow.

For Riches, the presidential meeting will be a memorable experience, but the former deputy fire chief said nothing – not even bin Laden’s death – will help ease the pain he’s been living since March of 2002. That’s when Riches found his son’s remains, and carried them from the ruins at ground zero.

“There will be no closure for me,” Riches said. “My son’s never going to walk back in the room, and smile, and light up the room.”

Riches said he fully supports the work done by the US Navy SEALs team that killed bin Laden, and that he intends to thank President Obama for green-lighting the mission.

Flag-waving crowds had gathered in Lower Manhattan after the President announced bin Laden’s death late Sunday night.

The observance will unfold against the backdrop of a new, revised narrative of how U.S. Navy SEALs killed the world’s most wanted terrorist, who officials now say was unarmed at the time.

“He was killed in an operation because of the resistance that they met,” said Jay Carney, White House spokesman.

New video of bin Laden’s compound shows a disheveled interior with blood on the floor.

There were several minutes when a visibly tense President Obama watched and waited in real time to hear “Geronimo,” a codename for Bin Laden, was “EKIA” – enemy killed in action.

“I think we always assumed from the beginning that the likelihood was that he was going to be killed,” said CIA Director Leon Panetta.

White House officials said there were no regrets over the secrecy of the mission which did not include briefing Pakistani officials before the raid.

“We make no apologies about that. He was enemy number one for this country and killed many, many innocent civilians. And, no apologies,” Carney said.

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  3. queen mother sylvia jordan says:

    correction at 91 years you sometimes mess up names. The Llindberg baby kidnapper I knew was bruno richard hauptmann not hoffman. please excuse the error of my brsin.

  4. littlestar says:

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  5. littlestar says:

    what are you doing ?

  6. littlestar says:

    Indeed ! ! ! We are lucky to have this man as President ! Good call ! Obama !

  7. queen mother sylvia jordan says:

    Coincidently at 91 years, blind, in a wheelchair, I am traveling to 114 Liberty Street, next to the WTC, with my Veteran and 9/11 responder cousin, Garland Roberts, to give thanks for finally getting Osama Bin Laden and to commemorate where the WTC fell on my godson Wesley Snipes home. Wesley and his family became listed 9/11 survivors and never got anything from the apartment yet US attorneys and IRS researchers put him in jail, keeping Wesley’s 9/11 survivor status and residence from the indicting Florida Grand Jury because it would have caused sympathy for Wesley. They kept secret that they knew that Wesley had lost his money to Starr’s Ponzie schemes and that they had not listened to Wesley’s whisltleblowing to NYC District Attorney’s and IRS agents as far back as 1998, or taken into consideration the collaborating evidence from the late Lois Lane Joan Stanton’s testimony and later Sly Stallone. Had US authorities listened from 1998, there never would have been the financial crisis of 2007 or the Ponzi scheme disasters.

    The US cannot call the kettle black, in reference, to who knew what in Pakistan because as a child, I talked daily to and played with the dog of Hoffman, the Lindberg baby kidnapper as he went back and forth to pick up his beer and newspapers and talked to the police of the local precinct in Brooklyn, New York. Nobody questioned the integrity of the NYPD, after his eventual capture, living next to us and the Police station. A case of living and hiding in plain view in America. Historically people tend to see and don’t see and others suffer the consequences.

    Correct the mistakes of the past. Free 9/11 survivor, Wesley Snipes.

    As a former WWII Buffalo soldier, Chaplain and one of the few surviving HR23 Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Bill, that was killed by the Republican Party and the Tea Party, I can only give pride and thanks to President Obama and all because they got Osama. It heightens my pride in being an African and Native American.

  8. Dale Auburn says:

    Who decided which families get to meet the President? Was it random, or did the Official Spokesperson for All 9/11 Families hand-select them?

    1. Beth Page says:

      It was decided via lottery and monitored by the President of 9/11: Rudolph Giuliani.

  9. Darrel says:

    Obama, almost a black guy, said he had a body, lost it……said he had a video…. lost it…….. so time to spike the football over a guy who died from kidney failure a loooong time ago lol

  10. . says:

    Friday, June 26, 2009
    Obama Bombs Pakistan Funeral Procession
    Pick a war, any war….

