Posts Tagged ‘9/11’

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For one thing, Joe Johns, her health is not a “major campaign issue,” although we will agree that she tends to plow forth no matter what, as you said.  The diagnosis is cause, perhaps,  for tweaking the schedule, but it is not a “major issue.”  Hillary will follow doctor’s orders, and the campaign will roll on.

Hillary, amidst a packed day on Friday, sat down with CNN’s Chris Cuomo for an interview that played throughout the day of 9/11 on CNN.  Great! It was a touching and sincere interview. She was impressive.

Now that Hillary’s diagnosis of pneumonia has been made public, these are the images CNN chooses to accompany the “story” of her interview and her appearance at the 9/11 ceremonies at the World Trade Center yesterday.

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So I need to ask WTH????  (Fifth-graders – the H stands for “heck.” Grandma S4H says that is an OK word.)  Why not these pictures before she had a fainting incident yesterday and why now?

She was a Senator from New York serving her constituents when these photos were taken.  OH! And where is Donald Trump in the September 12, 2001 pics?  Nowhere!

But now that this diagnosis is out there all over the interwebs, let’s make these photos available so we can make it look like Hillary got sick long ago while serving as a Senator.  There is implication in the choice to use these photos now.

Shame on you, John Berman and Christine Romans. Juxtaposing these pictures with the pneumonia story creates a false narrative.

As an educator, I am well aware of Gardner’s multiple intelligences.  It is a theory, but I will concede that for some, perhaps for many, a visual image creates more impact than the spoken or written word.

That being the case, why would a news organization pair photos of a candidate looking distressed and wearing a mask with a story about her having been found to be battling a respiratory infection?

Oh wait!  I know!  I get it!  You want to attach a deeper meaning!

Somehow, going to Ground Zero (on more than one occasion) is now connected, visually, to the diagnosis which appeared, coincidentally, on 9/11.

Serving her constituents made her too sick to serve.  I get it.  So please stop!

She developed a case of pneumonia that is being treated.  She has a minor incident of feeling faint.  It can happen to the strongest among us.

Hillary went many hours more than General Petraeus when she testified last year before the Benghazi committee without fainting.

Stop trying to make Hillary Clinton look sicker and weaker than she is. Media malpractice.  Very disappointing. While we’re at it, lose the snide, John Berman. It comes off like a know-it-all ninth-grader at a debate contest.  Unbecoming.

Hillary has seasonal allergies.  See this from last year when there were 17 Republicans and she blamed her cough on Republican histamines. Many have allergies. Nothing exclusionary about that.

I agree with this >>>>.  Recently a friend asked if I could believe that she gets coughing fits in church. Well, yes. I can. When did a cough ever keep me out of church, school, eventually out of work?  Never!  That is how you keep your grades and your job. You go in sick.  A cough got me my only A- in a doctoral program. The halls at Columbia might as well have been the Alps for the echoes generated. It was not the actual cough that did it.  It was the fatigue.  My inability to clear that highest bar that particular “bronchitis semester.”  My research was sub-par  –  my par.   I did work full-time and teach part-time throughout.  Never missed a day.  Could not afford to.  I kept my jobs.  Coughs happen. So do bronchitis and pneumonia.

Hillary did, wisely, cancel a trip west.  We can help her make up for the fundraisers by kicking in a few extra contributions.  Let’s do this!

Get well, Hillary!  We love you and need you.  We have the wheel for now!


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Hillary was at the World Trade Center ceremony this morning, but earlier she recorded an interview for CNN’s State of the Union that played this morning while the ceremony was underway.





You probably have heard that Hillary left the ceremony early.  She apparently became overheated and felt faint.  She went to Chelsea’s apartment and is fine.  Actually, this makes me feel a little better since the very same thing happened to me in 2014 standing for hours in the heat and sun waiting to enter her book signing.  The man in front of me caught me and a kind lady gave me a chair and a bottle of water. The Secret Service took me inside immediately to see Hillary.  She did not know why I had a Secret Service escort, and I did not tell her because I was ashamed that I had fainted.  It’s nothing to feel ashamed of. It can happen to anybody. I guess we will start hearing “stamina” comments from the Trump camp now, but Hillary is fine.  She just needs to slow down, rest, and recover.

