President Barack Hussein Obama (mm mmm mmmm) will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and visit with 9/11 families and first responders during his visit today to New York City.
The president will lay the wreath during a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial located near Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Center twin towers destroyed during 9/11.
At least, that’s what his Administration has announced as being the details of Obama’s previously announced trip to New York City following a U.S. raid on Sunday that killed Osama bin Laden, the Muslim Monster responsible for masterminding the work Islamic Terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil.
The President has not been to Ground Zero since 2008.
On September 11th, 2009, per nytimes.com:
Mr. Obama and his wife Michelle began the day of commemoration on the White House South Lawn, where they and some 200 members of the White House staff observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center.
…Mr. Obama then traveled across the Potomac River to speak briefly at the Pentagon, where American Airlines Flight 77, hijacked by five terrorists after taking off from Dulles International Airport bound for Los Angeles, crashed at 9:37 a.m.
On September 11th, 2010, per csmonitor.com, Obama chose not to go to Ground Zero again:
In a somber 9/11 ceremony at the Pentagon Saturday morning, President Obama urged Americans to honor the fallen by keeping alive the nation’s shared virtues and values.
“The highest honor we can pay those we lost, indeed our greatest weapon in this ongoing war, is to do what our adversaries fear the most – to stay true to who we are, as Americans; to renew our sense of common purpose; to say that we define the character of our country, and we will not let the acts of some small band of murderers who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we are,” he said.
Obama sounded a similar theme in his weekly radio/Internet address, in which he noted that September 11 has been designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Obama invited Former President George W. Bush to come with him today, but he declined, citing a wish to stay out of the spotlight.
Obama then invited Former President Bill Clinton, but he was unable to attend because of scheduling conflicts.
Do you see a pattern here?
Even as I hope for some measure of peace and comfort to the bereaved families, I must also hope that we as a nation draw some measure of wisdom from this tragedy. Certain immediate lessons are clear, and we must act upon those lessons decisively. We need to step up security at our airports. We must reexamine the effectiveness of our intelligence networks. And we must be resolute in identifying the perpetrators of these heinous acts and dismantling their organizations of destruction.
We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness. The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, and may be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics. Most often, though, it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair.
We will have to make sure, despite our rage, that any U.S. military action takes into account the lives of innocent civilians abroad. We will have to be unwavering in opposing bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle Eastern descent. Finally, we will have to devote far more attention to the monumental task of raising the hopes and prospects of embittered children across the globe-children not just in the Middle East, but also in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and within our own shores.
In August of 2009, the Obama Administration decided to change the meaning of the yearly remembrance of 9/11/2001, per spectator.org:
On Aug. 4, the White House offered a glimpse into its plans to desecrate 9/11 for political advantage. [Van] Jones appeared in a largely ignored 33-minute video posted on the official blog of the White House to discuss the administration’s plan to flush 9/11 down the memory hole just as it has tried to do by rechristening the Global War on Terror the “Overseas Contingency Operations.”
Of this National Day of Service, Jones says little except that it will be a great opportunity “for people to connect, to find other people in your peer group who are also passionate about repowering America but also greening up America and cleaning up America.”
On the same day, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and Department of Energy Under Secretary Kristina Johnson and activists held a low-key press conference. At it, Yearwood [Obama ally Lennox Yearwood, president of the Hip Hop Caucus] said the National Day of Service will be “the first milestone” of a larger effort called Green the Block that is attempting to convince Americans that the utopian fantasy of a so-called green economy is possible without turning the U.S. into a Third World country.
“From policy creation to community implementation, the Green the Block campaign wants to see access and opportunity created for all Americans, to build prosperity and a healthier planet for future generations,” Yearwood said.
At no time does anyone explain why this National Day of Service has to be held — of all the 365 days in a year — on Sept. 11.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced at yesterday’s daily press briefing that Obama would not be making a speech at today’s ceremony. What would President Barack Hussein Obama (peace be upon him) say today, if he did?
If he made today’s wreath-laying ceremony all about himself and his self-proclaimed magnificence, or, if he emphasized community service, or, if he turned what should be a somber, humble acknowledgement of the sacrifices made by Americans into a personal opportunity to reach out to the Muslim World, Obama would doom his re-election campaign in its infancy.
If, as planned, he solemnly lays a wreath at the sight of the largest massacre by Islamic Terrorists in American History, then that will be appropriate…and long overdue.