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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit the 9/11 memorial with George and Laura Bush

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  1. 1 aamom
    September 11, 2011 at 8:39 am

    my god both presidents behind a bullet-proof screen. I’m switching between MSNBC & CSPAN.

    • 2 utaustinliberal
      September 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

      Me too. The bulletproof glass screen just reminds you that the two men are never normal. Everything about their security always has to top-notch.

  2. 3 Ceb
    September 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Thanks so much Chips, for such current, on the spot, reporting. I will follow most of the events on-line b/c the commentary by the talking heads and media types just get om nerves.

  3. 4 donna dem 4 obama
    September 11, 2011 at 8:43 am

    The ceremony is beautiful.

    I feel the need to say…God Bless America

  4. 5 nintendowii10
    September 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

    My 9/11 Memorial Playlist

  5. September 11, 2011 at 8:59 am


    Psalm 46 (New Revised Standard)

    1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. (Selah) 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns. 6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Selah) 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Selah)

    • 8 Bill
      September 11, 2011 at 9:16 am

      Interesting observation is that in the King James Version of Psalm 46 the 46th word from the beginning is “shake” and the 46th word from the end is “spear”, together forming the word “shakespeare”. Shakespeare was 46 years of age the year the KJV was written.

      • September 11, 2011 at 9:29 am

        Actually, I now see that the original reporting is wrong. PBO read from the King James version:

        1: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
        2: Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
        3: Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
        4: There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
        5: God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
        6: The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
        7: The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
        8: Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
        9: He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
        10: Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
        11: The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

  6. 13 Bill
    September 11, 2011 at 9:00 am

    David Gregory is interviewing Karen Hughes from the Bush administration on her insights on 9/11. The MSM is useless.

    • September 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

      Agreed times a million.

    • 15 anniebella
      September 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

      I saw that Hughes woman and I turn it as fast as the remote could, plus I’m not a fan of Gregory so I didn’t listen to them.

    • 16 Asher in Boston
      September 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      I pretty much tuned those idots out. Will be following all the ceremomies on here I dont care if I wont be seeing it live, but I cant stand those talking heads and all the Bushie, apologist liars that have all of a sudden crawled out of whatever holes they have been staying.

  7. September 11, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Such a somber, fragile moment. God Bless you all.

  8. 18 Ceb
    September 11, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Just looking at the photo of the Obamas holding hands tightly, it is plain to see that they draw strength from each other. God knows that they will need each other today. I

    • September 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

      I noticed that as well and I totally agree. Strength and comfort is needed for this country. Politics aside, we all need to recognize our similarities and bond together.

    • September 11, 2011 at 9:21 am

      I want to know what Michelle just whispered to Barack. She was shaking her head no like she was not happy with something someone said or did. I bet they can’t believe some of the stuff that goes on. And always having to put the best face forward like nothing ever displeases.

  9. 22 Pamela
    September 11, 2011 at 9:03 am

    POTUS & FLOTUS, so much compassion, love and understanding. How precious they are to me. Their bond is so deep and conscious. Bless them, and all of you.

  10. 23 hopefruit2
    September 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

    They clearly planted a group of folks in the audience to “give props” to Dubbya while he was reading. Not impressed.

    • 24 nintendowii10
      September 11, 2011 at 9:09 am

      Enough of the partisan petty politics. As much as I disagreed with everything that President Bush did to exploit this tragedy for political gain, I respect how he was able to bring us together initially after we were attacked. It would be a challenge for ANY President to bring us together in such a tragedy, and to this day, I give President Bush respect for becoming a leader that day and helping many of us to cope with the pain, shock, and grief of the events that unfolded.

      • September 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

        I sort of feel the same way. I just wish he had stayed on that path the rest of his term. Although I never voted for him, I was ready to support him after 9/11. Once it became obvious that they were blowing off Afghanistan in favor of Iraq–well that’s when he lost me for good.

        Still, I think any 9/11 memorial would be incomplete without him there.

      • September 11, 2011 at 9:18 am

        The whole country came together after 9/11 and supported GW!
        He had a 89% approval rating for almost two years!
        Just saying!!!!!’

        • 27 hopefruit2
          September 11, 2011 at 9:25 am

          Jovie, I agree that the country rallied behind GWB, rather than he brought the country together. There was a clearly identified “enemy” who did not look like the majority of people killed in the tragedy. Therefore, it was extremely easy to formulate an “us vs. them” frame, which is exactly what was done to sustain an entire Presidency from 2001-2007.

