Obama, Giuliani discuss American safety in weekly addresses
September 10th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama, Giuliani discuss American safety in weekly addresses

Washington (CNN) – With heightened terror alerts raised on the 10th anniversary weekend of 9/11, President Barack Obama and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called on America to remember its unity in the days after the attacks.

“They wanted to terrorize us, but, as Americans, we refuse to live in fear,” said Obama in his weekly address Saturday. “Yes we face a determined foe, and make no mistake-they will keep trying to hit us again. But as we are showing again this weekend, we remain vigilant. We’re doing everything in our power to protect our people. And no matter what comes our way, as a resilient nation, we will carry on.”

Obama plans to attend memorial services at all three attack sites - New York, Washington and Pennsylvania - on Sunday.

The president used the occasion to thank military service members for keeping America safe over the last decade, adding that in the "past 2 1/2 years, more senior al Qaeda leaders have been eliminated than at any time since 9/11."

But the president said the country is on the path to ending its presence in Iraq and bringing home troops from Afghanistan.

“Because after a hard decade of war, it is time for nation-building here at home,” he said.

While delivering the GOP weekly address Saturday, Giuliani, the mayor of New York City at the time of the attacks, also said 9/11 drew America together and brought out the nation’s character of resilience.

And while he agreed that America is safer now than it was before Sept. 11, Giuliani strongly urged against setting timetables for pulling American troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

“American security requires a long-term military presence in the part of the world where people and organizations are plotting to kill us,” Giuliani said. “We must not allow impatience to prevent our military from achieving its objective in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the objective is the elimination of the threat to our nation.”

In June, Obama announced a drawback of 10,000 troops in Afghanistan by the end of this year and 23,000 by September 2012. Last August, the U.S. officially ended its combat mission in Iraq but still has troops on the ground.

Above all, Giuliani said, it is important that the country be reminded of its resiliency this weekend.

“We must rediscover our unity. We must never forget what we witnessed on that day, both the incomprehensible face of pure evil and the depth of love and compassion,” Giuliani said. “Today, 10 years later, the fight continues and the memories remain etched into our national character.”

Filed under: 9/11 • Afghanistan • Iraq • President Obama • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Realitybites

    Thanks Gulliani, but, as they say with regard to the wars, 'The president's got that', so STFU.

    September 10, 2011 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  2. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Funny how Rudy ignores the fact OBL and AQ were former CIA assets.

    September 10, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  3. diridi

    Beef up the security....put a strict legislation on Immigration and cut down number of Immigrants for the good of this nation, Please do not play Politics, in here, nation is in Danger. Look, Even, India is getting bombs by its own people. Stop immigration to India and Pakistan too....cut number of visas too.....do not give ten year visas....it is dangerous...tell you the truth....god bless our nation, the USA!!!!

    September 10, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. Larry L

    President Obama has demonstrated his ability to serve as Commander-In-Chief by becoming the terrorist's worst nightmare. His leadership shifted our efforts towards less of the WWII-type offensive used by the Bush Administration and more of a CIA/USASOC covert approach. He also focussed our efforts on places where terrorists actually exist, rather than places where Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld pretended they were a problem. Terror cells have been disrupted and leaders killed at rates nevers previously seen. Smart leadership is always more effective than simply loud.

    September 10, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    “They wanted to terrorize us, but, as Americans, we refuse to live in fear,” said Obama.

    Oh really? Then why are we all groped and strip-searched at airports?

    September 10, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Republicans - The Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    I`m sorry but RudyG, has ZERO knowledge or leadership capabilities to authoritatively discuss national security. He was the guy who cleaned up the mess AFTER THE FACT.

    He has not earned, nor does he deserve, HERO status for what he did. He was a reactive manager; not a proactive leader. To even agree to make this "GOP response" shows how out of touch he is – still clinging to what he thinks is his GLORY moment.

    If he`s such a friggin expert on terrorism, disaster preparedness and the like, why didn`t he take steps to PREVENT the attack? The NYPD has more people than the FBI. A true "leader" would have used those assetts properly. Why didn`t RudyG know that police/fire/rescue radio systems didn`t work together if he`s such a disaster expert? Puhleeese!

    RudyG secret hopes for another attack; it`s the only thing that would make his CUSTODIAL skills relevant again, and then, only for a New York minute.

    September 10, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. Seattle Sue

    How many times has Giuliani filled his pockets with money because of 9/11. Giuliani and his police buddy Kerik are thieves. At least Kerik is spending time in jail, I just wish Giuliani was his cell mate.

    September 10, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. FedUp

    Why would Obama consult Giuliani? I thought Obama knew it all. Strange.

    September 10, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |