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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet families of victims of 9/11 and military personnel at the Pentagon Memorial


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  1. 1 Obama Grandmama
    September 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Been watching the History Channel today. Caught some C-Span of the ceremonies too. Memorable Day. We all lived through a historic time.

  2. September 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    What a long day for them.

    • 3 Mel
      September 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      Yes indeed Does this man ever takes a break? Thsi president is the 24/7 president like NO other Have I seen in
      my 70years time my hear realy breaks I hope the man upsters keep him strong i feel very safe with PBO, Thank you Mr
      President I hope you can get some rest. But I know thw MSM will continue their B.S 24/7 against you, but we will
      your back Sir.

  3. 4 Obama Grandmama
    September 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for the postings, Chip!

  4. 6 Linda
    September 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Here is Bill Clinton in Shanksville yesterday, if you have not seen it.

  5. 8 Doris
    September 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Live coverage at the Pentagon on C-SPAN. The President and the First Lady just arrived.

  6. September 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Watching their arrival on C-SPAN right now.

    Cheers from the crowd, upon their arrival.!!!!!!!

  7. September 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Rhandi Roads retruns tomorrow, I can’t wait to hear her take on the past week, today and the week ahead.

  8. 17 Fred
    September 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    thank you
    thank you
    thank you

  9. 18 utaustinliberal
    September 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I love how they’re interacting with the people.

  10. September 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Watching cspan online from the Pentagon. Shallow sidenote: Michelle is in spectacular shape. I am seeing the back of her dress and it is low cut — she is ridiculously toned, yet still feminine. Just gorgeous.

    I’m glad they’re back, almost home.

  11. 24 jacquelineoboomer
    September 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    So good to see Pete Souza trying to squeeze among the people with personal cameras, all vying for a permanent record of PBO on this day! I’m glad the President can bring all these smiles (and HOPE) to the families of the victims at The Pentagon.

  12. September 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    The President and the Mrs. gotta bit a bit tired by now. LORD give them strength to finish today and maintain their security….

  13. September 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Hopefully after this, they will be able to go home and get some much needed rest before tonight’s event.

  14. 30 Fred
    September 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    nice to see the President and soldiers interact

  15. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    September 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Love the diverse group of military folks who are getting in line for photos with the President!

  16. 32 Linda
    September 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    WASHINGTON — The Secret Service is investigating three threatening messages that were posted on the White House’s Facebook page.

    The messages included a picture of Osama bin Laden. One said, “We’ll come back 11/9/2011 to kill u all.” Another showed small plane icons and said, “Today we’ll come 11/9/2011.”

    Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says the agency has referred the messages to its Internet threat desk.

    Donovan says the Secret Service has a process in place to handle the wide spectrum of Internet threats, social media posts and tweets brought to the attention of officials.

    The White House referred all questions to the Secret Service. The messages were first reported by WNBC in New York.

    This was on HuffingtonHate….

  17. September 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    WOW….look at the president’s base! 😀 😀 😀

  18. 39 Doris
    September 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    The military folk love their Commander in Chief.

  19. 57 Nili
    September 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I´ve been following much of the footage throughout the day and find it difficult to watch without tearing up. I can only imagine how tough this has to be for the President and First Lady and any of you over there. We´re behind you today, just as we were back then.

    I remember exactly what it was like back then. It wasn´t the age of twitter and facebook, we didn´t even have internet in my family, but we all mourned with you. I was still at school then and it was a private school, we had a small chapel int he building and we gathered on the next day spontaneously to pray. I´ve never seen this chappel so overcroweded.

    • 58 Doris
      September 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Touching story Nili. Thanks for sharing. I was still working in the Federal Government then and when we heard the news our building went into a panic and lockdown. We couldn’t believe what we were hearing. I remember being in a daze and we were sent home. At that time. I lived about a mile from Andrews Force Base and was used to Air Force One and seeing fighter jets go over my house all the time, but on Sept. 11, they must have emptied out every plane they had there and the skies were full of fighter jets. The jets flew and flew for days on end. It’s hard to go back to the sadness I felt.

      • 59 jacquelineoboomer
        September 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm

        Doris – I had retired from the federal government three years earlier. When I went back to visit my former workplace about a couple of years after 9/11, I was stunned to see that our Navy building, which normally had typical security, security cameras, card access, and armed civilian guards, had turned into a virtual fortress. Civilian security guards were replaced by armed military personnel, and there were concrete barriers around the entire perimeter. Everybody had to go through a scanner, once inside the building. This was in Florida – not near D.C. – and was being repeated all around the country.

        • 60 Doris
          September 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm

          Our building too. Concrete barriers scans, metal detectors, ID checks. Everything changed. You couldn’t drive up to the building anymore. Guards everywhere. I was in the Treasury Dept. so we were heavily guarded and secured and you can imagine why. It will be a time that i will never forget.

      • September 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

        I was working for the federal government as well. Not in DC but nevertheless, it was a time of complete surreal-ness that will be unmatched. I will always remember exactly where I was because I was in the middle of a job interview for a permanent position and was already a nervous wreck! Then when all operations were halted full stop, nothing was more important than finding out what the hell was going on. We we all definitely one that day.

    • 63 Sue in Minnesota
      September 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you for your expression of love and support, I assure you it is felt despite the miles that seperate us. Namaste.

  20. September 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Have you guys noticed that the president carries his own pen to sign his name.

    In the last frame it seems he mistakely gave his pen away and when he searched his pockets seeing he didn’t have it, Reggie stepped in and handed him another pen, this may be for security reasons.

  21. September 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I am overwhelmed sitting here watching C-SPAN’s footage. The Pres and First Lady are AMAZING. And patient and so graceful. Taking time out to take pics and sign autographs and reach out to shake hands and give hugs. I’m exhausted just watching all of this! And thru it all, it’s been nothing but warmth that emanates from those two. We are so blessed!

  22. September 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    The President and First Lady just left the Pentagon. There was full coverage of this on CNN online.

    After the wreath laying they were shaking shaking hands and taking photos with the crowd gathered there for a very long time.

    God Bless them both.

    • 67 anniebella
      September 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      So are they gone back to the White House to rest for afew hours.Till tonight. They need it, because it has been a busy day. I have enjoy the videos, and the pictures of POTUS and FLOTUS.

  23. 68 P
    September 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Those kids at the end was so fun. I love to see the President and First Lady interact with kids!!!!! Beautiful, beautiful day! Can’t wait for tonight!!!!!

    • September 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      I was watching both the c-span and the WH streams on in the c-span one had audio. When PBO got to the end with the kids, one of the girls was jumping up and down, PBO was like: you’re kinda hyper! Then he laughed and shook the other kids’ hands. Then at the end, he went back to the little girl, shook her hand and started to do a mini upper body jump to get the little girl to jump up and down again like sh did before, which she did. It was hilarious. Then the little boy said something like: thank you and PBO was like: ” well thank you, Avery.” GAH!!! I love PBO!!!!

    • 73 anniebella
      September 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      P, those kids were so cute, talking a mile a minute. Hugging the First Lady and the President.

      • 74 P
        September 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

        I know right and the thing is eventhough I am sure PBO and FLOTUS were extremly tired they didn’t show it for once; chatting, hugging, laughing and jumping with the kids like it was the start of their day. Lord bless their heart!

  24. 75 GGail
    September 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Again, thank you! Chipsticks 🙂

  25. September 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    You guys notice that whatever PBO is doing at any given time, he stops as soon as me sees our military and immediately focuses on them? this man is truly a military man. He may not have served, but everything he does, he does it for them.

    • 77 Doris
      September 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      Yep Lisa, it brings tears to my eyes.

    • 78 Sue in Minnesota
      September 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      He very clearly makes sure to acknowledge them and demonstrate his respects. Doris, it turns on the tap for me as well.

      There was much joy expressed in this gathering, and that is welcome and I think a very healthy sign.

    • September 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      Yeah, I noticed that. I also thought the audio on CSAN was priceless. My closed captions caught it all!

  26. September 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Does anyone know if the President’s speech at the Kennedy Center this evening will be televised?

    I seethat it’s audio only on whitehouse.gov

  27. 83 P
    September 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Cool the pic of the President standing next to the wreath and Michelle’s face seen through the centre of the wreath is just beautiful! Thanks Chips 🙂

  28. 84 GGail
    September 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Chipsticks you are giving us so many photos and memories of this day. My thank you does not reveal all of the heartfelt emotion I’m feeling while I look at these pics. You are truly ONE OF A KIND!

    I posted this on the other thread, and see that my gratitude is appropriate here too.

  29. September 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Today will be remembered as one of restoring faith and optimism for the future…..best exemplified by the role modeling and leadership of your president and first lady.

  30. 89 QuietObserver
    September 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I love the composition of the second photo (the close-up of the wreath).

  31. September 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Kept checking on chips updates- doing a splendid job!
    I heard the MSM coverage has been biased towards the Bush Clan?
    This whole summer they were pushing for a primary and now that is gone, so, all they have now is vitriol and crass behavior!

  32. 93 Linda
    September 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    This is nice from Hillary.

    NEW YORK — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a group of 9/11 family members on Sunday she was glad they finally had a memorial to call their own, and doubly satisfied that Osama Bin Laden was dead in time for the commemoration.

    “As we commemorate the opening of the memorial, we know that we still have work to do to bring all those who were part of attacking us to justice,” Clinton told scores at a luncheon hosted by Voices of September 11, a non-profit advocacy group for 9/11 family members.

    “But I can tell you it was a particular satisfaction for me, as a former senator of New York, to be in the team in the Obama administration that made sure Bin Laden was brought to justice.”

    That line received a loud round of applause.

    In line with the Obama administration’s guidelines for commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Clinton also sought to show that the attacks did not stop with America.

    “Our diplomats are out in the field and in cyberspace exposing al Qaeda’s hypocrisy and brutality, and the enormous toll it has inflicted, above all on Muslims,” Clinton said.