        • 34 anniebella
          September 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

          Jovie, that’s true after 9/11 people came together for the good of the country. Democrats put the country first, instead of party first. People around the world were supporting American, but that quickly change. See the difference between a Democrat and Republican. We’re at a time where the politicans need to stop with the political games and work together to get this country going strong again. But the Republicans will not put country before party.

        • 36 JoJothecat
          September 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

          89% approval rating based on lies. The MSM propped him up and the american people were feed lies until the truth started coming out by 2005 after he won a 2nd term. I can put my personal feelings about W aside today because it is not about HIM, it’s about all the brave people that day….the first responders, fire fighters, and ordinary citizens who did couragous things. The media of course is making it about their ratings and themselves. How THEY reported things that day. If I watch any 9/11 speeches it will be on C-SPAN or here. This Sunday is no different for me than any other Sunday,,,, I have no desire to hear Tweety, Gregory, and any of the Sunday pundits voices today.

      • 37 hopefruit2
        September 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

        That’s EXACTLY my point. The whistling and applause which were partisian AND political, should not be on a day that’s meant to be a somber reminder of lost lives – if that’s really what this memorial ceremony is about.

        • September 11, 2011 at 9:24 am

          Yes, partisanship really has no place in a time like this. I’ve been trying to take my look on life from the President, lately, and just not let all the stupid things in the world bother me. It’s not easy, but I’m trying. So, while that normally would tick me off, I guess I’ll just say “Whatever. If being a political tool who interrupts a ceremony is that important to you, then just go for it.”

        • September 11, 2011 at 9:34 am

          It was crass and disgraceful.

        • 40 Chi
          September 11, 2011 at 9:35 am

          That really ruined the whole event for me…

          I could not believe it…

          • 41 jacquelineoboomer
            September 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm

            As President and Mrs. Obama entered the area of the Flight 93 Memorial, the crowd gave them loud cheers and applause. POTUS and FLOTUS gave a very brief acknowledgement to the crowd, and then solemnly walked through the memorial wall area, and remained solemn. I think people just can’t help themselves, and – although I wouldn’t have done it, either for the former or our current President – it was the attendees’ way of expressing how they felt seeing them.

      • September 11, 2011 at 9:23 am

        And that’s exactly how the media wants you to feel about W. They want you to have fond memories. They want you to forget the truth.

      • 49 ChristiMtl
        September 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

        To each his own, more power to those who can give George Bush respect in any way. I can’t and when I see him, I just feel anger and disgust.
        I’m going to stick to TOD today, checking often as I do every day anyway because I don’t want to see or hear Bush or any members of his administration, or McCain or Guilianni or any of those people, I don’t need to feel anger today.

        On the other end of the spectrum, the complete opposite as far as integrity, compassion and intelligence.

        I just feel love and extreme admiration for the first couple, President Obama and FLOTUS. I get teary eyes looking at them.

        I was thinking of one of my brother’s coworker who died that day, lived in Quebec, worked in Quebec, was in the States for 3 days, he never came back. Just an awfull day and so extremely sad for Americans and the world.

        • 50 Chi
          September 11, 2011 at 10:09 am

          Spot on Christi…

          And how disgusting is the trotting out of every inconsequential GOP former/present governor/ mayor all cheapening this memorial to do their auditioning for president…

          It is sad and shame on Bloomberg for this silly, petty skit…

          • 51 jacquelineoboomer
            September 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

            Bloomberg would have gotten huge criticism if Bush and Pataki and Guiliani weren’t there. The only one most of us wanted to see was PBO – not to mention Mrs. O. I think our wise President has been pitch perfect in representing all of us. No disrespect to the families, some of whom may have wanted to see those Republicans there, but – in my case – that’s what the mute button is for.

    • 52 vero804
      September 11, 2011 at 9:12 am

      LOL…not sure I can go there with the planted groups, but it was not cool to hear the cheer for Bush. Although, I guess it’s appropriate in some strange way…9/11 is his time, not President Obama’s.

      • 53 hopefruit2
        September 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

        LOL – I agree with you and I don’t actually believe that any group was “planted”, however I do believe that it was not a spontaneous response by the people in general but a political response by a some die-hard Republicans in the audience.

    • September 11, 2011 at 9:13 am

      Not only that but face the nation and fox news Sunday has on guilliani, John McCain, partaki, Rumsfeld, Chertoff, Lieberman, and wolfowitz!

      I just don’t know what to say?

      • September 11, 2011 at 9:36 am

        OMG. If that doesn’t turn you off to this charade we call the Mainstream Media, I don’t know what will. Just grotesque lie after lie after lie.

        • 56 Sue in Minnesota
          September 11, 2011 at 10:29 am

          meta, it is grotesque and to me it feels malicious. Could they not for one day, THIS day, dispell with the partisan and the contentious. They seem to have their exclusive inner circle, where most of America is not recognized, as if we are invisible, and our voices silenced. It’s wrong. I honestly believe we should not support them in anyway, with the exception of trying to stand up for truth. And that’s enough of my carping for today.

          I’m overwhelmed and crying, going nowhere beyond these photographs. The photo of President Obama and Michelle that is third from the bottom hurts my heart to look at, imagining the burdens and the pains that this job carries with it. President Bush looks deeply pained, I want to trust my impressions, even though he has in the past violated my sense of trust. Today I want to choose community, unity and above all love over fear.

          May God bring light and love, compassion and community into the hearts and minds of all Americans. By the grace of God may we move forward, together in strength and unity.


  11. September 11, 2011 at 9:11 am

    thanks for covering this. I may tune in and listen to some of this, but frankly I have avoided all the 911 coverage for the most part over the years. Sept 11th is the anniversary date of my best friend’s death- over 30 years ago.. and exactly one year later on Sept 12th is the anniversary of the death of my younger brother- thus when 911 occured my family was already in ‘mourning’ during the month of September. I’ll be honest and say that I’ve never watched any of the events from that day, even when they were happening 10 years ago, it was bad enough to listen to this stuff.. at the time my eldest son was attending Howard U, so when the Pentagon got hit, we lost contact for quite a while.. I was in Florida and so worried about him and all that was going on. But with President Obama on this I’m feeling that the events will be properly handled and not used as a way to prompt fear and hate as I felt they’ve been used over the years.

    • September 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

      Oh, no. I’m so sorry for your loss, Sher. Bless you.

    • 59 Sue in Minnesota
      September 11, 2011 at 9:52 am

      Sending you hugs , light and love.

    • 60 Debz
      September 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

      I am so sorry sherijr. I often wonder about those who lost a child, spouse or parent to illness or accident on or around 9/11, and how they must feel to have the media force them to relive that time every year. This year has been especially bad, instead of a quiet memorial to those lost, the media has gone overboard in reliving the day. I hope after today the nation is ready to move on, this can not be healthy to keep reliving this tragedy over and over.

    • September 11, 2011 at 10:11 am

      So much sadness for you, sherijr. Hope things are a bit brighter for you now.

    • 63 desertflower
      September 11, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Hugs to you,sherijr.Giant hugs.Know that you are in my thoughts today. So sorry to hear of your losses.

    • 64 JoJothecat
      September 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm


      My heart goes out to you for your loss. Lets also remember the littlest angel, Christina Green born this day, and who died so tradgetly. Lets remember all those that were lost today and not focus on those that continute to make it theirs politically.

      • September 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

        Thanks for that info PJ, its really touching.

        • September 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

          I put this in the wrong place.. I wanted to thank all of you for your very kind, thoughtful and considerate responses to my previous comments about our family losses.. Believe me we have dealt with it- we’ve had many years to grieve.. I think I just don’t like to spend much time re-grieving.. thus my avoidance of this day. But everyone heals in their own way.. and I understand the national need to mourn and recover and we can’t really place a time limit on healing. I still mourn to some degree- just not on the same level as in previous early years. Again, thank you all so much for your sweetness.. both my friend and my brother were very young and I often think of how much they had to offer the world… as did all those folks lost to us on 911 ten years ago.

      • 67 Sue in Minnesota
        September 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

        Thanks JoJothe cat for recalling her memory for us to honor as well. My thoughts have been on her family ever since seeing her parents and brother pictured with the FLOTUS earlier this week. I can only imagine today is especially difficult for them. May she smile down upon us, and remind us always that love is the way.

  12. September 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Also I was unaware of this lovely memorial in NY.. it really is beautiful- is that the names of all those lost there along the wall?

