August 19, 2019

Obama lays wreath at Ground Zero – “we will never forget”

A politician in a moment of triumph with nothing to say? Not that is not something you see everyday.

Four days after the death of Osama Bin Laden, US President Barack Obama has visited Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Center, 9/11 attacks in New York.

President Obama laid a wreath in memory of the nearly 3,000 victims and spoke to relatives at the site. He made no speech.

Earlier in the day President Obama visited a fire station in midtown Manhattan, where he told firefighters, “What happened on Sunday 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.”

“Our commitment to make sure that justice was done is something that transcends politics, transcends party. We are going to make sure that the perpetrators of that horrible act will see justice.”

In announcing his decision not to publish the photos of Osama Bin Laden, post-assassination, President Obama said, “It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool. That’s not who we are.”

Newswarped thinks that President Obama has played his hand very well so far this week. He has not been gloating over Bin Laden’s demise, and he has not used it for overt political gain.

Instead Obama has been seen to be reserved, factual and above politics. Quite an achievement.