Presidents Obama and Bush commemorate 9/11 anniversary
September 11th, 2011
09:39 AM ET
10 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. GI Joe

    Thank you Jeff in Virginia - I remember seeing that years and years ago – long before the campaigning started in 2007. Some fools love to change history, don't they? Try reading the Texas History Books in School these days - wouldn't even sound like the same country or even the same Jesus Christ of 20 years ago.

    September 11, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. TB

    On the 1st 9/11 of the Bush Presidency, America suffered the worst terrorist attack in our entire history.

    On the 3rd 9/11 of the Obama Presidency, we have yet to experience a major terrorist attack on our soil.

    President Obama has kept this country much safer than George W. Bush did.

    Remember this when you go to the polls in November 2012.

    September 11, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. BobRoss

    @Jeff in Virginia – that's a very ironic quote considering the amount of inexperience we have in the White House right now. Also, very arrogant coming from the Czech Republic.

    September 11, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Patrick

    @ Jeff in Virginia
    Nice piece of liberal editing there Jeff.
    The original story story had Obama's name in all of the places you edited in Bush's name.
    It's okay. I get a chuckle out of how far the fanatical left goes to try and fabricate their fantasy world. It make interesting reading while the real Americans paitently wait for November, 2012 to finally arrive.

    September 11, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Italian Nonno

    Some of you making comments here,.. can you not take a day off from your partisan bashing, ignorant comments, and hateful rhetoric. It's a day to be Americans, united, with thoughtful reflection, and remembering the innocent victims, their families, and the heroes who responded and still suffer this day. Shame on you, for being so callous.

    September 11, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Jeff in Virginia

    @BobRoss.. I altered that quote. Look it up.

    September 11, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. US Citizen 2010

    What happened? Remember the statement "Either you're with us or against us" "Those who are with us love America". Here is a statement that gave rise and acceptance to rigid black/white extremist type of behavior that we are experiencing today. As if anyone who disagrees with the extreme right is not a true American. What happened? BUSH HAPPENED!

    September 11, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Erich Doll

    In reference to the maritime evacuation of New York during the 9/11 attack. One major naccuracy in the assertion that the 500,000 person evacuation from NY was the largest maritime evacuation in history, not even close. As always Americans are unaware of anything to do with WWII in europe east of France. peration Hannibal, Admiral Doenitz's evacuation of 1.8-2,000,000 Germanrefugees and military personnel from Jan to May from East and West Prussia and Pommerania from being overrn by the red army was the largest mariitme evacuation in history and also produced the largest singular losses of life in vessel sinkings such as the Wilhelm Gustloff of 9,000 deaths. Otherwise a good a long overdue tribute to the merchant marine and the maritime community of all description coverage of the evacuation of 500,000 New Yorkers from Manhatten, as well as the Coast Guard involvement in coordinating this underreported effort. it is a sad commentary as to the lack of mariitime awareness of most Americans despite 90% of all international trade being maritime facilitated.

    September 11, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. C. Howe Yulikit

    My thoughts and prayers with the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Sad to see so much vitriol coming from both the left and the right on this blog. If there was one day that you should take off from your hatred, this would be it.

    September 11, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Dirk Waldon

    As a soldier of the 75th Airborne Ranger of the1st. I would like to express my strong compassion toward both presidents whom I respect dearly. President Bush is an honorable man that never publicly badd mouth President Obama. And the sitting prez is a MAN that tries his very best not to be distasteful either... and god please start back blessing these United States of the Americas. AMEN.

    September 11, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. carrotroot

    I remember that Tuesday ten years ago and the days and weeks that followed was a pretty scary time. We will never forget.

    September 11, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Jeff in Virginia

    @Patrick, way to miss the boat. Somebody else pasted the original quote. I merely changed the name to illustrate how easy it is to make those same accusations at GWB.

    September 11, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. jimmy23

    * puts hand on his forehead and slowly shakes head *

    So many comments that demonstrating ignorant foolishness. It is true- political power is control of the mob, that droning mass of brainless voters who's only wish is for to inflict damage on each other. Is this America? Are these comments America? Sad day.

    September 11, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. TB

    George W. Bush took out Saddam Hussein, a man who had absolutely NOTHING to do with the 9/11 attacks.

    President Obama took out Osama Bin Laden, the man who was actually behind the 9/11 attacks.

    President Obama has kept America safer much than George W. Bush did.

    Remember this when who go to the polls in November 2012.

    September 11, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    No, I won't put aside my feelings for the Bush administration on this day. It happened under BUSH'S watch! Remember that because the history books SURE will and the history books will also remember OBL being taken out under Obama's watch. Please dear God NEVER let a Bush near the WH as a president again. Between just 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina this country can't take anymore.

    God Bless America and help us to heal.

    September 11, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. d

    My heart and prayers to all!

    September 11, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Charles Burris

    Google ”Why They Hate Us,” by Laurence M. Vance.

    If you only read one article concerning the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks upon the United States, I highly recommend that this is the one to read. The important information it contains is not widely known to most Americans.

    September 11, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Lilith

    It's really nice to see Bush and Obama together! A much welcome low moral relief from the constant fighing in our Congress. Whether you are Republican or Democrat, most Americans just want all parties to work together and get this country moving forward. Both parties are guilty of putting their election bids before the American people with hateful campaigns and deliberate derailing of good ideas on the plate. But, images like this one gives me hope somehow we as a country will start moving forward. Please!

    September 11, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Liz the First

    Bush commenorating 9/11 is nauseating. at best, he let it happen, at worst, he instigated it. he should be UNDER Club Fed for the rest of his miserable life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. PeaceIAM59

    Hail to the Chief, and Hail to the Ex-Chief...Time to put aside differences... ONE NATION UNDER GOD!

    September 11, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. FM

    To all who are bashing each other. Where is the unity showed on 9/11, 2001? Today also is the same date. Is one decade a long time to lose that memory??

    September 11, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. JohnyC

    WOW. So this is how we remember the nearly 3000 victims of 9/11? It is sad when all Americans cannot, for 1 day, stop the hatred and honor those that were lost. I think they (the dead) would be ashamed of us all right now. Sad and pathetic.

    September 11, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Latina CA

    Thank you Bush for making the U.S. a safer nation. You showed courage, strength, and leadersip. No matter what, or who is in charge, we the people will prevail and vote for that individual who we the people feel can lead this great country and not be ashamd and never have to apologize to our enemy. One nation under G O D!!

    September 11, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Ryan NC

    I am impressed/ frightened by the amount of disrespectful comments.... Shameless people! You don't like Obama, fine, you don't like Bush, fine, but this is not the place to post your opinion on them!

    September 11, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. BeverlyNC

    How inappropriate for BUSH to read a letter from Abraham Lincoln to the mother of 5 soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War. Bush sent thousands of American soldiers to their death for a LIE of a war in Iraq. He is a war criminal and should have no part in this sacred ceremony. While the nation was being attacked, and he had been told, he still sat there in an elementary school reading "My Per Goat". He was an embarrassment to our nation and destroyed our reputation around the world. He and Cheney should be at the Hague being tried as war criminals on this day of atonement and sacrifice.

    September 11, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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