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White House Clarifies President's Manhattan Nuke Remark

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New Yorkers are weighing in on President Barack Obama's surprising remark this week about the threat of terrorism in Manhattan.

The president made the remark while at a news conference Tuesday at a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands.

A reporter asked Obama whether his 2012 opponent Mitt Romney was correct in saying Russia was America's greatest geopolitical foe.

The president called Russia a regional power that is acting out of weakness, and said the U.S. faces a lot of other challenges.

"Russia's actions are a problem, they don't pose the number one national security threat to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan," Obama said.

Some New Yorkers who spoke with NY1 say they're not really worried.

"It's not something I don't fear it's just something I don't think about. It's definitely real scary if a nuke dropped on Manhattan, but it's just not a very immediate, present threat in my mind," said one New Yorker.

"I'm an ex-veteran, I'm a veteran, so I feel pretty secure about our defense system in taking out any nuclear threat, and I think he should be worried about getting impeached sooner than getting hit with a nuke," noted another New Yorker.

After the president's remarks, the White House made it clear that he was giving an example of something he fears and was not responding to any specific threat against the city. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP