On Fox & Friends, this morning, the conservative hosts used the 9/11 anniversary to attack President Obama for leaving out 'God' and not telling Americans to pray (video below).
Co-host Gretchen Carlson fumed: “Eleven years ago after the attack on America, the president calls for a moment of silence, but he does not call for the word ‘God.' So some people are asking, why is God being left out again?”
Co-host Steve Doocy said: "Does the president of the United States call on people to pray for those lives lost? No, he calls on people to observe a moment of silence and then go out and do some community service. He proclaims today as Patriot Day, a national day of service and remembrance and go perform community service to remember those who lost their lives.”
MediaMatters.org reports that President Obama followed the tradition of President Bush, who did not include the word ‘God’ on 2006, 2007 and 2008 remembrances of 9/11.
However, President Obama did issue a proclamation from Sept. 7 through Sept. 9. This proclaimation does mention "God" and "prayer."
As reported by RawStory.com, President Obama's proclamation reads as follows:
“On these days of prayer and remembrance, we mourn again the men, women, and children who were taken from us with terrible swiftness, stand with their friends and family, honor the courageous patriots who responded in our country’s moment of need, and, with God’s grace, rededicate ourselves to a spirit of unity and renewal."
"On September 11, 2001, in our hour of grief, a Nation came together. No matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.”
"...I ask that the people of the United States honor and remember the victims of September 11, 2001, and their loved ones through prayer, contemplation, memorial services, the visiting of memorials, the ringing of bells, evening candlelight remembrance vigils, and other appropriate ceremonies and activities.”