President Barack Obama remembered the American Muslims that were killed in the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks at the annual dinner iftar dinner Wednesday. The dinner, which has been held annually since Bill Clinton’s administration in 2001, is a meal that takes place to break the fast that many Muslims take part in daily for nearly a month.
“Muslim Americans were innocent passengers on those planes, including a young married couple looking forward to the birth of their first child,” Obama said at the dinner. “They were workers in the Twin Towers — Americans by birth and Americans by choice, immigrants who crossed the oceans to give their children a better life. They were cooks and waiters, but also analysts and executives.”
The guests at the dinner included U.S. Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana and U.S. rep Keith Ellison of Minnesota — two Muslim members of Congress — along with ambassadors from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, and other Muslim countries. Diplomatic corps were also in attendance.
The dinner has been held for 10 years now and was first held by former Pres. Clinton due to the growing hostility toward Islam in the United States following the Sept. 11 attacks.