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    New York Daily News
    June 14, 2012

    Obama at WTC: President visits World Trade Center to review rebuilding, sign steel

    By Benjamin Lesser, Jonathan Lemire and John Lauinger / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    The President and First Lady gaze onto the September 11 Memorial.

    President Obama put his hand on the First Lady’s back as they stared out a window of the One World Trade Center tower Thursday, solemnly pondering the September 11 Memorial 22 floors below.

    “It’s beautiful” the President said of the two massive fountains that now cover the footprints of the Twin Towers.

    Later, Obama took in the memorial from ground level, and was clearly moved.

    “You don’t expect how powerful it is until you go down there and hear the sound of it,” he said.

    Joined by Gov. Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Mayor Bloomberg, the President and First Lady were given a review of the Ground Zero reconstruction efforts.

    After the First Couple’s poignant, private moment in contemplation of the memorial from One World Trade’s 22nd floor, they signed one of the final steel beams that will be added to the tower, which will rise to a symbolic 1,776 feet when it is completed.

    President Obama's signature on a steel beam that will be used to top off the One World Trade Center. (JUSTIN LANE/EPA)

    The beam, measuring 28 feet in length and weighing six-and-a-half tons, was painted white, with the name of the tower written on it in blue. It is destined to form part of the top floor.

    More than two dozen construction workers looked on as the President, his wife and the other elected officials each signed the beam, with Obama using a red Sharpie marker.

    “Don’t mess it up, everybody!” the President joked before the John-Hancock-ing began.

    President Obama shakes hands with the workers laboring to make the tower the Western Hemisphere's tallest skyscraper (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

    When it came time for Obama to sign, he was thoughtful, including an inspiring inscription above his signature:

    “We remember; We rebuild; We come back stronger!”

    Then, turning to the crew of hardhats, Obama commended the more than sixty trade unions laboring to make the tower the Western Hemisphere’s tallest skyscraper.

    “I couldn’t be prouder of you guys building this unbelievable structure — this is what the American spirit is all about,” he said.

    Following his glad-handing with the hardhats, the President was set to mingle with the rich and famous in a routine he now knows quite well — call it “Cash-grabbing and the City.”

    Iron workers take pictures of the signatures of President Barack Obama, left, and First Lady Michele Obama after a ceremony where they signed a steel beam that will be used to top off One World Trade Center.

    Obama’s campaign, facing a Republican fund-raising operation that is continuing to gain momentum, has booked two star-studded war-chest-padders in Manhattan. The tag-team of fund-raisers, expected to gross a total of $4.5 million, will represent the President’s 27th and 28th New York cash grabs.

    President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle landed at JFK to attend fundraisers and to see the progress at the World Trade Center. They greeted well wishers.

    His use of New York as a campaign “ATM” is surpassed only by Washington DC and California, where he has held 36 and 29 fund-raisers, respectively.

    From Ground Zero, the President’s motorcade zipped up to the West Village pad of “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker for a $40,000-a-head event.

    The fund-raiser at the actress’ Charles St. brownstone was dubbed “A New York Night” and is co-hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who — naturally — superintended the decoration of the townhouse earlier this week.

    The icy fashionista would surely have approved of the outfit that the always-well-dressed First Lady wore upon arrival in New York: She stepped off of Air Force One clad in a floral print sundress, lilac colored sweater and bright yellow flats.

    President Obama signs a steel beam beside First Lady Michelle Obama, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at One World Trade Center Thursday.

    The Parker-and-Wintour bash was expected to draw plenty of big names. A Daily News scribe spotted Oscar-winner Meryl Streep and legendary singer Aretha Franklin arriving early.

    From there, Obama was due to head to Midtown, for a 10 p.m. event at the Plaza Hotel, where some 250 supporters were expected to contribute $10,000 each for a chance to hobnob with the 44th President. Alicia Keys was supposed to be in attendance.

    The celeb-heavy galas were important events on the President’s campaign calendar. In May, for the first time during the campaign, Mitt Romney and the Super PAC-backed GOP’s monthly fund-raising haul topped that of Obama and the Dems — $76.8 million to $60 million.

    People stand on bollards at the World Trade Center to try to secure a view of President Obama during his visit Thursday evening.

    No longer fettered by primary contenders, Romney, together with the Republican National Committee, erased a fund-raising deficit of nearly 10-to-1 that Obama had enjoyed as of late March.

    Democrats are worried that when Super PAC riches are factored into the equation come the fall, the Romney camp could have more money to throw around than the President.

    Earlier this week, billionaire Sheldon Adelson, whose generosity in making Super PAC donations previously kept Newt Gingrich’s primary campaign afloat, gave $10 million to a pro-Romney outfit.

    The President’s stopover in Manhattan was secured by an army of NYPD officers, creating some traffic jams for motorists and headaches for commuters. In preparation for his visit to Ground Zero, the World Trade Center PATH station was closed from 3 to 6 p.m.

    Some who work in the Financial District worked extra time in advance so they could get out of Dodge before the traffic grew intense.

