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Sep 11, 2011 9:33 AM by Trovette Tottress

Obama pays respects at 9/11 memorial in New York

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama has observed a moment of silence at a Sept. 11 memorial in New York where the World Trade Center once stood.

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama joined former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, at a reflecting pool where the north tower used to be.

They walked along the edge of the pool and stood silently before greeting relatives of the victims of the attacks. Later, the president read from Psalm 46 as part of the ceremony at the World Trade Center site. Psalm 46 speaks of God as refuge and strength, dwelling in "his city."

Each year at the city's Sept. 11 observance, politicians are asked to read passages from selected texts, rather than give speeches, so as not to detract from the centerpiece of the ceremony, the reading of victims' names. Bush and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani are to read as well.

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