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September 11th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 9/11/09

Editor's Note: On the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Friday’s American Morning audience appeared cynical and skeptical about the country’s ability to unite as it did on that tragic day. Most faulted the “divisive” media, greed, and racism as barriers to unification.

  • Anthony: The division we have is severe, you will see this country break up, like the USSR, no one thought the Soviet Union would implode. We’re next.
  • John: It is shameful and embarrassing that American's can not come together to resolve the nation’s issue. Churches need to step up to the plate take more of a leadership role in our communities, instead of preaching hate and pushing political agendas of their own, that divide people.
  • Stacee: America will never come together because of the greed and the racism of the wealthy people as you can see Congress don't ever have respect for the President of the USA and the white people in this country want the rich to stay rich and the poor stay poor just remember Katrina in New Orleans that is what this country is built on and it will never change sad to say but it is true.

Do you believe the country can unite as it did on 9/11/01? What do you believe are the barriers to this unification? How can we again bring that cohesiveness to our nation and keep?

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Samuel W. Colston III

    To Larnell ref: Mr Vicalvi
    Thank you for schooling our friend, he only wants to believe what he wants to believe and not the truth. He feels he has license to rant and rave because this has to do with politics not realizing politics is the new cover for racism and prejudice. He also has failed to realize that other minorities who experience this level of racism are aware of what is going on too! Word to the wise Mr Vicalvi, don't believe the ideological rants of a former drug addict who is using you to further his own ratings. I will continue to discuss this with you so we can reach as accord. Alas, you are still a human being

    September 14, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  2. larnell

    Mr. Vicalvi, I agree that respect should most definitely be earned but there are also titles that command respect and one of those titles is President of the United States. As far as the hyphenated names, Italian-American was used way before African-American. As far as Mr. Obama disrespecting his white family nothing could be further from the truth. Mr. Obama showed nothing but reverence and respect for his mother and his grandmother Toot. As far as his Black heritage it is what it is and I am sure white citizens like yourself would relish the chance to remind the president and myself and Mr. Colston of our black heritage every chance you get. As far as General Powell, yeah he played the race card and exercised his right to vote for the candidate of his choice just as I am sure you did and I am sure race had nothing to do with your choice. I think it is the height of disrespect and hypocrisy these people who all of a sudden are so appalled with Washington politics and policies that they are storming the capital and taking town hall meetings hostage. Where were the teabaggers as you call them when President Bush lied to us all and sent thousands of our young people into harm’s way and wrecklessly spent us into this Depression? How upset were you when President Bush asked for billions to bail out banks. Were you packing your bags to storm Capitol Hill then? Mr. Vicalvi there is absolutely no excuse for Mr. Wilson’s disrespectful and boorish behavior and you and I both know that if the candidate of your choice was in office you would have thought similar behavior from another member of Congress would have been unbearable. And furthermore it has been proven that Mr. Wilson was wrong and he doesn’t even have enough self respect to offer a heartfelt apology, he just slithers back into the hole from which he crawled as an insignificant member of the congressional body.

    September 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  3. Joe Baker

    Stacee, all white people are rich and racist in the same way all black people are criminals – they aren't. To believe that stereotypes which apply to a small percentage of people in a given ethnic group apply to all of them is both bigoted and incorrect. If you think racist attitudes will never change, then would you care to explain why more white people than black people voted for Obama? Do you think they did so because they were racist? Your contention that rich whites want to keep blacks poor is also way off the mark. Rich people want poor people to become rich, too. That way they will buy more goods and services, making the already rich even more wealthy. The aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans is an example of how we can't count on the government to help us.

    September 14, 2009 at 3:09 am |
  4. Michael Rae

    I try to be optimistic about it but i feel its just lip service. Just like when people ask how are you doing today they really dont care its just a figure of speech, Look at the heath care debate, the rich republicans are adament about the public option. Why is that ? Simple, because republicans are afraid that the money spent on helping the working poor wont go to their campaigns. Look at all the money spent on ads and tv spots against it. The money spent would be darn near able to pay for it. I can remember when GW was president and republicans said, he is your president show respect for the office, well mr wilson were is that respect now. Its all good though becasue 2010 will be here momentarily and I do vote and just moved to your district.

