President Obama and the First Lady boarded Marine One wearing black in the early morning dark on Sunday, the tenth anniversary of 9/11. When he and Michelle landed in New York, they took an uneventful ride to Ground Zero and met former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura. The four of them walked together past the names of those who died in the attacks and stood by the North Memorial Pool, where the north tower of the World Trade Center once stood. "Both couples held hands as they walked slowly along the wall, etched with names of those who died," McClatchy's Leslie Clark reported from the memorial. "[Obama] gazed upward quietly, and the three followed his lead as he stepped forward, his hands grazing the names on the wall."
At the 9/11 Memorial, family members read the names of the victims aloud, and the two former Presidents stood together at Ground Zero for the first time--behind bulletproof glass. President Obama spoke first and read Psalm 46. "Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought on the earth," he read. "He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and cuts the spear in two." President Bush quoted a letter from Abraham Lincoln to a widow, whose five sons had died in the Civil War. "I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming, but I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that can be found in the thanks of a republic which they died to save," reads the letter.