Remarks at a New York City Fire Department Firehouse in New York City






Publication: Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents
Author: Obama, Barack H
Date published: May 5, 2011

May 5, 2011

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 the 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, tried to give them comfort, tried to give them support.

Well, 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 is done was 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 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 this State. 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.

NOTE: The President spoke at 11:29 a.m. at Engine Company 54, Ladder Company 4, and Battalion 9 firehouse. In his remarks, he referred to Salvatore J. Cassano, fire commissioner, New York City Fire Department; and former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York City.

Categories: Addresses and Remarks : New York City Fire Department firehouse in New York City.

Locations: New York, NY.

Names: Cassano, Salvatore J.; Giuliani, Rudolph W.

Subjects: New York : New York City :: Engine Company 54, Ladder Company 4, and Battalion 9 firehouse; New York : President's visits; Terrorism : Counterterrorism efforts; Terrorism : September 11, 2001, attacks.

DCPD Number: DCPD201100326.

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