Obama promotes service on 9/11 in weekly address
August 27th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama promotes service on 9/11 in weekly address

(CNN) – With the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaching, President Barack Obama said in his weekly address Saturday that serving others would be the best way Americans could honor those who lost their lives 10 years ago.

“Once again, 9/11 will be a National Day of Service and Remembrance. And in the days and weeks ahead, folks across the country - in all 50 states - will come together in their communities and neighborhoods to honor the victims of 9/11 and to reaffirm the strength of our nation with acts of service and charity.”

For the anniversary, Obama and his wife Michelle will attend ceremonies at all three 9/11 sites: ground zero in New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The president listed several planned service activities for 9/11, including volunteers who will help restore a community center in Minneapolis and others who will assemble care packages in Tallahassee, Florida, for troops overseas.

Obama said he and the first lady will join a local service project as well. To find a volunteer project, Obama encouraged Americans to visit the website Serve.gov.

“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost; a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11," he said.

Obama closed his address reminding listeners of the challenges still facing the nation, including the “worst economic crisis in our lifetimes” and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“None of this will be easy. And it can’t be the work of government alone,” Obama said. “As we saw after 9/11, the strength of America has always been the character and compassion of our people. So as we mark this solemn anniversary, let’s summon that spirit once more.”

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  1. johnson

    Come on America, lets support our President and rebuild America no matter the cost, it will pay off in the long run. If we clame to be patriotic, then let rebuild our country. Support infrastructure, high speed rail, alternitive fuel, fuel efficient auto's, lets INVEST in everything. Let the haters hate and the winners win. Imagine living in Savannah Ga and working in Atlanta, by car that is four hours, by high speed rail you could be there in no time which opens up employment opportunities outside of your local area.

    August 27, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  2. bassman

    With millions of people unemployed, I guess he feels they have nothing more to do then work for free.

    August 27, 2011 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    ▲ Obama promotes service on 9/11 in weekly address
    ► Republicans slam president on jobs

    The REPUBS never cease to amaze me. I did not even read the next Ticker yet and I guarantee you it’s all about “slamming” the president and offering NO SOLUTIONS!!! I bet you they offer nothing in the way of the approaching 9/11 anniversary and NOTHING in the way of honoring MLK’s anniversary.

    I am thrilled that President Obama stays on his course and his mission. He does not “show it” – but I know he cares about – all of the negative impact coming from the RIGHT!! His messages are “focused” and he does not waiver. This is the main reason why I cannot even VISION any of the candidates running today against President Obama in the White House – they are for “Tit and Tat” and cannot let a single criticism towards them go above their heads.

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    August 27, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  4. diridi

    make sure, this administration killed the most wanted animal, Bin Laden, while Bush released in Tora Bora....make it known to public, they tend to forget this very important achievement....o.k, say also, we are heading towards right direction economically and fiscally, while no 777 points dow drop just like Bush era....o.k, Good luck, my vote for your...Obama2012...

    August 27, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. Sue

    Amen to that!

    August 27, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Did you see the report on McCain and Lindsay Graham visiting Gadhafi in 2009? They said the Libyan despot was a friend and promised him military weaponry. Then, McSenile and Lindsay come out with a statement that condemned Obama for taking 5 months to oust the criminal Gadhafi with NATO and Arab countries working together. Republicans have been wrong on every important issue facing Americans for 30 years.

    August 27, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Jim

    This guy is just out of tune with Americans. Comments for 9/11 should come next weekend or even the next one. OB's comments should have been about how his admin will create jobs now, not after the holiday. But as a disillusioned supporter, I see that he is just like other rich poilticians that state "do as I say, not as I do." While many Americans are out of work and really struggling, he and Michele take 2 AirForce Ones to Mass to vacation. It is just offensive. He is hobknobbing with the rich people who he claims don't pay their fair share. A friend of mine (who voted for Obama as well) went to a Tea Party rally and expected there to be racists and radicals based on what the media said-there weren't. He said they talked about love of country, the constitution and individual rights and freedoms (nothing about Obama but against big govt). I have seen what OB can and can't do now-I won't make the same mistake twice. I wish Hillary would run against him.

    August 27, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |