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Obama Salutes Wounded Warriors' Bike Riders

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WOUNDED WARRIORS
President Barack Obama, right, and Sec. of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, left, welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House Friday, April 20, 2012, in Washington, in celebration of the sixth annual Soldier Ride. | 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.