    • September 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

      Yes, all the names are etched in the memorial. I know you said you don’t watch 9/11 coverage, but there was a phenomenal special on the 9/11 memorial which featured the design of the monuments, including the fact that the names aren’t just placed randomly or alphabetically, but that if there is a relation between people that died, the names are placed close together. It was incredibly moving.

  13. September 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I have to say I am really, really grateful that President Obama made the call to get Bin Laden. My 6 year-old daughter of course came long after 9/11 and I knew I’d have to explain it to her somehow. While I am able to tell her what happened, I didn’t want her to be terrified that it will happen again. She is a worrier. Fortunately, I am able to assure her that Pres. Obama and our Navy Seals got the bad guy who did it. So, thanks very much for that Mr. President.

  14. 73 Fred
    September 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

    morning TOD family
    may GOD protect and bless our country and our Potus and Flotus

  15. 74 utaustinliberal
    September 11, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I would advice everyone to just watch the C-SPAN coverage if they want to avoid the talking heads. If you do want to listen to some commentary while watching, then you can watch MSNBC. So far that’s the only one that’s more bearable and they provide background pictures and information to go along with the events. If you also want to watch the Pentagon memorial and the Shanksville memorial the other C-SPAN networks will be broadcasting them or you can go to http://www.cspan.org and look for them.

    Also tonight at 8PM EDT / 7PM CDT / 5PM PDT C-SPAN ONE will have live coverage of the “Concert for Hope” at the Kennedy Center where President Obama will be speaking.

    The reading of the names by the 9/11 family members is so heartbreaking. Especially seeing young children who lost their parents.

    • 75 Chi
      September 11, 2011 at 9:39 am

      That’s where I’m watching…

      No commentary but a bit too many occasional close-ups of Laura Bush sniffing and a shot of the Bushes holding hands…

      The MSM will be the undoing of our fragile and imperfect union…

    • 76 Obama Grandmama
      September 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      Many of you pointed out the HISTORY channel’s programming for today on last night’s blog so I am watching it today. Thanks!

  16. 77 nintendowii10
    September 11, 2011 at 9:24 am

    To think that 10 years ago that Barack Obama was at the time an unknown state Senator, and 10 years later, he is the President who made a MAJOR gamble to get and kill the man that masterminded this horrible tragedy and event.

    I have a feeling that was NO coincidence. The Lord above WANTED Osama bin Laden dead for the decade mark of this horrible tragedy, and we should be grateful that our President made the right judgment call to send in those brave Navy SEALS, against all odds to finally bring justice for the families of those who lost their loved ones in the tragedy. This is one anniversary that Osama bin Laden won’t be alive for to celebrate his arrogance against America.

    • September 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

      No—no one is moving chess pieces. President Obama inherited intelligence and personality and had grandparents who loved him and a mother who loved him dearly and passed along the ideals of compassion and tolerance and gave him confidence and taught him the value and importance of education, and Barack himself, his choices, took it from there. And it was his thought process, his decision, his choice to pursue bin Laden.

      • 79 JoJothecat
        September 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

        When I was watching the History channel show about Bin Laden, I flashed back to the debate between candidates Obama and McCain. I remember Barack Obama saying if he had actionable intelligence he would take Bin Ladin out even if he had to go into Pakistan. McCain bragged about knowing where he was and he would go to the gates of hell to get him but would not go into a another country. How they called Obama niave and in-experienced. I guess he showed the world, actions speaks louder than words. I now believe that some in the senate knew he might be in Pakistan they just did not have the courage or back bone to step on the toes of a so-called alli. I am so thankful for PBO and his courage to go after and destroy the person who caused 9/11 before the 10th anniversary.

    • September 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Nintendow, Amen! God uses who he chooses, Amazing

  17. September 11, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Good Morning Everyone.

    Such a touching and heart felt ceremony. Watching it on CBS.

    My prayers go out to all Americans and those around the world who died and were affected on this day 10 years ago.

    May God Bless you all

    Donna from Trinidad

  18. September 11, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Like others have observed, I also am so glad bin Laden is dead.

    • 83 nintendowii10
      September 11, 2011 at 9:32 am

      And so appropriate for the 10 year mark of this tragedy.

      The last I’ll say about him is GOOD FUCKING RIDDANCE!!!!