    September 13, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  5. JEZEBEL58

    So true Mr.Colston,these people are not against the health care,it's racism camouflaged with all the picketing that's going on,and yes there are blacks in there because they believe what every one is telling them.I watched the speech and for the first time understood what all the negativity was all about,no one clearly understood what their leader was saying or didn't want to understand.Yes what Wilson did was disrespectful,it's okay for the blacks to work the fields and clean your houses,but not live in a white one most of all running the country.These people would like to be where they were for eight years and if that's the case I think Mr.Obama should leave it alone because everything he throws out there is being shut down especially by the Republicans.Yesterday T.J Holmes asked if it was racism,yes it is.Connie please take those blinders off and see it for what it is,how can we take care of ourselves when we are being discriminated against every day because of our skin color. The demonstration is all about the black man in the white house and even if this health care ends up being a good thing they will find a something else to demonstrate against.I think every one should check history and see why there were blacks in the U.S in the first place,remember that old saying be careful what you wish for,well we were brought to work the fields and plantation and I guess they got more than they bargained for.Live and let live,we are only on earth for a short time because no one lives forever and black or white we are going to die someday.Division is a heck of a thing,at times there are leftovers.

    September 13, 2009 at 7:42 am |
  6. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Yes thats right lets just send all the white people back to England and all the black people back to africa and let the Indians have there country back well fools its too damed late for that were all in a world of crap so you had better kiss and make up and unite before we all get deported.

    September 12, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  7. Daniel

    Why doesn't CNN practice journalism anymore? The next time a Republican is on and claims the Democrats are trying to provide illegals with healthcare, I want you to read section 1011 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 which states,
    "$250 million are appropriated for each fiscal year, 2005 through 2008, in additional federal funding for emergency services to undocumented aliens, to be paid directly to providers"

    Ask those liars why they voted to provide $250,000,000 for illegal immigrant healthcare in 2003. Restore some trust to CNN.

    September 12, 2009 at 11:21 pm |
  8. jim vicalvi

    ToS. Colston- I am not only appalled but insulted that you should think that I would have to respect obummer because of his title. HELL,NO!!!I was brought up to believe that respect is not something that comes with a title or name. Respect is EARNED. And I am so tired of you insecure people that feel the need for a hyphonated name. The name AMERICAN is meant to stand by itself. I am an American with Swedish and Italian heritage. If you moved to africa would they call you an American-African? Or, if to England. Would they call you American-English. I think not. Obummer is a half and half. He has chosen to disrespect the white family that raised him after his black half skipped out. Sound familiar? I would have voted for Colin Powell in a heartbeat for President. When HE played the race card and abandoned ship he lost all of my respect. Get with the real world. The overwhelming majority of Americans, of ALL heritage, are still out there. It is the scum that keeps rising to the top that cause all of the trouble for America. And it's a shame that the majority of politicians that we have are in that group. I applaud Joe Wilson for standing up to these people. And to the tens of thousands of Tea Baggers that are in Washington right now, I wish that I were there. No person has agitated the silent majority like barack hussein obama has. He better hope that he isn't impeached in 2011.

    September 12, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  9. Peter

    Heck, White people are becoming the minority now..... I am White, Poor, have no real job, just this computer that i pieced together with parts i found. In college trying to make something happen.

    September 12, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  10. Peter

    I think what is happening in today's society is sad!! Nobody seems to care about anything except themselves and "what do i have, that you don't have" selfish type of attitude.. Master Yoda would "What a shame".
    People, society should be for "Humanity as a whole". If the Human race is to survive then We, as a society need to work together for that survival....
    I don't know, we spend alot of time making bombs and guns and killing each other on this planet? Think of what else you could be doing instead of shooting someone???

    September 12, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  11. San Bruno


    Please have you reporter check before asking a question of who pays for the bus' expenses for the tea party rally.

