9/11 Patriot Day 2012

In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,993 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as “Nine-Eleven (9/11),” “September Eleventh,” or some variation thereof. U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.”

On this day, President Obama asks Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM ET and calls upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

President Obama urges Americans to we mark each September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

United We Serve http://www.serve.gov/sept11.asp

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by observing a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House at 8:46 AM ET September 11, 2012

9/11 Memorial

National September 11 Memorial and Museum

The Pentagon Memorial

Flight 93 National Memorial – Donate To Help It’s Construction

Beyond the 11th

Better Business Bureau Human Service Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/human-services/

Better Business Bureau Police and Fire Fighters Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/police-and-firefighter/

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  1. WH

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet
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  2. 9/11 Patriot Day

    In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,993 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as “Nine-Eleven (9/11),” “September Eleventh,” or some variation thereof. U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.”

    On this day, the President directs that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time of the first plane crash on September 11, 2001.
    South Lawn of the White House

    President Obama urges Americans to we mark each September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

    United We Serve http://www.serve.gov/sept11.asp

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    9/11 Memorial

    The Pentagon Memorial

    National Park Service – Flight 93 Memorial

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    Beyond the 11th

    Better Business Bureau Human Service Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/human-services/

    Better Business Bureau Police and Fire Fighters Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/police-and-firefighter/

    • Weekly Address: Coming Together to Remember September 11th

      September 08, 2012

      WEEKLY ADDRESS: Coming Together to Remember September 11th

      WASHINGTON, DC—In this week’s address, President Obama marked the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks by remembering the innocent lives lost, and honoring the first responders and men and women in uniform who have served and sacrificed to keep our country safe. In the difficult years following the attacks, the United States has come back stronger as a nation, decimated the leadership of al-Qaeda, ensured that Osama bin Laden will never attack America again, and strengthened our alliances across the world. Looking forward, we will continue to demonstrate that the legacy of 9/11 is that no adversary or act of terrorism can change who we are as Americans, and that we will always come together to preserve and protect the country we love.

      Remarks of President Barack Obama
      Weekly Address
      The White House
      September 8, 2012

      This week, we mark the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks. It’s a time to remember the nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and children we lost, and the families they left behind. It’s a chance to honor the courage of the first responders who risked their lives – on that day, and every day since. And it’s an opportunity to give thanks for our men and women in uniform who have served and sacrificed, sometimes far from home, to keep our country safe.

      This anniversary is about them. It’s also a time to reflect on just how far we’ve come as a nation these past eleven years.

      On that clear September morning, as America watched the towers fall, and the Pentagon burn, and the wreckage smoldering in a Pennsylvania field, we were filled with questions. Where had the attacks come from, and how would America respond? Would they fundamentally weaken the country we love? Would they change who we are?

      The last decade has been a difficult one, but together, we have answered those questions and come back stronger as a nation.

      We took the fight to al Qaeda, decimated their leadership, and put them on a path to defeat. And thanks to the courage and skill of our intelligence personnel and armed forces, Osama bin Laden will never threaten America again.

      Instead of pulling back from the world, we’ve strengthened our alliances while improving our security here at home. As Americans, we refuse to live in fear. Today, a new tower rises above the New York skyline. And our country is stronger, safer and more respected in the world.

      Instead of turning on each other, we’ve resisted the temptation to give in to mistrust and suspicion. I have always said that America is at war with al Qaeda and its affiliates – and we will never be at war with Islam or any other religion. We are the United States of America. Our freedom and diversity make us unique, and they will always be central to who we are as a nation.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/08/weekly-address-coming-together-remember-september-11th

      • President Obama Marks 10th Anniversary of 9/11

        Uploaded by whitehouse on Sep 16, 2011
        The President and First Lady attended ceremonies at the three memorial sites, paid their respects at Section 60, and attended the Concert for Hope.

        Remarks by the President at the September 11th 10th Anniversary Commemoration http://goo.gl/mw01I

    • Paying Tribute with Service

      Matt Compton September 08, 2012 10:00 AM EDT

      In today’s Weekly Address, President Obama talks about one of the legacies of September 11, 2001.

      “Instead of turning inward with grief,” he said, “we’ve honored the memory of those we lost by giving back to our communities, serving those in need, and reaffirming the values at the heart of who we are as a people.”

      That’s why we mark each September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, — an act that Congress made official in 2009 and which President Obama signed into law.

      The Corporation for National and Community Service is charged with overseeing that effort, and this year, they hope to make it one of the largest days of charitable service in U.S. history.

      Last year, for the 10th anniversary — the First Family, President Obama, the First Lady, Malia, and Sasha — all pitched in at the DC Central kitchen, preparing meals for those in need.

      This year, you can sign up for a service opportunity near you at Serve.gov.

