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Michelle Obama, Laura Bush to appear together at Shanksville memorial

By Ed O'Keefe

In their first joint appearance of the Obama administration, First Lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will commemorate the 9th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at a memorial service in Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 crashed, the White House said today.

Bush and Obama will be keynote speakers at the event, alongside Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and other officials.

"I am proud to be a part of the ceremony and public gathering in Shanksville on September 11 to commemorate the courageous acts of those on board Flight 93," Bush said in a statement released earlier this month announcing her participation. "We must never forget the brave sacrifice of these extraordinary men and women."

A national memorial and new national park are being built at the Flight 93 crash site outside Shanksville, where the jet carrying 40 passengers crashed. Investigators later concluded that the flight had been hijacked and was likely en route to Washington when passengers attempted to retake the plane.

Obama and Bush first met for tea at the White House during the Bush-Obama transition. They have not met since, according to the White House.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | August 23, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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For those who get their info from videos I'd like to quote one of the unreadable signs from an AP video over the "Ground Zero" protests.

"America when did it become OK to be a Bigot and a Racist again?"

The AP video cuts past this sign so that it cannot be read without the pause button. Is this another example of media cowardice?

CB in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | August 23, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Oh, it's already 9/11?

Posted by: HilaryLo | August 23, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

After 9/11, George Bush made a very astute speech about the importance of differentiating between Muslims and Terrorists who happen to be Muslim.
However, when you continue to be attacked
after 9/11 with Fort Hood mass killing, and the attempted Subway bombings, and the attempt by the Underwear bomber, and the attempt to bomb Manhattan, its difficult for even the most responsible people to not be concerned about the pattern we're seeing.

Posted by: ohioan | August 23, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

A first class act to put a little sanity and much needed dignity back in the discussion. Both are Mothers who hold that special feeling for human life. 9/11 at this time needs and deserves some reverence, which these First Ladies are well able provide. Flight 93 mirrors America at her best in that these Americans fought to the death against the criminals without hesitation once they knew the score. Flight 93 was the beginning of Americas war on Terror. Let that be a lesson to all enemies foreign and domestic. G_d Bless America and the President of the United States of America.

Posted by: dmscontractor | August 23, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Peolple are FINALLY catching on to Michelle. Just like her husband she is a spoiled eltist.

Posted by: espnfan | August 23, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Will they take the opportunity to shame Rauf and Daisy into moving the mosque away from Ground Zero? or,

Will they engage in a non sequiter reaffirmation of their "right" to build the mosque and avoid the real question whether or not it is "right" to build a mosque where 3,000 people were murdered by Muslim terrorists in the name of Islam?

Posted by: Jakesterman | August 23, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

If Michelle Obama signs on to perpetuate this Bush propagandist's fantasy about heroic passengers I will once and for all cease any semblance of supporting the failing Obama administration. From no investigations of Cheney and his "energy task force" and treasonous actions in lying to draw the United States into war, full taxpayer bailouts of the Wall Street manipulators, etc., etc., etc., Obama has shown himself from the moment he made Rahm COS to be a tool of the establishment.

That jet was shot down! The debris field was 10 miles wide. People on the ground witnessed it! It crashed precisely into a soft coal mine safely removed from both the Pittsburgh and Washington metroploitan areas. Dick Cheney himself admitted as much himself on "Meet the Press" the wekk after! It was not brought down by a beverage cart!

If these people didn't spend so much time constructing and supporting lies to ultimately enrich themselves they might actually govern.

Posted by: SoCali | August 23, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see this day Laura Bush acted like she didn't want Michelle to touch her let alone be in the same room with her the first meeting the had. No how f-ing funny is that. I watched it on tv, saw it with my own two eyes. Hopefully doing something for the greater good will help Laura show a little class. Because she treated Michelle like sh-t in my eyes.

Posted by: MsSexy4Life | August 23, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

socali - did they let you out of the mental institution, or did you escape?