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This is an update:


Dear Hillary,

Best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery.  Take the time to rest and shake this off.  We love you and need you.  We’ll hold the fort.  Please rest up and get better.  We want you to be POTUS.  You do not have to be Superwoman.

Love from all of us!

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We will never forget.

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When he was a little guy, Danny Afflitto lived across the hall from my parents who were his unofficial, adopted grandparents for awhile.  He was just a little kid running around in the yard when I knew him.


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Early on in the election cycle, when Donald Trump tossed his red cap into the ring, some local friends told me that people across the nation do not know Trump the way we do in the New York metro area.  It may be that people who attend his rallies outside of this region know him primarily from his TV show.

Hillary, in her interview with Chris Cuomo today, pointed out some reasons why Trump is not qualified to be president.

Here, his hometown newspaper drops a bombshell.  Are these the ethics Americans want in the White House?  Trump’s typical answer to this might be, “Well, it wasn’t illegal.”  Maybe not.  We have heard that response before, but still ….

Donald Trump took advantage of program designed to help small businesses after 9/11 — one of many times he’s used public funds for private gain

NY Daily News

Donald Trump made a pretty penny off a program to help small businesses hurt by 9/11, one of many times where The Donald took advantage of government programs to save or make money off the taxpayer.

The self-proclaimed billionaire, who has so far refused to release his tax returns, was one of many wealthy individuals and businesses who used a loophole in a program intended to help smaller companies in lower Manhattan recover after the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Trump got $150,000 for his swanky property at 40 Wall Street because the Empire State Development Corporation, run by the state, didn’t enforce federal guidelines on what defines a small business. Instead, the state used much looser rules that let The Donald and others including Morgan Stanley and Bank of China take money that was earmarked by Congress to help small business owners in the neighborhood recover after the tragic attacks, a 2006 Daily News expose found.

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In a Republican Presidential debate, Carly Fiorina referred to a video she claimed to have seen with her own eyes of an aborted baby, kicking while its brain was harvested. Turned out that video was a myth.  Donald Trump, in one of his ubiquitous phone calls to Sunday talk show hosts today referred to a video he also saw with his own eyes.  It was of “thousands” of Muslims in Jersey City celebrating the fall of the twin towers on 9/11/01.  George Stephanopoulos, the host to whom he was speaking, noted that the JCPD denied such a phenomenon ever occurred.

If you were ever in Jersey City prior to that date, you know how those towers loomed over the city almost as if no river flowed between the two cities.  I knew some teachers from Jersey City in those days.  None ever spoke of such a demonstration there.  What they did talk about was the rampant fear among the kids as the towers burned before their eyes and the kids whose parents did not show up to collect them at the end of that day for the saddest and most final of reasons.

Donald Trump Again Insists He Saw Celebrations in New Jersey on Sept. 11

By Nick Corasaniti

It’s a scene that, as Donald J. Trump describes it, would seem to be seared into the American consciousness.

“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down,” he told a crowd in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday. “And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.”

No news reports exist of people cheering in the streets, and both police officials and the mayor of Jersey City have said that it did not happen. An Internet rumor about people cheering in the streets, which said it was in Paterson, not Jersey City, has been denied numerous times by city and police officials.
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I live in Paterson.   No such thing happened that day or afterwards.

On a day when this article appeared in The Daily Beast,  The Most Important Film of All Time: 26.6 Seconds by Abraham Zapruder, we have to think that if such a demonstration occurred, certainly someone would have recorded it and we would have seen it all over the media.

… when I try to pinpoint a turning point in our attitudes toward violence—whether on film, in journalism, or in real life—I keep going back to Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963. Everything changed in the aftermath of that moment—captured in frame 313 of Zapruder’s home movie.

And even today, when events such as the Paris terrorist shootings take place, we are living in a world in which almost any one of us might be called upon to be an Abraham Zapruder, documenting and sharing world-shaking news and blurring the line between journalist and participant. Even Citizen Kane and The Godfather, for all their merits, can’t claim that distinction.

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It could be that Republican candidates are prone to hallucinations.  It is more likely that they simply make things up.  They spin tales, and some who are not familiar with Snopes.com simply believe what they say.

While the attacks in Paris have temporarily distracted them from their full-on, multilateral assaults on Hillary Clinton and drawn them to sow fear of the refugees of terror, Donald Trump, in the same phone conversation made it clear that the person we do not need to protect us from the non-existent threat posed by imaginary terrorists masquerading as  refugees is Hillary Clinton.  In words he repeated at least three times like a magic spell, she has no strength or stamina.  This is evidently his latest mantra which people will come to believe simply from hearing him repeat it again and again.

No strength or stamina?

From DOS Website:

Total Travel Time: 2084.21 Hours / 86.8 Days
Total Mileage: 956,733 Miles
Countries Visited:112
Travel Days: 401

Secretary Clinton: 2009 Travel

-Copenhagen, December 16-18, 2009
-Brussels, December 4, 2009
-Europe and Asia, November 8-19, 2009
-Pakistan, the Middle East, Morocco and Egypt, October 27-November 4, 2009
-Zurich, London, Dublin, Belfast, Moscow, and Kazan, October 9-15, 2009
-New York (United Nations 64th General Assembly), September 21-30, 2009
-Africa, August 3-14, 2009
-India and Thailand, July 17-23, 2009
-Travel to Canada, June 13-14, 2009
-El Salvador, Honduras, Egypt With the President, May 31-June 4, 2009
-Middle East, April 23-26, 2009
-Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago, April 16-19, 2009
-The Hague (International Conference on Afghanistan) and Europe, March 30-April 5, 2009
-Mexico, March 25-26, 2009
-The Middle East and Europe, February 28 – March 8, 2009
-Asia, February 15-22, 2009
Secretary Clinton: 2010 Travel

-Canada, December 13, 2010
-Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, and Bahrain, November 30-December 4, 2010
-Portugal, November 18-20, 2010
-Asia, October 27-November 8, 2010
-The Balkans and Brussels, October 11-14, 2010
-New York United Nations 65th General Assembly, September 19-27, 2010
-Sharm el-Sheikh, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman, September 13-16, 2010.
-Pakistan, Afghanistan, Republic of Korea, and Vietnam, July 18-23, 2010
-Ukraine, Poland, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, July 1-6, 2010
-Latin America and the Caribbean, June 6-10, 2010
-Japan, China, and Korea, May 20-26, 2010
-Estonia, April 21-23, 2010
-Czech Republic, April 7-8, 2010
-Canada, March 29-30, 2010
-Mexico, March 23, 2010
-Moscow, March 18-19, 2010
-Latin America, February 28 – March 5, 2010
-Qatar and Saudi Arabia, February 13-16, 2010
-London and Paris, January 26-29, 2010
-Canada, January 25, 2010
-Haiti, January 16, 2010
-The Pacific, January 11-14, 2010

