President Obama Meets with Police Officers in New York

May 05, 2011 | 4:03 | Public Domain

The President speaks to police officers at the First Precinct Police Station in New York City before he attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the site of the World Trade Center.

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Remarks by the President to Police Officers in New York, New York

New York, New York

12:38 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, listen, everybody, the -- I'm not here to make a long speech.  I am here basically to shake your hands and just to say how proud I am of all of you.

Obviously we had an important day on Sunday.  The reason, what is important, was because it sent a signal around the world that we have never forgotten the extraordinary sacrifices that were made on September 11th.  We've never forgotten the tragedy. We've never forgotten the loss of life.  We've never forgotten the courage that was shown by the NYPD, by the firefighters, by the first responders.

My understanding is all of you were there that day.  And I know you’ll never forget.  I know it’s hard to fill the hole that occurred as a consequence of you losing folks who you had worked with for so long.  But what, hopefully, this weekend does is it says we keep them in our hearts; we haven't forgotten; we said what we -- we did what we said we were going to do; and that Americans, even in the midst of tragedy, will come together, across the years, across politics, across party, across administrations, to make sure that justice is done.

And so since that time I know a lot of you have probably comforted loved ones of those who were lost.  A lot of you have probably looked after kids who grew up without a parent.  And a lot of you continue to do extraordinary -- extraordinarily courageous acts without a lot of fanfare.  What we did on Sunday was directly connected to what you do every single day.  And I know I speak for the military teams, the intelligence teams that helped get 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.

So I couldn't be prouder of all of you.  I couldn't be more grateful to you.  And I hope that you know that the country will continue to stand behind you going forward, because there are still going to be threats out there and you're still going to be called on to take courageous actions and to remain vigilant, and you're going to have an entire country behind you when you do it.

All right?  God bless you.  (Applause.)

I very much appreciate the fact that Mayor Giuliani is here, because obviously we remember his leadership and courage on that day as well.  And it’s a testimony that we may have our differences, politically, in ordinary times, but when it comes to keeping this country safe, we are, first and foremost, Americans.

Thank you, Mr. Mayor.

MAYOR GIULIANI:  Thank you very much.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, sir.  Appreciate you.

All right, thank you.  (Applause.)

12:42 P.M. EDT

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