Remembering 9/11 and where we are today as a country

Sunday was the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks. President Joe Biden spoke from the Pentagon saying, “I hope we will remember that in the midst of those dark days, we dug deep. We found the light by reaching out and finding something all too rare, a true sense of national unity.

A sense of national unity seems like an impossible dream in 2022. Much of this bulletin will mention interviews from Sunday news programs that amplify the division and threats this country currently faces just months away from an election. mid-term. More on that later. But, first, here’s more about Sunday’s remembrance of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history.

In his speech, Biden said, “I know for all of you who have lost someone, 21 is both a lifetime and no time at all. It’s good to remember. These memories help us heal. But they can also open up the pain and take us back to when the grief was so raw.

First Lady Jill Biden was in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, telling the crowd, “As we stand on this hallowed, scarred ground — a record of our collective grief and a monument to the memories that live within each of us — it is the legacy we must pursue: the hope that defies hate. The love that defies loss. And the ties that bind us through it all.

Here are some notable pieces on the 9/11 anniversary:

NBC News’ Chuck Todd interviews Vice President Kamala Harris for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” show. (Courtesy of NBC News)

Vice President Kamala Harris was Chuck Todd’s special guest on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” show. The two discussed various topics. Perhaps most notable was Harris says domestic threats hurt America. Harris pointed the finger at elected leaders who question the integrity of the election and will not condemn the Jan. 6 insurgency.

“It’s very dangerous, and I think very harmful. And it makes us weaker,” Harris said. does she still like what they talk about?’ I think through the process we’ve been through, we’re starting to allow people to question our commitment to those principles. And that’s a shame.”

Harris also spoke about President Joe Biden’s recent speech condemning the actions of MAGA extremists, who notably called them “semi-fascists.”

Harris told Todd, “Joe Biden has spent his entire career … working across the aisle, his entire career. At times he was criticized for believing in bipartisanship, for believing in compromise, for believing in working across the aisle, finding common ground. But there are times when we also have to agree, all good people who care about our country, that there are those who right now are clearly not standing up for our democracy. And I think we want our Commander-in-Chief, the President of the United States, to speak up and sound the alarm about what that means for our strength and our future, let alone our integrity.

Speaking of Biden, Harris spoke about the 2024 presidential election saying, “Listen, the president has been very clear about his intention to run again. And if he does, I’ll proudly run with him.

Here is the full transcript of Todd’s conversation with Harris.

As I mentioned above, Harris spoke about the domestic terrorist threat in this country. It’s the same message former US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart on “The Sunday Show.”

Johnson joined Capehart on the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Johnson said, “In the first 10 or so years after 9/11, our government, multiple administrations, Bush, Obama, focused on what we call foreign-led terrorist attacks. In other words, a foreign terrorist organization is directing a full-scale attack on the homeland; 9/11, of course, the attempted underwear bombing in Detroit in 2009, the so-called shoe bombing. These are all attacks directed by al-Qaeda. It evolved into – in the period 2014-2015, when I was secretary – it evolved into what we call foreign-inspired attacks, where a foreign terrorist organization on the Internet tries to inspire an attack here in the homeland . And we’ve seen a series of these small-scale attacks, these shootings. Today, the primary terrorist threat to our homeland is homegrown violent extremism. And homeland security, the FBI has to focus on that primarily as a terrorist threat to our homeland.

Johnson added: “We are more politically divided today than 21 years ago in the aftermath of 9/11. In the aftermath of 9/11, this nation came together in a way we haven’t seen in years. I’m afraid that if there was another crisis, another large-scale attack of some kind, we would quickly, politically, fall into different different camps. There may even be a dispute over who did it. There might be someone who will say, it wasn’t that group, it was that group, the fake news.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a guest on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday and touched on several topics, including memories of 9/11 and Queen Elizabeth II, as well as the latest involving Donald Trump and the FBI.

Host Dana Bash also asked who Clinton thinks is the “braveest person” in American politics today. Clinton said Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, adding, “because she’s shown through all kinds of turmoil and challenged what it means to kinda love the Queen to make an analogy here, getting up every day, putting on those high heels that she’s wearing, dressing up fighting for the values ​​and ideals that she strongly believes in. And of course, Vice President Kamala Harris is someone who’s totally innovative, and I know that’s not is not easy.

Bash asked Clinton about Recent comments by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in GQ that Americans “hate women” and women of color, in particular, and that she wonders if the United States will ever have a female president.

“Well, I think it’s sad that we have so many people who seem to either resent or oppose women in the public arena, whether it’s politics and government or the media or whatever. else,” Clinton said. “It is something that we must continue to fight and denounce. And I think a woman will become our president at some point. I certainly understand all the hurdles you have to overcome to get there. But I continue to tell young women and girls that if they feel motivated to take up political office, they should do so with their eyes wide open to the challenge. And sadly, social media, with all its misogyny, has made it harder, but we can’t be silenced into giving up on our dreams. We must continue to pursue them and encourage others to do the same.

“Monday Night Football” announcers Troy Aikman, left, and Joe Buck. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Another chapter in the special “Monday Night Football” story begins tonight with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman taking over broadcast duties. Buck and Aikman were longtime Fox Sports’ No. 1 announce team, but jumped to ESPN in the offseason when ESPN threw a pile of cash at them.

Reports state that Aikman signed a five-year deal worth $90 million and Buck signed a five-year deal worth $75 million.

In a recent conference call, Aikman said, “(I) grew up watching ‘Monday Night Football’ and Don Meredith and Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell, hearing their voices every Monday night. It is an iconic property. It is a historic stand. To be part of this legacy, I can’t even express exactly what it means.

Buck said: “I come to ‘Monday Night Football’ a little different in that I’m 53 so I’m well aware of this stand which has really changed the way we watch football on television with appointments. you on Monday night, but I saw this cabin two cabins away.

Buck was referring to following his father – famed announcer Jack Buck, who called Monday night games for the radio.

Today is the day of the big move. After 57 years on the air, the soap opera “Des jours et des vies” goes to Peacock. In its place was an hour-long news program called “NBC News Daily.” The show airs at 1 p.m. ET on numerous NBC affiliates, and presenters include Kate Snow and Aaron Gilchrist, as well as Vicky Nguyen and Morgan Radford.

“NBC News Daily” will also air simultaneously on NBC News NOW and Peacock.

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