    “Pakistani Taliban chief dodged US missile strike, officials say” by Munir Ahmad, Associated Press | June 25, 2009

    ISLAMABAD – The head of Pakistan’s Taliban had joined a funeral procession targeted in a suspected US missile strike, but left before the attack that killed 80 people mourning those struck down by an earlier barrage on a militant training camp, intelligence officials said yesterday.

    Mr. Obama, sir, that is MASS-MURDER and YOU, sir, are a WAR CRIMINAL!!!!!!!!!

    A top Taliban aide denied Baitullah Mehsud was anywhere near the missile strike – among the deadliest in an ongoing campaign – and said all but five of the dead were civilians. The intelligence officials, however, said several senior Taliban militants were killed.

    ABOUT the CIA ASSET Mehsud: He ALREADY DEAD!
    Pakistan Taleban chief Baitullah Mehsud, DIED SIX MONTHS AGO!

    Want to find Mehsud? Good luck!..FROM..http://rockthetruth2.blogspot.com/

  11. . says:

    In a story that is just coming to light on Tuesday, a 61-year old man told an Air France ticket agent at New York’s JFK airport on Friday night that “My name is bin Laden, and I have a bomb in my bag.”

    Of course, it wasn’t actually bin Laden, but Christian Boncorps, a drunk Yonkers man with a grey beard, who approached the ticket counter to get a boarding pass for his Paris-bound flight, the New York Post reports.

  12. . says:

    Thanks, both Bushes. You guys have no idea how many have died, been tortured, maimed, murdered, on all three sides (U.S., Iraq, Iran) because of our illegal invasion of Iraq. As we all know, Iraq posed no imminent threat to the U.S., but we invaded anyway. Afghanistan posed no imminent threat to the U.S., but we went there anyway. Libya or it’s rebels posed no imminent threat to the U.S., but we participate in their war, anyway. Meanwhile, there is a SERIOUS problem in Mexico, our closest foriegn nation, that DOES pose an imminent threat to the U.S., but we sit on our hands and do nothing. We have a bunch of moronic freaks running our foriegn policy.
    Should’ve invaded Iran instead of Iraq in 2003..BRANDON
    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend

  13. mark says:

    I’m not sure what to make of this. I mean, WHY is he coming here NOW?

    This place is full of politicians who never waste an opportunity to further their reelection chances and to me, this move by Obama reeks of an opportunistic photo op. He has barely acknowledged what NYC went through before this past week and now he’s meeting with the famililies? For all the times that he has been in NYC to raise money for his campaigns as President, he has never stepped foot at Ground Zero but now he finds the time? Color me suspicious.

    That being said, I hope that tomorrow does bring some closure to those that are involved with the ceremony if that is what they are searching for. May they move on in peace.

  14. Tyna says:

    To NANA: Shut your miserable racist pie hole!!!

    No one cares about your whiny LOSER negative complaints. God will deal with you and all the other hateful people on this planet some day. I’ll bet your son is just as hateful and ugly as you have trained him to be.

    Pity he survived while others who were loving, kind, gentle spirits did not. Perhaps God doesn’t want his racist but anyhow, so maybe that’s why he was left.

    Shut up NANA! God’s gonna spit your miserable butt back onto the earth as a deprived disadvantaged minority to soften your hardened cold soul.

    1. alice says:

      Easy, my friend. You’re becoming unhinged.

    2. Christopher Wallace says:

      Tyna,

      There is a limit to the amount of malt liquor one can drink in a single day. Clearly, you have surpassed that. Please, for the sake of the children, turn off the computer.

    3. americasmrsright says:

      WOW, TALK ABOUT HATRED! Scary to think there are Americans who are this hateful.

  15. Too Stupid to be Successful says:

    I am embarrassed by how stupid some of my fellow “Americans” are. God Bless America, God Bless our troops. Think for yourselves people, stop reciting your favorite talk show hosts.

  16. SAN says:

    DO NOT RE-ELECT A PRESIDENT IS THEY ARE NOT PROUD OF THEIR HERITAGE, MIDDLE NAME , PAST, FAMILY, STEP BROTHER, COLLEGE AND HOW HE GOT INTO COLLEGE.

  17. AB says:

    Thanks, Channel 2, for running a photo taken by a photographer killed in Libya. Just thought I would mention it.

