President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited the brand new skyscraper that’s being built to replace the twin towers on Thursday. The two toured the soaring skyscraper thats being built to replace the two towers that were destroyed on September 11, 2001.
Barack Obama also got to Inscribe one of the steel beams that will be part of the building’s framework while he and Michelle were there. Obama wrote, “We remember, we rebuild, we come back stronger!” followed by his signature.
During his presidency, Obama has boasted the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader behind the attacks on the United States, as one of his top national security achievements and refers to it often as he campaigns for re-election.
Obama last visit to the memorial site was last September in order to commemorate its 10-year anniversary. It’s been 10 years since the 2001 attacks by al Qaeda saw nearly 3,000 people loose their lives and the city landmark twin towers.
The president and first lady looked down on the 9/11 memorial from One World Trade Center’s 22nd floor, which is still under construction, after walking beneath bare pipes illuminated by light bulbs strung from the unfinished ceiling.
The building itself is still under construction, however it is scheduled to be completed by 2013. Obama also met with some of the construction workers after a brief ceremony and told them, “We couldn’t be prouder of you guys. This is what the American spirit is all about,”. As for the building, when its completed, it will rise 1,776 feet to the tip of its antenna. This makes it taller than the World Trade Center towers. Construction on the Freedom Tower started 6 years ago and is just finishing up.