September 7th, 2010
12:25 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama to attend 9/11 memorial service at Pentagon

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will mark this weekend's anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks at a memorial service to be held at the Pentagon, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

Vice President Joe Biden will mark the anniversary in New York, Gibbs added.

Filed under: 9/11 • President Obama
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    I would like to remind everyone that the Pentagon has a chapel that was built in 2002 in honor of the Pentagon employees and passengers of American Airlines Flight 77 who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the building.

    Since 2002, the chapel has hosted services throughout the week for Pentagon employees of various faiths including Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Episcopalians, Hindus and Muslims.

    If the Pentagon and its employees can handle Muslims worshipping there, I don't see any reason why an Islamic Community Center can't be built a couple blocks away from Ground Zero in NYC.

    September 7, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    There needs to be something done about the Quran burning in Florida!!!!! They are putting our Armed Services in danger. Every politician and person with a voice should denounce their intentions.

    September 7, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. buckwheat19

    This should be read as: I am sending the VP to do the dirty work in NYC. I don't want to have to field any questions about the mosque.

    September 7, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. doug

    I find it very importaint to apologize and admit you were wrong when you find out that you didn't have all the facts.

    So I need to apologize to all those who believe that Obama is a Muslim, I said you guys were wrong and being hateful, and I have now seen the facts that prove you were right.

    I didn't realize that Obama did an interview on ABC with Stephanopolis where he referred to his "Muslim faith".

    Clearly those who say Obama is a Muslim have just taken the president at his word and while I still believe his religon is Liberalism, since he went to Rev. Wrights chruch of liberalism for 20 years, I cannot find fault with those who take the president at his word on his faith.

    Please accept my apology, thanks.

    September 7, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Joe

    I am surprised. I thought he would attend a Ramadan celebration. Election year politics I guess.

    September 7, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "I don't see any reason why an Islamic Community Center can't be built a couple blocks away from Ground Zero in NYC."

    And it will be. Everyone knows it. The bigotted temper tantrum was really just drummed up solely for the GOP's benefit during a mid-term election year and in preparation for 2012, i.e., the GOP's attempts to make Obama look like he's not one of "us" by playing off his parentage, silently encouraging the birthers and people who question his faith and, at root, playing off his skin color, which clearly makes some of the more uneducated, misinformed, fearful and in many cases bigotted people out there flip their noodle.

    BTW, don't tip your hand too much CNN. That Orzag article and the "interpreting" of what Orzag said are woefully misleading based on the entirety of Orzag's statements. You've pulled a Breitbart on that one.

    September 7, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. willona

    No mosque at ground zero. no no no. never

    September 7, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "This should be read as: I am sending the VP to do the dirty work in NYC. I don't want to have to field any questions about the mosque."

    And that should be read as: "If Obama sent Biden to the memorial service and went to NYC himself, I would have accused Obama of failing to show solidarity with our military and attempting to use the NYC trip as a campaign photo op."

    It doesn't matter WHAT he nutjobs just invent something to criticize about it anyway. The 2 year temper tantrum is getting old. Change your manpampers and put some big boy pants on for crying out loud.

    September 7, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. obama victim

    this will be an excellent opportunity for him to apologize for the U S having built the Pentagon in the first place....don't forget to bow Barry

    September 7, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    To Doug and everyone else who thinks that just because back in 2008 then-candidate Obama made a slip of the tongue and said, "My Muslim faith," that the President is a Muslim:

    It was a slip of the tongue! Since when does one verbal gaff define a person's faith? Do a quick Internet search on "George Bush verbal gaffe" and you'll find a whole slew of things Bush said, including this one that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he wanted us to lose the "war on terror":

    Oct. 4, 2001, in Washington. Bush was remarking on a back-to-work plan after the terrorist attacks:

    "There's no doubt in my mind, not one doubt in my mind, that we will fail."

    September 7, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Duck Fallas

    This should read as: I am sending the VP to an undisclosed location to whimper and hide like a coward while I read about a goat and stare into space like a confused, slow child.

    September 7, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. kimberly

    @Think Again, you are correct, however, you are trying to bring logic and thought to people who rarely use either. They only believe what right wing radio shock host tell them to believe...
    President Obama is doing every thing he can to save the country from the last 8 years, and all he is getting is grief, hate and racism. He will make it though this, and this country will pull through, despite the rights ignorance, intolerance, and hate!

    September 7, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Do any of you realize that a NYC block is almost 10 times longer than a small to middle sized town block? GO THERE before you say "just 3 blocks"

    September 7, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Duck Fallas

    doug should appologize for what he does to small animals.

