President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama travel to New York on Sunday for events commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In Washington, a series of ceremonies have been moved from Washington National Cathedral to the Kennedy Center because of a crane accident at the cathedral, where repairs are being made to earthquake damage. The events include “A Concert to Honor” on Friday, featuring Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the Marine Chamber Orchestra, and United States Navy Band Sea Chanters, and “A Concert for Hope” on Sunday, with remarks from Obama, and performances by Denyce Graves, Alan Jackson and Patti LaBelle.
Today Time publishes a special commemorative issue on the 9/11 anniversary, “Beyond 9/11,” sans the traditional red border and featuring testimonies from George W. Bush, Tom Brokaw, Valerie Plame Wilson and Tammy Duckworth, among many others.
The weeks following 9/11 produced a spate of essays on how American culture will change — a return to nostalgia, an end to irony, and a back-to-the basics. The reality proved far different. Kurt Andersen writes, “Yes, right, good: we were not cowed. But with the insistence that American life should not change a whit, we implicitly declared that the era of irrational exuberance would proceed and accelerate. Expanding debt and shriveled savings, prices of real estate and stocks soaring ever higher — that was the way we rolled before 9/11, and by God, that’d be the way we rolled after 9/11.
“The national display of resilience has been amazing and heartening. But the what-me-worry flip side of resilience is the state of denial about our unsustainable bad habits. Yes, the terrorists would have won if we’d cowered in fear. Undaunted and unchanged, America has shown its mettle. But I think we’d be feeling better now if, 10 years ago, we’d also had the courage to see a new way forward and really change.”
Perry at Paula’s: Rick Perry raises money later today at the Los Angeles home of Paula Kent Meehan, co-founder of the Redken hair products company and an actress in commercials and 1950s TV dramas like “77 Sunset Strip,” in which she played the hat-check girl at Dino’s Restaurant.
She told the Beverly Hills Courier in 2004, “After painfully coming to the conclusion Hollywood wasn’t going to make me the next Joan Crawford, I wanted to control my own destiny. I received $3,000 from a Hamms Beer TV spot and decided to invest in the hair care business with Jheri. My primary motivation selfishly was not only to find natural and gentle products suitable for my own hair and skin since what I’d come across wasn’t doing the trick, but also be in a business that would help others.”
McMahon’s Return: Former WWE executive Linda McMahon plans to announce that she will seek the other Connecticut Senate seat in 2012. (Politico).