    “Even though the United States, thankfully, has not experienced another attack since 9/11, London has, Madrid has, Mumbai has, Islamabad has, Jakarta, Bali — other places continue to be attacked.”

    “We don’t want to just capture and kill terrorist leaders, we want to make them irrelevant,” she noted.

    • 94 Ladyhawke
      September 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      This is such a powerful and insightful statement from Secretary Clinton:

      “We don’t want to just capture and kill terrorist leaders, we want to make them irrelevant,” she noted.

      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech entitled ” Smart Power Approach to Counterterrorism” at the Counterterriorism Forum on Sept 9. She says “We are determined not to let the specter of terrorism darken the national character that has always been America’s greatest asset.”

      http://www.state.gov/

  33. 95 Sue in Minnesota
    September 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I think tomorrow the MSM should suffer the ATTACK OF THE TODDER’s…they need to here from us. I certainly have added them to my list.

    Repeating myself but please contact Cantor’s offices and continue to demonstrate your support for the President’s JOB PLAN.

  34. September 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I just want to say a huge thank you to Chipsticks for her amazing coverage of today’ s events. I haven’t posted much but I have been here all day watching the coverage of the memorials on Whitehouse livestream and reading all the heartfelt posts here. It has been an emotional day – it is hard to believe that ten years have passed. My heart goes out to all the families and friends of those lost that day. I thought all the readings and speeches were beautiful and President Obama and the First Lady were so gracious and compassionate. I hope they get a little rest before this evening. Today has just reinforced the love and respect I have for them both.

    I am off for a little while but have set my alarm for 1.a.m to watch the concert live. God bless you all.

    • 101 Olivia
      September 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you, Sam. One of the things I always remember about the aftermath of 9/11 is how the American National Anthem was played at the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. It was such a poignant and beautiful reminder of the friendship between our two countries. I know the UK has also experienced the wrath of terrorism, but they will never win. Not here in the US. Not in the UK. Not anywhere.

  35. 102 Fred
    September 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I might be seeing things but it seems that those “real Americans” Teahadist candidates and those who have not declared and shall stay nameless have not set foot on the grounds of either the WTC;the Pentagon or Shanksville? 🙄

  36. 103 theo67
    September 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you, Chipsticks. And thanks to all who visit here (and President Obama & First Lady Michelle, of course).

  37. 105 majii
    September 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Chipsticks,

    I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your coverage of the Obamas participation in the 9/11 commemorative events today. You perform a selfless and very valuable service. Thanks!!

  38. September 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Chipsticks,

    I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your coverage of PBO and FL Michelle Obama’s participation in the 9/11 commemorative events today since I don’t watch anything on TV anymore. You perform a selfless and valuable service, and I really appreciate it.

  39. September 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    My comment is awaiting moderation because I switched from Google Chrome to Firefox before making my comment. Google Chrome was getting on my last nerve!!

  40. 109 Frenchie08
    September 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I just love the pic where the President’s hand is on the gentleman’s shoulder and Michelle’s hand is on the Presidednt’s back. It just feels so symbolic to me. Their hands seem to mimic, reinforce, mirror each other. I truly believe these two were destined from birth to be together. The connection is just so natural and spiritual at the same time. It always touches something deep within me we I see that.

    • September 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      Hiya Frenchie, I just dropped in to DU for the first time in ages and it seems to be in meltdown – I saw peacetrain’s goodbye message. Has it been overrun by firebaggers?

      • 111 Frenchie08
        September 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm

        Yes Chips, sad to say it has. I only drop by there and other former liberal sites to try and plant a seed once in an while. But, here is where I live and get my mind and spirit fed. I still don’t post very often, but I am here everyday no less that 10 times a day! Thank you so much for the pictures and video. I have not truned to one news station today, and I feel like I have made every stop with this wonderful pair thanks to you!

        • September 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm

          That’s really sad to hear Frenchie, there were so many good people at that site – like you! – but whenever I look at it I rarely see those names any more.

          But thrilled to have you here, you always raised my spirits in that place, so if this blog does that for you a little, then I’m delighted. Love ya 😉

          • September 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm

            Thanks Chipsticks for the coverage. I do not have TV and get most of my information from here. I followed you from DU when you used to pst these beautiful picture posts. I also followed BWD to her site. The only other person I miss is AL. Rodgers.
            Once gain thanks
            zulu

          • 115 Frenchie08
            September 11, 2011 at 8:17 pm

            I love you back!

  41. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    September 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Just saw part of the interview with President Obama on NBC.

    Look, we’re all nervous – some more than others, depending on where they are or where family members are – on 9/11, or at the very least it’s in the back of our minds, but Brian Williams needs to take a chill pill. I’m surprised he left his building this weekend.

    Hey, BWD – you called it – President Obama is The Only Adult in the Room.

  42. 117 anniebella
    September 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I look at these pictures and I say to myself, Wow! I am so proud to have that man as my President and that lady as my First Lady. From the bottom of my heart, I am so proud.


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