Thursday, May 5, 2011

President Obama Heads to Ground Zero


Washington (CNN) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will visit New York's ground zero Thursday, days after a nighttime raid in Pakistan led to the death of the terror leader behind the attacks that toppled the twin towers.

Obama's visit will include a wreath-laying ceremony, the White House said. He does not plan to deliver a speech.

He will also visit Engine Company 54, which lost 15 firefighters in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

Former President George W. Bush will not appear alongside his successor.

A spokesman for Bush said he turned down an invitation to travel to the site of the 9/11 attacks.

"He appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight," spokesman David Sherzer said in a statement.

As the president prepares to cap a week that started with an announcement late Sunday night that a team of Navy SEALs had stormed a Pakistan compound and killed bin Laden, more details are emerging about the raid.


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