It wasn't long into the new decade (and century?) that we witnessed its defining event. The attacks of 9/11 have dictated American domestic and foreign policy since that awful, incomprehensible day nine years ago, and it appears that we will be living in a post-9/11 world for years to come. A pair of related events have driven the news cycle in recent weeks: the Park51 Islamic community center and the proposed burning of multiple copies of the Quran by a minster in Florida.
Two links I want to share today: first is President Obama's response at yesterday's press conference to a question about the Park51 project (starting at about 1:30). I think he nails it. Second is some remarks made by John Hodgman before he was a well-known comedian. As he introduces a literary reading two weeks after the attacks, Hodgman attempts to give some meaning to the world in the wake of 9/11.