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Obama at 9/11 Memorial: ‘No Act Of Terrorism Can Ever Change What We Stand For’

11 September 2012 General 18 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Eleven years after the 9/11 attacksPresident Obama says the country has emerged stronger, safer and more resilient.

“As painful as this day is and always will be, it leaves us with a lesson: that no single event can ever destroy who we are, no act of terrorism can ever change what we stand for,” the president said at a memorial ceremony at the Pentagon. “Instead, we recommit ourselves to the values that we believe in, holding firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.”

Recalling a day “that began like so many others,” the president said, “It is easy for those of us who lived through that day to close our eyes and to find ourselves back there and back here, back when grief crashed over us like an awful wave, when Americans everywhere held each other tight, seeking the reassurance that the world we knew wasn’t crumbling under our feet.”

Since the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, the president said America has “dealt a crippling blow to the organization that brought evil to our shores.”

“Al Qaeda’s leadership has been devastated, and Osama bin Laden will never threaten us again,” said Obama, who also cited the end of the Iraq war and the transition in Afghanistan.

The president assured the victims’ families that “no matter how many years passed, no matter how many times we come together on this hallowed ground, know this, that you will never be alone.”

“Your loved ones will never be forgotten. They will endure in the hearts of our nation because through their sacrifice, they helped us make the America we are today, an America that has emerged even stronger,” he said.

After his remarks, the president and first lady spent close to an hour greeting the families of those who lost their lives in the attacks.

On their way back to the White House, the president and Mrs. Obama stopped at Arlington National Cemetery, where they visited the graves of service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Original post: Obama at 9/11 Memorial: ‘No Act Of Terrorism Can Ever Change What We Stand For’


  1. and WHAT is it that we stand for? World police? Occupiers? A Nation that sends its best and bravest to make the world safe for multinational corporations?

  2. yah right, it is too late for that, the USA are already changed beyond recognition, a land of crazy scared bigots

  3. “A paradise of impunity” -Evo Morales

  4. yes but it DID. so his statement is complete bollocks

  5. Why is Americans Against Islamophobia hopping around Barack Obama? All other articles are condemning the 9/11 tragedy but also criticising the response by the US i.e. invading, droning, cluster-bombing, occupying, detaining without charges, and indiscriminately shooting huge numbers of innocent children, women and men in multiple countries.

  6. America only stands for oppression,racism,xenophobia, and their latest Achievement being killing defenseless women and children through drone strikes in poor countries.Their will be no peace in world with America in it.

  7. “Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.” -President Barack Obama

  8. If only that staement were actually true…

  9. Good to see so many people seeing through that statement. This nation has certainly changed for the worse. If indeed this was done bc “they hate our freedom”, then “they” got exactly what they wanted.

    I will never believe that American intelligence agencies were not involved in this.

  10. he is right. we can’t allow islamic terrorist to change who we are.

    nor the islamic mob.


    what does your intellect tell you of muslims love of free speech?

  11. Muslims have to hate free speech, freedom of religion and probably several other freedoms. They think Islam is going to fall apart if it’s not enforced.

    I remember a post by muslim at a big public prayer in Egypt, he said, he boiled in wrath at the people who walked by and didn’t participate. Just naturally get mad as hell at those who don’t do it. Ya, great ‘tude for the world. Not.

  12. don’t hurt the muslims religious feelings. they will kill you.
    not sure how an embassy staff member is responsible for terry jones’ actions. then again what did 20 un staff member have to do with him either is beyond me. the dutch cartoonist is still alive, but how many others were killed. salmon rushdie, still alive but how many were killed? theo van gogh, at least that muslim got his actualy target. thank allah for small mercies. the religion of peace, it just keeps getting funnier and funnier.


    four dead so far. allahu akbar. the religion of peace. not sure muslim understand the meaning of the word peace.


    More crazy damn stuff from the religion of crazy damn stuff.

  15. “Islam, without political domination, cannot survive.”–Quote of Ali Mohamed, Osama bin Laden’s spy in America, who knew every detail beforehand of the actions of the 9/11 hijackers in ‘Triple Cross’.

  16. Yes, Shaheen that is what they think. That people if left to their own devices will leave Islam. Let’s give it a try and see what happens. If Islam were not theocratic it might improve.

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