Presidents Obama and Bush commemorate 9/11 anniversary
September 11th, 2011
09:39 AM ET
8 years ago

Presidents Obama and Bush commemorate 9/11 anniversary

(CNN) – President Barack Obama with former President George W. Bush commemorated the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place in New York City on September 11, 2001 in a rare joint appearance Sunday.

The presidents, first lady Michelle Obama and Laura Bush were also joined by former President Bush and Laura Bush’s children, Barbara and Jenna Bush Hager, as well as Henry Hager, Jenna's husband.

The families observed a moment of silence at the North Memorial pool, which sits in the footprint of the North Tower. Following the moment of silence, President Obama and the first lady greeted surviving family members of 9/11 victims and political leaders including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.


Filed under: 9/11 • George W. Bush • New York • President Obama
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  1. newmoon2

    My thoughts are with those who lost their lives and with those who lost their loved ones.

    September 11, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Dirii

    Acctually Bush is the most honorable and respectable of the recent presidentrs. Happy to see him there even if he had to stand next to that Muslim commie Obama. His honor shines next to Obamas poor leadership, Obama should thank Bush for the intelligence that lead to catching Bin laden.L

    September 11, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Marjee123

    What a stupid statement from Bush..""9/11 will never seem like a victory? What in Hades name was in his mind when he said that. Of course it wasn't a victory, it was a disaster.. But then he always did think different from the rest of us.

    September 11, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Shannon

    sad day in America today, my thoughts are with the families of those who lost someone on 9/11. It was the beginning of hard times for this country, times we are still struggling to overcome.

    September 11, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. 911

    I'm so glad Clinton isn't there. If he didn't ignore Bin Laden's threats in the 90's this would have never happened.

    September 11, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Anonymous

    diridi,
    You're an idiot! Eight years of Clinton administration used to set up attacks due to poor tracking of terror groups and Bin Laden ...President Bush handled the crisis pretty well if you ask me. President Obama in my mind wouldn't (couldn't ) handled pressure had he been President in 2001 ...probably would have combatted Terror Groups by throwing stimulus money at him! Keep lovin Obama ...how's that hope and change workin for ya?!

    September 11, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Pa mom

    To CNN, by hosting your blog for individuals like "diridi" and the many ignorant others who post on your sites, you pertpetuate and encourage the division and hate among the citizens of this country. Free speach does not mean no civility.

    September 11, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Mike Jones

    Can't believe all the hate I still see across various postings on CNN....you have to remember....most of the vile comes from the left and I would not be surprised if the 2/3 Americans who the CIA is currently looking for currently are in the Democratic Party...and most likely Union thugs with carte blanche access to this White House...

    September 11, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Mike Jones

    I say....take the SOBs out to quote the intellectual leader of the democratic party...of course with your vote (wink, wink)

    September 11, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. DumpTheGOP

    Obama should have arrested Bush, Cheney, Gonzalez, Rove as enemy combatants on Innauguration Day. Yes under the Patriot Act, the President can declare ANY PERSON, FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC as an enemy combatant!!!

    September 11, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. jk

    obumbo needs to learn from bush on leadership !!. the way bush led the country after the 9/11 attacks is remarkable.

    September 11, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. fixingstupid

    Get over it. Obama has been in the office for some time now. Yes, I am pleased we are rid of Osama – now we need to vote out his brother Obama.

    September 11, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. R.I.P. Damon

    A fitting image with the two commanders-in-chief who have had to weather the storm after those horrific events. May we never forget 9/11/01 and how we all felt that day

    September 11, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Charlie in Maine

    If you've ever read any of my post you know that I can be partisan from time to time. Well okay most of the time. But not today. I want to thank all those who have sacraficed to make our country possible. Thanks to all who have served, and their commaders in Cheifs. God bless them all, and let the rest be sorted out at the ballot box.

    September 11, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Please stop

    You hate-filled people can't let the Bush-, Obama-bashing go for one day? ONE DAY?! I feel sorry for you. Stop blaming other people for the fact that your life hasn't turned out the way you had hoped it would.

    September 11, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. newz4i

    Sept. 11, 2001's legacy:

    The Cheney/Bush administration shot the wrong country.

    VP Cheney: deficits don't matter.

    Thank God American voters halted these wrongs by not electing Sen. McCain as President of the United States where we would have continued on, scraping Iran off the map using our nuclear arsenal, and continued on with firebombing Libya, and "the issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should'.

    May 2, 2011, President Obama takes down bin Laden.

    September 11, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Joan

    Seeing the two Presidents together at the Memorial presents such a stark contrast. The horrible attack instigated by Bin Laden occurred on Bush's watch and it led to the war in Afghanistan (with help from many NATO allies) and the controversial war in Iraq. The huge financial drain of these wars has greatly added to the economic and monetary problems of the US not to mention the huge loss of lives. President Obama has been ending the war in Iraq and trying to wind down the war in Afghanistan. It was also under his command that Bin Laden was finally killed. It fell on President Obama's shoulders to try and bring back some security and economic stability to America. He has the hardest job on the planet.

