President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visit Arlington National Cemetery, Sept. 10, and pay their respects graveside with other visitors.

73 Responses to “respects”

  1. September 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Jovie says:
    September 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm
    Well, their was a deal reached last night on FAA and tge highway bill!
    The highway bill will be funded at fy 2011 levels to the end of march!
    The FAA bill will be funded to the end of January with backpay!
    To be both voted on next week!


    • September 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Don’t agree, FAA needs to be FULLY funded so they can upgrade the entire system. FY11 levels do not accomplish this. At this rate we will never get a 21st century system.

  2. 4 Pamela
    September 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    President and First Lady of Healers.

    • 5 jacquelineoboomer
      September 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Symbolically, I’m glad the First Lady chose to wear black and white. Black for bereavement, and white for hope. As someone here pointed out, this anniversary will help us toward closing this long chapter of fear and insecurity, as we move forward with hope and resolve.

    • September 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      Ummmmm, such caring Leaders of our Country, and I love It 😀

  3. 9 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Chipsticks you are fast on the ball. MSNBC just had a clip of POTUS and FLOTUS at Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetry. The guy in the plaid was talking and you could see how sad his expression was and POTUS was comforting him. Some of the ladies were next to FLOTUS and she gave them one of her signature big, warm, and comforting hugs. One lady was wiping tears from her eyes. I’m so glad they both went to pay their respects and offer comfort.

    Heads up guys: MSNBC has live coverage of the Shanskville Memorial Dedication. VP Biden, GWB, and Clinton will speak at the event. C-Span One also has live coverage and if you can’t watch it on TV, here’s the corrected link:


    • 11 utaustinliberal
      September 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      Hey Nin thanks so much for putting this song up again. I have it on my phone and it is a sobering reminder of the world we live in now, the constant 24/7 alertness and the humongous sacrifice our men and women in uniform undertake on behalf of us everyday. My heart goes out to them today, the ones we lost on that tragic day and the families left behind. Once again, thank you.

    • 12 Jennifer
      September 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      Oh dear, I must have gone through half a box of Kleenex. Damn. It. When will it ever end?

    • September 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Very powerful video. As a combat vet during Vietnam war i can say that warriors are never really sure if they’ve found their way home. There is always some doubt.

      • 14 jacquelineoboomer
        September 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

        We’re so glad you’re home, yardarm. I’m from that generation and remember it well. The only good part is that no one will every treat our military like that again.

      • 15 JoJothecat
        September 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm

        Yardarm756, I assure you that your country will never live down the shame for not honoring our young men and women who fought in vietnam. We honor your service then, today and always.

    • 20 desertflower
      September 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you for posting again. I sent this along.

  4. September 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I see nutty birther queen Orly Taitz was at Perry’s event yesterday in Ca., holding up a Perry 2012 sign. She spoke to him afterward, he autographed her sign, and she was overheard to tell him that she knew he would “get Obama” and “put him in prison for social security fraud”. And she said she’s pretty sure that Perry will be diving into the birther issue. Geez Louise. Go away Crazy Orly:

  5. 29 utaustinliberal
    September 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    The event has begun. I just saw GWB, Laura Bush, Clinton, Dr. Biden, and VP Biden in his aviator shades.

  6. 30 Sue in Minnesota
    September 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Tears….and a heart grateful for the compassion and empathy of our President and First Lady.

  7. 32 Debz
    September 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Has any other President made so many visits to Arlington? President Obama truly does care about our troops and their families. Thank you to our wonderful President and First Lady.

  8. September 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I know it is very private, but at some point, I would like to hear from some of the people who have been comforted by this president and Michelle. We know there would be many moving stories. May God continue to bless and keep them both.

  9. 37 Fred
    September 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    thank you President and Mrs Obama
    😦 😦

  10. 38 gcwp1
    September 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    That was Chris Matthews’ voice. That man is a puzzle wrapped in an enigma encased in a nutshell.

    • 39 jacquelineoboomer
      September 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      This may post twice (forgot to sign in).

      Well, what you wrote is a keeper, that’s for sure!

    • 41 Debz
      September 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      gc you are killin me!!

    • September 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      Tweet changes with the wind, or the breeze. There is no steady thought or mindset. What he said yesterday he is likely to contradict today. He has always been all over the place, scattered here, there and everywhere.
      And I appreciate these respectful ceremonies happening today and tomorrow and especially President Obama paying his respects at Arlington. But I agree with a vid I just saw of Toure’ (mediaite) at the end of the Dylan Ratigan show yesterday, that the media has gone overboard on this 10 yr. anniversary, this 24/7 replay, as if 9/11 was something to be celebrated. He said “Fear sells” and this is exactly what they’re doing, and wallowing in 9/11 nostalgia is good for ratings and making money for the media companies. Their hearts, for the most part, are hardly pure. I do not think it’s healthy or helps in any way.

  11. 47 Ladyhawke
    September 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are the personification of class and grace.

  12. 50 Fred
    September 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    good grief!

