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. rachel

    I kind of figured he would. Now just to play devils advocate cause I am really in the middle here. All the people who say a mosque should be able to be built there( they have a right I know) and it really doesn't matter how the families of some 9/11 victims feel. Why are some upset about people burning the Quaran are they practicing there 1st amendment right? And would we care if they were burning t bibles in Kabul? or would we say oh well? Not saying either is right or wrong just wondering.

    September 7, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. HD 100% ETH

    ...for most of US, 9/11 is not passed, until our life will pass. The pain and the nightmare still with US. No medicine can cure it. But, with God will, we all calm.

    September 7, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. ABM

    Good point 'ThinkAgain'. Very good point.

    There are a unfortunate group of people who will not see your clear-headed thinking though.

    September 7, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. To Joe at !2:45 and all the other scum who hate our President . . .

    President Obama is trying his best and you just keep going after him with hate, vile and disgust.
    You people aren't real Americans. You should be ashamed.

    September 7, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. IKHAN

    Folks, listen to the BBC correspondent Kevin Barret's interview on BBC given in May of 2010 about 9/11 attacks its on You Tube.

    This opposition to the Islamic Community center in lower Manhattan is politically motivated & Americans should stand up to these forces who are trying to create rifts in our society.

    September 7, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Me

    Okay Doug, let's pretend.

    what if Obama was Muslim...then what? Should we remove him from office because he doesn't have the religion of choice? Is being Muslim illegal? Does that somehow make him less human or (even worse) less American?

    let's take it a bit further. Are Muslims our enemy? Should we be afraid of Muslims? Doug, Are you afraid of Muslims? Are all Muslims evil?

    Is this too much thinking for you? I'll stop. wait, one more question
    WHO CARES!!!??!??!

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

    I didn't know they were having any memorial services for the hijackers.

    September 7, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Hammerer

    obama is not a muslim, obama is a lie.

    September 7, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. water bearer

    willona, what's your definition of "ground zero"? Does "ground zero" only extend two blocks? You know, there already is a mosque 5 blocks from "ground zero". I guess since you're not complaining about that one, 5 blocks is ok with you but 2 blocks isn't? How big, exacltly, do you think the mosque-free zone be? Specifics, willona, specifics.

    September 7, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. GonzoinHouston

    Obama has sense enough to know that the right-wing crazies will be out in force in NY on 9/11 to protest the mosque/community center. This really should be a non-issue but the right-wingers and cooperative media have combined to whip up a frenzy.

    It reminds me of nothing so much as the Terry Schiavo case. The right wing can scream all it wants but the Constitution will stand and the Supreme Court will be the final word.

    September 7, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    OMG doug – In that interview, he was explaining how McCAIN did not make any reference to his 'Muslim faith' and corrected himself in the next breath 'Christian Faith'. They were speaking about Muslims at the time and the President misspoke!!! If you listen to the ENTIRE conversation, you will have PICKED UP ON THAT... I am so sorry that you heard just a SNIPPET of it and believed what you heard!!! But then again, that's the problem of the country.

    You know what – who cares!!! What is so HARDCORE about the President being a Muslim???? That he LIED about it – or he is!!!!!????

    September 7, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. water bearer

    Really, CNN??? Your "story" on the Orzag article is yellow journalism at it's best!

    September 7, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Molly

    Is he golfing before or after the ceremony?

    September 7, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. sammieb51

    Dutch I got a great idea on the the Quran burning and that church (the Dove Peace Center or something like that???) - don't go to it and if you are a member, stop going. They are spreading a political message of hate and intolerance - churches are not supposed to 'weigh in' on political issues since their purpose is to carry the faith of Jesus and God to its members (give to Ceasar what is Ceasar – Christ had no problem with separation of church and state) and churches should be carrying a message of tolerance, faith, hope, charity, love, peace to its members. Not hate mongering a poorly selected political issue.

    Secondly to Think Again - don't confuse these folks with the facts and now that the cat is out of the bag on the Muslims worshiping in our (Christian government's) chapel, Lord Only Knows what will happen now. What are folks going to storm the gates to have it dismantled? Has anyone told the GOP membership so they can raise this issue in the next Congressional session and shut it down? And surely this could not have been happening while Bad News Bush was in office – he never would have allowed such a thing.

    And finally, Lord Only KNows what the press, teabags, gop, glenn beck, rush limbo will have to say about Obama attending such a thing as a memorial to those fallen on 911. I am sure the air waves will be sickened with smut, supposition, and speculation.

    Obama has not caught a decent break since he stepped in office and I for one am sick of being yanked around by a mis-informed, bigotted, right wing media that has no clue what their job is anymore.

    September 7, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Naqib

    Unless of course he decides to go on vacation again...
    Which is a very realistic possibility

    September 7, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Dt

    @ Doug and joe. So what if the president is muslim, tim mcveigh was a republican right? I guess we should assoicate all repubs with mcveigh. but hey u guys got 6 more yrs with obama so deal. and oh yeah guess u do really have a black man as ur president, lol

    September 7, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Whatever

    May God be with us all each and every day!!!!! People are getting crazier by the second and it is getting a little scary!!!! STOP THE MADNESS!!!!!!!!!

    September 7, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Dennis

    Does Obama even understand what happened on 9/11?

    September 7, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. mike NY

    Hey Joe,
    He's sending Hillary (short for hillarity?)

    September 7, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. mike NY

    No need to apologize, it seems that his religion is whichever one will get him elected to something.

    September 7, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. mike NY

    The Armed Forces is in danger by just being there. Stomping on some one 1st Amensment rights is why they ARE there in the 1st place. So why do you want to stomp on some one's 1st Amendment rights? If you don't like Quran burning maybe you shouldburn a few Bibles, maybe a flag or 2. The flag would be most appropriate to your stance on this issue.

    September 7, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Steven A.

    You are all SHEEP that are too lazy to check your facts. And find the truth on 9/11 on Obama or on our Economic standing. You follow the divine word of one media over another or a guy (or woman) that would do anything to get the votes to keep a multi-million dollar job.


    Translate that

    September 7, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Laura, Boston

    Our President has decided that with likely protestors being at the NY site was too newsworthy for him to appear there. He would have had to say something that may have caused another news cycle of un-needed press. So instead of risking that, he decided to put his VP in the hot seat. Doesn't he realize that Joe Biden will most likely be the one person who WILL cause a stir in the crowd again the mosque.

    Is it November yet???

    September 7, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Lousy Biased Coverage

    He went to the Pentagon last year and should be in New York this year. If he can't take the heat of maybe some protesters then he is awfully un Presidential like, especially in respect to the way he constantly bashes Bush for everything. If you can't take the heat, then get out of the kitchen.

    September 7, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    He will probably apologize to the Islamic radicals for the Bush administrations attempts to kill them.

    September 7, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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