    September 11, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. blue

    Bush/Cheney was handed info about a possible attack on US soil by Clinston/Gore. They were told that they would handle it. They sure did! Bush and Company let their guard down and 9/11 happened. It hapened on Bush's watch. There is no way the GOP can rewrite history on that one. President Obama killed bin Laden on his own intelligence. He told the CIA, to find him, and they did.

    September 11, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Kathy

    Such a very sad and horrible day in our history. Thank GOD Bush was the president at the time.

    September 11, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Emery

    It's so pathetic to see and hear so much more hate for Obama than Bush ever received in 8 years. Despite what we're dealing with, people with a brain know and realize that a handful of issues we face now aren't solely Obama's fault. ALL Presidents, ever since FDR, are slightly to blame for what's happening now. All of the wars we've been involved in (that we have yet to pay back fully), the U.S. Credit System, Welfare, etc. ALL of it has contributed to the here and now. Those that blame Obama fully and listen to/believe the hate-filled radical rhetoric of Limbaugh, Palin, and the Tea Party are obviously without a fully developed brain. All that Republican'ts want to do is maintain a hold on power, they care NOTHING about the country's citizens. If you paid attention during the Debt Ceiling debate, the debate that caused the Country's Credit Rating to be downgraded by S&P, you would have obviously seen it. Republican'ts only care about political grandstanding and maintaining their positions in Government. After all, it's because of those who voted in 2010 that they're even in office to begin with. That's what you voted for, and now see where they've all gotten us? NOWHERE. All they can do is argue, filibuster, rant, and stall. The reason the President has any difficulty getting anything passed or accomplished is because of THEM, not himself. Congress holds the power to get legislature passed, NOT the President, unless he vetoes them in some way, shape, or form, and Obama has barely used his veto power whatsoever. Obama isn't the problem at all, it's Republican'ts, since they only look out for those who are rich and better off than the middle class. They are the reason why the Middle Class is shrinking.

    September 11, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Dee G

    People! WTH is wrong with all of you?!? Can you put your petty squabbles aside for one day to mourn those who lost their lives in this horrendous act of terrorism???

    September 11, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. An American in mourning

    9/11 should never have happened.
    3,126 murdered individuals should never have been in danger that day.

    Yes, there were warnings that were ignored. The Bush Administration is held responsible for that.

    Yes, Clinton was distracted by the impeachment hearings. Again, the GOP is held responsible for that. I have no doubt that every president preceding Clinton (except maybe Jimmy Carter) had a fling. Kennedy had a revolving door on the White House, remember? He fooled around with anyone who could wear a skirt. Newt himself helped spearhead the nonsense against Clinton when he himself was fooling around on his dying wife. Without that ridiculous crap going on to distract the administration and the country just so the GOP could try for a power grab, it might have been different.

    Did both the Democrats and Republicans drop the ball and helped cause the 9/11 destruction? Yes, but the Republicans hold the greater responsibility for not heeding the warning signs and creating the situations that allowed Al Queda to do what they did.

    3,126 people were murdered on 9/11.
    We do not forget.
    We do not forget the bravery, the courage or the sacrifice made by the people that day.
    We do not forget that the situation should not have happened.
    We do not forget that we were attacked by a group who will burn in Hell for their actions - no 72 virgins for them.
    We do not forget what happened that set up the situation for 9/11 to take place.
    We do not forget the towers falling.
    We do not forget the Pentagon walls collapsing.
    We do not forget the hole in the ground from a crashing plane in Shanksville.

    We remember it all.

    We do not forget.

    September 11, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Middlelegg

    @fixingstupid, Get a life!!! As a member of the right, I am sure you believe you have the market cornered on patriotism. So, go ahead, and be patriotic this once- and keep your mouth shut as a sign of deference on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Then tomorrow vomit out all of the vitriol you want.

    September 11, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. DavidinTN

    Hard to believe all the hate I'm seeing here, from left AND right. This is supposed to be a day of unity, people. To my friends on the left, whatever we may think of Bush's performance as President, in the days immediately following the attacks he offered a voice of reason, he managed to convey both our grief and our resolve. He deserves credit for that. And to those on the right, President Obama has proven through his actions as well as his words that he loves this country, that he is capable of taking decisive action to keep us safe. Put aside the hate for a day and act like Americans.

    September 11, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Russell Brown

    The light of G-D surrounds America.
    The love of G-D efolds America.
    The power of G-D protects America.
    The presence of G-D watches over America.
    The mind of G-D flows through the America people
    The laws of G-D abides with the America people
    The joy of G-D up life the America people.
    The beaty of G-D Inspire the American people .

    September 11, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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