President Barack Obama says Americans should mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by recapturing the sense of common purpose felt on that dreadful day.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says “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.”
President Obama’ s weekly radio address:
He says “By giving back to our communities, by serving people in need, we reaffirm our ideals — in defiance of those who would do us grave harm.”
Obama alludes in his radio address to a contentious atmosphere in the country, though without specifically addressing either the Quran burning controversy or a planned mosque near ground zero.
He says Americans must not allow anyone to divide the nation based on differences or to, as he puts it, “blind us to what we have in common.”