U.S. President Barack Obama honors the memories of lives lost during the attacks on September 11, 2001 and vows to be relentless against ''terrorists like al Qaeda and ISIL''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: A day before the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to protect the homeland and destroy "terrorists like al Qaeda and ISIL". In his pre-recorded weekly address released on Saturday (September 10) Obama honored the memories of the victims of the attacks and urged Americans to remember the "core values" that define them. Obama said the "terrorist threat has evolved" and urged American to examine how they responded to the threat. "We cannot give in to those who would divide us. We cannot react in ways that erode the fabric of our society. Because it's our diversity, our welcoming of all talent, our treating of everybody fairly-no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or faith-that's part of what makes our country great," Obama added. Almost 3,000 people died in the attacks when hijackers slammed airliners into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. Clutching cell phones, cameras and selfie sticks, visitors generally take their time around the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City. They are expected to turn out in droves on Sunday for the 9/11 anniversary.