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. Lenny Pincus

    Never Forget. In August of 2001, Bush was presented with this intel: Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate bin Laden since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the US. Bin Laden implied in U.S. television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his followers would follow the example of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and "bring the fighting to America." Bush reportedly heard the briefer out and replied: "All right. You've covered your ass."

    Never forget the official incompetence that created this.

    September 11, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Darth Cheney

    Can we take a 24-hour respite from the hate on both sides, please? We're all making Osama Bin Laden laugh in his grave; he wanted to use terror to tear our country apart we're playing into his hands if we can't even respect each other on a day like today.

    September 11, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. david

    "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."

    He actually said "9/11 will never seem like HISTORY" to the families of the victims. And I'm sure that's true.
    It's pathetic to see people on this website criticizing either President Bush or President Obama today. Both have made their mistakes, both have had victories. Bush rallied the nation after 9/11, Obama was president when Bin Laden was finally killed. Just take one day off from the stupid "Bush is a Nazi, Obama is a Muslim communist" crap.

    September 11, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Observer

    Anonymous,

    Bush handled the pressure of our nation being attacked by reading "The Pet Goat". He later sent TEN times as many troops into a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11 as he did to the countries that did. He also said he wasn't concerned about bin Laden.

    "You're an idiot!"

    September 11, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. alcibiades11

    BEST QUOTE OF THE
    DECADE- from CZECH REPUBLIC OBSERVER......"The danger to
    America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an
    inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to
    limit and undo the follies of an Obama Presidency than to restore the necessary
    common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a
    man for their President. The problem is much deeper and far more serious
    than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the
    prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools
    that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack
    Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those
    who made him their President."

    September 11, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. We are One Nation, not one president and not one political party

    Today is a day to unite as a nation to remember and honor those that died, to reflect on the American ideal and to be thankful that we are a free people. Both presidents have done their best, regardless of their political parties and ideologies. Today, I am not a member of a political party, I am a free American thankful for those that paid for my freedom with their lives and yes, thankful that both Presidents Bush and Obama have been vigilant in protecting us against terrorism.

    September 11, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Kathy

    To all you insensitive and naive people who post hatefull things about Obama, Bush, and Clinton on this most solemn of days-SHAME ON YOU–you are idiots. Today and always we need to unite as a country and a people, thier is unfortunately enough hate in the world to go around, lets us ALL not disrespect the memories of all those lost in our nations continued effort to root out terrorism ad keep America safe

    September 11, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. NVa Native

    Idiots – letting their idols on TV & radio telling them what to think!
    Clinton didn't ignore Bin Laden – there are Clinton admin memos directly to Bush detailing him as a threat, and CIA/Defense officials who spoke up warning the Bush admin about Al-Qaida. Bush's own people tried to warn him with a morning White House brief on AUGUST 8TH 2001!
    Enough with the anti-American right-wing lies trying to erase history & facts!!

    September 11, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. meb

    All of you partisan hacks on both sides are despicable. You people are the problem. Just plain stupid.

    September 11, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Marcus

    In a country of 300 MILLION people, 10 years ago we lost 3,000 people (1/1,000th of 1%) on 9-11. We have spent $3.3 TRILLION in response, lost another 5,600 soldiers and critically wounded at least 20,000 more.

    Republicans are quick to label other spending as wasteful. My hard question to them is this? Was 9-11 worth this? What domestic, societital pronlem would you spend $3.2 TRILLION on?

    September 11, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. jimmy23

    These were horrific events that held the country in terror and catapulted the world into war, leading to the downfall of 2 world regimes, which helped to spark the uprisings now seen across the Middle East. 9/11 will be remembered as one of the most significant days in the first decade of this century. Despite internal political disputes, we stand side-by-side as Americans, facing those who would do us harm, united for the defense of our families, friends, countrymen, virtues and way of life. May God bless the men and women of the military who place themselves in harms way for our common defense and the prevention of the recurrence of similar events.

    September 11, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Atlanta Independent

    It so sad to read these hatreds and racist comments I bet these people written bad things about president Obama dont have a life and very low self esteem people. President Obama is doing a great job.

    Independent voters for Biden/Obama 2012

    September 11, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Donkey Party

    The sick, repulsive comments from the insanely ignorant right-winger anarchist domestic terrorists make me hate them even more, and pray to God every day for a Civil War so these cancers to society can be removed once and for all.

    September 11, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Sam I Am

    We were attacked on 9/11 by fearful and hateful people, who were lashing out at a nation they did not understand for its ability to accept anyone and everyone to its shores and let them become Americans. It is our ability as a nation to accept and integrate anyone into our country that makes us great. On this day of rememberance, let us not allow ourselves to think the same dark, fearful and hateful thoughts that those few men had in their heads and their hearts. Doing so only accomplishes the very thing they were trying to do. Create fear and hatred. Their hope was that we would prove to their Muslim brothers what an evil and bullying nation we are by attacking innocent Muslims around the world. Bush was completely and utterly sucked into the ruse. He attacked the wrong country and had an active plan to destroy islam around the world. It was a plan that was completely wrong and doomed to failure. Killing people never ever brings the survivors into submission. The only thing Bush did was reignite the Crusades. As a religious man, eventually he will have to stand in front of the God he says he worships and explain himself. It will be a short conversation followed by a long stay in a place much, much hotter than Texas.

    September 11, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Sal

    Come on people, g. bush was a jerk then and still is today! 

    September 11, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Jeff in Virginia

    It must be very tough for GWB to see this, considering all of the political gain that he wrought from this tragedy.

    September 11, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. west_howard@fusion-tools.com

    I think some of your are right... Maybe the terrorist have won. We are breathing out hateful remarks to each other (my self included). At least for today, we need to set aside our differences. Sorry I posted any anti remarks earlier. At least for today let's be a nation of one.

    September 11, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. oldsoldierboy

    Thank you President Obama for running an administration free of scandals and ridding us of Bin Laden. Bush has been good in his post presidency. Shame he was such a lousy president plagued with white lies and scandals.

    September 11, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Jeff in Virginia

    alcibiades11- let me fix this for you.

    BEST QUOTE OF THE
    DECADE- from CZECH REPUBLIC OBSERVER......"The danger to America is not George W. Bush but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Bush Presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their President. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Bush, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a George W. Bush. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President."

    September 11, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Matt

    Refeshing to see President Bush and his family again! Wish we would see more of them and less of the Obamas! If we are lucky we won't have to suffer through any more of Obama's failures after 2012!!

    September 11, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. NVa Native

    Best illustration of how sick these right-wing puppets are-
    “alcibiades11
    BEST QUOTE OF THE
    DECADE- from CZECH REPUBLIC OBSERVER” – quoting from an anit-American Communist rag promoting anti-American sentiment – how wonderful on such a somber day as 9/11.

    September 11, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. thomas

    Land of the free , and the home of the brave !

    We are a great nation , with enduring great spirt ,
    Understanding , Forgiveness , acceptance ,

    No entity of evil will ever destroy and endure over what is in the true hearts of those who rise above with Compassion .

    September 11, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Tommy Alsop

    Man, there are some vile comments on here. What a lot of ignorant people fail to realize is that Obama has delved into the intelligence community . Always gathering intelligence and trying to resolve our foreign problem covertly without committing more troops into harms way. He makes the intelligence community relevant in their efforts to gather intelligence and present it to the Executive Branch. He thrives on and gathers intelligence with his Nat'l Security Counsel. Meets daily, even while on vacation and excludes all the politics. Before making a decision, he sits alone prior to meeting with the NSC again and makes the executive decision based on cold hard facts and alternate plans. He's very pragmatic with his intelligence community.

    September 11, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Karl In Ohio

    Sad that those can't look past their differences for a day.

    September 11, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Debbie

    I am still sick when I see Bush. It only brings back to me how much damage that he has caused this nation. In 8 years after the attack where was America? Bush did not show leadership but used the tragedy of 9/11 for his own gain. Iraq was and still is a waste of bloodshed and money that we still have not figured out how to pay for. Bush had no problem letting our men/women in uniform shed their blood in death for his political games. He makes Benedict Arnold look like a Patriot vs Turncoat. I cannot and will not ever forgive him or his administration. Obama inherited a huge mess, not only war that we were entrenched in but a war that was set on how to pay for it. Obama may not be the strongest leader but he got Osama and avenged the deaths of those in 9/11. I pray that Americas can go back to solidarity as we were on the day after 9/11 and the day after we got Osama bin Laden. To not only survive 9/11 but thrive!

    September 11, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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