Obama: Justice is done
President Obama with General Jim "Hoss" Cartwright and Assistant Secretary for Veteran's Affairs Tammy Duckworth cheer on cyclists from Soldier Ride at the White House Wednesday.
May 4th, 2011
05:55 PM ET

Obama: Justice is done

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just days after the United States’ dramatic, secret raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, President Obama told a gathering of more than 500 military men and women that "America will ensure that justice is done."

On the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday, service members from each branch of the military gathered to kick off the annual wounded warriors cycling ride. The president thanked them for their service, noting that the nation has been at war for nearly 10 years and acknowledged the bravery of the special operations team that killed Osama bin Laden.

"[T]hanks to the courage and precision of our forces - the terrorist who started this war and who took so many innocent lives learned that America does not forget." FULL POST


Topics: Afghanistan • Iraq • Osama Bin Laden • President Obama • The News
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Two young local boys play with pieces of a downed U.S. Blackhawk Helicopter next to the compound that once was the home of Osama bin Laden on May 3, 2011
May 4th, 2011
11:42 AM ET

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Topics: Osama Bin Laden • Poll • White House
Bush #43 turns down Obama invite to Ground Zero
Former president George W. Bush makes the opening remarks at The 4% Project Conference at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 12, 2011, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
May 4th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Bush #43 turns down Obama invite to Ground Zero

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Call it a rejection, a slight, or just a polite 'no thanks,' but former President George W. Bush will not be appearing alongside his successor, President Barack Obama, at an appearance at Ground Zero Thursday marking the death of Osama bin Laden.

Two days after the White House announced Obama would travel to the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York, members of the press received a statement from a spokesman for the former president, saying Bush would not be in attendance.

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

A senior White House official confirmed Bush #43 was, in fact, invited, and that he was "not able to come." The official added, "Which, of course, we understand."

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Topics: President Obama • The Buzz
POTUS schedule for Wednesday, May 4
Rainy day at the White House
May 4th, 2011
09:28 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Wednesday, May 4

President Obama hosts the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride today at a ceremony on the South Lawn in the afternoon. Later he will meet with Prince Charles, who is visiting the U.S.

Jay Carney will brief at 1:30

Below is the schedule, as released by the White House. FULL POST


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