From: Tierney Sneed
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 9:54 AM
To: Rutherford, Sarah D. EOP/WHO
Subject: WH pool 9/11 report #4
General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered remarks for about three minutes.
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter spoke next, speaking for about six minutes.
POTUS began his remarks at 9:41. He began with a scripture verse. To the survivors and the victims' families, he said "Your steadfast love and faithfulness has been an inspiration to me" and the country. He praised "patriots" both civilian and in the military for "defending not only our country, but our ideals." His remarks referenced the recent attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando. "We know that our diversity, our patchwork heritage is not a weakness, it still and always will be one of our greatest strengths" POTUS said. He recounted individual anecdotes from victims' families, first responders and service members.
"As Americans we do not give into fear," he said.
POTUS concluded his remarks at 9:51. The band played "America the Beautiful" after he spoke.
(Please double check your pooler's quotes against official transcript).
The audience is a mix of service members and families, including some children. Weather is sunny but with a little bit of breeze.
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