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Thompson Nod Caps Off Presidential Visit

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President Barack Obama wrapped up his visit to the city Tuesday with some words of praise for Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson while speaking at a fundraiser in Midtown.

The president made the remarks at the Hammerstein Ballroom while addressing Democratic organizers, financial donators and supporters of Democrat Bill Owens, who is running in a special congressional election upstate.

"And a great city comptroller, our candidate for mayor, my friend Billy Thompson is in the house," Obama said.

Thompson, who had previously received a lukewarm endorsement via White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, said Tuesday's nod was all the backing he needed.

"I am excited and proud to receive the endorsement of the President," Thompson said. "To have the President of United States get involved in a New York City Mayoral race and endorse me, illustrates that he believes I will win and that I can lead this city."

Earlier in the day, the president visited the Chelsea headquarters of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he thanked the New York City Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation for their efforts in fighting terrorism.

"Together your success in thwarting terrorist attacks, the strong intelligence you've gathered and the hard nosed investigations you pursued has proved to be a model for law enforcement officials across the country," Obama said. "We are making real progress in our core missions of disrupting and dismantling and ultimately defeating al-Qaida and its extremist allies."

The president also commended all those who worked behind the scenes to keep the country safe, especially in light of the recent arrest of terror suspect Najibullah Zazi.

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