Skip to comments.Barack Obama and John McCain on 9/11: Statements then and now
Posted on 09/10/2011 4:51:16 AM PDT by markomalley
"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."
(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk ...
So the scum blamed America first all the way back in 2001. Not much has changed, has it?
He sure did, and it’s not surprising
Just like his a-hole buddy Duval Patrick--"Blah blah blah, filler filler filler, now to my real point--it's OUR fault for not UNDERSTANDING what WE have done wrong."
It's interesting to read his thoughts on 9/11, though--which mosque was he in when he heard the news?
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.This is the foreshadowing of his claim that the United States is no longer a Christian nation -- see, the failure of empathy is not unique to a particular religion or ethnicity.
I’m reminded of another B. Hussein Obama quote: “He’s a jackass.”
We all know he was in Rev Wright's "church" who was celebrating the attacks by telling his congregation that "America's chickens......have come home to roost!"
on 9/12 we knew better than to elect a half Muslim symathizer to the WH.
He listened to Reverend Wright for years...and the vitriol spewing from the church of hate moments after 9/11. No one could ever convince me that he ascribes to another view. Ever. He and Wright and Michelle are ALL from the same cloth.
Mark Halperin was right.
It still sickens me that America was naive enough to elect this idiot.
Voting for or allowing unions to prosper that will fund the re-election of Barack Hussein Obama is like sending thank you cards to all the Moslems around the planet for the events of 9/11.
Never forget, always remind a friend.
With the anniversary of 9/11, the party’s media is running all kind of stories of who was doing what on that day.
Radio interviews also. GW Bush, Richard Cheney, Mayor Gulianni and on and on. NO one in the media has even asked mumbasa boy what he was doing on that day. The media would normally prop up their favorite muslim, but the are really avoiding that story.
"Americas chickens... are coming home... to ROOST!"
I don't care to hear anyone’s ‘prepared remarks’ anymore. I want to hear their conversational off-the-cuff comments and answers to real-time questions.
The 911 Atrocities have meant nothing to the impostor
except to make certain a mosque is erected over the dead.
Who taught you to be so cold and disconnected?
What a cold-hearted fish.
From HumanEvents.com, April 29, 2008:
"By all accounts, he [Obama friend and associate, Bill Ayers] was a ferocious, violent, revolutionary Marxist in his halcyon days as a Weatherman leader. He and his Weatherman bombers were enamored of Ho Chi Minh, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Mao Tse-tung -- indeed, all the murderous heroes on the Left. Referring to the Weatherman members in August 1969, he said (according to the FBI): 'Were revolutionary Communists.'
He got off on the groups multiple explosions, too, and discusses them rather lovingly in his memoir.
Ideal Bombing Weather:
'Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon,' he writes (although he concedes it was really a group effort). 'The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.' (p. 256 in the 2003 edition.)
Article: Obama and His Weatherman Friends
From David Horowitz's FrontPageMag.com/DiscoverTheNetworks.org:
March 6, 1970: "three members of the Weather Underground accidentally killed themselves in a Manhattan townhouse while attempting to build a powerful bomb they had intended to plant at a social dance in Fort Dix, New Jersey -- an event that was to be attended by U.S. Army soldiers. Hundreds of lives could have been lost had the plot been successfully executed."
"The bomb was intended to be planted at a non-commissioned officer's dance at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
The bomb was packed with nails to inflict maximum casualties upon detonation."
2007 Fort Dix attack plot
A group of six radical Islamist men, allegedly plotting to stage an attack on the Fort Dix military base in New Jersey, United States, were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on May 7, 2007. They were subsequently charged with planning an attack against U.S. soldiers. The alleged aim of the six men was said to be to "kill as many soldiers as possible". Their trial began on October 20, 2008. 
Opening arguments were presented on October 20, 2008.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said the defendants were inspired by jihad saying "Their motive was to defend Islam. Their inspiration was Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
Muslim sympathizer then and now...
He’s changed from “we must understand” to “look at that can of woop-ass I just put on Osama Ben Laden! “
I wished the idiots who voted for him in 2008 would have thought about that
Wow. Obama’s prepared remarks seem so well thought-out one might think they were written long before the attacks on 9/11.
You keep saying that Mark Halperin was right. Explain please
August, 2003: Ward Churchill Caught On Tape Advocating Terrorism [vs Fellow Americans]
Audio link at Michell Malkin's website (included below)
Question from audience:
You mentioned a little bit ago, "Why did it take a bunch of Arabs to do what you all should have done a long time ago," that's my question.
Churchill: I'm gonna repeat that, tell me if I got that right: Why shouldn't we do something and how do you you move so they don't see you coming.
As to the first part, not a reason in the world that I could see. I can't find a single reason that you shouldn't in a principled way there may be some practical considerations, such as do you know how (laughter from audience)
you know, often these things are processes. It's not just an impulse. And certainly it's not just an event.
And the simple answer, although it probably should be more complicated, but I'm not being flip and giving the simple answer, is:
You carry the weapon. That's how they don't see it coming. You're the one...
They talk about "color blind or blind to your color." You said it yourself.
You don't send the Black Liberation Army into Wall Street to conduct an action.
You don't send the American Indian Movement into downtown Seattle to conduct an action.
Who do you send? You. Your beard shaved, your hair cut close, and wearing a banker's suit.
There's probably a whole lot more to it, you know that. But there's where you start. .."
The audio is apparently no longer available -only transcript:
Here is a 4 minute video from 2006 in which Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are asked if Ward Churchill in the late 1960s, as he claims, taught the Weathermen bomb making techniques. Ayers says with a sneaky grin: "memory is a real MF-er".
"Their founding document [the Weather Underground's] called for the establishment of a "white fighting force" to be allied with the "Black Liberation Movement" and other "anti-colonial" movements to achieve "the destruction of US imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world communism."..."-Berger, Dan (2006). Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity. AK Press, 95.
Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity (Paperback) by Dan Berger
From the New York Times, August 24, 2003
"they [the Weather Underground] employed revolutionary jargon, advocated armed struggle and black liberation and began bombing buildings, taking responsibility for at least 20 attacks. Estimates of their number ranged at times from several dozen to several hundred."
Article: Quieter Lives for 60's Militants, but Intensity of Beliefs Hasn't Faded
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Dr. William Ayers
are greeted by Rebekah Levin with the Committee
for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine.
(Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune / May 17, 2009)
"It was at the Chicago home of [Bill] Ayers and [Bernardine] Dohrn that Obama, then an up-and-coming 'community organizer,' had his political coming out party in 1995. Not content with this rite of passage in Lefty World where unrepentant terrorists are regarded as progressive luminaries, still working 'only to educate' both Obamas tended to the relationship with the Ayers."
Article: The Company He Keeps:
Meet Obamas circle: The same old America-hating Left
Dick Obama agrees.
See BS had an article from August 21st with Soetoro's "recollection"
Perhaps somebody would want to do a compare and contrast exercise:
"I remember going home and Sasha had just been born, and I usually had night duty so Michelle could get some sleep," Mr. Obama told Mason, of his memory of the day. "I remember staying up into, late into the middle of the night burping my child and changing her diapers and wondering, you know, what kind of world is she going to be inheriting?"
"I hope that the American people recognize that, as severe of a blow that was to America, as wrenching as it was for the families involved, we came out of that stronger than anybody expected," he continued. "That was a moment where the country unified because they understood this was a threat to our way of life.
"The crises that we're dealing today with may not be as spectacular, obviously don't have the same tragic dimensions in terms of loss of life, but these are also urgent times. And if we can reclaim that kind of spirit of pulling together then I'm confident we'll be just as strong coming out of this as we were coming out of 9/11."
William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn Weather Underground
Guilty as sin, free as a bird, America is a great country. William Ayers, 1981
I dont regret setting bombs. I feel we didnt do enough. William Ayers, September 11, 2001
Ayers is now mainstream Barack Obama, 2001
Ayers is now a respected member of the Chicago intelligentsia Barack Obama, 2008
7 October 1969 Bombing of Haymarket Police Statue in Chicago, apparently as a kickoff for the Days of Rage riots in the city October 8-11, 1969. The Weathermen later claimed credit for the bombing in their book, Prairie Fire.
8-11 October 1969 The Days of Rage riots occur in Chicago in which 287 Weatherman members from throughout the country were arrested and a large amount of property damage was done.
6 December 1969 Bombing of several Chicago Police cars parked in a precinct parking lot at 3600 North Halsted Street, Chicago. The WUO stated in their book Prairie Fire that they had did the explosion.
27-31 December 1969 Weathermen hold a War Council meeting in Flint, MI, where they finalize their plans to submerge into an underground status from which they plan to commit strategic acts of sabotage against the government. Thereafter they are called the Weather Underground Organization (WUO).
13 February 1970 - Bombing of several police vehicles of the Berkeley, California, Police Department .
16 February 1970 Bombing of Golden Gate Park branch of the San Francisco Police Department, killing one officer and injuring a number of other policemen.
6 March 1970 Bombing in the 13th Police District of the Detroit, Michigan. 34 sticks of dynamite are discovered. During February and early March, 1970, members of the WUO, led by Bill Ayers, are reported to be in Detroit, during that period, for the purpose of bombing a police facility.
6 March 1970 bomb factory located in New Yorks Greenwich Village accidentally explodes. WUO members die, including Ayers girlfriend, Diana Oughton. The bomb was intended to be planted at a non-commissioned officers dance at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The bomb was packed with nails TO INFILICT MAXIMUM CASUALTIES UPON DETONATION.
30 March 1970 Chicago Police discover a WUO bomb factory on Chicagos north side. A subsequent discovery of a WUO weapons cache in a south side Chicago apartment several days later ends WUO activity in the city.
10 May 1970 Bombing of The National Guard Association building in Washington, D.C..
21 May 1970 The WUO under Bernardine Dohrns (Ayers current wife) name releases its Declaration of a State of War communique.
6 June 1970 The WUO sends a letter claiming credit for bombing of the San Francisco Hall of Justice; however, no explosion actually took place. Months later, workmen in this building located an unexploded device which had apparently been dormant for some time.
9 June 1970 - Bombing of The New York City Police Headquarters.
27 July 1970 - Bombing of The Presidio army base in San Francisco. [NYT, 7/27/70]
12 September 1970 The WUO helps Dr. Timothy Leary, break out and escape from the California Mens Colony prison.
8 October 1970 - Bombing of Marin County courthouse. [NYT, 8/10/70]
10 October 1970 - Bombing of Queens traffic-court building . [NYT, 10/10/70, p. 12]
14 October 1970 - Bombing of The Harvard Center for International Affairs [NYT, 10/14/70, p. 30]
1 March 1971 - Bombing of The United States Capitol . [NYT, 3/2/71]
April, 1971 abandoned WUO bomb factory discovered in San Francisco, California.
29 August, 1971 - Bombing of the Office of California Prisons . [LAT, 8/29/71]
17 September 1971 - Bombing of The New York Department of Corrections in Albany, NY [NYT, 9/18/71]
15 October 1971 - Bombing of William Bundys office in the MIT research center. [NYT, 10/16/71]
19 May 1972 - Bombing of The Pentagon . [NYT, 5/19/72]
18 May 1973 - Bombing of the 103rd Police Precinct in New York
28 September 1973 - Bombing of ITT headquarters in New York and Rome, Italy . [NYT, 9/28/73]
6 March 1974 - Bombing of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare offices in San Francisco
31 May 1974 - Bombing of The Office of the California Attorney General.
17 June 1974 - Bombing of Gulf Oils Pittsburgh headquarters .
11 September 1974 Bombing of Anaconda Corporation (part of the Rockefeller Corporation).
29 January 1975 - Bombing of the State Department in (AP. State Department Rattled by Blast, The Daily Times-News, January 29 1975, p.1)
16 June 1975 - Bombing of Banco de Ponce (a Puerto Rican bank) in New York .
September, 1975 Bombing of the Kennecott Corporation .
October 20, 1981 - Brinks robbery in which several members of the Weather Underground stole over $1 million from a Brinks armored car near Nyack, New York. The robbers murdered 2 police officers and 1 Brinks guard. Several others were wounded.
1981 Guilty as hell. Free as a bird. America is a great country, Ayers said when interviewed by David Horowitz.
September 11, 2001 I dont regret setting bombs. I feel we didnt do enough. Ayers is quoted in a New York Times article.
You have to wonder who did his writing for him then and who kept him from running out in the street to celebrate with his brothers.
Bernardine Dohrn: “Overthrowing Capitalism” (from 2007!)
Recall, in the 90s, Obama launched his political career in Dohrn and her husband’s (Bill Ayers) home. The above was recorded in 2007.
He, and those like him, make me sick. I still cannot believe, only 10 years after the attacks, that when I turn on the news, I see “President Obama.” I cannot believe we’ve elected Barack Hussein Obama, whose family is the SAME religion of those who have been KILLING Americans, Jews, and Christians (and everyone else they are able to kill or mutilate). It is disgusting and our great national SHAME.
Years on, when people really get to the meat of who he is, who his other associations are, the world is going to be shocked that we actually elected the ENEMY to lead our great country.
His comments right after 9/11 are truly despicable and unforgivable. If McCain had said anything even remotely close to Obama’s blame America first view, he would have been torn to shreds in the “media.”
Found as I was looking at the link you sent:
I had this thought a while ago. This seems like as good a time as any to share it.
Obama was elected in 2008, seven years after 9/11.
Harry Truman was elected in 1948, seven years after Pearl Harbor.
Can you imagine Truman travelling around the world, apologizing for the fact that we were in the Japs’ way on December 7, 1941, apologizing for the loss of Japanese life, etc., etc.?
Neither can I.
there's just nothing real about this guy.
He’s the one that called Obumma a d*ck and got suspended.
“I remember staying up into, late into the middle of the night burping my child and changing her diapers and wondering, you know, what kind of world is she going to be inheriting?”
This man is supposed to be brilliant?...I’d say he’s a dim bulb.
After Obama was elected, I went into a mild depression. Truly. I interpreted his election, wrongly as it turned out, to mean that a majority of Americans had decided to give full-blown socialism a go. Silly me! I assumed everyone used reason and logic when choosing whom to elect for public office, especially for the highest off in the land. (For a staggering number of people it's merely a high school popularity contest writ large.)
The election of Obama was made possible by that 30-40 percent of the electorate that has no allegiance to either party. Unfathomable as it is to me, these knuckle-heads believed Obama's campaign rhetoric (there truly was little if any political record to go by) and some even thought that electing a black man would make amends for . . . I don't know, you name it.
Lincoln (you know him, he's the founder of the Republican Party) said you can fool some of the people all of the time, you may even fool all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool ALL the people ALL the time. Well those moderates were fooled--big time! Sadly, people's memories are bad and it's possible a few of those same people will be fooled again. Good luck to them.
Fortunately, Obama, in his arrogance and his utter and complete misunderstanding of America and the American people (he's a foreigner, dontcha know) has awoken a sleeping giant. The Tea Party movement is a repudiation of Obama and the leftist vision of America. Their overreach has exposed them for who they really are. I pray a sufficient percentage of our fellow American remember that on Election Day 2012.
WAKE UP AMERICA!!
OBAMA is no different than the 911 HIGHJACKERS.....he's a MUSLIM TERRORIST who has Highjacked the government and is flying the FIFTH AIRPLANE into our economy.
DOWN WITH OBAMA NOW!!
Anything he say’s is a lie. Case closed.
Here is Mark Halperin in his own words lest I be accused of misquoting him....
I know who Mark Halperin is, but I did not know to what you were referring too. I had forgotten about that. Yes he is right
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