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By Scott Wilson
President Obama marked his first Sept. 11 anniversary as commander in chief on a rain-soaked Friday morning with a moment of silence and a call for national unity.

"Eight Septembers have come and gone," Obama said at a Pentagon ceremony, the shoulders of his dark suit glistening wet with rain. "Nearly 3,000 days have passed; almost one for each of those taken from us."

"But no turning of the season can diminish the pain and the loss of that day," he continued. "No passage of time and no dark skies can ever dull the meaning of this moment."

Like former president George W. Bush, the attacks of Sept. 11 and the steps taken to protect the country afterward have defined the way Obama views the world, and shaped, more than any other event, the way he understands national security.

Obama has written and spoken about the morning eight years ago many times, and since taking office, has recalibrated U.S. war efforts abroad, detention and interrogation policies at home, and even the language the government uses to speak about terrorism based on his understanding of Sept. 11, 2001, and its aftermath.

On Friday morning, in two solemn events, Obama echoed the previous calls he has made for the nation to come together on this grim anniversary, as it did in the days immediately after the attacks.

At 8:46 a.m., Obama and first lady Michelle Obama gathered with roughly 200 members of the White House staff on the South Lawn to mark the moment when American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Three bells rang and the president bowed his head for a minute of silence, then turned with his wife, who was dressed in black, and walked back into the White House. The annual silent remembrance began under former president George W. Bush.

VIDEO | Obama Observes 9/11 at Pentagon
Later, at the Pentagon, Obama laid a wreath of white flowers at the memorial for those who died when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the building. He spoke alongside Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

On his lapel he wore an American flag pin, a symbol he once said he did not need to wear to show his patriotism.

Obama has declared the anniversary a National Day of Service and Remembrance, and in his remarks he said "we can summon once more that ordinary goodness of America to serve our communities, to strengthen our country and to better our world."

"Most of all, on a day when others sought to sap our confidence, let us renew our common purpose," he continued. "Let us remember how we came together as one nation, as one people, as Americans, united not only in our grief but in our resolve to stand with one another, to stand up for the country we all love."

With raining falling, Obama said, "This may be the greatest lesson of this day, the strongest rebuke to those who attacked us, the highest tribute to those taken from us; that such sense of purpose need not be a fleeting moment, it can be a lasting virtue."

"That through their own lives, and through you, the loved ones that they left behind, the men and women who lost their lives eight years ago today leave a legacy that still shines brightly in the darkness and that calls on all of us to be strong and firm and united," he said. "That is our calling today and in all the Septembers still to come."

Obama, Gates and Mullen then listened as a military band played "America the Beautiful."

By By Scott Wilson  |  September 11, 2009; 10:43 AM ET
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Comments

The fool writing and too many Americans believe a jumbo jet (Flt 77) hit a reinforced Pentagon, folded it's wings, went through a 16' diameter hole and vaporized. I believe in the laws of physics and don't accept this mistaken fact.

Posted by: jameschirico | September 13, 2009 7:15 AM | Report abuse

I repeat:
Bush's response to 9/11 has gotten more Americans killed and caused more economic damage than Bin Laden and his hijackers were able to accomplish on that awful day.

Posted by: rooster54 | September 12, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Apologies. My comment was supposed to go with the article on Beck.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | September 11, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck is a demagogue. I´ve tried to watch his show with an open mind but find him absolutely frightening. I´m old enough to remember McCarthy and Beck seems to be in the same mold. It´s one thing to criticize policies and express one´s opinions but Beck is involved in character assassination, much like some of those on the left he criticizes. He makes Sean Hannity seem almost rational and Bill O´Reilly downright liberal!

Posted by: Aquarius1 | September 11, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

What an embarrassment Odumbo is. You phonies in the media claim he has reaclibrated a lot of things, and you're right.

All of them spell appeasement toward our muslim terrorist enemies.

This dolt apparently thinks that being nice will make them change their attitude, which has had them attacking us for decades.

The dimwit even put two muslims high up in the DHS.

His call for service as a way to remember these animalistic attacks on innocents here in the Unites States is sheer liberal stupidity and cowardice. About what I've come to expect from democrat politicians.


This incompetent gets more detestable day by day.

