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Michelle Obama Asks for Prayers for 9/11 Families

ABC/Donna Svennevik(WASHINGTON) -- While speaking to a group of 300 elementary students on the South Lawn of the White House Monday, first lady Michelle Obama briefly addressed the news of Osama bin Laden’s killing, in the broader context of keeping 9/11 families in their prayers.

“I want you all to listen, because given the recent things that have been going on, before we start I just wanted to say that looking out at all of you beautiful children, I can’t help but think of all the children and all the families affected by the September 11 tragedy nearly 10 years ago.  And they are all very much in our thoughts and our prayers, and we have to keep thinking about them, okay?”

Without mentioning the specific reason for her remarks, the first lady asked the children to promise to send prayers out. The children responded in unison with a hearty "yes."

The kids on Monday were taking part of a previously scheduled event with Live! with Regis and Kelly’s Run Across America with Dean Karnazes, in coordination with Mrs. Obama’s "Let’s Move!" campaign to combat childhood obesity.

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