Obama: At Our Best, We Are One

President urges a split nation to remember sense of unity
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2010 6:15 AM CDT
Obama: At Our Best, We Are One
President Barack Obama during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010.    (Susan Walsh)

At the dawn of the ninth 9/11 anniversary, President Obama looked out over a divided country and urged it to remember that shared sense of horror and unity it felt as it watched towers collapse. "If there is a lesson to be drawn on this anniversary, it is this: We are one nation—one people—bound not only by grief, but by a set of common ideals," he said in his weekly address.

"This is a time of difficulty for our country," Obama acknowledged. "But on this day, we are reminded that at our best, we do not give in to this temptation. We stand with one another. We do not allow ourselves to be defined by fear, but by the hopes we have for our families, for our nation, and for a brighter future." Obama begins the day with a moment of silence at 8:46am, followed by a Pentagon memorial service, then community service. First lady Michelle Obama joins Laura Bush in Shanksville, Pa. Vice President Joe Biden will attend the service at Ground Zero. The AP notes that the Florida pastor who planned a Koran burning landed in New York City last night.
(More September 11 stories.)

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