  19. 84 carolyn
    September 11, 2011 at 9:43 am

    To mark this day, I wrote the President and thanked him for his care for all of us, and for his grace and compassion in the face of all he has to deal with. I assured him of my prayers for him daily. When I talked to my daughter-in-law last night, she said she had written him, and I knew I must. I admire him so.
    We are not watching any of the events. I appreciate Chipsticks’ pictures, that is enough for me. For me, this is a lot like reliving the Murrah building bombing and all subsequent anniversaries. After the tenth, the city was able to move on and become positive. I pray this happens to the country after today.

    • 85 theo67
      September 11, 2011 at 9:49 am

      I wasn’t going to watch the coverage, but I started watching it last night, and it did feel like it all just happened yesterday. I was surprised how fresh the memories were. But, it’s been good to watch – like closing the chapter on it all. I think you’re right that this might just signal the end of the 9/11 era, and people will finally be able to move on. There seems to be an air of finality to it all today. I hope so.

  20. September 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I had set my DVR to record both CNN and MSNBC coverage. CNN has proved worthless, and I don’t need to see Bush retreads rewriting history so I’ve stopped that recording. MSNBC is at least providing some depth with families, service members, historical perspective. But I have a feeling I will even turn that off soon.

  21. 91 Mary Gray
    September 11, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for the commentary here and the pictures. I won’t watch msm. Will tune in for the concert tonight. Thanks for that info.

  22. September 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Off to church now. Remembrance service — Hope.

  23. 95 Linda
    September 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

    oh my… cspan 3 is in Shanksville.

    The coroner broke down….I am not sure I can watch any of this.

  24. 96 Proud of Obama
    September 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I don’t think this should be partisan either, but until the rethugs and msm stp demonizing my president and give him the credit he deserves Bush gets zero credit from me. I am sickened by the msm parading Bush’s incompetents as experts and heroes on this day. They let this happen but hv no shame with their lies.

    Sorry, just how I feel.

  25. September 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Heck of a speech by Biden.

  26. 100 CTGirl
    September 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

    A beautiful and fitting memorial!

  27. 101 nintendowii10
    September 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I am saddened and disappointed by the fact that many posters here aren’t willing to put aside the petty differences in honor of those who died. Really?

    I can understand how many of you are angry at the Republicans and whatnot, but to ignore all of the positive things they are saying to honor those who died, on the 10 year anniversary nonetheless, is just shameful and unAmerican.

    I’ll say it again… to this day, I still give President Bush my respect for bringing us together after those attacks unfolded. It would be a challenge for ANY President to lead in the face of terror. And FWIW, he did a stellar job at helping many of us cope with the shock, grief, anguish of the events that unfolded.

    It’s quite unfortunate that he chose to be a political cheapskate and exploit these events, but he should be commended for taking the initial step towards making the message that Islam is not the face of terror. He was the first President to host a Ramadan dinner after all, and it was even our President Obama who mentioned that President Bush was the man who made the outreach to the Muslim world and community.

    Have we really fallen that far as a country, that even on the 10th year anniversary of this tragedy, that we can’t even put aside our petty differences and remember that we are ALL Americans, not Democrats, Republicans, liberals, conservatives, and whatnot?

    I’m ashamed beyond belief. We’re better than this.

    • 102 Proud of Obama
      September 11, 2011 at 10:41 am

      I respect your opinion but do you hold the Rs to this as well because they certainly have not put partisanship or their hatred of our president or first responders aside. Why do they get a pass?

    • 103 utaustinliberal
      September 11, 2011 at 10:42 am

      Absolutely echo your sentiments Nintendowii10.

    • September 11, 2011 at 10:47 am

      You can feel however you want nintendowii10, but don’t turn this thread into your axe to grind by calling people who disagree with you unAmerican. That is beneath all of us.

  28. 105 Linda
    September 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Much has been made of a group of connected and powerful men that were supposed to have ushered in a “Project for a New American Century” in the late 1990s. Arising from the “New Citizenship Project” in 1997, the document was supported by notables such as William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, Lewis Libby, John Bolton, Richard Armitage, Richard Perle, Francis Fukuyama, William Bennett and a host other “New Citizens” that have since come to be called the “Neocons, though I like to add a dash to give emphasis to the word “Con” in that moniker. However you spell it, this clique of influential men, elected to nothing, nonetheless decided to form a lobby in 1996 to push for the overthrow the government of Iraq. They soon urged then President Clinton to embrace a policy of regime change in Iraq, but decided that lobbying from the sidelines as outside advisors would just not serve their purposes. (The closing segment of their letter to Clinton, with all the Neo-Con signatories, appears below.)

