the longest day

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama make their way to board Air Force One at JFK Airport en route to Pennsylvania

58 Responses to “the longest day”

  1. 1 nintendowii10
    September 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

    My 9/11 Memorial Playlist

    It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years, but it has. God bless the families of those who died in the towers, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA.

  2. 3 carolyn
    September 11, 2011 at 10:21 am

    That picture says so much.

    • 4 Debz
      September 11, 2011 at 10:31 am

      It is so clear, seeing these two wonderful people together, how much they draw strength from each other.

      • 5 Sue in Minnesota
        September 11, 2011 at 10:38 am

        And I draw strengh from them. I am grateful for all the ways they grace our lives.

        • 6 Pamela
          September 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm

          And they, in turn, draw strength from all of us. The loving thing about this beautiful arrangement is we all gain in our sense of unity. That their deep regard for each other is so genuine, so honorable, there is no way to live it without letting it find expression, even in the public eye. It is the human relationship in its finest form. How blessed are we all!

    • September 11, 2011 at 10:39 am


      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!

  3. 9 Nili
    September 11, 2011 at 10:21 am

    CNN is on here in the background. Beautiful, very moving ceremonies over there. And very moving, emotional speech by the VP just a moment ago.
    My heart goes out to everyone across the Great Pond.

  4. September 11, 2011 at 10:22 am

    We wanted to bring you as much of Joe bidens speech as fundamentally possible, instead. We now go live to David Gregory!
    Ok! Time for the NFL!
    Keep those updates coming chips, you will be my media!
    And thanks-

  5. 14 Ceb
    September 11, 2011 at 10:25 am

    The diversity of the names that are being called, reflect the diversity of this nation. Our politics, institutions, and the way we live in this country must be truly representative of this diversity whichis our strength.

    On another note regarding the photo: I love the way that PBO looks at Michelle.

    • 15 desertflower
      September 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

      I’m with you, Ceb. The way her looks at her, is magical. Beautiful picture.

      • 16 Sue in Minnesota
        September 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm

        I can’t refrain from saying this any longer. In the first picture like so many others I have witnessed when they are pictured together, I see this magnetic pull, especially in President Obama. It’s as if he wants to melt right into her….. it’s palpable to me. They are blessed to have such beautiful, dynamic and equal partners in each other.

        Observing them is better than any romance novel could ever hope to be. I love how they exude love.

  6. 17 Athama M.D.Bowe
    September 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Expressions of compassion and caring is easier to accept when it comes from a source which continues to display the same qualities,openly,sincerely,in his own life.President Obama,in his personal portrayal,captures the strength,love,concern and heart of a Man.What a Mirror.

    • 18 Chi
      September 11, 2011 at 10:40 am

      So well said…

      The man is consistent, authentic and embodies all that is best about humanity…

    • 19 Sue in Minnesota
      September 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

      For me it is a matter of trust. Actions always speak to me above and beyond words. President Obama and Michelle have demonstrated that not only is my sense of trust in them valid, it is a bond that they both protect and serve. It is mutual.

  7. 20 nintendowii10
    September 11, 2011 at 10:28 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.

    • 21 Bill
      September 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

      In all due respect, of what are you ashamed beyond belief? Using 9/11 to go to war in Iraq was not “petty”.

    • 22 hopefruit2
      September 11, 2011 at 10:38 am

      Nintendo I appreciate your point, but I don’t think that people are reacting to GWB per se, as much as they are reacting to the MSM’s obvious attempt to make this a partisian event by trotting out their usual entourage of highly political Republicans as they normally do every Sunday and the attempts to force a kind of nostalgia for 2001. I appreciate GWB’s presence at today’s memorial but I found the whistling and applause off-putting, knowing that the media will use it as a propaganda tool. People are angry at the MEDIA.

      As someone indicated, the MSM called unity for the 3000 Americans killed during September 2001, why can’t they call for unity for the millions of unemployed Americans in 2011?

      • 23 Sue in Minnesota
        September 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

        I agree. I can try to understand a fellow citizens responses and reactions, even though I may not appreciate them, or consider them somehow inappropriate. I can not however give exception to our MSM, their power and influence is too great, despite which, they could have made a conscious choice for just this one very solemn day to be non partisan, to be inclusive, to support all Americans, not just Republicans.

      • 24 dotster
        September 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

        Agree and on point. Clearly thought and stated.

    • September 11, 2011 at 10:51 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.

    • September 11, 2011 at 10:52 am

      posters here aren’t willing to put aside the petty differences in honor of those who died. Really?

      Not true, most here 98% have said nice things all day, unless you going for 100% .

    • September 11, 2011 at 10:59 am

      Really was no need to copy and paste this from the last thread. 9/11 brings up very strong and complex emotions. It is what it is.

