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President Obama meets with Steve Gleason on New Orleans visit

Obama called Gleason’s famous blocked punt "One of the most iconic moments in sports history"


President Barack Obama visited New Orleans on Thursday to participate in the Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary commemoration.

En route to the Crescent City, Air Force One flew over the New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie during the team's morning practice.

Obama spoke at Andrew P. Sanchez & Copelin-Byrd Multi-Service Center in the Lower Ninth Ward in the afternoon. After his speech, the commander in chief met with Steve Gleason, his wife Michel and Team Gleason staff members.

Obama and the Gleasons spoke about the Steve Gleason Act, which the President signed into law last month.  

The bill makes speech-generating devices, such as the one used by Gleason to help communicate, more readily accessible for patients with ALS, injuries and other physical disorders.

Gleason showcased his communication device to Obama and the two discussed a number of other topics, including Gleason's most famous play.

"I remember your blocked punt in the Superdome," Obama told Gleason. "It was one of the most iconic plays in sports history."

Gleason, whose continuing battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) serves as an inspiration to many and who has helped raise funds to help provide individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries with leading-edge technology, equipment and services via his Gleason Initiative Foundation and Team Gleason organization. For more information on Team Gleason click here.

Photos from Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon on Thursday August 27, 2015. Photos by Richard Crank (New Orleans Saints photos)

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