    Always watch your show,

    September 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  12. Suzanne Murphy

    This country is still great. The back bone of America is still very much in tact and speaking out now. The Silent Majority is not just white, or black, or Latino or working class. To mix racism into the equation is not just unfair it's damaging. Plenty of white, educated and even affluent people voted for Obama - so the race card is getting real old. This is about economic policy and creeping socialism. Television can choose to spin stories to fit their own political agenda, based on their alliances to one party or another but Republican or Democrat, the Silent Majority is finally speaking up for themselves. That is what the Washington Tea Party is all about. Not lunatic fringe, not racism, just people saying ENOUGH. Our economic condition is a tragic event, much like 9/11 and it's impacting everyone but the political and financial elites. We're done with the powerful few making decisions on behalf of those whose money they take. I am a registered Independent and am disgusted with both parties!

    September 12, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  13. Rodney Thrasher

    Does FOX news media have the ability to think about what they are stating as fact. The exercise by the Coast Guard on 9-11 was a good idea. This exercise sends a message to the enemies of the USA that we will be ready. Yet the FOX news quoted that "this was not a good idea" today 9-12-2009. Are the reporters so stupid that they report without thinking or using the intellect that they were given. It seems to me that FOX news is difficient in suppervision of what is being broad cast. In 1941 the Japanise knew exactly when to hit the USA on Sunday when everyone was relaxed and not ready. Reporting like what has just happened sets the USA up for another attack.

    September 12, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  14. Mike

    Hey, Dems, get over it. Democrats have been calling Republicans and Conservatives names for years. Pelosi called Bush "stupid" and Reid called him a "liar" in the public forums. Go research it for yourself. Who was calling for restraint then, huh? As they say, "what goes around, comes around". Far as I'm concerned, it's about time someone called the Pres out on his statements...someone has to.

    Joe Wilson's statement represents the frustration a lot of thinking people have with where this president is taking the country. We should look at the reasons why this happened, instead of who did it.

    September 12, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  15. mike-sey

    The great Boat on the Potomac scare, punctuated by endless static pictures of nobody knew what but breathless commentary nonetheless, was typical of CNN's Yap First, Yap last but Yap version of the news. Mind you its easier to slap up pictures and speculate than it is to actually check something out, and restrain yourself until you have.

    I heard your "Oh we did make one call" so it was Customs' fault " excuse. But I ain't buying it. You yell fire too often – whether its a murder investigation -" People are afraid a Monster is on the loose" or an international event like the Georgia crisis or the domestic "Death Panel " Health care crisis for that.

    You may not be the arsonist, but you are awfully quick to fan the flames; Then you go get a garden hose and claim you are being responsible.

    No wonder Americans look disunified, confused and ignorant if this is what they consume "as the best political news blah , blah blah" on a daily basis.

    September 12, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  16. Samuel W. Colston III

    Ms. Costello…I am appalled that you think the disrespect of our President by Mr. Wilson is an event we should just get over and “move on” from. Would you allow your child, if you have any, to disrespect you in a public place? As an African American, a Vietnam Veteran, and law abiding, taxpaying citizen, I am tired of the disrespect being shown our President. The monster being created by these events will come back to haunt these United States. Racism and prejudice cannot be camouflaged by political differences. Other minorities are watching!

    September 11, 2009 at 8:47 pm |
  17. connie

    Stacee's comment on "white people" is one reason we have racial issues, blaming anyone for your problems is never going to be a solution. Do what you can to take care of yourself, help others and share the good with those who have less. Our Country was founded on these simple principles, but as Stacee points out some would like to keep the rich and poor at odds, and the black and white at each other and so it goes on and on. Take responsibility for YOU and help others who have less and are not able, like the widows and poor or mental. Helping someone else is the key to bringing it back to you. Our Government has forgotten this principal and now instead of helping the people who have been paying their wages, they find that the money coming in is dropping??? Wonder why? If the Government would do more to help the people the taxes and money coming back to Government will increase. But we all know this, and greed and power hungry people are now running the country.

    September 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm |