Obama’s speech stresses unity and patriotism. He states ““The perpetrators of this evil act didn’t simply attack America. They attacked the very idea of America itself– all that we stand for and represent in the world. And so 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.”
President Obama shed light on a common misconception. He stressed that the US is at war with terrorists, NOT Islam.
“They may seek to spark conflict between different faiths, but as Americans, we are not –and never will be — at war with Islam.” “It was not a religion that attacked us that September day; it was Al Qaeda — a sorry band of men which perverts religion.”
Obama noted that September 11th should be a day of remembrance and reflection. He honored those who passed with a moment of silence at 8:46 am, the time when the first plane struck the World Trade Center.