9/11 Victim’s Sister: Obama’s Comments Show We Are on ‘Our Own in This Fight’

By Melanie Arter | February 12, 2015 | 8:34 PM EST

President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(CNSNews.com) - Debra Burlingame, whose brother was killed in the 9/11 attacks when his plane crashed into the Pentagon, said Tuesday at the Defeat Jihad Summit by the Center for Security Policy that when President Barack Obama said Americans are overreacting about terrorism, it was then that she knew “we were really on our own in this fight.”

“It was at that point that I knew that we were really on our own in this fight, that this president is not going to help us, and in fact, it confirmed for me what I’ve felt for very many years now that he is working against us,” said Burlingame, co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America and Keep America. Her brother Charles "Chic" Burlingame III was the pilot of the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 that was flown into the Pentagon.

Burlingame said her older brother Brad called her and asked if she had seen the videotape of the Japanese pilot being “emulated” by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). She acknowledged that she had seen some of the images and video.

“And he said Debra, when I saw it, I dropped my head and wept, and he didn’t really have to say anymore. I knew exactly where he was. This was an F-16 fighter pilot. My brother was a Naval Academy grad, fighter pilot, carrier-based, hundreds of trapped landings who died in the cockpit of his commercial airliner, and so we were thinking of not just our brother, but all the men and women who put themselves in harm’s way in this fight for the free world,” she said.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, when asked in an interview with the liberal news website Vox whether “the media sometimes overstates the level of alarm people should have about terrorism” as opposed to “climate change and epidemic disease,” Obama said, “Absolutely.”

“I don’t blame the media for that. What’s the famous saying about local newscasts, right, if it bleeds, it leads, right? You show crime stories, and you show fires, because that’s what folks watch,” Obama said. “It’s all about ratings, and the problems of terrorism and dysfunction and chaos along with plane crashes and a few other things, that’s the equivalent when it comes to covering international affairs.”

Burlingame said it was those comments that made her realize that the president was “working against us” in the war on terror.

“Now skip forward a few days, and I watched excerpts of the Vox interview with President Obama, in which he was asked, ‘Do you think that the reaction to all the recent events of terrorist attacks in various places throughout the world, do you think this is an overreaction?’ And our president said yes, and he likened the coverage to local news where you have fires, fire coverage and local crime, and he used the phrase, ‘If it bleeds, it leads,’” she said.

“And it was at that point that I knew however much I disagreed with our president on so many issues, it was at that point that I knew that we were really on our own in this fight, that this president is not going to help us, and in fact, it confirmed for me what I’ve felt for very many years now that he is working against us,” Burlingame added.