  18. Geekymba says:

    Its all fiction. No autopsy. No photo. No video. No proof. No closure for the families of the victims and the families of the troops who died overseas. Tell us Mr. President, how exactly do we know bin Laden is dead? Sorry, your word isn’t good enough. How do we know he didn’t die ten years ago in the mountains of Afghanistan? Because the US government has been known to cover up a few things over the years. Haven’t we learned anything from the way we mishandled JFK’s death? This whole story about Navy Seals killing bin Laden smells fishier than bin Laden’s supposed corpse.

    1. irene says:

      Oh for goodness sake, just stop. WHo gives a rat’s a**. We have gotten so mired in conspiracy theories in this country. So, to believe you, it was a body double, and EVERYBODY in the administration AND Congress AND the Navy Seals are in on it … you’re watching way too much tv. And no, we did not take down the Twin Towers, nor did we film the moon landing on a Hollywood set. Let me ask you this — I’m assuming you yourself have never been to China. So I ask – how do you KNOW it exists? Maybe the maps are wrong. Maybe eVERYONE in the world has been lying to you. Absurd? Well, that’s what you sound like. Go take a xanax.

      1. Hankey says:

        Haha, well said, Irene. Good one.

      2. Geekymba says:

        Who says “EVERYBODY” in the administration has seen the supposed photos of bin Laden’s corpse? The reason we are “so mired in conspiracy theories in this country” is because our politicians so often lie, cover up, conceal facts, hide photos, hide details, twist the facts, obfuscate the truth — that any normal, rational person should conclude that US government press releases are NOT to be taken at face value. Not without independent corroboration. Where is it? The testimony of an elite team of SEALS? The word of a small group of Presidential aides? Only a dummy like you would accept their word for it. Go back to sleep you dullard.

      3. Maria says:

        You act like the govt cannot lie to you. Can you in fact prove he is telling the truth. Politician’s lie especially when it comes to re election time.

      4. Daniel says:

        Well said Irene, you made my day. God bless you.

    2. lou jordan says:

      The only fiction here is that Geekyma has a functioning brain. You are going to try to convince everyone that all the government agencies and individuals involved would be able to fabricate this without a leak? Have you not yet learned that we always find out the “secrets” (ie: the Plame affair; Contragate, etc.) I think it’s time for you to move on to disproving that we landed on the moon. That will keep you occupied for a while.

      1. Geekymba says:

        You’re another mental midget. Where is this “everyone” nonsense coming from? Who says that “everyone” in government has been privvy to the proof that bin Laden was in fact taken down by SEAL team six? Who in government actually has high enough clearance to view such proof — if it even exists at all? In the words of Nazi Joseph Goebbels, “the bigger the lie, the more people will believe it.” Until the American public sees concrete proof that bin Laden was in fact killed on May 1, 2011, then there can be no closure. No closure for the families of the victims of 9/11, and no closure for the families of the troops who died overseas. Those families deserve proof that this monster is dead. The American public deserves better than to be treated like a 6-year old child.

  19. oubessa says:

    Obama is not driving the country nuts with fear of terrorism , and does not need publicity to get the people’s attention like Bush does.Obama works silently to get things done, like getting Bin laden without a single casualty.What a mess, two wars at the same time, thousands of casualties , fear of traveling,security checkpoints
    anywhere we go because of one man. It took intelligence and good thinking to realize what Obama and his team did.As appreciation, everyone should vote for him in 2012. Long live Barrack Obama.

    1. mak says:

      Oh, the TSA and the patdowns are not making us ever more mindful of terrorism?

      Puh-lease.

  20. monica sules says:

    As an American I say THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA!!! THANKS to the NAVY SEALS!!! JOB WELL DONE!!!! As a New Yorker I say PLEASE, SHOW US THE VIDEO!!!

  21. peony says:

    Last time he came to 9/11 site was 2008 for his election photo. 2011 at 9/11 site is for 2012 re-election. What does it tell you?

    1. elizabeth says:

      Obama 2011 is doing another election photo. Obama is making all about me,myself,his favorite pronoun(I)…

    2. Todd says:

      it tells me he got the guy that was america’s #1 enemy. you’re not gonna give an inch and admit it was a good move? too bad george w has declined the offer to be there with him. what does THAT tell YOU?

      all you people trying to deny president obama this victory are just SORE LOSERS!

    3. irene says:

      It tells me that you are a GOP idiot. In fact your post makes no sense at all. “2011 at 9.11 site is for 2012? Huh? Can our PRESIDENT do anything right in your mind? Did you say the same thing when W came to NY and promised we’d get everlything we needed to rebuild? And what happened — Under BUSH’s administration funds were cut and it took NINE freaking years to get a bill passed for first responders — get a clue.

  22. Onel says:

    I cant wait to hear the republicans complain about how Obama using this recent achievement as a platform like Bush used 9/11 as his.

  23. joey says:

    congrats Mr. president, you deserve all the credit in the world..

  24. joey says:

    with a comment like that, you should have been atop the north tower at 8:50 AM

  25. tattoo says:

    STAY HOME B.O. its that easy, stop trying to make hay on Bin Ladan death for your re-election.

  26. Brian says:

    Bravo to a job well done by the President. He is a true leader. As for the article, Mr. Horning of Scotch Plains does not appear educated enough to understand the traditional burial. If we had left Osama’s body and not given him the traditional burial rights, he would been looked at as a martyr and heroic victim to the Terrorist cause. By giving him the traditional burial, our President treated him as an everyday person whom we have no special treatment for. He did accordingly to spit in Bin Laden’s face as we ended his life and lowered him into the water as a common person and not a heroic martyr. Mr. Horning needs to brush up on his studies. Every step was well thought out, from Seal Team 6 (best of the best) to the burial. It should have been done this way a long time ago.

  27. Al says:

    Sick and tired of Hussein Obama coming to big Apple – more traffic, more delays, etc. Just say one of your stupid speeches in Washington and be done with it. We have plenty of useless politicos here to deal with already. Stay away from NY.

    1. HARELM GOING HAM says:

      CALL IN SICK TOMORROW, PARTY STOPPER

  28. Cara says:

    It has nothing to do with being black or white. It has everything to do with a smart, competent intelligent man running our country. Obama has been wonderful for us and Bush was a joke. We are fortunate to finally have someone in office who is doing a great job. Let’s not take away from that by tainting it with racism.

  29. Joseph says:

    The ignorance on here is just amazing. Bush called off his search for OBL officially in 06. As far back as 02 he said himself he was not interested in finding him. It amazes me how quickly people forget history. The credit goes to Obama, especially given how he maintained composure while fools were debating his proven birth. I could not be prouder of our President at this moment. He acted Presidential and has done a great service for the American people. Whether or not he is elected for a second term on 2012, his legacy will be a strong one no matter how many warped lies people toss at him.

    1. irene says:

      AMEN, Joseph.

  30. HARLEM GOING HAM says:

    SOME OF THESE REPUBLICANS SOUND LIKE THEY WOULD PREFER THAT BIN LADEN WAS STILL ALIVE. COME ON AMERICA, ACCEPT THE FACTS FOR WHAT THEY ARE. OBAMA WAS IN SITUATION RM ORDERED THE HIT AND OUR BOYS DID THEIR THING. IN THE WORDS OF THE GODFATHER, “BIN LADEN SLEEPS WITH FISH.” AS A MATTER OF FACT, I GOT A SHIPMENT OF FISH GOING TO BIN LADEN’S HOME BOYS

    1. irene says:

      OMG, you are soooo right. They would prefer that Bin Laden were still alive because it doesn’t fit their narrative that our President is weak on security issues. George W. Bush has gone on record saying that he didn’t care about bin Laden, that the didn’t think at all about him. In fact, he thought so little about him that he closed down the CIA unit intended to find him in 2005. And let’s not forget that the US military had BinLaden cornered in Tora Bora in March of 2002 and at the final hour were told to leave the route over the mountains open – order came from White House and Army General… public information that the right wing just doesn’t want to accept.

  31. nana says:

    sooner or later he was going to die be killed by us or die from kidney failure just so happen we got him but the plan was put in order by Bush and this is his history too. please obama don’t come to new york you make me sick you are in favor of the mosque this is not the same print

  32. nana says:

    sooner or later he was going to die be killed by us or die from kidney failure just so happen we got him but the plan was put in order by Bush and this is his history too. please obama don’t come to new york you make me sick you are in favor of the mosque

  33. nana says:

    this evil has been removed for earth, my son by some luck was saved, but my heart goes out to the other families, I can not see giving this man a burial as he got,and I can give all the credit to just one person for his capture Mr. bush paved the way, and he should be there it is his history also this obaama is for the mosque and that alone I wish he wouldn’t come to new york.