      As President Obama says, “We are one American family. And we look out for each other – not just on the difficult days, but every day.”

      • Honoring Victims

        On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners to strike targets in the United States. Nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the attacks.

        By presidential proclamation, Americans are called on to participate in a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time on September 11, 2012. They may also observe the day with ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services. Flags should be displayed at half-staff in honor of the individuals who lost their lives.

        Many Americans will serve in their communities in honor of 9/11 as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance,. Service projects range from food drives and home repairs to neighborhood cleanups and disaster preparation activities. In many areas, volunteers will honor veterans, soldiers, or first responders by collecting donations, assembling care packages, and writing thank you letters.

        Learn how you can participate in public service, on the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

        Other activities you may take related to 9/11:

        * Read 9/11 stories, tell your 9/11 story, and upload images, documents, and other digital files at the September 11 Digital Archive.

        * View the National Museum of American History’s display of objects recovered, from the three sites attacked that day.

        * Visit the Library of Congress’s eyewitness accounts and personal reactions to 9/11,.

        * View the September 11 National Medal, from the U.S. Mint,.

    • Michelle Obama: Honor September 11th Heroes by Serving

      Uploaded by nationalservice on Aug 19, 2011
      First Lady Michelle Obama speaks about the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance and how you can honor those who were lost by serving.

      • Foo Fighters Performs “My Hero”

        Published on Sep 8, 2012 by DemConvention2012

        “MY HERO” by the Foo Fighters “That’s my way of saying that when I was young, I didn’t have big rock heroes, I didn’t want to grow up and be some big sporting hero. My heroes were ordinary people and the people that I have a lot of respect for are just solid everyday people – people you can rely on.”

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        Foo Fighters Performs “My Hero” at the 2012 Democratic National Convention:

        David Grohl: “Thank you very much it is an honor to be here. I think that this song makes perfect sense here tonight.”

    • Obama Honors 9/11 Victims, First Responders, Troops

      Sept. 8, 2012 By Terri Moon Cronk – American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON,– In his weekly address today, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks and honored the first responders and U.S. service members who have fought and sacrificed ever since to keep the United States safe.

      As the anniversary approaches, Obama said, this is a time to remember the men, women and children lost in the attacks, the families they left behind, and a chance to honor the courage of the first responders who risked their lives and the American troops who ensure the nation’s security.

      “On that clear September morning, as America watched the towers fall, the Pentagon burn, and the wreckage smoldering in a Pennsylvania field, we were filled with questions,” Obama said. “Where had the attacks come from, and how would America respond? Would they fundamentally weaken the country we love? Would they change who we are?”

      The last decade has been a difficult one, the president said, but the nation and its people answered those questions and have come back stronger.

      “We took the fight to al-Qaida, decimated their leadership, and put them on a path to defeat,” he said. “And thanks to the courage and skill of our intelligence personnel and armed forces, Osama bin Laden will never threaten America again.”
      Instead of pulling back from the world, he noted, the United States strengthened its alliances while improving security at home.

      “As Americans, we refuse to live in fear,” Obama said. “Today, a new tower rises above the New York skyline. And our country is stronger, safer and more respected in the world.”

      Rather than changing who Americans are, the president said, the attacks brought out the best in the nation’s people.

      “More than 5 million members of the 9/11 generation have worn America’s uniform over the past decade, and we’ve seen an outpouring of goodwill towards our military, veterans, and their families,” Obama said. “Together, they’ve done everything we’ve asked of them.”

      For more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=117790

    • September 11, 2012

      8:46 AM ET
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in the observance of a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
      South Lawn of the White House

      8:15 AM ET
      Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano participates in the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony World Trade Center Memorial, New York, NY

      9:30 AM ET
      Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Ceremony with Remarks from General Dempsey & Secretary of Defense Panetta
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend
      Pentagon, Washington DC

      9:45 AM ET
      Vice President Joe Biden will attend a service remembering the victims of Flight 93
      Somerset County, NY

      President Obama visits with wounded service members and their families
      Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington DC

  3. Congress’ top five pressing issues:

    5. Postal reform
    4. Violence Against Women Act
    3. Cybersecurity
    2. Farm bill and drought relief
    1. Taxes and the ‘fiscal cliff’

    • Congress returns for short pre-election session

      9/9/12 By ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off a five-week vacation, lawmakers return to Washington on Monday for a truncated pre-election session in which Congress will do what it often does best: punt problems to the future.

      They face a slew of deadlines and the prospect of a debilitating “fiscal cliff” in January, yet are expected to take a pass on the big issues of taxes and spending cuts. Their focus seems to be on the bare minimum, preventing a government shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30.