Secretary Clinton: 2011 Travel

-Germany, Lithuania, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands, December 4-8, 2011
-Republic of Korea and Burma, November 30 – December 2, 2011
-Hawaii, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia, November 9-19, 2011
-London, United Kingdom and Istanbul, Turkey, November 1-2, 2011[Cancelled]
-Malta, Libya, Oman, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, October 17-23, 2011
-Dominican Republic, October 5, 2011
-New York United Nations 66th General Assembly, September 18-27, 2011
-San Francisco, September 14-16, 2011
-Paris, September 1, 2011
-Turkey, Greece, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and China July 14-25, 2011
-Budapest, Vilnius, and Madrid, June 29-July 2, 2011
-Guatemala and Jamaica, June 22, 2011
-U.A.E., Zambia, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, June 8-14, 2011
-London, Paris, and Islamabad, May 24-27, 2011
-Nuuk, Greenland, May 11-12
-Rome, May 4-6, 2011
-Berlin, Seoul, and Tokyo, April 13-17, 2011
-London, March 29, 2011
-France, March 19, 2011
-France, Egypt, Tunisia, March 14-17, 2011
-Switzerland, February 27-28, 2011
-Germany, February 4-6, 2011
-Haiti, January 30, 2011
-Mexico, January 24, 2011
-United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Oman, and Qatar, January 8-13, 2011
-Brazil, January 1, 2011

Secretary Clinton: 2012 Travel
Czech Republic, Belgium, Ireland, and Northern Ireland, December 3-7, 2012
-Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Cairo, November 20-21, 2012
-Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia, Nov. 11-20, 2012
-Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, and Croatia: October 29-November 2, 2012
-Haiti, October 22
-Peru, October 15-16, 2012
-New York United Nations 67th General Assembly, September 23 – October 1, 2012
-Cook Islands, Indonesia, China, Timor-Leste, Brunei, and Russia, August 30 – September 9, 2012
-Turkey, August 11-12
-Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Benin July 31 – August 10
-France, Afghanistan, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Egypt and Israel, July 5-17, 2012
-Finland, Latvia, Russia, and Switzerland, June 27-30
-Brazil, June 20-22
-Mexico, June 18-19
-Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, May 31-June 7
-Chicago, May 19-21
-China, Bangladesh, and India, April 30-May 8
-Colombia, Brazil, Belgium, and France, April 13-19
-Saudi Arabia and Turkey, March 30-April 1, 2012
-United Kingdom, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco, February 22-26, 2012
-Los Cabos, Mexico, February 18-20, 2012
-Germany and Bulgaria, February 3-5, 2012
-Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, and Cape Verde, January 16-17, 2012

There was this.  Hillary Clinton’s State Department Legacy September 29, 2013 which included these.

>For the first time in its history she completely overhauled the State Department , USAID, and interagency cooperation with her Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).

>For the first time in history she called all of the chiefs of mission together at the State Department for annual conferences.

>She instituted an Office of Global Women’s Issues.

>In June 2009 she  provided benefits to domestic partners of foreign service diplomats for the first time.

>She brought previously neglected countries back to the table with numerous memoranda of understanding and countless business initiatives.

>She kept the alliance between Afghanistan and Pakistan stable despite enormous challenges.

>She reopened the vital supply route from Pakistan into Afghanistan.

>She ensured U.S. access to the vital Manas airstip in Kyrgystan.

>She Salvaged the Turkey-Armenia accords which  she was supposed to simply witness when they suddenly nearly fell apart.

>She brought issues like human trafficking as well as violence against women and LGBT communities to the international table.

U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is greeted by human trafficking victims Van Sina and Somana at the Siem Reap AFESIP rehabilitation and vocational training center

Hillary Clinton visited many dangerous and forgotten places, confronted dangerous men, delivered tough messages, brought home hard-won accords.  She reached out to those who were slighted by the previous administration and brought opponents together.

Secretary Clinton at U.S. – Angola MOU Signing Ceremony

July 8, 2010

Hillary Clinton Makes History: A Trilateral Agreement with Pakistan and Afghanistan

July 8, 2012

Hillary Clinton has dealt with tough customers and brought smiles, peace, and understanding  to a world that is often inhospitable to many.  Just this past week, these were her words.


You have to work with institutions and partners, like NATO, the EU, the Arab League, and the UN.  Strengthen alliances and never get tired of old-fashioned shoe-leather diplomacy.

And, if necessary, be prepared to act decisively on our own, just as we did to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. The United States and our allies must demonstrate that free people and free markets are still the hope of humanity.

