President Barack Obama on Monday called the street vendor who may have saved the day in New York when he alerted police to a smoking vehicle. Times Square was evacuated when a failed bomb was found in the Nissan sport utility vehicle. 

Obama wanted to thank T-shirt vendor Duane Jackson for “his vigilance in alerting authorities,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.

Jackson, a Vietnam veteran, saw the suspicious vehicle parked awkwardly across the street and told police. Authorities are looking into the possibility that the failed bomb attack could have been coordinated by people with foreign ties, according to the Washington Post.

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