      Democrats controlling the Senate and their House GOP rivals also will also try to set up votes intended to score political points or paint the other side with an unflattering brush two months before the election. Their efforts are sure to be overshadowed by the presidential campaign.

      Topping the agenda of substantive business is a six-month temporary spending bill to finance the government’s day-to-day operations. The annual appropriations process on Capitol Hill collapsed about midway through the campaign season. The stopgap measure would give the next Congress time to fashion a full-year plan. There would be no more sure way of driving Congress’ approval ratings even lower than for lawmakers to stumble into a government shutdown right before the Nov. 6 vote.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/congress-returns-short-pre-election-session-122751664.html

    • Farmers want new Farm Bill, but time is running out

      8/29/12 By Carey Gillam and Charles Abbott | Reuters – 16 hrs ago

      KANSAS CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) –

      Congress needs to pass a new Farm Bill and fast or risk putting U.S. farmers in financial jeopardy as they need to decide on how much winter wheat to plant and how much to spend on corn and soybean seeds, plus make other decisions critical to American food production, a number of farming experts said this week.

      With the current package of Farm Bill programs due to expire September 30, the chorus of voices from the countryside demanding action by lawmakers is growing louder.

      However, even these farm experts acknowledge that passage before September 30 appears unlikely because of election year politics and a deeply divided Congress

      “We are pushing Congress to get it done in September,” said Dana Peterson, chief executive officer of the National Association of Wheat Growers. “But the likelihood of that is pretty slim. The likelihood before the election (in November) is pretty slim.”

      About 40 farm and agriculture-related organizations have formed a group called Farm Bill Now. They plan to rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol September 12 to lobby lawmakers for swift passage of a new Farm Bill.

      The group represents a broad base of agriculture from corn and soybean farmers, to sheep and sugar producers.

      “It really matters. It’s not just important to the people who work the land, it’s important to everybody who buys food in the grocery store,” said Pam Johnson, who grows corn and soybeans with her husband in north-central Iowa.

      Congress returns to session September 10 but is actually in session for only eight days during that month. And though farm advocates are demanding action, they say they fear a heavily divided Congress will scuttle any progress that might be possible.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/farmers-want-farm-bill-time-running-225934738.html

  4. 2:15 PM ET
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks with reporters at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.

  5. GOP WRONG WAY

    Romney: Sorry, No Preexisting Conditions Guarantee Unless You’re Already Insured

    SEPTEMBER 10, 2012, 5:47 AM 4832 SAHIL KAPUR – tpm

    In a Sunday interview, Mitt Romney spoke out for a popular provision in the Affordable Care Act that guarantees coverage for people with preexisting conditions. But his campaign later clarified that he supports a scaled back version of the policy with much weaker protections.

    “I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place,” the Republican nominee said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “One is to make sure that those with preexisting conditions can get coverage.”

    His campaign later told TPM he wasn’t signaling a shift in policy and was instead referring to his existing stance in favor of protections on preexisting conditions only for those with continuous insurance coverage — not for first-time or returning buyers.

    For more: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/mitt-romney-obamacare-preexisting-condition.php?ref=fpa

    • Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan won’t answer the most basic questions

      Uploaded by BarackObamadotcom on Sep 9, 2012
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      Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan won’t answer the most basic questions about their tax plan.

  6. Ryan says Obama hasn’t proposed an alternative to the sequester. He’s wrong.

    September 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm Posted by Suzy Khimm – washingtonpost

    Paul Ryan insists that it’s perfectly consistent for him to criticize the president for supporting the triggered defense (and non-defense) cuts that he himself voted for last year. “We passed in the House a bill to prevent those devastating defense cuts by cutting spending somewhere else. The Senate’s done nothing. President Obama’s done nothing,” Ryan told Norah O’Donnell on Sunday. ”What’s his plan for the sequester? He’s ignoring the law.”

    Ryan’s right that Obama still hasn’t laid out his plan for how his administration would actually implement the sequester, as the White House has already missed the deadline for submitting the legally required report.

    But Ryan is wrong in stating that Obama has no sequester replacement: In fact, the president has proposed a 2013 budget that avoids the sequester’s automatic cuts for all 10 years, while Ryan’s alternative would only stop the cuts for 2013. ”The automatic enforcement procedures specified by the Budget Control Act are set to go into effect in January 2013 … the president’s budget does not include those reductions,” the Congressional Budget Office concluded in its report. The president instead wants to avoid the cuts by allowing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to expire and by cutting spending on mandatory programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, among other changes.

    But Congress has kept it from going anywhere: Both the House and Senate voted down Obama’s budget, but in the Senate, the 0-99 vote was political theater: Republicans offered up the president’s budget without any of the actual policy language attached, so none of the specifics were actually up for a vote.