This past week, as I watched the tragic scenes from France, I kept thinking back to a young man the world met in January, after the last attack in Paris. His name was Lassana, a Muslim immigrant from Mali who worked at a kosher market. He said the market had become a new home and his colleagues and customers, a “second family.”

When the terrorist arrived and the gunfire began, Lassana risked his life to protect his Jewish customers. He moved quickly, hiding as many people as he could in the cold storage room and then slipping out to help the police.

“I didn’t know or care,” he said, “if they were Jews or Christians or Muslims. We are all in the same boat.”

What a rebuke to the extremists’ hatred.

The French government announced it would grant Lassana full citizenship. But when it mattered most, he proved he was a citizen already.

That is the power of free people. That is what the jihadis will never understand and never defeat.

She could never have imagined that the next terrorist attack would be upon that young man’s native country.  Hillary Clinton has never shrunk from a challenge, backed away from a threat, or failed to go the extra mile to stand up for what is right and fair.  That requires the essence of stamina and strength.  Let’s remember her legacy as secretary of state while Donald Trump spins his latest toxic myth about her.



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In remembrance of the past.

We lost many brave Americans on September 11, 2001—and in the years since, because of it. Today we mourn and honor them. -H

The work ahead.

9/11 responders deserve our support for their sacrifice. Congress must reauthorize the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. -H

US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (R) consoles Maren Sarkar (L) 28 October, 2001, after the World Trade Center Family Memorial Service in New York. Several thousand people attended the memorial service near ground zero of the attack. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (R) consoles Maren Sarkar (L) 28 October, 2001, after the World Trade Center Family Memorial Service in New York. Several thousand people attended the memorial service near ground zero of the attack. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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As New York senator, and even as secretary of state, one group of people Hillary Clinton has steadfastly kept at her side are the families and first responders of 9/11.

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This evening Hillary appeared at an event dedicated to renewing healthcare for the 9/11 responders who continue developing serious health conditions and dying at an alarming rate.

She described ‘the pile,’  which she visited on 9/12/01, as ” a scene from Dante’s Inferno” and told the audience,  “Last week,  we mourned.  This week, we mobilize.”   She called organized labor her principal ally in the struggle for healthcare for these workers. A few Images and quotes here thanks to Emily Ngo of Newsday on Twitter.

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‘The pile,’ you may remember,  burned from 9/11/01 until 2/12/02 when it was finally extinguished.   Those who worked there went every single day without thought for their own health or welfare.  We should remember them in those days as what they were, soldiers on a battlefield.  It was, after all,  the site of an attack on the homeland.

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Continuing healthcare for first responders was not the only health issue Hillary has addressed  so far this week.   Yesterday, in D.C. she told cardiologists at a Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) that the fee-for-service model in medical care may be on its way out.

Hillary to TCT: Fee-for-Service Days Are Numbered

Published: Sep 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton says fee-for-service medicine is probably an idea whose time has passed.

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Yesterday she tweeted her congratulations to California for winning paid sick days.

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Yes, you read that right.  This comes under the heading of “I wonder why they bothered!”  Yesterday’s public schedule arrived at 1:22 this afternoon – after today’s public schedule.  It would have been really nice to have had this to put up yesterday.

Public Schedule for September 11, 2011

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
September 11, 2011




8:30 a.m.  Secretary Clinton attends the 10th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial, located in the World Trade Center Site in Lower Manhattan. 

2:15 p.m.  Secretary Clinton delivers keynote remarks at the tenth annual Day of Remembrance lunch hosted by Voices of September 11th, at the Marriott Downtown in New York City.

4:00 p.m.  Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the Cantor Fitzgerald Memorial Service, in New York City’s Central Park.

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Remarks at 10th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial for Cantor Fitzgerald


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
New York City
September 11, 2011

Here we are again in this beautiful Central Park to take the time to reflect and remember and to do so with those who really understood what it meant not to give in, not to give up, but to reach deep and go on stronger and better.

Ten years sounds like such a long time. And yet for many of you and other family members, it must seem like the contradiction of all time – somehow just yesterday and somehow eternity.

