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Obama's Difficult Message on 9/11

President Obama has a challenging message to send on the ninth anniversary of 9/11—he wants to stress religious tolerance amid an anti-Islamic near-frenzy across the country while maintaining support of the Afghanistan war by reminding the public of al Qaeda’s threat. At a press conference Friday, Obama said the U.S. is going through a “tough time,” but, "We have to make sure that we don't start turning on each other." Obama will commemorate the terrorist attacks of 2001 by laying a wreath at the Pentagon Saturday. Meanwhile, Terry Jones, the pastor behind the now-canceled Quran burning in Florida, will be flying to New York for 9/11. Jones claimed he had forged a deal to prevent a mosque from being built near ground zero, which its developers deny.