Saturday, in a new video posted on the official White House YouTube channel, President Barack Obama marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, which claimed the lives of close to 3,000 people in 2001.
Obama remembers the victims and asks Americans always to stay true to the values that make this country great. For the president, the country will never give into fear because it has a resilient spirit.
This 9/11 anniversary will be the last one for Obama as president, and the emotion is palpable in his delivery. Obama goes on to trace some of the successes and failures that happened in the last fifteen years in the fight against terrorism. Obama states:
“We’re still the America of heroes who ran into harm’s way, of ordinary folks who took down the hijackers, of families who turned their pain into hope.”
He also adds:
“It’s our diversity, our welcoming of all talent, our treating of everybody fairly – no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or faith – that’s part of what makes our country great. It’s what makes us resilient.”
Those remarks are part of different events that will commemorate this special day in American history. Sunday at 8:46 am EDT, Obama will mark the anniversary with a moment of silence at the White House. The president will also deliver remarks at the Pentagon. Obama’s wannabe successors – Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and GOP nominee and business mogul Donald Trump – are also set to mark the day by visiting Ground Zero in New York City. The two candidates are not expected to be there at the same time.
Most commenters on social media praised the statement, but some vocal critics were quick to blame POTUS for the rise of ISIS, being a secret Muslim, and hiding what occurred on this horrific day.