Obama hosts Iftar dinner

President Barack Obama talks about diversity of the American people as he hosts evening meal when Muslims break daily Ramadan fast.

By REUTERS
August 11, 2011 12:19
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Obama hosts Iftar dinner during Ramadan

Obama iftar 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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President Barack Obama hosted a dinner at the White House to mark the evening end of the Muslim daily Ramadan fast.

He used the occasion to reflect on the approaching tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

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US President Barack Obama said, "It will be a time to honor all those that we have lost, the families who carry on their legacy, the heroes who rushed to help that day and all those who have served to keep us safe during a difficult decade. And tonight it's worth remembering that these Americans were of many faiths and backgrounds including proud and patriotic Muslim Americans."

Obama also spoke of a future that united all.

He said, "We must be the America that goes forward as one family, like generations before us, pulling together in times of trial, staying true to our core values and emerging even stronger. This is who we are. This is who we must always be. Tonight, as we near a solemn anniversary, I cannot imagine a more fitting wish for our nation. So God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America, thank you."

Obama's Iftar dinner guests included diplomats, administration officials and Members of Congress.

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