Presidents Obama and Bush commemorate 9/11 anniversary
September 11th, 2011
09:39 AM ET
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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. Just Saying

    America (Reps & Dems & Indp)....can't we all just get along today. We as a people and country has withstood so much over the centuries. 10 years ago this great country was attacked by our greatest of enemies. We seem to forget that no matter who we voted in office, we must give them the respect of the office. Bush had his chance....8 years. Obama is having his chance now (God bless him). It's ok to have difference of opinion, but please respect the office of the President. Calling our leaders childish names only diminishes your intelligence which is why you will never be elected for anything.

    So today is a day to reflect on how much this nation is blessed, at the same time despised by many. Even our own bred-born Americans, which replied to this thread in such a vile indecent way, is just as much a terrorist as any other terrorist that choose to destroy this great land.

    Reflect and look at yourself.....figure out why you are so bitter at our President. Sure he has made mistakes, but if he did not do anything, you would complain....We are in this TOGETHER. Makes no difference what your party. We can and will get through this. You people are something else. People all over this great country are grieving and reflecting on this memorable time. But we insist on being un-american by twisting the truth and blaming everything on our current President.

    People are just sick of this perverted nation. It's an abomination. Let us all return to God and He will heal our land.
    Thanks for reading.

    September 11, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. To Margee123

    Margee, you said: "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." You misunderstood what he said. He said 911 will never seem like HISTORY, not "victory". In other words, for them, it will never be "in the past", but they live with it every day. As someone who lost a friend in the attacks, I fully understand what he means. If you have trouble hearing the audio, there is transcripted text out there for you to check. (Shaking my head here.)

    September 11, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Sean

    Bush shamelessly exploited 9/11 to get everything he wanted, including his disastorous invasion of Iraq which has cost even more lives than 9/11. His mere presence insults me.

    September 11, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |

    Did Bush read everyone my pet goat? (or hold the book, have someone else read it and tell him the words thru an earphone)

    September 11, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. 12345

    Today is not about politics.

    September 11, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Magiusm

    Thank you to both presidents to attend this event. This day above most others, should mark a time in our lifes. A time of togetherness, respect and memoriest of the past.

    To those that would bring politic's into this day, to either bad talk President's Bush or Obama. I hope there is a special place reserved in hell for you. Today, isn't about you.

    Thank you America, for giving us so very much. Our best wishes to all the victims of this day, all the heroes and all the people that work each day making this country a better place.

    September 11, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. to the washington non-christians

    Thats a good thing that obama walks BEHIND a Great President because obama is no match for Bush, but i'm sure obama will blame Bush again for something.

    September 11, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Al

    What a joke, I feel sorry for the people that died that day. but until now, there is no proof of who did it, the news keep pushing the same all the time, terrorist did it. I'm just wondering, really? Bush and his clan had all the reasons to plot something like this, they need it to go to war, to make money,"Irak war for money", and they made tons of money, kill inocent people on the way, and also sacrifice inocent americans soldiers, who had nothing to do the this crap.Bush and his clan also destroy the American economy.and Mr Obama just gave the magic touch, to finish ruining the economy, even worst, but the true will come up soon or later, and the really responsibles for this nightmare will pay for it.

    September 11, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. JMead

    OBAMA – "One big ass mistake America"

    September 11, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I agree with the ones here that say it is pretty sad on such a day that we have to read hate filled messages coming from the right AND the left. And iwon't do any finger pointing either like some saying one is doing it more than the other. One thing 9/11 did was unite our country behind one leader regardless if you happened to like that president or not. Today I am not so sure that would happen the way our nation is so divided. But I guess if you can sit in your underwear and type hate filled messages from your basement and no one really knows who you are then that is just what you do no matter what the circumstances are.

    September 11, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Ken

    Come on you guys!! Please just give it a rest for ONE day!!!

    September 11, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. Give credit where credit is due

    President Obama got the right guy Osama Bin Laden. Bush got the wrong guy Sadam Hussein

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 11, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Canuck

    How about remembering the thousands of innocent Iraqis that had their lives taken from them because of Bush's idiotic reaction to 9/11?

    September 11, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. Dee

    When will all of the bashing and name calling stop especially on a day like today. The hatred and ignorance that is exhibited by some here is shameful. Calling President Obama the brother of Osama is ridiculous and uncalled for but this is prejudice that is ingrained in the minds of these people and it is generational and will never change.

    The President is intelligent, smart and well educated but in the eyesight of some it is not enought and will never be enough because of the color of his skin. He is blamed for using a teleprompter all the Presidents and guest for 9/11 were using teleprompters, which is a modern technolgy that is better than reading from a piece of paper or written on your hand, which is antiquated.

    Those who keep spewing hatred of the President of the United States needs the Secret Service to come knocking at their door it is a shame other countries just laugh at the way some Americans act.

    People get over it no matter where you go he is still the President of the United States.

    September 11, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. jane

    YOU STUPID People who can't get away from the politics for one day makes me sick!!! It's not the media, Bush or Obama but it's people like YOU who have divided this country....We can't honor the dead for your STUPIDITY

    September 11, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  16. Steven F

    United we stand? look at the hate on this board , American against American. "Come Together" as the Beatles sang seems a black irony on the U.S. The price of freedom? Is that you have individuals who hide behind their keyboards and become belligerent in denigrating our President, our Brothers, our Nation, The United States of America. We should all look for glimmers of light in this dark abyss that is America divided today. Shame on us all.

    September 11, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  17. jay Mez

    are you serious people??? you guys really think this guy Bush was a "great" president? one word....IRAQ! that's all i have to say. obama killed bin laden. obama 2012.

    September 11, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  18. rafael

    @Dirii 10:43 am: I will assume, with all the misspellings and crappy thought process, that your comment was satire. It's the only possible interpretation.

    September 11, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  19. tony

    lets be happy that prez bush attacked those iraqis that were guilty of.....oh...uh...ok, nevermind.

    more americans died in iraq than on 911. enough said.

    September 12, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  20. Joe Blow

    I bet the media had to mute the stupid laugh from Bush..."he he he I done ruined 'Murica fer ull"

    September 12, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  21. Bman


    September 12, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  22. zen

    9/11 the day America remembers the false flag attack that the government did on its own people. It will always be a day of sadness, which is understandable. What makes it more sad is the fact that our own government could do this to their own citizens. Lets just be happy that we had a president like Kennedy who refused to sign off on the false flag attack the government wanted to do during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    September 12, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  23. April Garlow

    Dumb and Dumber–two peas in a pod–war mongering spendaholics

    September 12, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  24. 5th generation American

    We are divided in this country, because their are those that have respect, honor, character, and discipline. WE have extremes on both sides of the political lines. But, without a hesitation I say the liberal end has destroyed our country. No respect for others, no believe in a hard days work without believing you are owed something. And all the "politically correct" crap. Stop the insanity – both parties need to start working for the common good.

    September 12, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  25. tony

    more importantly, let us always honor the memory and bravery of the victims of that crime.

    September 12, 2011 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
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