Posted by: madmike272 | August 23, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

their "right" to build the mosque and avoid the real question whether or not it is "right" to build a mosque where 3,000 people were murdered by Muslim terrorists
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You're way off on all of that, sugar lips. No mosque is being "built." The group is using an existing building. Get yer facts straight. And, the people who perpetrated the crime were thugs and yes, terrorists who happened to be Muslim. First and foremost, they were murderers. Stop maligning an entire religion and the myriad people who adhere to Islam who are innocents. BTW, dimwit, Muslims were in the WTC and also died. There are extremists in most religions. Perhaps when morons bomb abortion clinics we should start saying that Christian terrorists are at it once again, murdering whoever doesn't buy into their dogmatic crap re abortion.

Posted by: mooncusser | August 23, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

After 9/11, George Bush made a very astute speech about the importance of differentiating between Muslims and Terrorists who happen to be Muslim.
However, when you continue to be attacked
after 9/11 with Fort Hood mass killing, and the attempted Subway bombings, and the attempt by the Underwear bomber, and the attempt to bomb Manhattan, its difficult for even the most responsible people to not be concerned about the pattern we're seeing.

Posted by: ohioan
______________
The same could be said about David Koresh and Christianity. Tim McVeigh, the killer who shot the abortion Dr at his church, the Huturee Christian Militia that wanted to kill law enforcement officers, the man killed a guard at the Natioanal Holocuast Museum, the Westboro Baptist Church - all can be said to commit their acts as "christians" but we all KNOW they do not represent the vast majority.

Make the distinction between the 2 million patriotic muslims in the US and a hand full who are not.

Posted by: cadam72 | August 23, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

9-11 is so 2001.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 23, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

madmike272, Ii'm afraid that SoCali and MsSexy4Life studied at Delusion Tech.

And I agree with Ohioan. The chain of events most certainly warrant a more careful look those promoters and followers of Islam in this country. Mistreatment or demonization is not necessary, but to blindly trust is foolish.

Posted by: Lilycat11 | August 23, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I really think this could be an important meeting of these ladies.
Mrs. Bush can no doubt exibit to Mrs. Obama what a first lady should be like in her position as a first lady and the demeaner that is proper to exibit.
In other words show her what real class is.

Posted by: jerry29 | August 23, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

THE TRUTH needs to finally come out on who really brought down those planes on 911-GW BUSH and DICK CHENEY. They need to be tried for HIGH TREASON and hang by the neck until dead for the murder of thousands of New Yorkers and MILLIONS of innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan! It is impossible for the twin towers to come straight down like that without explosives! Some firemen even heard the words, CUT IT which means an explosive is to occur! AMERICA ORDERED THESE MAFIA HITS FOR OIL. See the facts and put these monsters behind bars awaiting the death penalty! Sorry Laura. This is factual and true.
Too much evidence. People take off your blinders and hold them accountable! America is under the curse of God for doing this and other horrific acts like gang rapes from the Alaska State Troopers that drug and rape people up here (with the help the some local Doctors providing drugs!) with no consequences. America the perverse. TIME FOR A CHANGE and I hope Obama gets off hi a** and does something soon before a civil wars break out in America , especially with all of the militias popping up everywhere! God always brings warning before judgement! Isaiah 58-all! HEADE THE WARNING AND TELL THE WORLD THE TRUTH-finally and be healed as a nation! Amen

Posted by: TheDebbieWolf | August 23, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I think this will be an excellent opportunity for The former first lady to show the current first lady how to conduct oneself as the first lady of the United States.

Posted by: jerry29 | August 23, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

It would be the very first truely AMERICAN kind of thing the world has ever seen from Michelle Obama. Maybe she has a slightly guilty conscience and is trying to make up for that most recent boondoggle to spain? Or, those highly unnecessary & totally expensive dresses she sports. No that can't be it - she has no conscious! It's just a whim! It'll pass!

Posted by: rbk525 | August 23, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

With Obama denigrating George W. Bush on almost a daily basis, I wish Laura Bush would not lend dignity to this despicable Michelle Obama. I think avoiding the Obamas would be the wiser course of action for Laura Bush. She gains nothing but offers a great deal to Michelle Obama by her presence.

Posted by: mvpeach | August 23, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Mooch-elle needs to stay home. People will just be making comparison between her and Laura Bush who has impeccable breeding and manners. Any bets on the sleeveless one showing up "sleeveless" for this event?

