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Obama agenda: Shoulder to shoulder on 9/11 anniversary


President Barack Obama observes a moment of silence alongside first lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush at the National September 11 Memorial in New York on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

On Sunday, for the first time, President Obama and former President George W. Bush stood together at the site of the Sept. 11 attacks, listening as family members read the names of lost love ones and bowing their heads in silence to mark the moments the planes hit,” the New York Times says. “In May, Mr. Bush declined Mr. Obama’s invitation to join him at ground zero after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. But on this morning, they stood shoulder to shoulder — commanders in chief whose terms in office are bookends for exploring how the United States has changed since Sept. 11, 2001, particularly in its response to terrorism.”

The Washington Post: “President Obama joined about 2,000 attendees Sunday night at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a concert that wrapped up three days of events to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.”

The “Concert for Hope” was sponsored by the Washington National Cathedral. It was to have been held at the cathedral in Northwest D.C., but after the building suffered damage from the recent earthquake and the collapse of a crane on the grounds, the event was moved late last week to the Kennedy Center.