There were many wonderful, brave, extraordinary stories that we all learned about in the days and weeks and months following 9/11. But the story of Cantor Fitzgerald stands out. I was just reminded of finding the number for a cell phone in those hours after the attack to just try to reach out to let Howard and all of you know that whatever lay ahead, you would not be alone.

I remember that first memorial here in the park, when words could not broach the fullness of all the hearts gathered here. I was privileged to see this event over time change as people found once again joy, laughter, purpose, and meaning. It is a journey that I have been honored to witness.

Today, we know that without the advocacy of Cantor Fitzgerald and without the example of Cantor Fitzgerald, we would have a very different feeling about the last 10 years. It wasn’t only that within 47 hours you were back to conducting business, though it was anything but business as usual. It wasn’t only that you rebuilt, you rehired, you refused to be intimidated out of New York. I can remember those discussions. It wasn’t just that you literally and figuratively rolled up your sleeves, and you turned the continuation of work into an affirmation of life – as much for those who were lost as for those who remained. But it was also that you emboldened the American spirit, you tapped into a strength and love that is utterly foreign to those who spread fear and hate in the world.

Ten years later, we continue to reaffirm that spirit and strength. A moment ago, we heard Edie talk about the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, and of course, the support it has given to all of you. But what she didn’t say and many of you know is that the relief fund has broadened its reach to help other families in crisis – first the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and more recently earthquake victims in Haiti and Japan – sending ripples of that American strength, spirit, and goodwill to people thousands of miles away.

It’s also true that the memorial which I had the honor of visiting this morning for about an hour and a half is what it should be, thanks to your advocacy. It is all that Edie said. It is above ground. The names are there in groupings and placements that make sense. And as I talked to hundreds of people this morning who were seeing it for the first time, I kept hearing over and over again what it meant to them – the comfort it gave them to be able to see the name of their loved one there, to find it, to touch it.

I talked to one elderly woman who had lost her son, who brought a lawn chair. She was sitting in that lawn chair in front of the place where her son’s name appeared, because she said now she can visit him.

What you did to help make that memorial a place of healing will mean so much for so many forever.

The stories that came out of 9/11 continue to be told, but your story – the story of Cantor Fitzgerald, the story of Howard’s extraordinary decision about the commitment that he made to the families – resonates far beyond the Cantor Fitzgerald family. A lot of people may never have even come to New York, they may not even understand what you do, but they know that you created something very special out of death and destruction.

Tomorrow, when Cantor Fitzgerald goes to work on Charity Day, you will honor the memory of those who were lost with service to others, and send again those ripples of compassion and concern far beyond your community. We are reclaiming September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, as a touchstone of our human capacity for good, and as representatives of the core of what makes us Americans. Rebirth and renewal, those are part of the American story, and we will tell that story for generations in this city and far beyond.

But there’s also something more, and that is what this last 10 years has meant to our country. It’s been a tough 10 years. It’s been 10 years of looking inside and out, trying to make sense of this new world we are a part of, looking to understand where we can, prevent and protect where we must.

So at the same time, we continue our hunt to bring those who planned and executed this attack to justice. And I was very proud as a former senator from New York and as a current Secretary of State to be part of the administration that brought bin Ladin to justice. (Applause.)

But equally important is the story we tell every day about who we are, who America is, what we stand for. And that story is all the richer and more powerful because of the response of Cantor Fitzgerald to the unimaginable, to the unspeakable.

When the history of these times are written, when there is enough distance perhaps to really understand what that day meant, not just in personal terms, not just for this city and country, but across the span of an era, there will certainly be much written, as has already begun, about why and who and what. But what will stand the test of time is how we responded, how we stood up, the resilience we showed, the compassion and, yes, the love that was part of America’s heart.

For all of that, I am deeply grateful to you, and I look forward to continuing to hear the stories that will come from Cantor Fitzgerald’s family and the next generation for years to come. God bless you all. (Applause.)

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