  34. Ellen says:

    Bush doesn’t do himself any favors by declining an invitation by Obama himself to visit Ground Zero. Sounds a little like a hissy fit to me, only because finding Bin Laden happened under Obama’s administration and not his.

  35. GLO says:

    PRES. OBAMA TO COME TO THE WTC. WHERE WAS HE DURING THE ANNIVERSARY REMEMBRANCES AND WHAT WAS HIS STAND ON THE BUILDING OF A MOSQUE 2 BLOCKS AWAY? LET HIM CAMPAIGN SOMEWHERE
    ELSE.

    1. HARELM GOING HAM says:

      TRYING TO KILL BIN LADEN STUPID. NOW, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU NEED THE BROTHER TO HANDLE? JUST PLACE YOUR ORDER TEXAN, AND MY MAN WILL SERVE US A DISH NO TRUE AMERICAN WILL FORGET

      1. David says:

        Hey GLO,

        Obama was at the Pentagon during the previous 9/11’s. Did you forget that 9/11 didn’t just happen at the WTC, and that many people also died at the Pentagon???!!!! So many idiots on this board.

  36. Inside Job says:

    Bush did it all right – and I hope someday he swings in the Hague for it. He will burn right next to OBL in hell.

  37. Roman says:

    I do not understand why you always see only the final part of the work and not see all the work done ? 9/11, who is to blame? Bush? Maybe Clinton ? Who won? Obama? Maybe Bush ?

  38. Deborah Simon says:

    puleeze…more 9/11 LIES! The cover-up continues…….

  39. Sal says:

    I for one don’t care for President Obama, what hell did he do for america not one thing but tell american people lies. so why is he coming to ground zero to become
    president again It was not Obama who got Bin Laden, it was really President Bush
    and the American people who did it. So don’t believe it was Obama finally did it.

    1. Michael H. says:

      Who’s sitting in the Oval Office? Who made the call to send in SEAL Team 6? Who gave the “shoot to kill” order?

      His initials aren’t GB.

    2. OHHH PLEASE says:

      Yea that is right, Bush did so much for the country like the recession, lies about Iraq and catchy phrases like “Most of our imports come from other countries.” When I see that Bush’s signature is on the executive order signed last week to get bin Laden, then you can say he got it.

    3. HARLEM GOING HAM says:

      HEY TEXANS, YALL FOLKS NEED SOMETHING ELSE? OBAMA IS THE MAN YOU LOVE TO HATE. HOWEVER, WHEN YOU TEXANS HATE ON OBAMA, YOU’RE HATING ON THE COUNTRY THAT WE ALL LOVE. OBAMA CALLED FOR THE HIT TO BE CLOSE QUARTER FIRE FIGHT, AND GOD PROTECTED OUR BOYS FROM HARM. AND BY THE WAY, BIN LADEN DIDN’T SPARE ANY AMERICAN DUE TO THEIR SKIN COLOR. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. SO FOLLOW YOUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF, AND JUST FORGET ABOUT HIS COLOR FOR THE SAKE OF THE GOOD OLD USA FOOL .

      1. booya says:

        you are a racist. there are arabs and real africans all over the US that hate obama too. we in the south call them smart for knowing an arab that cant accomplish anything.Even the troops are swarn to protect the PEOPLE and not the comander n cheif…
        I on the other hand am proud of my MIDDLE name and use it often… unlike the commander
        I will also show my ORIGINAL birthcert with an adress you can google that exsist!
        i wouldnt try to close gitmo and place terrorist in a jail by your house either! …
        so vote smarter than last time this bowing commander and doesnt command … he commands vaccations on your dime though and fancy guests!
        I chose to be free enough not to like or pres or revote him in a second term..

      2. Michael H. says:

        booya, the troops take the following oath:

        “I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

        Nothing about being “swarn” to protect the people.

        As for the rest of your comment…it speaks for itself…

    4. Davdi says:

      Really Sal? I remember Bush saying he didn’t really care about Osama and it was not his main concern. Obama campaigned on actually killing Osama and made it priority 1. Check your facts.

  40. the truth says:

    god bless that man thank you mr obama

  41. Knut says:

    President Obama is the right man for the job!!!!

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