    “Yesterday I had to work an extra one-and-a-half hours so I could leave at 2:30 today,” said Yvette Dixon, 51, of Brooklyn, who works in the Financial District.

    Others were taken by surprise.

    “I had no idea,” said Mark Zinna, 51, of Tenafly N.J., who was headed to his office in Newark, but had to take a detour because of the PATH station closure.
    “I didn’t know the President took the subway. How could you close the whole transportation system?”

    The extra security was no problem for many commuters and Obama supporters.

    “That’s our man. If he’s going to shut down trains, that’s okay,” said Majid Hammond of Newark. “Not for Romney. Shut anything down, Obama.”

    With Linda Kinstler, Joanna Fantozzi and Brenna Walton

    © Copyright 2012 All rights reserved.

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    So is this a correct logo anymore?

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    pretty cool logo, except it looks like you're getting the middle finger

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    I'm glad to see that "Freedom Tower" has been removed from the thread title.

    Including, of all things, "Ground Zero" in the poll accompanying the following article is absurd.

    I really like WTC Tower One.

    Freedom Tower? One World Trade Center? What Do You Call It? (POLL)


    NEW YORK — When President Barack Obama came to New York City this week, his first stop was at that tall building under construction at the corner of West and Vesey streets.

    You know, One World Trade Center. Or perhaps you might know it as the Freedom Tower. Or ground zero.

    More than a decade after 9/11, no one's quite sure what to call the spot that was once a smoldering graveyard but is now the site of the fast-rising, 1,776-foot skyscraper that will replace the twin towers.

    Sarah Barber, a preschool teacher from Stewartsville, N.J., says that no matter how much construction is done, no matter how many buildings go up, "it will always be ground zero to me."
    "You can't forget what happened here," she said on a visit the same day as Obama's. "It's still raw because it happened in our lifetime."

    But Julie Menin, chairwoman of the community board representing the neighborhood, says: "The majority of the people in lower Manhattan are calling it the World Trade Center site."

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who accompanied Obama on Thursday, also says the site should be known as the World Trade Center. In a speech around the 10-year anniversary of the attacks, he said while people would never forget ground zero, so much progress had been made that it was time to call it something else.

    The White House apparently agrees. Official guidance on Obama's visit referred to the site as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's One World Trade Center.

    Obama toured the 22nd floor and later signed a beam, painted with the words "One World Trade Center," that will be used in the construction.

    The skyscraper, expected to be completed in 2014, was initially named Freedom Tower in 2003 by then-Gov. George Pataki.

    To many, the name conveyed resilience, even defiance. But others found it too provocative and worried that it could make the tower an even more tempting target for terrorists.

    The name was abandoned in 2009 in favor of One World Trade Center in what the Port Authority portrayed as an effort to help the agency market the building to commercial tenants. The agency's chairman said at the time that "World Trade Center" is "easiest for people to identify with, and frankly, we've gotten a very interested and warm reception to it."

    Some people, like first-time visitor Laurie Roley of Wenatchee, Wash., find themselves a little unsure of how to refer to the site.

    "We've heard different things about what to call it, so we're confused," she says.

    Ground zero originated at the end of World War II as a military term for the detonation site of atomic bombs, then came to be used more broadly to mean a center of activity, according to linguist Ben Zimmer, who has written on the subject. News organizations began using the term for the destroyed World Trade Center within just hours of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.

    "It served as a very useful label in the same way that `9/11' became a shorthand," Zimmer says.

    But "as the building has risen, using that term ground zero seems inappropriate because it is the site of construction and not destruction," he says. "If you're going to work in that building, you wouldn't say you work at ground zero. That wouldn't make any sense at all."

    He says ground zero could remain common usage in discussing such things as illnesses suffered by those who cleaned up the site, since "that's specifically anchored to that time and place, what they experienced."

    Visitor Dana Blood of Pine Prairie, La., still calls the area ground zero out of habit but figures she will refer to it as the World Trade Center site by the time it's all done.

    "It's not ground zero to me, then," she says. "The site of the devastation – it's not that anymore."

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    Have a great weekend everyone!

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    ^G&S looks like Zuul's temple in that top pic.

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    Weekly WTC pix dump...

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    This thing is going to look absolutely stunning when it is fully clad. The unclad top really is deceiving in pictures which make it not look as imposingly tall.

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    On the other hand, the uncladed floors make the tower look more interesting. Once it gets fully enclosed, the vertical slots in the glass at the plenums will be the only elements standing out from the monotony of the curtain wall.

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    The tower is sorta designed to appear as a solid object.

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    This is probably wishful thinking, but since the west plaza of 1WTC will now be elevated, they could reconstruct the north pedestrian bridge from Winter Garden, especially since the staircase has been saved in perpetuity. It would be an easy above-ground link to 1WTC for those who aren't underground to use the primary passageway. Yes I know it would conflict with the current WFC redesign, but it's never truly too late and it's just a thought.

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    A bridge would have to be at least 16 feet high. How high do you think the terrace is?

    I think the plans still call for a pedestrian crosswalk at Fulton and West.

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