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Obama draws mixed reaction from 9/11 victims' families

President Barack Obama's speech in Egypt Thursday reaching out to the Muslim world brought mixed feelings from local families of those killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks. "I support the goals that he stated: global peace, harmony, cooperation, religious tolerance and focus on the similarities among people rather than thinking about their differences," said Carol Ashley of Rockville Centre, whose daughter Janice Ashley, 25, died after a hijacked jet crashed into One World Trade Center. But, the retired teacher added, "the major obstacle to all of this is that in these Muslim countries, there are violent extremists who are out of control. They are not only a threat to their own countries and the people in their own countries, particularly as far as educating women, they're also still a security threat to us." Ashley's daughter was a research associate at Fred Alger Management on the 93rd floor. The father of a firefighter who died in Tower Two said he was disappointed in Obama's speech. "He should have delivered a more forceful message," said Bill Butler, 70, of Kings Park. His son, Thomas Butler, 37, of Kings Park, was a firefighter with Squad Company 1 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. "I think he's being too kind to countries with terrorists who come over here and kill our people," Butler, a retired fire captain, said of Obama. "I think it's horrible for him to go over there. It's almost like he's asking for forgiveness. I think he needs to be strong." - BILL BLEYER and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER


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