Posted by: LarryG62 | September 11, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

The 9/10 Mentality Personified
"Kerry Marks Eve of 9/11 Anniversary With Push for Climate Legislation"--headline, Washington Independent, Sept. 10

Posted by: kohnfjerry | September 11, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse


I'm sure the president will get around to Ground Zero next year.

As much as you may hate to admit it, he's going to be around for a few more of these ceremonies.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | September 11, 2009 2:55 PM

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Unfortunately so will fruitcakes like you. The only one thing that all of the 9/11 commission members agreed on was that it could have been prevented. Nor am I a proponent of "Bush Conspiracy" It was instead Bush ineptness and refusal to substitute fact for ideology that caused the deaths, the same thing that caused our current financial crisis.
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Not exactly following your reasoning that I'm a 'fruitcake', since I suspect we are in agreement. I do happen to agree with you about Bush's substitution of ideology for fact - in fact, the entire GOP seems to be afflicted by it. I'm quite happy we have the other party in power.

So, since I'm a "fruitcake" and we are in agreement, what does that make you?

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | September 11, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama would have you join ACORN in remembrance.

Posted by: ChangeWhat | September 11, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Your wrong TheCynic.

Without the knowledge of what really happened, how can out people revolt? Armed rebellion is what is needed.

Posted by: falseflagattack2001 | September 11, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I think the debate about whether 911 was an inside job has been settled by the scientific evidence amongst the enlightened. The necessary conspiracy of silence is maintained, even by we who know, out of profound fear for the implications of that truth.

If 911 was an inside job, the implications would seriously undermine civil government in the United States. There would be a witch hunt of cataclysmic proportions. No one would be safe, and the hysteria unleashed, the paranoia unbound, would rock the very foundations of American society. A schism would open and the abyss would beckon. A huge fault line would open between civil society and what is termed the American military industrial complex. As prosecutions, and persecutions, spread like wildfire, one could easily see either the advent of a military dictatorship, a civil war, or wide-scale secessions from the Union. The probability of all this eventuating is furthered within the context of an extended economic depression and large numbers of unemployed young people, for whom revolution can be at times, a shout away, as in some random Town Hall Meeting.

The potential damage caused by revelation that 911 was an inside job far exceeds the damage it has caused itself. Therefore, for us who cannot argue with the empirical science of the event, it may be perhaps wisest to simply be quiet.

Posted by: TheCynic | September 11, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Remember that French newspaper headline that said, the day after 911, "We are all Americans now" ?

Well, since the terrible, criminal, unprovoked attack of March 20, 2003, we've all been Iraqis.

Posted by: bourassa1 | September 11, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

One day after two ACORN officials in Baltimore were fired for offering to help a man and woman posing as a pimp and prostitute to engage in child prostitution and a series of tax crimes, another secretly shot videotape has surfaced that shows the same couple getting similar advice from ACORN officers in Washington.

Posted by: lucygirl1 | September 11, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the president will get around to Ground Zero next year.

As much as you may hate to admit it, he's going to be around for a few more of these ceremonies.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | September 11, 2009 2:55 PM

_______________________________________

Unfortunately so will fruitcakes like you. The only one thing that all of the 9/11 commission members agreed on was that it could have been prevented. Nor am I a proponent of "Bush Conspiracy" It was instead Bush ineptness and refusal to substitute fact for ideology that caused the deaths, the same thing that caused our current financial crisis.

Posted by: whistleblower1 | September 11, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

How quickly we forgot. To those who lost loved ones in the Oaklohoma City Bombing the pain and loss is just as great yet no one cares. Maybe because Oaklahoma cannot be used as a tool to reinvigorate America's committment to Afghanistan and Iraq. To those mothers who lost over 6 thousand of their sons and daughters to a unecessary war in Iraq the pain is just as great yet no one speaks on their behalf. For the thousands of brave men and women who come back from fighting for this country only to find themsleves unemployed. No one cries out. We should hang are heads in shame. Congress should pass a law requiring that for every congress person and every cabinet offical (including the President) who wishes to send our childern into harmsway they most contriubte one child or grandchild to combat in the theater of operation.

Posted by: whistleblower1 | September 11, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

USCG 9-11 "TRAINING EXERCISE" -- ECHOES OF AF ONE BIG APPLE TERROR BUZZING?


