Michael Giorgino

Giorgino is a retired Navy Surface Warfare Commander who lives in Coronado, California. He can be contacted at

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Editor's note: This commentary originally appeared on our pages in 2011. We reprint it today with minor modifications.

Feb. 6, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. Looking at his newborn son, Jack Reagan remarked, "He looks like a fat little Dutchman. But who knows, he might grow up to be president someday."

Nine years have now come and gone since the 9/11 attacks.

Rob Rossi loved baseball. Exiting the trolley near Petco Park, he admired all the new residential development around the stadium. Rob and his son Charlie took their seats and joined 42,000 happy San Diegans singing "Take me out to the ball game." Charlie cheered when the Padres scored their first run of the evening. Rob hardly noticed the small plane circling slowly overhead.

Rick Rescorla gave his life while saving more than 2,700 people in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

While bidding the nation farewell, President Bush remembered 9/11: "As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9/11, but I never did."

During the first presidential debate, Senator Barack Obama blamed the current economic crisis on the "notion that the market can always solve everything and that the less regulation we have, the better off we're going to be."

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