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Obama: For Many Thanksgiving Will Be First Time They Have Talk About Terror Since 9/11


Wednesday while giving a statement about the terror attack in Paris and the safety concerns at home, President Barack Obama said the upcoming Thanksgiving Day holiday will be the first time some will talk about the terrorism since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Obama said, “I think all of us recognize how horrific and heinous what took place in Paris was, and as I said yesterday, for many of us, the events have touched a deep cord given the connection between the United States and France, the degree to which Americans see in Paris a way of life that’s so familiar to us here in American cities. And given the shocking images, I know that Americans have been asking each other whether it’s safe here, whether it’s safe to fly or gather. I know the families have discussed their fears about the threat of terrorism around the dinner table, many for the first time since September 11. And it’s understandable people worry something similar could happen here.”

He continued, “Watching the events in Paris made the threat feel closer to home. So as we go into Thanksgiving weekend, I know families have discussed their fears about the threat of terrorism around the dinner table. Many for the first time since September 11. I want the American people to know that we are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe. First we’re going after ISIL wherever it hides. That’s been our strategy for more than a year.”

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