Why would the Coast Guard schedule a "training exercise" in the Pentagon "exclusion zone" set up this morning for President Obama's visit to the Pentagon -- sending FBI agents scrambling?

Shades of the Air Force One terror-buzzing of Manhattan a few months back?

Was this really a training exercise, or something else... a threat against POTUS that was uncovered and (covertly) taken down, perhaps?

Naah.. that only happens in spy novels and Jerry Bruckheimer movies... Move along, there's nothing to see here...

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 11, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I think it is appalling that on his first 9/11 since he became President, Obama chose NOT to attend the memorial service at Ground Zero, but sent Joe Biden instead.
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I'm sure the president will get around to Ground Zero next year.

As much as you may hate to admit it, he's going to be around for a few more of these ceremonies.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | September 11, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

goheels:

I agree! For pResident Obama to twist today into a NATIONALIST Day of Service to the State is crazy.
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1) It's hardly a stretch to use the holiday to get people dedicated to serving their communities.
2) Since when did conservatives decide being 'nationalist' was a bad thing? Was it just after the election?

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | September 11, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

So he makes a speech at the Pentagon and dedicates this day as the first day of service and remembrance, and then doesn’t mention anything about the military who are dedicated everyday as a day of service to us.
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Were we listening to the same speech? Of course he gave tribute to the military.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | September 11, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

they were standing when bush was president.you screwed up big time georgie boy.

Posted by: donaldtucker | September 11, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

So we lost 3,000 or so on 9-11. I am quite certain we have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people in retribution. And still do not have bin-Laden and have lost two wars in the process.

Posted by: Maddogg | September 11, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The one issue that many fail to understand is that our country and it's government is experiencing a full, frontal attack by corporate America.

The very day Joe Wilson made a fool of himself in front of a national audience, our Supreme Court heard arguments that could decide whether large corporations, with their enormous funds, should be given the same rights as "Individuals" to affect change in passage of political issues and elections of candidates in our country.

The McCain-Feingold election law greatly restricted the use of third party spending to help candidates. On radio, television, cable TV, or satellite broadcast such spending was banned for 30 days before a primary election or nominating convention, or within 60 days before a general election.

The question being asked is: "Is outlawing political speech based on the identity of the speaker compatible with the First Amendment?" And the case being "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission" and whether expressed advocacy can influence elections toward candidates who carry significant weight in Congress to deliver on favors, or deny individual citizens rights to equal justice under the law.

"Imagine power companies spending millions of dollars on ads in the run-up to the 2010 midterm elections accusing congressmen who supported climate change legislation of trying to increase electric rates and urging votes against them, or unions buying airtime to support primary challenges to conservative Democratic senators who opposed the labor-backed Employee Free Choice Act. Or even healthcare companies saturating the airwaves with messages urging voters to deny President Obama a second term.

...the Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that challenges decades of restrictions on corporations and unions spending unlimited cash on just those sorts of ads. Even more broadly, the case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, gives the court’s conservative majority a chance to fundamentally redefine the role of corporations and unions in American politics.

Campaign finance experts predict the court, which has demonstrated an inclination towards incremental loosening of rules restricting the flow of money into politics, will expand the types of ads corporations and unions can pay for. Their only question is just how much the justices will open the floodgates."

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26843.html

By reversing McCain/Feingold the Supreme Court could reverse the Legislative responsibilities from Congress to the Supreme Court. Wasn't it the Republicans who complained about Sonia Sotomayor? (Who by the way, cited previous Supreme Court precedent in "Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce" in 2007.

Stop the flow of influence peddling with unlimited corporate funds upon our government!


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | September 11, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Good grief, the nutcakes just never let up.

Obama didn't take time out to honor ground zero? What do you think this article is about. Or did you expect him to be in 3 places at once? Yes, I think that is it. The haters need to expect something physically impossible, so that they can be assured of something to whine about.

And BeanerECMO, here's a question for you: which presidential candidate received the most donations contributed from our soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan? John McCain you suppose? Try again. Barrack Hussein Obama. You can look it up. Our soldiers are behind this man, because he does not see them as political pawns to be used to bolster his ratings as Bush did, or to be used to pad the coffers of friends in the oil and oil services industries.

You people really need to get re-aquainted with reality one of these days. We will wait for you there.

Posted by: B2O2 | September 11, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

We need to set 9-12 as the day of rememberance for the thousands that lose their lives every year because they lack health care in the US.

Posted by: Maddogg | September 11, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

This would be a great day to propose a nice war tax to payoff the trillions in war debt so fellow Americans will have an easier time with health care.

Posted by: Maddogg | September 11, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

So he makes a speech at the Pentagon and dedicates this day as the first day of service and remembrance, and then doesn’t mention anything about the military who are dedicated everyday as a day of service to us. Also, remember, that we were not attacked because we weren’t doing enough community service; we were attacked because of hate. Clearly, we will forget quickly what he said today at the Pentagon, but we will never forget what was done at the Pentagon, the WTC or Shanksville. Even Bloomberg made the same inane service remarks.

Posted by: BeanerECMO | September 11, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Anything this President does will be used by the oppostion as an excuse for agitation and pettiness. Anyone who actually read the President's proclamation knows that he place remembrance of the 9/11 fallen front and center on this day. He then called on the Nation to regain the sprit it had toward service to one another in the days after 9/11, as many of the survivors of the 9/11 victims had asked for when THEY pushed for the service law.

The President chose to go to the Pentagon today. They, too, were hit on 9/11.

Or don't they count?

And I'm really sure that our men heroically serving in Afghanistan have a lot more pressing things on their minds then, "I'm going to be insulted if Obama went to the Pentagon instead of Ground Zero today!"

Posted by: howie14 | September 11, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

parkerfl1: I don't think anyone is claiming Obama is using 9/11 for political purposes. This is not the issue. Do I believe Bush milked it? Yes. But I am also offended that so many, my family included, have sacrificed overseas since this tragedy, yet Obama did not think it was important enough to take a few hours out of his day, away from pushing his own agenda, to bring the eyes of the world back to Ground Zero even for just a moment. What kind of message does that send to our troops, our allies, and most importantly, to our enemies???

Posted by: goheels | September 11, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama is using 9/11 for political purposes? How can any conservative say this after eight years of the Bush administration intoning 9/11 for everything from Iraq to Social Security...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | September 11, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

goheels:

I agree! For pResident Obama to twist today into a NATIONALIST Day of Service to the State is crazy.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

They do what they do because that is all they know how to do.
Name {list} one significant contribution that Muslims have made to civilization since Mohammed.

They are all about blood lust and fornication, absolutely nothing else.
9/11 is in our hearts and minds and we say with a unified voice, never again
9/11… NEVER Forget

Posted by: bruiserND | September 11, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Bless all the innocent souls lost on 9/11. And, may our President bring Osama Bin Laden to justice. Eight years is too long to leave this monstrous evil unanswered.

Posted by: merrylees | September 11, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

WTC TOWERS, BUILDING 7 WERE PULVERIZED AS THE RESULT OF A 'STAR WARS'- TYPE DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPON, NOT FROM THE FIRE OR THE PLANES, SAYS NOTED MECHANICAL ENGINEER

My attempts to post the following link to the scientist's web site were blocked yesterday, leading me to give more credence to the theory that a massive cover-up continues. So I will try again. Here is the link:

http://drjudywood.com

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 11, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

And why does Obama continue the Bush policy of covering for the perpetrators of 9/11:

http://www.asecondlookatthesaudis.com

As reported in the NYT just a few months ago, the Obama Justice Department continues to cover up evidence implicating the Saudis:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/world/middleeast/24saudi.html

Not exactly change we can believe in.


Posted by: BillinChicago1 | September 11, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Sure, let's remember the victims. But let's also remember the perpetrators:

http://www.asecondlookatthesaudis.com

Posted by: BillinChicago1 | September 11, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I believe it was far more appalling that our last administration used 9/11 any chance they got for political purposes!

Posted by: whirlwind81 | September 11, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I think it is appalling that on his first 9/11 since he became President, Obama chose NOT to attend the memorial service at Ground Zero, but sent Joe Biden instead. What a slap in the face to so many, but especially those STILL serving our country in Afghanistan, eight years later.

Posted by: goheels | September 11, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Bush's response to 9/11 has gotten more Americans killed and caused more economic damage than Bin Laden and his hijackers were able to accomplish on that awful day.

Posted by: rooster54 | September 11, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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