    On Eve Of 9/11 Anniversary, Cantor Insists On Massive Cuts To First Responders In Exchange For Emergency Disaster Aid

    W.H. seeks $5.1B in disaster aid

    Eric Cantor Won’t Support Any Hurricane Disaster Funding Without Massive Cuts To First Responders

    Cantor and his staff continue to insist “There will be no delay in meeting the president’s request and providing people the aid they need.” But they have yet to support any such request absent more partisan spending cuts.

    • September 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      Cantor wants to defund government to make it not be able to work, and then when disaster hits and the response is lacking he’s point and say “See big government doesn’t work”.

      Somebody really needs to put this fool in his place very publicly.

    • 52 Ladyhawke
      September 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      Eric Cantor Offsets Disaster Relief With a 40% Cut To First Responders


      The hypocrisy is that Cantor and his fellow Republicans never demanded spending offsets during the Bush administration. In 2004, George W. Bush pushed for a 10% increase in the Homeland Security budget, and as a member of the House majority, Eric Cantor did not oppose the additional funding. In 2003, Cantor supported an additional $78 billion in “emergency” war spending for Iraq and Afghanistan with no spending offsets required.

      Eric Cantor never asked for dollar for dollar cuts to pay for the Homeland Security budget and two wars, but yet he is demanding dollar for dollar spending cuts for disaster relief and FEMA. The fact that he is cutting first responders demonstrates that these cuts aren’t about spending.
      Majority Leader Cantor and his office don’t want the American people to know that they are eyeing up gutting the funding for training and equipping first responders. This is why they publicly will only refer to the cuts as spending offsets. They don’t want to tell the American people that spending offsets is really code for slashing the budget for training and equipping first responders.

      Republicans talk a good game about protecting the American people, but when it comes to actually following through, the Cantor and the GOP slip back into their de facto motto of Politics First.


  13. 56 GGail
    September 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Chipsticks, thank you and God bless President and First Lady Obama.

  14. September 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I am encouraged by what Chris M. said today, I will probably loath what he says tomorrow. I wish he would settle down.

  15. September 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Thank you, Chips. I so love our POTUS and FLOTUS’ ability to put others first and feel tremendous compassion for all Americans. Pure class and heart.

  16. 61 Betsy
    September 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    President Bush gets a major standing ovation after his remarks…I still can’t watch him..I find it still so hard to move on after the mess he made…

    • September 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      WHAT? Sorry, I could never give Bush a standing ovation. He brought nothing but misery to this world and we are to this day suffering from his arrogant ruin.

    • 64 Sue in Minnesota
      September 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      As they entered the area, and walked unto the dais, it struck me how un-presidential Bush looks, Laura Bush seems to me to have more presence. I do wonder what his thoughts and feelings were.

      I did not listen to his speech because of computer glitches. I was able to hear the remarks and the poems…which I thought were beautiful and poignant. The naming of the names, and the ringing of the bells. And Vice President Biden’s remarks brought tears to my eyes.
      Also the young lady who sang the National Anthem did a remarkable job, face it, that song is tough to sing. It seemed to be a very beautiful and fitting memorial. I hope as a nation we can grow in a more hopeful and inspired direction from here forward, learning from, but not mired in the fear and trepidation engendered by the events of 9/11.

  17. September 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Very interesting story—-Texas healthcare system withering under Gov. Perry. 1/4 of population is uninsured, highest in the country, which is causing huge problems for the state. And Perry insists Tx can get along just fine without Obama’s healthcare overhaul.

  18. 66 Ladyhawke
    September 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Those were very powerful remarks from President Clinton.

  19. 67 jacquelineoboomer
    September 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    P.S. to Chips: Thanks for filling in my name, when I posted a couple times without signing in. Needed more coffee. 🙂

  20. 68 Betsy
    September 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    So did Clinton, so it’s really bipartisan. I really liked Clinton’s short speech.

  21. September 10, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    My heart goes out to survivors of 911 victims. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama being there show what compassion we have in our Leader. Grace and Peace to All

  22. 70 JoJothecat
    September 10, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    The first lady and PBO are such wonderful people. I know she can’t wait to go back to private live. She is so generous to share her husband with this country. I hope she knows there are many many many people who appreciate PBO and all that he is trying to do.

    • 71 anniebella
      September 11, 2011 at 5:54 am

      JoJothecat, I think she knows that, I hope she does. I’m sure at times it’s not easy for her all the B.S. he has to deal with, but I want them to know I appreciate the President and what he is trying to do, and I appreciate her for being such a wonderful First Lady. I think I will write them and tell them that.

  23. 72 HZ
    September 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    These are poignant moments for the President, the First Lady and and family members to carrying in their minds and hearts today as they try to make a huge step to try to help the nation and its’ people heal. I hope that we will begin to pledge within our hearts to help this CIC help us get closer than we have ever been to that balm of healing deep within our hearts, minds, and souls. Lord, please let us become more decent, honest, and respectul people for the sake of keeping this precious gift of all of these lives that have been given for our nation. Please create in us a pure, a clean and a loving heart, as we daily interact with each other in our words and deeds because of the very sacrifice of these great men and women who lie there in Section 60.HZ

  24. 73 M
    September 11, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Wow, tears here seeing those pics of the President and First Lady comforting the family…

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