    So, contra Ryan, the president has offered a concrete alternative to the defense sequester, but Congress has rejected it. The same could be said for Ryan’s own sequester alternative, which passed the House but went nowhere in the Senate. One could argue that the GOP has made more political progress with their plan, relatively speaking, as the Senate Democrats haven’t pushed Obama’s plan. But that’s a different argument than the one that Ryan is making: that the president is just “ignoring the law” and allowing the sequester to take effect, when in fact he’s responded to it with an alternative in the same way that Ryan has.

    Curiously, Ryan also claims in his interview with O’Donnell that “the supercommittee offered” a sequester alternative. In fact, the supercommittee failed to come to an agreement, and it wasn’t just the Democrats’ fault: Republicans rejected the entitlement cuts that Democrats were offering as insufficient, while Democrats faulted Republicans for refusing to do more to increase revenue through taxes. And it’s that bipartisan group’s failure, not Obama’s, that has actually triggered the sequester.

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    Ryan: I Didn’t Vote For Defense Cuts I Voted For

    Published on Sep 9, 2012 by ThinkProgress TP

  7. Al Qaeda No. 2 leader in Yemen killed in airstrike

    9/10/12 11:02 AM EDT By ASSOCIATED PRESS

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) – Yemeni officials say an airstrike has killed al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader in Yemen along with five others traveling with him in one car.

    The Defense Ministry officials say Monday’s attack killed the deputy, Saudi national Saeed al-Shihri, as he left a house in the southern Hadramawt province.

    They say the missile was believed to have been fired by a U.S. operated drone. The U.S. doesn’t usually comment on such attacks but has used drones in the past to go after al-Qaida members in Yemen.

    Al-Qaida’s Yemen branch is seen as the world’s most active, planning and carrying out attacks against targets in and outside U.S. territory.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

  8. Arizona’s Birtherpalooza Canceled Over Low Ticket Sales

    SEPTEMBER 10, 2012, 4:02 PM 5030 NICK R. MARTIN – tpm

    Not even the promise of crooner Pat Boone singing oldies from a spinning stage could save what was intended to be the premier birther event of the year later this month in Arizona.

    Organizers of the gala, which would have featured Boone alongside Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and some of the nation’s other prominent conspiracy theorists, broke the news online Friday that it was canceled “due to inadequate ticket sales.”

    The Sept. 22 event was meant to bring together people from throughout the nation who believe Barack Obama’s birth certificate is fake and therefore he is ineligible to be president. Organizers planned to use it to call on Congress to take up Arpaio’s yearlong investigation into the documents.

    The announcement was disappointing to the few people who did plan to attend, as evidenced by a handful of web postings about the cancellation. It didn’t take long for true believers to spin elaborate conspiracy theories about why the event was called off.

    For more: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/birtherpalooza_canceled.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    • Thank you for that article Kat!

      “No one who was working at the Department of Transportation 11 years ago will forget the morning of September 11, 2001. Whether it was the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic controllers, who helped bring every aircraft in U.S. airspace safely to ground, or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s midshipmen, who went into the chaos of Lower Manhattan to support the maritime evacuation of Wall Street workers, 9/11 is permanently etched into the Department’s memory.”

  9. WH

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    Vice President Biden travels to Somerset County, Pa., to deliver remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial Commemorative Service.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    8:46 AM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in the observance of a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
    South Lawn of the White House

    9:00 AM
    9:10 AM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart from the White House to the Pentagon Memorial.

    9:30 AM
    President Obama places a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial
    President Obama speaks in the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
    First Lady Michelle Obama also attends.
    Pentagon, Washington DC

    9:45 AM
    Vice President Joe Biden will attend a service remembering the victims of Flight 93
    Somerset County, NY

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit graves of those who died in Iraq and Afghanistan in Section 60
    Arlington National Cemetery, VA

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return to the White House.

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Bethesda, Md.

    1:55 PM
    President Obama arrives in Bethesda, Md.

    2:00 PM
    2:15 PM
    President Obama visits with wounded service members and their families
    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington DC

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:40 PM
    President Obama departs Bethesda, Md., en route the White House.

    4:50 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House.

    5:00 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Secretary of Defense Panetta
    Oval Office.

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    • POTUS podium

      September 11, 2012

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      8:45 AM ET
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the observance of a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
      South Lawn of the White House

      9:10 AM ET
      Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Ceremony with Remarks from General Dempsey & Secretary of Defense Panetta
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend
      President Obama places a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial
      Pentagon, Washington DC

      10:00 AM ET
      Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a service remembering the victims of Flight 93
      Somerset County, NY

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      8:45 AM ET
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the observance of a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
      South Lawn of the White House

      8:15 AM ET
      Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano participates in the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony
      World Trade Center Memorial, New York, NY

      9:15 AM ET
      Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Ceremony with Remarks from General Dempsey & Secretary of Defense Panetta
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend
      President Obama places a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial
      Pentagon, Washington DC

      10:00 AM ET
      Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a service remembering the victims of Flight 93
      Somerset County, NY

      2:00 PM ET
      Remembering 9/11: Pentagon afternoon ceremony
      Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others will speak at a second ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the Pentagon.

      5:00 PM ET
      OBAMA FOR AMERICA
      Former President Bill Clinton at Obama Campaign Rally
      Florida International University, Miami, FL

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      8:45 AM ET
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the observance of a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
      South Lawn of the White House http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/308095-1

      8:15 AM ET
      Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano participates in the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony
      World Trade Center Memorial, New York, NY http://www.c-span.org/Events/911-1993-World-Trade-Center-Attacks-Remembered-in-Manhattan/10737433988/

      9:15 AM ET
      Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Ceremony with Remarks from General Dempsey & Secretary of Defense Panetta
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend
      President Obama places a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial
      Pentagon, Washington DC http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pentagon-Holds-911-Ceremonies/10737433971/

      10:00 AM ET
      Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a service remembering the victims of Flight 93
      Somerset County, NY

      10:00 AM ET
      The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security will hold a hearing on preventing terrorists from entering the United States. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Homeland-Security-Subcmte-Examines-Visa-Security/10737433992/

      2:00 PM ET
      Remembering 9/11: Pentagon afternoon ceremony
      Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others will speak at a second ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the Pentagon.

      5:00 PM ET
      OBAMA FOR AMERICA
      Former President Bill Clinton at Obama Campaign Rally
      Florida International University, Miami, FL http://www.c-span.org/Events/Bill-Clinton-In-Florida-to-Campaign-for-the-President/10737433978/

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      Department of Defense http://www.pentagonchannel.mil

      8:45 AM ET
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the observance of a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
      South Lawn of the White House

      8:15 AM ET
      Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano participates in the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony
      World Trade Center Memorial, New York, NY

      9:15 AM ET
      Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Ceremony with Remarks from General Dempsey & Secretary of Defense Panetta
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend
      President Obama places a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial
      Pentagon, Washington DC

      2:00 PM ET
      Remembering 9/11: Pentagon afternoon ceremony
      Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others will speak at a second ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the Pentagon.

  10. 5:00 PM ET
    OBAMA FOR AMERICA
    Former President Bill Clinton at Obama Campaign Rally
    Florida International University, Miami, FL

    • Bill Clinton: President Obama helped on speech

      9/12/12 1:31 AM EDT By REID J. EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

      MIAMI — President Barack Obama offered a few key edits to Bill Clinton’s convention speech — and Clinton agreed to them, the former president told POLITICO Tuesday night.

      Clinton said Obama made suggestions on the sections of his speech that dealt with Medicare and welfare reform, though the former president declined to say specifically what Obama advised him to modify. Clinton said he worked on the speech with National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, who served in the same role during his administration, and that he showed Obama the full text for his prime-time speech that morning.

      Clinton offered his thoughts on the speech, dysfunction in Washington and golf to a POLITICO reporter and two other journalists, who ran into him in the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel as they were leaving after dinner and the former president was walking in.
      He spoke earlier in the evening at Miami’s Florida International University, where he delivered a more professorial version of the speech that drew rave reviews last week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. He is scheduled to campaign for Obama again in Orlando on Wednesday.
      Wearing white slacks, a white button-up shirt and a grey, black and white checkered blazer, Clinton told the reporters that Obama is “doing great” in the campaign. The two men speak when Obama calls him, but Clinton said he knows presidents, especially those in the midst of a campaign, are too busy to take unsolicited calls.
      “He knows where to find me,” Clinton said.
      He repeated a condensed version of his message on the economy from last week and earlier Tuesday, saying that “people have to know it couldn’t be fixed” so quickly.
      Clinton — toting a copy of Milica Z. Bookman’s new book about economics in the afterlife, “Do They Take Credit Cards in Heaven?” — spoke of recruiting presentations he’d attended at the local Mormon church while he was growing up in Hot Springs, Ark. Clinton, a Baptist, said he admires the church for its high ethical standards and belief in a celestial kingdom but said the idea of being in a heaven without his non-Mormon friends was too much to give up.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81088.html#ixzz26ItUYFGN

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      President Clinton’s Speech at Florida International University

      Published on Sep 11, 2012 by dlindsey26

      Obama for America Campaign – Miami, FL – September 11, 2012

    • US bounces back to beat Jamaica 1-0 Gomez’s goal

      9/11/12 By RUSTY MILLER | Associated Press – 31 mins ago

      COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The United States rebounded from a loss at Jamaica and moved back into a tie for its group lead in World Cup qualifying, beating the Reggae Boyz 1-0 Tuesday as Herculez Gomez curled a free kick in the 55th minute.
      After hitting the frame three times in a dominant first half as goalkeeper Dwayne Miller made several sparkling saves, the U.S. went ahead after Clint Dempsey was fouled by Rodolph Austin. Gomez’s drive from 28 yards went over the defensive wall and to the left of a diving Miller, who was only able to lightly brush the ball with his fingertips.
      “It was important for us to regroup after what happened in Jamaica,” Gomez said. “We knew it wasn’t our best performance and we had to step forward and apply today. With the help of the crowd, we pushed deep and persevered. It wasn’t always pretty, but I think we did it very well.”
      A rowdy, partisan crowd of 23,881 erupted into chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” on a night American players said they were thinking about the 11th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Fans received small American flags to commemorate the anniversary and there was a moment of silence before kickoff.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-bounces-back-beat-jamaica-1-0-gomezs-021444255–sow.html

    • Readout Of Secretary Napolitano’s Visit To New York

      September 11, 2012 dhs

      NEW YORK CITY—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was in New York City today to participate in commemorative events honoring 9/11 victims, their families, first responders and rescue workers.

      “Eleven years later, our memories of those we lost, and our determination to keep America safe, have never been stronger,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Together, on this anniversary, we move forward with hope, resolve, and resilience.”

      In the morning, Secretary Napolitano joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and other officials in a commemoration ceremony at Ground Zero, where they observed four moments of silence in memory of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. During the ceremony, family members and other officials participated in the reading of the names of all those who lost their lives. Later, Secretary Napolitano attended the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Memorial Service, honoring families and first responders.

      Yesterday in New York City, Secretary Napolitano addressed families, survivors, and rescue and recovery workers at the VOICES of September 11th interfaith service and visited the New York Police Department Midtown South precinct and New York City Fire Department.

    • President Obama and the First Lady Observe a Moment of Silence on 9/11

      Published on Sep 11, 2012 by whitehouse

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by observing a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House. September 11, 2012.

    • September 11, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the Pentagon Memorial Service in Remembrance of 9/11

      Pentagon Memorial
      Arlington, Virginia

      9:49 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Secretary Panetta, General Dempsey, members of our Armed Forces, and most importantly, to the families –survivors and loved ones — of those we lost, Michelle and I are humbled to join you again on this solemn anniversary.

      Today we remember a day that began like so many others. There were rides to school and commutes to work, early flights and familiar routines, quick hugs and quiet moments. It was a day like this one — a clear blue sky, but a sky that would soon be filled with clouds of smoke and prayers of a nation shaken to its core.

      Even now, all these years later, it is easy for those of us who lived through that day to close our eyes and to find ourselves back there — and back here — back when grief crashed over us like an awful wave, when Americans everywhere held each other tight, seeking the reassurance that the world we knew wasn’t crumbling under our feet.

      Eleven times we have marked another September 11th come and gone. Eleven times, we have paused in remembrance, in reflection, in unity and in purpose.

      This is never an easy day. But it is especially difficult for all of you — the families of nearly 3,000 innocents who lost their lives — your mothers and fathers, your husbands and wives, your sons and your daughters. They were taken from us suddenly and far too soon.

      To you and your families, the rest of us cannot begin to imagine the pain you’ve endured these many years. We will never fully understand how difficult it has been for you to carry on, to summon that strength and to rebuild your lives.

      But no matter how many years pass, no matter how many times we come together on this hallowed ground, know this — that you will never be alone. Your loved ones will never be forgotten. They will endure in the hearts of our nation, because through their sacrifice, they helped us make the America we are today — an America that has emerged even stronger.

      Most of the Americans we lost that day had never considered the possibility that a small band of terrorists halfway around the world could do us such harm. Most had never heard the name al Qaeda. And yet, it’s because of their sacrifice that we’ve come together and dealt a crippling blow to the organization that brought evil to our shores. Al Qaeda’s leadership has been devastated and Osama bin Laden will never threaten us again. Our country is safer and our people are resilient.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/11/remarks-president-pentagon-memorial-service-remembrance-911

    • September 11, 2012

      Remarks by the Vice President at the Flight 93 National Memorial Commemorative Service

      Flight 93 National Memorial
      Shanksville, Pennsylvania

      10:30 A.M. EDT

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Superintendent — Jeff, you’ve done a remarkable job here. And the thing I notice when I speak to you about is you’re invested in this place. It sort of has a — sort of stolen a piece of your heart. And that’s why I’m confident that all that you plan will happen.

      Patrick, you’re keeping the flame alive, and keeping the families together is — from my experience, I imagine you all find solace in seeing one another. There’s nothing like being able to talk with someone who you know understands.

      And it’s an honor — it’s a genuine honor to be back here today. But like all of the families, we wish we weren’t here. We wish we didn’t have to be here. We wish we didn’t have to commemorate any of this. And it’s a bittersweet moment for the entire nation, for all of the country, but particularly for those family members gathered here today.

      Last year, the nation and all of your family members that are here commemorated the 10th anniversary of the heroic acts that gave definition to what has made America such a truly exceptional place — the individual acts of heroism of ordinary people in moments that could not have been contemplated, but yet were initiated.

      I also know from my own experience that today is just as momentous a day for all of you, just as momentous a day in your life, for each of your families, as every September 11th has been, regardless of the anniversary. For no matter how many anniversaries you experience, for at least an instant, the terror of that moment returns; the lingering echo of that phone call; that sense of total disbelief that envelops you, where you feel like you’re being sucked into a black hole in the middle of your chest.

      My hope for you all is that as every year passes, the depth of your pain recedes and you find comfort, as I have, genuine comfort in recalling his smile, her laugh, their touch. And I hope you’re as certain as I am that she can see what a wonderful man her son has turned out to be, grown up to be; that he knows everything that your daughter has achieved, and that he can hear, and she can hear how her mom still talks about her, the day he scored the winning touchdown, how bright and beautiful she was on that graduation day, and know that he knows what a beautiful child the daughter he never got to see has turned out to be, and how much she reminds you of him. For I know you see your wife every time you see her smile on your child’s face. You remember your daughter every time you hear laughter coming from her brother’s lips. And you remember your husband every time your son just touches your hand.

      I also hope — I also hope it continues to give you some solace knowing that this nation, all these people gathered here today, who are not family members, all your neighbors, that they’ve not forgotten. They’ve not forgotten the heroism of your husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers. And that what they did for this country is still etched in the minds of not only you, but millions of Americans, forever. That’s why it’s so important that this memorial be preserved and go on for our children and our grandchildren, and our great-grandchildren, and our great-great-grandchildren — because it is what makes it so exceptional. And I think they all appreciate, as I do, more than they can tell you, the incredible bravery your family members showed on that day.

      I said last year my mom used to have an expression. She’d say, Joey, bravery resides in every heart, and someday it will be summoned. It’s remarkable — remarkable — how it was not only summoned, but acted on.

      Today we stand on this hallowed ground, a place made sacred by the heroism and sacrifice of the passengers and the crew of Flight 93. And it’s as if the flowers, as I walked here, as if the flowers were giving testament to how sacred this ground is.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/11/remarks-vice-president-flight-93-national-memorial-commemorative-service

  11. Good Tuesday morning everyone. Thank you to all our “everday heroes”; our firefighters, police, first responders and military.

  12. Obamas visit Arlington

    9/11/12 11:36 AM EDT POLITICO44

    President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama made an unscheduled stop on Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery, where the president visited graves of those who died in Iraq and Afghanistan in Section 60. From the pool report:

    “POTUS and FLOTUS walked among the chalk-white markers, in the sun and shade, pausing at one of the first to place a ‘challenge coin’ – medallions bearing insignia passed out by commanders as motivation or to honor achievement – on the grave. The First Couple talked for several minutes over the grave, the marker larger than others, a collective memorial for victims of an Oct. 26, 2009 helicopter crash in Afghanistan. POTUS chief of staff Jack Lew and counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan watched from the distance of the motorcade as the first couple walked the long line of markers, where POTUS bent over to place several more challenge coins at graves along the walk.”

  13. 2:15 PM ET
    President Obama visits with wounded service members and their families
    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington DC

  14. September 11, 2012

    Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Certain Terrorist Attacks

    NOTICE

    CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN TERRORIST ATTACKS

    Consistent with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency previously declared on September 14, 2001, in Proclamation 7463, with respect to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States.

    Because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency must continue in effect beyond September 14, 2012. Therefore, I am continuing in effect for an additional year the national emergency that was declared on September 14, 2001, with respect to the terrorist threat.

    This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

    BARACK OBAMA

    THE WHITE HOUSE,
    September 11, 2012.

    • September 11, 2012

      Message — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Certain Terrorist Attacks

      TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

      Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within the 90 day period prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. Consistent with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register the enclosed notice, stating that the emergency declared with respect to the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, is to continue in effect for an additional year.

      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, 2012, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat.

      BARACK OBAMA

      THE WHITE HOUSE,
      September 11, 2012.

  15. September 11, 2012

    Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Persons Who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism

    NOTICE

    CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO PERSONS WHO COMMIT, THREATEN TO COMMIT, OR SUPPORT TERRORISM

    On September 23, 2001, by Executive Order 13224, the President declared a national emergency with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706). The President took this action to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the grave acts of terrorism and threats of terrorism committed by foreign terrorists, including the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, in New York and Pennsylvania and against the Pentagon, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks against United States nationals or the United States. Because the actions of these persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, the national emergency declared on September 23, 2001, and the measures adopted on that date to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond September 23, 2012. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism.

    This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

    BARACK OBAMA

    THE WHITE HOUSE,
    September 11, 2012.

    • September 11, 2012

      Message — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Persons Who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism

      TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

      Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within the 90 day period prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice, stating that the national emergency with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism is to continue in effect beyond September 23, 2012.

      The crisis constituted by the grave acts of terrorism and threats of terrorism committed by foreign terrorists, including the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, in New York and Pennsylvania and against the Pentagon, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on United States nationals or the United States that led to the declaration of a national emergency on September 23, 2001, has not been resolved. These actions pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. For these reasons, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism, and maintain in force the comprehensive sanctions to respond to this threat.

      BARACK OBAMA

      THE WHITE HOUSE,
      September 11, 2012.

  16. Barns for Obama – OFA Ohio

    Published on Sep 3, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
    Get involved in Ohio: http://OFA.BO/mS9cJo

    Brian, Joe and Rick share how President Obama has led in environmental and rural development investment. The President has empowered farming and rural communities—increasing their successes and helping Ohio move forward to an economy that’s built to last.

    Their enthusiasm from 2008 continues. They’ve added a new mural to the 2008 Obama Barn and continue to be a part of this campaign by volunteering and stepping up to be Neighborhood Team Leaders.

    How President Obama has helped Ohio:

    * Approved 1,296 farm loans in 2011
    * Expanded broadband internet to 28 new counties
    * Funded 169 rural clean energy projects
    * Funded 493 rural infrastructure projects

  17. The Health Care Law is Saving Americans Money

    Secretary Kathleen Sebelius September 11, 2012

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted from Healthcare.gov.

    The Affordable Care Act holds insurance companies accountable and puts more money back into the pockets of Americans across the country. According to a new report, consumers saved over $2 billion because of new rules that protect people from insurance industry abuses.

    As a former Insurance Commissioner, I’m familiar with how alone consumers can feel when dealing with their insurance companies. Under the health care law, insurers are finally being held accountable to their policyholders. For the first time ever, new rate review rules in the health care law prevent insurance companies in all states from raising rates with no accountability or transparency. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have received $160 million in grants to increase their oversight of premium hikes.

    Some states, like Nevada, are using the funds to better educate consumers about the resources available to them. Others – like Mississippi and South Dakota – have used the money to add new consumer protections. In these states, officials can not only review rate hikes, but can also reject those hikes that are not justified.

    And more improvements in states around the country are on the way.

    Last September, we also put in place new rules that ensure that every single rate increase of 10 percent or more is reviewed on either the state or federal level. For the first time, we have been able to guarantee Americans that no matter what state they live in, insurers will no longer be able to raise their rates by double digits without justification.

    These rules make the insurance marketplace more transparent and more competitive. And today’s report shows that these rules are beginning to work. Of the double digit rate hikes that have been reviewed, half of them have been reduced or withdrawn altogether. That’s saved nearly 800,000 Americans an estimated $148 million.

    When you look at all reductions to proposed rate hikes, including those below 10 percent, consumers have saved an estimated $1 billion.

    For more; http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/09/11/health-care-law-saving-americans-money

  18. President Obama’s Message to the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery

    Published on Sep 11, 2012 by whitehouse

    President Obama is committed to fighting corruption worldwide and supporting the democratic transitions that are taking place in the Middle East and North Africa. Corruption has been a core public grievance in the region, and the United States has worked closely with the new governments and citizens of Arab countries in transition as they fight corruption and seek justice by recovering stolen assets. As the president of the G8 in 2012, the United States is supporting these aspirations by leading a coalition to focus on asset recovery as part of the Deauville Partnership.

  19. September 10, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Elections in Somalia

    The United States congratulates Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on winning the support of Parliament and becoming Somalia’s new president, and the Somali people for completing this momentous political transition. Today’s vote represents an important milestone for the people of Somalia, and a crucial step forward along the path of building a representative government.

    With leadership comes tremendous responsibility. The United States calls on Somalia’s leaders to usher in a new era of governance that is responsive, representative, and accountable. We encourage President Hassan and all members of Parliament to be inclusive and collaborative, and to build on today’s vote by continuing to strengthen democratic institutions, improving stability and security, and bringing tangible improvements to the lives of Somalia’s citizens.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/10/statement-press-secretary-elections-somalia

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