    • 28 bestpresidentever
      September 11, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Sorry, but I’m going to disagree with you greatly. Bush may have been saying one thing after 9/11, but his actions were completely another thing. Evoking “crusade” while at the same time saying all Islam is not bad? Sounds like doublespeak, and that’s ’cause I wanna be kind. And as we all know, words are cheap if not followed by actions. I hardly believe that telling people to go shopping was a way of bringing us together also. Let’s be real, what Bush did was squander the incredible opportunity he had to REALLY bring the country together. What brought us together back then initially and lasts until now, was the tragedy itself, the grief we shared and the pain we felt, nothing to do with Bush. Anyhow, imo this is the wrong day to be polemic, but I had to respond.

    • 29 L3
      September 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      I vehemently disagree. I believe he and his administration are partially reponsible for the events of that day, even if by default. There is little any of them can say that can ameliorate the damage. Remember the Presidential Daily Briefing Bush received in August while he was on vacation. It was titled “Bin Laden determined to attack in the United States.” I also remember Bill Clinton and Sandy Berger warning the incoming Bush admistration that their main focus should be on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda only to be dismissed by the Bush folks because their focus, almost immediately after taking office, was on finding a trumped up reason to invade Iraq. 9/11 was the ammunition they needed to make their neo-con dreams come true. I also dispute that he brought us together. The country was terrified. He was the president at the time so the country rallied around him mostly out of breathtaking fear not because of anything he did.

      Now, obviously it is appropriate for him to commemorate this anniversary, but I don’t believe he deserves any accolades. His poor judgement and leadership got thousands of Americans and Iraqis maimed and killed in two ill-conceived wars, one of which was completely unnecesssary. Not to mention he gave Bin Laden the gift of an extra ten years of life after allowing him to escape at Tora Bora either through incompetence or for political expediency to win elections. He and his party used the spectre of Bin Laden to pummel Democrats and to turn a war hero, John Kerry, into a coward and a traitor. They implored the country to vote for Republicans because only they could protect the country even though they did not on 9/11. I still find it ironic when Republicans say he kept us safe after 9/11. My response is how safe did he keep us on 9/11?

      Our country, its citizens and President Obama are still paying the price for his disastrous leadership after 9/11. I refuse to watch any of the coverage and will be glad the day is over so I don’t have to see his face in any of the wonderful photos at TOD.

      I do recognize that we each may remember the events before and after the attacks differently. It’s not petty to point these things out, it’s the truth and it should never be forgotten or glossed over.

  8. 33 vitaminlover
    September 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Our Beloved President puts a protective arm around his lovely wife. They are so close. That is his sweetheart.

  9. 37 Linda
    September 11, 2011 at 10:38 am

    The way he looks at her makes me melt. They love each other so much it just oozes out for us to see.

  10. September 11, 2011 at 10:46 am

    This is a wonderful site and the people who posts of wonderful caring people, Please don’t run them away by being ashamed beyond belief. Just say incouraging words Like, keep it postive people this is a special day and they will know what you are talking about

  11. 41 hopefruit2
    September 11, 2011 at 10:47 am

    The last picture is extraordinarily moving. The pilot in the helicopter looks on at our First Couple, as they head to PA for the Wreath laying ceremony. The pic is balanced with the symmetry of the two military officers on either side. I love this photo.

  12. 43 HZ
    September 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

    We are so blessed to have both of them serving their country with grace and compassion.HZ

  13. 44 utaustinliberal
    September 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I love how connected President and Mrs. Obama are.

  14. September 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Some words of peace and wisdom and solidarity. Let’s just be. Let’s just appreciate each other, Let’s just lay it to rest for today. No he’s right, she’s right, you’re wrong, you’re right. Let’s just be :

  15. September 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

    So glad this man and his wife are in the White House. We are in good hands. My thoughts and prayers go out to the 9/11 families, and to our country as we strive to move forward.

    It was sobering to reflect on what some historians and (real) journalists have called our Lost Decade. So many opportunities missed to unify and rebuild. Instead of acting with wisdom and common purpose, we got lies, greed and division.

    But then, I was just heartened when I saw an interview with children who were in the 4th grade at a school just blocks from the Twin Towers. They are now college students — bright, brilliant, hopeful, optimistic………and unafraid. They are not fighting the selfish wars of their elders. They are tolerant, well-spoken, and willing to embrace the future and make the world a better place.

    When I think about the contrast, the more I am reassured that my outlook on things is a pretty good one: it is useless to argue with those who are mired in old ways of thinking, those who are caught up in a small, nasty, selfish world. The are a Lost Generation — no matter what their age or stage in life. Rather, I will find my place with those of a New Generation — those people from 5 to 95 who are optimistic, who are wise, who are strong and brave, who care about their fellow man, who have a genuine purpose in life. I want to be counted in this number and work with these visionaries. I will focus on hope and progress.

    History will not be kind to those who led us into darkness and deceit, and it will get even worse — not better — over time, no matter how much they try to rewrite history to vindicate themselves. They will be consumed by their evil.

    In the meantime, those who are so inclined need to keep moving forward in love, justice, and goodwill. God bless us all.

  16. 54 Hhannahh
    September 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Marine one just landed in shanksville. I was on my way out of the park but I did catch a glimpse of that.

  17. September 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

    O/T- if any of you ever read or still read PM Carpernter’s Commentary, his wife passed away last night. She had cancer. I left a little comment for him. Very sad.

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