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Obama Salutes Wounded Warriors' Bike Riders

04/20/12 05:44 PM ET AP

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has cheered on 22 injured service members who spun their way around the South Lawn of the White House in specially built bikes, part of a Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride to raise money and attention for their cause.

The riders, including two brothers and a blind female Army captain, rode bicycles of all shapes, some hand-cranked and others tandem. The president sent them off with a horn blast.

The riders were in the midst of a Washington area tour. Obama called it the most inspiring White House event.

The ride was started in 2004 by a New York bartender who rode cross-country to raise awareness of wounded troops. Obama joked that it was one of the better ideas to come out of a bar.

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