Two September 11 anniversary guidelines were sent to domestic and foreign federal agencies by the Obama Administration, to explain the tone and meaning of the upcoming anniversary. Included in the one-page document is a call for more patriotism, service to America and an empathy for other countries battling terrorist attacks.
The White House released two September 11 anniversary guidelines outlining specific themes – and tones - for the anniversary; including the call for government officials to warn Americans about being prepared for another attack, and being resilient in recovering from loss. One guideline was sent to federal agencies in the United States and the other was sent to federal agencies overseas.
The one-page guidelines were sent out to agencies by the Obama Administration, and made available to The New York Times as a copy. While short, the guidelines makes a point to call for Americans to be patriotic and to recognize that other’s in the world have also been impacted by terrorist attacks.
Al Qaeda Is Irrelevant
President Obama is walking a thin line by calling for an anniversary of September 11, 2001 without focusing on the Iraq War or Al Qaeda.
In the September 11 anniversary guidelines sent overseas, the Obama administration takes an “It’s more than us” approach, and calls Al Qaeda “increasingly irrelevant.” For the in-nation guidelines, the approach was more about service to one’s nation and being on the alert for terrorists group like Al Qaeda.
The 9/11 guidelines calls for recognizing what the government has done to prevent attacks in the United States, and a time to thank those serving in the military, law enforcement, intelligence and homeland security. In short, the 9.11 anniversary guidelines try to show the best way to spread propaganda that the U.S. will always defeat terrorists.
“Resilience takes many forms, including the dedication and courage to move forward. While we must never forget those who we lost, we must do more than simply remember them —we must sustain our resilience and remain united to prevent new attacks and new victims,” officials said in the guidelines.
Other Countries Affected
While aiming to prop America up on the red, white and blue, the Obama administration wants to take the September 11 opportunity to remember other countries.
“As we commemorate the citizens of over 90 countries who perished in the 9/11 attacks, we honor all victims of terrorism, in every nation around the world,” the foreign office guidelines state. “We honor and celebrate the resilience of individuals, families, and communities on every continent, whether in New York or Nairobi, Bali or Belfast, Mumbai or Manila, or Lahore or London.”
The Obama administration is working on harvesting love for America on the home front too. The guidelines call for agencies to promote the sense of patriotism felt in America after the fall of the Twin Towers, crash into the Pentagon and Flight 93.
Patriotism, or one version of, was prevalent in America following the days of September 11, 2001, with American flags taped to car antennas and “God Bless the USA” being played on the radio every hour.
It was that same patriotism that George W. Bush tapped into to gain support for the Iraq War. President Obama did the same when he sent more troops to Afghanistan.
The September 11 anniversary guidelines may be no more than an attempt to quite the Republican rebuttal, but the hunt for electoral votes using patriotic speak isn’t off the radar for Obama either.