    Most of these signatory’s ended up working in the Bush Administration….Most notably is Donald Rumsfeld. When he was on his book tour, he was interviewed on cspan’s Q & A.. Brian Lamb confronted him about this letter to Clinton and his response was to be shocked that Lamb would have brought it up…


  29. 106 carolyn
    September 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Why did the picture of FLOTUS straightening her husband’s tie bring tears to my eyes…….the connection between them is so strong!
    A little OT, but I was so glad to read that the President read from the KJV. I was not susprised, he is a student of the language, and his own speaking is influenced by that translation. I am 71 and have taught English in high school and college since I was 23. I LOVE the English language, it has power beyond the ordinary, and that power is shown in this translation. Interestingly, that translation uses a vocabulary of only 800 words, as compared with Shakespeare who wrote just previously and whose vocabulary approached 30,000 different words.
    Those translators from Cambridge and Oxford knew what they were doing. One short for instance….the word “selah” at the end of the poetic lines they wisely left alone, because there is no English transliteration for it that is satisfactory. It means…”stop and listen” or “pause and sing” (the Psalms were originally sung), but they knew enough to leave that alone. The KJV has poetry, power, beauty, clarity, economy of language, and influence. Yes, some verb endings have changed since then (1611), some words have changed since then, but, it is Modern English that had been freed from the cumbersome constructs of the ancestral Germanic languages. When Shakespeare got hold of it, it soared, and it soared again in the KJV.
    I think that if we only had four authors and documents in the English language, these would be enough to show the wonder of the language. Those are, Shakespeare, the King James translation of the Bible, the Declaration of Independence by Jefferson, and the Gettysburg Address by Lincoln. i LOVE it that our President uses the language in such powerful and poetic ways.

  30. September 11, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Morning TOD family. So grateful for our President and First Lady. Their body language was so comforting to see as well as their gestures to touch and want to connect with all of those victims by touching the etched names on the wall. Did George and Laura touch the wall? Also, I had to run over here after visiting my facebook and seeing my conservative ‘friends’ go on and on about how MUCH they miss GWB. (actually, they are clients and are ultra conservative. If I EVER need to peek into the minds of the insane, I just check them out their posts, shake my head…then run over this site to get cleansed…lol)

  31. 112 de
    September 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Watching today, I appreciated that as President Obama, Mrs. Obama and Fmr. Pres Bush and Mrs. Bush were making their way to the stage area, President Obama stopped to shake hands and acknowledge two of NYPD’s finest. Mr. Bush continued walking, not even looking at them. No acknowledgement.

    • 113 P
      September 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

      I noticed that too. PBO is so down to earth it shows in anything he does or anywhere he goes. Best President ever!

    • 114 Dudette
      September 11, 2011 at 11:46 am

      De, the differences between the two men are strikingly profound, aren’t they? If a person knew nothing about either man, osbserving their actions in this singluar moment says everything you’d want to know about who they are.

  32. September 11, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Thank you again for the beautiful pics. The picture of POTUS and FLOTUS together holding hands, walking beside George and Laura Bush is so poignant. The stark differences between the two presidents cannot be more distinct. Thank God Obama is President. Seeing Bush beside him just gives me greater resolve that we cannot elect another swashbuckler to the presidency!

  33. 116 Karen Sr.
    September 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

    FLOTUS’ dress is beautiful. I just have to say….nothing is more American to me than to see former and current Presidents coming together for an event. It makes me realize how small our politics can be, but more importantly, that it is all politics.

    These are the men who are burdened with the most horrendous decisions. These are the men who know whatever they do they will bear the blame and criticism. Whatever they say will be scrutinized and maybe even end up on late night tv as a joke. But, what they do is no joke, which is why we need THIS President’s long term strategy and vision more now than in the last 50 years.

  34. September 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Michelle Obama’s profile, pictured two or three photos from the end, is the most beautiful and calming thing I have ever seen. She’s an icon of the United states, a melding of us all. We are so fortunate to have her standing beside the best president we have ever had, bar none, not even my childhood hero, Franklin D Roosevelt.

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