June 14th, 2012
01:09 PM ET

Obama to sign beam of One World Trade Center

With the under-construction One World Trade Center fast approaching its final height, President Barack Obama will visit the New York tower Thursday to get an update on its growth and help prepare one of the finishing touches.

Obama is expected to sign a beam that soon will be placed at the top of the tower, said Mike Pinelli, general superintendent of the Tishman construction firm.

"We're going to have our topping-out beam placed on the street" so Obama can sign it, Pinelli said. "It's typically signed by everybody on the project at some point, and then we're going to erect it shortly thereafter to signify the topping out of (the tower)."

Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, is due to arrive at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in the late afternoon and at the construction site about 5:15 p.m. ET to get a briefing on the building, currently 104 stories and 1,300 feet tall - already the tallest structure in New York.

Also in attendance will be New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

A view from above: WTC workers gear up for Obama visit

The visit to the Lower Manhattan site, where the National September 11 Memorial and Museum also is being built, is Obama's fourth. He last visited it in September to mark the 10-year anniversary of the 2001 attacks by al Qaeda that killed more than 2,000 people and destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

Under construction since 2006, One World Trade Center surpassed the Empire State Building (1,250 feet) as the city's tallest structure in April. The tower's builders say it will surpass Chicago's Willis Tower as the tallest building in the United States, with a final height of 1,776 feet - a nod to the year of the Declaration of Independence.

One World Trade Center is expected to be completed next year or in early 2014.

Obama's visit will be the first of his three New York stops on Thursday. He'll attend two fundraisers in the evening - including one at the residence of actress Sarah Jessica Parker - before he returns to Washington late Thursday night.

Obama's schedule on Thursday

soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanirty "

    The tallest building in the world is Dubai, in the United Arab Emirats. At 2723 feet, it was finished two years ago, and stands 997 feet taller than One WTC.
    I don't think Obama had anything to do with any beam signing over there. Come to think about it, he hasn't had much of anything to do with the UAE. Oil is a natural resource too.
    It's OK Obama, we haven't forsaken you...you still get money from our working hydes. We just want to have a little closure with you in November, and forget about you all together. It didn't matter to you whose bills you ran up, so it don't matter to us if your not there in November to still run the bills up.

    June 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      wow! I'm pleased to see at least some people have their eyes wide open to what this socialist has done to this country. But here he is just today bad mouthing Romney on how his vision would destroy America. Well mr prez, what the heck do you think you have been doing... If you want govt hand outs vote for Obama. If you want to stand on your own two feet vote for romney. Pretty simple

      June 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    Mr. President, you are not going to get reelected by signing beams. You get elected by signing bills into law. Romney is making you into a clown. Your speeches remind me of lecture hall. Your demeanor a tenured professor. It's time Mr. President to take off the gloves and make this a campaign. You can't do any worse than you are now.

    June 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fernace

    I'm glad his name will be on the "top of the tower" beam! He made the call to take out binLaden, so it's symbolic! I'm already inlove w/the symbolism in the name of the tower! One World!! Go 'head, architects, visionaries & construction crews, w/y'all bad selves! This is a befitting memorial to the perished & a bold statement of resciliency!!

    June 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    Can people just let go of the whole "your team v. mine long enough to comment on the actual article! Obama & the Dems will clean up, so get used to it.......... Lol!!

    June 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Obamanation1

    Obama will leave a skid mark on the beam and when you turn your back he will try to hump the rivet holes

    June 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sandusky Sandwich

    Looks like those buildings are made out of aluminum foil. What a rip off.

    June 15, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    The negativity of the posts on this thread Astound me! Has the economy crushed y'all to the point of such depression that you can't see Any light? Keep ya head up, my people! Guess what, in 08' I was living in a shelter for the Homeless & I Was crushed! But w/the help of the safetynets bought & paid for by our hardearned tax$$$, I have my own apt. again! I'm going to school & in the meantime attending a jobtraining workshop, so I can support myself while doing so! Please don't give me the "your living off my taxes" speech! I'm living off My taxes, that I payed in for 35 years! I am enti.teled now that I need it! In 4 short years, my personal recovery is going–you guessed it–Forward & in 2 more I hope to have an even better situation! I have to support a Pres who didn't cut me off at the Knees when I was on them!! Forward-Obama 2012!

    June 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |

    Being as Obs is. a Strauss Wiisonian, or a Wilson Straussian: you choose: It will most fitting if it is on an "I" beam.

    June 16, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
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