The Obamas Remember September 11th, 2001

President Obama at the Pentagon

Americans across the United States and people around the world took time to remember the September 11 terrorist attacks which occurred nine years ago this past Saturday.

President Obama attended a memorial service at the Pentagon. Speaking to the crowd, which included family members of the victims, he said, “The perpetrators of this evil act didn’t simply attack America, they attacked the very idea of America itself.” He added, “The highest honor we can pay those we lost — indeed, our greatest weapon in this ongoing war — is to do what our adversaries fear the most: to stay true to who we are, as Americans.”

President Obama also called on Americans to unite and to continue to practice the religious tolerance upon which the United States was founded. Speaking about religious radicals he said, “They may seek to spark conflict between different faiths, but as Americans we are not — and never will be — at war with Islam,” Obama said. “It was not a religion that attacked us that September day; it was al-Qaeda.”
Obama also said, “We champion the rights of every American, including the right to worship as one chooses.”

For her part, Michelle Obama joined former First Lady Laura Bush in Pennsylvania at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93, a plane also hijacked that day. “May the memory of those who gave their lives here continue to be an inspiration to you and an inspiration to all of America,” Mrs. Obama told the crowd.

Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bush

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15 thoughts on “The Obamas Remember September 11th, 2001

  1. WHY ISN’T THE MEDIA TELLING ABOUT YOUNG JEWISH YOUTH BURING THE BIBLE IN ISRAEL. YOU WILL NEVER HEAR THIS FROM FOX NEWS OR CNN NEWS.

  2. OUR OWN GOVERNMENT STILL HAS NOT TOLD THE TRUTH WHO REALLY WAS BEHIND THESE ATTACKS ON THE USA.

    OUR GOVERNMENT LIED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND COVERED THEM UP. THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL A JET WILL BRING DOWN THE WTC.

    ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT IT WAS A INSIDE JOB.

  3. It look like Israeli’s agents mossad and the cia were behind these attack.

    Did Israel pay osama bin laden to do their dirty work ???

    is osama bin laden working for Israel ???

  4. FRIST AND ALL MR OBAMA HAVE TO RETHINK THE CREATION OF WAR ON TERROR IS INJUSTIC, CAUSE STILL MAJORITY OF MUSLIM FEEL IS IS WAR ON ISLAM,IT IS PSYCHOLOGICALLY IF WE RELISTEN SOME BUSH’S SPEECH, YOU WILL FIND HIS INTENTIONLY SPEECH ANTI-ISLAM.
    IT IS VERY IMPORTNAT TO KNOW USA THAT NO SINGEL COUNTRY CAN’T CREATE WORLD’S PEACE & SECURITY UNTILL IT ALL CITIZENSHIP ARE NOT READY TO ACCEPT RELIGIOUS TOILERANCES. RELIGIOUS IS TOTALLY FREEDOM. WHY USA PEOPLE ARE TODAY DIVIDE FOR THIS FUNDENMENTAL RIGHT AND VALUE. IT IS RIGHT TIME TO THINK OBAMA WHERE USA POLICY ON RELIGIOUS WERE WRONG.

  5. 9/11 was an act of madness not characterized to live as a Day for America.
    All religions of the world condemn a happening of such a nature.
    What for the dark side of the Day as night came to destroy on this day through its handiwork and what has that taught to those illiterates who are hungry for food of the brains in light of the Day under the following of religions.
    Religions in all teach what? Can the self poised teacher of any religion use religion to negate the Day for the world to witness darkness?
    9/11 has been characterized as terror and if it was terror can the declared war against terror fetch any meaning for the humanity of religions? –
    It is unfortunate that no lessons are there for the humanity to learn from terror and sanity can only condemn its class perpetuating it without inherent surrenders for the universal cause of humanity that respects all religions of the world equally at the governing level heads of lands in the rule as rulers for peace because it is PEACE that is Allah or God the Un known above all religions.
    May God bless even the hidden terrorist and show them righteous path for becoming out of the madness because terror is extreme hatred that blinds for love to take its charge and it is Love that is Allah or God. There are no other commandments of Nature against Love as the Mother Nature of life accepts.
    The Mother Nature of biological life is a spread of Love indefinable and its permanence is like the flower of God or the UN known not meant to be seen as terror by terror. The humans behind guns on terror realize that and then whose battle it is on terror (?) and its answer is of “nobody” and if it is nobody, it is obviously of guns. Guns are never human and they come out to save the spread of LOVE? – So why guns at all or terror at all?
    Note:
    Basically I have written this comment for the heads of terrorists of life? – when we are on the spread of LOVE, the spread of terror has come from where (?) is the important question for Obama administration as well as for world powers on it to consider under the change looking at the use of guns and weapons of their legacy that has been there in the past?
    No body employs weapons just for the heck of it and if there have been situations of that kind in the past, its net result is that the terror also is up with guns? – So you see guns to guns can never wipe out terror. “The only weapon is the spread of love in place of guns for the terror to disappear gradually from life”. We treat a contagious disease through medical science whereas terror is not contagious, it has an epicenter and we need to arrest that through negotiations even if they are at the cost of ruling heads of areas in political play. How can the grouped so called promoters of terrorists are seen without their own ground of rule – they must first be allowed to land of their illiterate states so that they can be taught to live under their own norms to begin with allowing them free air to breathe and eat. Well that is how I envisage looking at the gravity of the situation. There is corruption going over at all levels because of the money flow in all regions where superficial as well as real battles are being fought with guns. Racial affect of same community fighting is also adding to corruption? In other words some could also be seen enjoying at the cost of corruption through war against terror. I do not want to say more through the spread of love that I see in me for all life with equality and so I stop here on my UN called for leads.
    Ravi.

  6. It is pains when one remenber on an event that occured in U.S, Tanzania, Kenya and other parts of the world. This time is important to carry out research on why do this happens.

    I also wish the world to strengthen defence in both approches of top down and bottom up so as to identify wrongdores and their grassroots in the world and hence establish tangible strict actions to be taken to these terrorists.

    Tanzania and other nations could not live island in the world but need to be one of champions towards terror act fighting. If we collaborate fighting against terror will be simple more than one can think. I wish president Obama a good health.

  7. The Bible is clear, for every one to be responsible for his own sins. President Obama, I agree with you to condemn the Alqaida not the muslem for the event of 11/9/2001.

  8. If the Alqaida can not come to justice, justice must be extended to them. In his book, Facing Mt Kenya,Jomo Kenyatta said, “There is nothing that treads on the earth that can not be trapped”

  9. No doubt US media has reports about conspiracy theories behind this unfortunate incident and even in above comments Tony has said that OUR GOVERNMENT LIED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND COVERED THEM UP. THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL A JET WILL BRING DOWN THE WTC. But let us take it as true that Alqaida has attacked WTC. The question is who is behind formation of Alqaida, how they, being individuals, had access to plan and execute such highly sensitive operation in presence of CIA, FBI on American soil ? But this is an undeniable fact that Alqaida has been founded in Masjid AlFarooq in 1988, at Oklahoma city of USA, by the Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, a US hero in US war against Communist Russia on Afghan soil from 1980 till probably 1990 when he was killed in Pakistan in a car bomb, paving the way for Osama to take over control of Alqaida. Later when Alqaida was blamed for attack on WTC, Bush asked Mullah Umar to hand over Osama or face war. He called 500 local religious scholars to decide the fate of Osama who unanimously asked Osama to leave Afghan soil. In the process his hand over to the third state, even to UN offered but Bushh did not accept these offers and attacked Kabul. Karzai being US ally was leading his forces in Kandahar where Mullah Umar was defending the city when Karzai through Mullah Naqeebullah made a deal for peaceful surrender in exchange for safety of Mullah Umar and his companions in future setup. Accordingly by evening Mullah Umar surrendered and Karzai forces took over but in next Morning ex US defense secretory Donalds Rumsfield rejected the deal by saying that he can not afford to see Mullah Umar roaming free and safe in Afghanistan. Rumsfield in fact was not representing American national opinion but being a member of US corporatocracy he had to find new markets for MIC and black water therefore for long stay Making Taliban part of Alqaida had been the best option as by isolating Alqaida’s 150/200 in Afghanistan would have finished this game with in months and then USA would have lost logic behind further stay and constrction of huge military complex at Bagram and other important strategic locations. Today after nine years war US support negotiation with Taliban and present CIA chief confess that 50 or 100 Alqaida activists are still active in Afghanistan. I am writing these facts from the war front and see with my own eyes, that non in Afghanistan and Pakistan support Osama as all here see him a part of US global imperialism or in other words the GREAT GAME. No doubt one can make fool all for some time but not all for all time, especially in this new millennium’s revolution in information technology. As OBAMA rightly said above that we must stay true to who we are, as Americans.” is the only solution as that America stand for universal justice, equality and fraternity, the national ideals which the founding fathers had achieved after hard struggle, sacrifices in war for independence against British Imperialism. George Washington has rightly said America should remain neutral in world politics as it will add to wars therefore instead should concentrate on trade to make the world a peaceful as agreed in the declaration of independence and symbolized in the shape of statue of liberty.
    So this incident on 9/11 should not be taken as attack on USA but should be taken as a lesson and a result of deviation from grand national values and thus instead of fighting, killing and bombing innocents in Afghanistan and Iraq, it should be concentrated on internal evil forces which has made every American in this world a favorite target for the hate. This revision of national priorities and its putting in line with the national values will certainly add to the better image of USA in future which will finally make the whole world a better place for future generations.

  10. glad to see first lady activity recognized

    what happened ton jesse jaskson on nyc mosque

    where is the obama wall street action?- i see that the gamblers are moving their money out of the country- does that demonstratre the effect of obama guarantees to the people? are the rats leaving the ship?

  11. Obama has been doing a tremendous work,and may God Almighty bless him.
    Obama, i love you very much and keep on with the good and be great like Martin Luther King Jr.Thanks

  12. am very sure that it’s the responsibility of all countries that love peace to co-operate with others of the same idea to eliminate terrorism in our world.this exercise, in my opinion,needs sincerity,care and commitment among all nations because,all nations are prone to this catastrophe as experienced inkenya in 1998.one of the greatest challenges to this effort against terrorism is instability of some countries such as somalia,where some terrorists may inhabit.if these nations were stablised,the world would find it easy to control terrorism.moreover,this act of arms race among powerful states is the principal cause of insecurity.let the nations stop suspicion and dwell on development matters.for instance,countries should stop rushing for nuclear technology since,it is definately aimed to destroy human kind.terrorists should quit these inhuman activities and champion for peace…

  13. congrats Mr.President Obama,you are doing the best for everyone in the world.
    We are praying for you.US economy will be back to normal.Continue to trust upon the lord for everything.He knew you can, when he gave the office.Those who are mocking you will be put to shame by our GOD.Nothing is impossible to our GOD.

  14. I hope that One time I’ll reach in America and I will be happiness to meet with USA President Family.

    Good