    September 7, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    President negotiates with billion-dollar corporate giant that dumps 200 million gallons +/- of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, destroying untold ecosystems and, more important, the economies that depend on them: GOP apologizes to BP and screams "it's a shakedown," complaining that it was an abuse of government power to hold BP accountable and make sure that $20B would be available to pay for the damage they caused to people, businesses and the environment.

    US citizens wish to build a community center on land that they own, spend millions on development and site acquisition costs, engineering the proposed development in compliance with zoning ordinaces and land use regulations, etc.: GOP throws fake temper tantrum to rile up its base, screams for negotiations to convince them not to build there and prominent GOP leaders (Newtered, et al.) say that the law should be used no-holds-barred, i.e., eminent domain, if the developers continue to pursue their rights (apparently never having heard of "bad faith takings").

    Get it? Got it? Good.

    September 7, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    For 8 years under Bush, the GOP, Fox and their lackeys hammered anyone who criticized GW Bush or his policies, saying that to do so during wartime emboldened our enemies and was unpatriotic, anti-American and anti-God.

    President Obama gets elected in November 2008; the GOP has only tried-and-failed policies to offer America so the only tactic they have is to turn people against President Obama himself. How to do that?

    By promoting the absurd ideas that President Obama was born in Kenya and is a Muslim.

    Anyone with a brain that works knows that President Obama was born in Hawaii and that he's a Christian.

    But Karl Rove, the GOP and their corporate sponsors (including the Koch brothers) are so desperate to regain control, that they willingly lie and mislead, hoping to scare the ignorant masses into voting for them, even though to do so is against the best interest of the vast majority of Americans.

    Wake up, folks! Use your heads – and send the Republicans packing in November!

    September 7, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. yeah, right

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA September 7th, 2010 12:33 pm ET

    There needs to be something done about the Quran burning in Florida!!!!! They are putting our Armed Services in danger. Every politician and person with a voice should denounce their intentions.
    Give me a freakin makes no difference what we do or say in this country because our military HEROES already have a target on their back when it comes to these people they are fighting over there. They hate us and they hate what this county stands for. Burning this book or not burning this book does not put our military in any more danger then they're already in. So save the BS...Dutch/Bad News, VA...besides our military HEROES fight for this freedom. Bet if it were the bible that was getting burned you wouldn't have a problem with it, now would you.

    September 7, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. HD 100% ETH

    Every-time, 9/11 has been mentioned, my heart and mind disturbes and shocked. For most of US who seen it first hand in our life-time, it was/is still now a BIG TRAGEDY. May be, it will be a less tragedy, for next generations who will just share the story.
    May God gives courage and strength, for those who lost their love-ones and bless the SOULS of the victums and the Soldiers who gets injured and sacrificed their lives in the name of America and Americanians.

    September 7, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Rob

    9/11 happened under Bush's lazy watch. I blame him....for everything! Ha!

    And, it's NOT a Mosque. It's a community center. And, it's 2 blocks away from "ground zero". When are you right-wing racist going to take the toothpick out of your mouth and wise up?

    September 7, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    Obama could cure cancer tomorrow and the Republicans would accuse him of destroying chemotherapy

    September 7, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Mikey

    @ Doug – Don't you think you apology should be for your post, which is a very weak attempt to smear out President?

    Obama is a Christian. Why? Because he says he is – period. If he were a Muslim, however, it should not make a bit of difference, unless, of course, we are not the Country we claim to be.

    Those who charge that Obama was not born here or is not a Christian are, in general, being un-American and are probably not capable of ever being any other way. Hate, narrowmindness, and cheap disrespect are not the qualities of good Americans and never will be.

    September 7, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Rob

    I want the Taliban to know that all Americans aren't racist, close-minded, Christian, nation builders. Target them. Not me.

    September 7, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. NC Ex-Pub

    I'm sure Boner and Turtle McConnel will find something about this to criticize.

    September 7, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Darth Vadik, CA


    There is no Mosque at ground zero, there will be an Islamic center 2 blocks away, but then again, conservatives – details – facts really don't mix, as long as you can spew your ignorant hatred....

    September 7, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. T'SAH from Virginia

    Sniffit is DEAD ON!!! The fear-mongering behind the NY Mosque was purely GOP's way of tying President Obama to MUSLIMS – MUSLIMS to MOSQUE and MOSQUE to HATRED, all in one!!

    And as far as the MOSQUE – how FAR is too CLOSE from the World Trade Center?????

    Look at the HATRED in Florida coming from a so-called PASTOR – burning Qurans on 9/11?????

    The country is SHIFTING towards the RepubliCAN'Ts – everyone is all of a sudden BLIND to how we got to where we are today. HATE seems to be winning!!

    All of this UPROAR is caused by the hatred coming from the far-right Tea Party EXTREMIST and fear-mongering REPUBLIcan"tS!!!

    Democrats better UNITE and VOTE in NOVEMBER!!!

    September 7, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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