RE: [Obama-London-OFA] 9/11 For All of Us

From: Sara Callaway
Sent on: Sunday, September 11, 2011 4:01 PM

Thanks for sending this, also we must remember all those who lost their lives in Iraq and and Afghanistan, many women, children, elderly and other vulnerable people, and the soldiers who’ve lost their lives, many people of colour.  War is no way to solve these problems – proof is that ten years after 9/11, people everywhere still living in fear and in poverty, while billions squandered on  war and destruction.   

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Carole
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 11:53 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [Obama-London-OFA] 9/11 For All of Us

 

9/11 For All of Us

Dear Friends,

Certainly it's a historic day, as Americans - and the world - has thoughts about 9/11.
Have you been thinking of where you were exactly 10 years ago? I have.
A suicide bomber in Kabul tried to make us remember - 77 Americans were wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan today.

I wrote a comment to an article in the New York Times yesterday, where Dick Cavett said all the media wallowing just glamorizes the terrorists, then he pointedly wrote about comedy instead.

I cried when I saw the newly-released footage taken from a news helicopter, never shown before. I was surprised at how quickly tears welled up. I've just finished reading John Updike's book "The Terrorist", where one Arab says to another, looking at the ground zero site, "How fantastic to not see those towers there."

A few things you might like to see are listed below.
I'll post the text of President Obama's remarks at Ground Zero in our files as soon as I receive the text. The President and Mrs. Obama left the White House at 6:16 this morning on their way to Ground Zero, and will arrive in New York at 7:30 EST. He'll be at Ground Zero at 8am this morning, or 1pm London time.

President Obama wrote to Congress yesterday:
"The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue in effect after September 14, 2011, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat."

Please feel free to write what you're thinking, or doing, or any comments you'd like to our mailing list. If you've asked to be removed and would like to be re-added, please let me know. If you'd like to be removed, please let me know. You can send an email to the group by writing to:

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I wish you a reflective, and safe, 9/11.

It grabs your heart.
Carole

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1 What President Obama did the day before 9/11, 2011
2 The Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania,
dedicated yesterday, remarks by Vice President Joe Biden
3 New - Not Seen Before, 9/11 footage
4 Editorial in today's New York Times: Loss and Hope
5 My comment in yesterday's New York Times
6 Daniel Libeskind, the architecht for the new buildings at Ground Zero, talking about the buildings and what it means to him.


1 What President Obama did the day before 9/11, 2011

Motorcade left WH 11:30.
Arrived Arlington National Cemetery at 11:45 via Memorial Bridge.

President and First Lady got out to pay their respects and talk with people who happened to be visiting graves in section 60 in the southeast portion of the cemetery, which is reserved for service members killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. They talked with two groups of people at two different graves, and walked down and back along a row of graves, holding hands. On this warm, sunny day, President was wearing a black suit, white shirt and light gray tie. Mrs. Obama wore a white blouse and black slacks. According to a White House official, this is the President's third visit to section 60. They shook hands and posed for pictures with some of the people and the President gave one young woman a hug. Motorcade left about noon and arrived back at the WH at 12:11 to pick up the First Daughters. Next up, a service project nearby. Holding here for now. According to a WH official, " On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the President believes that it is important for all Americans to honor those who have served since 9/11, to remember those lives we have lost, and to support their families."

2 The Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, dedicated yesterday, remarks by Vice President Joe Biden (in our Meetup files)
http://www.meetup.com/Obama-London-OFA/file

3 New - Not Seen Before, 9/11 footage

If you haven't seen this, it's powerful - footage of 9/11 never seen before, taken from a police helicopter in reserved air space. Lest you get jaded, or think "enough, already," you might want to take a look.
http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/07/video-newly-released-video-shows-911-from-nypd-helicopter/

4 Editorial in today's New York Times: Loss and Hope
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/opinion/sunday/loss-and-hope.html

5 My comment in yesterday's New York Times

"Lest those who think 9/11 commemmorative things are a "misery bath" might fault me - is it not important that we remember what happened? What about the people who were too young then, shouldn't they be exposed to what happened? What about those who cared about people who got killed? What about those who themselves tried to help, and wound up injuring themselves and their future health?

To remember and mark what happened 10 years ago is not merely an exercise in shutting our eyes and saying "Woe is us." It's not merely to make anyone who delights in what happened feel rejoicing, or anyone who despairs feel nothing can be done.

It's a necessary ingredient of the mix of current and history events that make us Americans.

Too bad for those who are sarcastic, cynical, and grinches. It happened, and a bit of remembering won't kill you.

On the contrary, remembering history's lessons and marking our history isn't corny. It makes sense.

I cried when I saw the newly-released footage taken from a news helicopter, never shown before. I was surprised at how quickly tears welled up. I've just finished reading John Updike's book "The Terrorist", where one Arab says to another, looking at the ground zero site, "How fantastic to not see those towers there."

Enough said.
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/the-great-melvino-or-our-mr-brooks/?scp=3&sq=Cavett&st=cse (comment 63)

6 Daniel Libeskind, the architecht for the new buildings at Ground Zero, talking about the buildings and what it means to him
http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/09/10/opinion/100000001045854/daniel-libeskind-from-the-ashes.html





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