Obama: U.S. Stronger After 9/11

    President Obama speaks at a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site in New York Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Allan Tannenbaum, Pool)

    Allan Tannenbaum

    It was a long, solemn Sunday for President Obama, who marked the 9/11 anniversary by saying that the past decade has been "a story of American resilience." In his final speech of the day in Washington, D.C., on Sunday evening, Obama said that despite the problems of the past 10 years, America is stronger. He said, “It will be said that we kept that faith. That we took a painful blow, and emerged stronger than ever before.” He also reminded Americans that it’s worth remembering what has not changed since the attacks: the nation’s character. He also referred to some of the debates over policy that many have found frustrating in recent months, saying, “It is precisely the rigor of these debates, and our ability to resolve them in a way that honors our values, that is a measure of our strength.”

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