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Obama in New York: What he'll discover at One World Trade Center

Obama's visit to New York Thursday isn't only about the fundraiser hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker. He and the first lady will also be at One World Trade Center, which replaces the twin towers that fell on 9/11.

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Commuters walk past the World Trade Center construction site and One World Trade Center, on June 14, in New York.

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One World Trade Center is more than just the tallest building in New York: It is a symbol that terrorism cannot win and of the rebuilding of lower Manhattan.

So perhaps it’s not surprising that President Obama arrives in New York Thursday afternoon for a briefing on the progress of the iconic 104-story tower that replaces the World Trade Center towers, destroyed on 9/11.

“Every major candidate for office in this country has discovered the importance of coming to this site,” says Mitchell Moss, a professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. “It associates them with the fight against Al Queda and the renewal of New York.”

That may be one reason that Mr. Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, will have plenty of company. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who has been critical of the president in the past but who sits on the board of directors of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), and Mayor Michael Bloomberg will also be in attendance.

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