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | August 23, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Bush is such a class act and always has been. She never wavered even when her husband was being maligned by the ignorant and mentally challenged left wing-nuts. She could teach this Michelle girl a great deal about how a real first lady acts, dresses, and behaves in public. Bravo to mrs. Bush, always the lady, for agreeing to do this with Michelle.

Posted by: inowat | August 23, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Bush!Please be aware that this Michelle Obama is a back stabbing Muslim which is only using you for her and her husbands gains.I sence you are a very intelligent woman but Mrs. Obama has been tought by the best of deceptive S.O.Bs.in the world, her husband.If I were you I would talk her down to the level of a slimmy slug, where she and that thing she is married to belongs.You have some clout, push to get her innocent children taken from them on charges of endangering a minor. The way things are going, they may end up being in the line of fire by the presidents own Democratic party.He and she have turned their backs on everyone but his Muslim friends.He wants to see Iran destroy Israel as they are not of the Muslim belief.Do something to end what this administration is doing to this country. dollar_bil2@yahoo.com)

Posted by: dollar_bil2 | August 23, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I hope Michele is able to show respect instead of tossing a flower rudely like Obama did at the WTC 911 memorial, (where she was to dam busy to attend it as the new first lady).
Seeing the two wives of Dumb and Dumber together as the congealing glue of the Nation, at least reminds us to vote better, because both partys are incredibly unpopular now.

Posted by: dottydo | August 23, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

9/11 was a mysterious tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. We know that 2 aiplanes crashed ino the towers but the other elements of the story are shrouded in mystery. For instance, why did 3 buildings come down when only two buildings were hit? Why have nearly a hundred structural engineers reputed the official story of the buildings' collapse? (All three came down as only a well designed demolition could cause. Certainly not an airplane 3/4 of the way up.) Why did the few pictures taken of the beams of the buildings show many to be in exact lengths with ends giving the appearance of having been cut through by thermolite, the material used in large building demolitions? Why did they haul the beams away before inspecting engineers had a chance to go over the destruction which is standard practice anytime a large structure comes down? There are other elements of mystery but these are enough to set an intelligent mind wondering.

I hope for answers and for satisfaction and peace for the family and friends of those who perished.

Posted by: thestoryplease | August 24, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

President Obama and all those who gather there to commemorate September 11 shall also pay tribute to all those hundreds of thousands of innocent humans slaughtered by the US forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere since 2001.

Posted by: Justhuman1 | August 25, 2010 4:52 AM | Report abuse

I don't care how Laura Bush dresses and wears that fake smile, married to a moron and a person that destroyed this country and countless lives overseas is not a sign of someone having class. Get a life morons!

Posted by: laj0321 | August 25, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

WELL ITS TIME FOR THE TRUTH AGAIN.

I SEE THE BUSHES ARE CELEBRATING AGAIN.

WELL THEY GOT EVEN WITH THE TERROISTS DIDNT

THEY.

YES GW BUSH ORDERED THE MILITARY TO

WIPE OUT OVER 200,000 IRAQI CITIZENS.

SOUNDS LIKE A REPUBLICAN.

WELL I WOULD JUST HAVE TO SAY THAT ALL

REPUBLICANS ARE GUILTY OF MURDER.

THEY VOTED FOR GW BUSH, AND THEY GOT WHAT

THEY VOTED FOR.

REPUBLICANS.

THE PARTY OF MURDERERS AND THIEVES

AND CORN HOLERS....

Posted by: getthetruth | August 25, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

YES REPUBLICANS ARE MURDERERS.

AND THEY ARE ALSO CORN HOLERS.


THIS IS THE 3RD ANNIVERSARY.

REPUBLICAN SENATOR LARRY CRAIG

OF IDUHO

WAS CAUGHT IN A PUBLIC RESTROOM

TRYING TO

STICK HIS DICK IN A COPS BUTT.

ALL THE PAPERS REPORTED IT.

TRYING TO STICK HIS DICK IN A COPS BUTT.


I ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH.

IT MAKES THE GUILTY ONES FEEL GREAT.

Posted by: getthetruth | August 25, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

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