Barack Obama Visits the FDNY

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Not long ago, Barack Obama left the midtown firehouse of Engine 54 and Ladder 4 and Battalion 9, which lost fifteen members on September 11, 2001. He shared a home-cooked lunch of eggplant Parmesan, scallops, shrimp, and pasta with the firemen and spent about an hour there before getting into the Beast, his special armored limo, which was brought up to New York for the occasion of his visit. "Well, listen, the main reason I came here is because I heard the food is pretty good," he told the gathered FDNY, going on to reference Sunday's killing of Osama bin Laden. "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 the States. They were doing it in the name of your brothers that were lost." Obama will next meet with members of the NYPD in Tribeca before heading to the World Trade Center site to lay a wreath and meet with family members of the victims of 9/11.