Videos: Two Presidents speak at Ground Zero ceremony

posted at 3:30 pm on September 11, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

In today’s observance of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero in Manhattan, current President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush spoke briefly to the audience assembled. Bush took the stage after a moment of silence to read Abraham Lincoln’s 1864 letter to Lydia Bixby, after Lincoln was informed at the time that Bixby lost five sons in the Civil War (a report that was later determined to be incorrect, as three apparently survived). It is considered to be among Lincoln’s finest works, and regardless of the backstory to the letter, it is remarkably applicable in cases of national mourning. Bush only spoke to read the letter aloud, and was briefly greeted by a few cheers after he began (via Larry O’Connor):


Likewise, President Obama took the stage only to read Psalm 46, a particularly apt passage:

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The symbolism of having both Presidents at the same service is powerful indeed, and sends a clear message about the strength of America. It also shows that regardless of the plots of terrorists, we will not shrink from our defense of liberty and our mission to spread liberty throughout the world. This was a fitting way to commemorate the lost, and to demonstrate our ability to rebuild and recommit ourselves to that mission.

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Unlike Krugman, I will put aside partisan rhetoric for this one day. I am please each President chose to read from a moving passage rather than “ginning-up” the base.

HawaiiLwyr on September 11, 2011 at 3:33 PM

If you do or do not like president Bush, I thank God he was president on 9/11/01 instead of now in the wh. God bless, keep, and help America and please protect our wonderful military men and women.
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letget on September 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Biden’s speech at the Pentagon this morning was moving. At one point I teared up.

If I can put politics aside for this day, I don’t why some of my “betters” like Krugman or Trumka can’t.

juliesa on September 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

HawaiiLwyr on September 11, 2011 at 3:33 PM

i second that emotion.

homesickamerican on September 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I didn’t want to chance hearing PBHO today, so I missed it…

The next thing I want to hear out of him is a concession speech in NOV 2012…

Khun Joe on September 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

If you do or do not like president Bush, I thank God he was president on 9/11/01 instead of now in the wh. God bless, keep, and help America and please protect our wonderful military men and women.
L

letget on September 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

AMEN!!!

honsy on September 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

The next thing I want to hear out of him is a concession speech in NOV 2012…

Khun Joe on September 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

. . . or a resignation an abdication speech tomorrow!

honsy on September 11, 2011 at 3:39 PM

There is a whole foundation to one character, a single brick to another. I’ll leave it at that.

Limerick on September 11, 2011 at 3:39 PM

And indeed Obama was heckled with a very frustrated “Thankssss Obammmma” as BHO left the podium. Of course he had no direct involvement in this atrocity, but many feel his anti-Israel actions, and pro-Mosque building in that very neighborhood certainly add to the angst.

malkinmania on September 11, 2011 at 3:42 PM

I enjoyed Both Bush & Clinton’s speeches. It reminded me of what Presidents sound like.

Both Speeches were different, and perfect in their tone and message.

portlandon on September 11, 2011 at 3:43 PM

I just saw a report on BHO laying a wreath at the site of the Pentagon Memorial. When he approached the wreath, the crowd was screaming and cheering as if he was a celebrity. He spent less than one minute laying the wreath and went straight over to the crowd grinning, shaking hands and kissing his adoring fans…he was still there as Fox went to commercial…

d1carter on September 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I just saw a report on BHO laying a wreath at the site of the Pentagon Memorial. When he approached the wreath, the crowd was screaming and cheering as if he was a celebrity. He spent less than one minute laying the wreath and went straight over to the crowd grinning, shaking hands and kissing his adoring fans…he was still there as Fox went to commercial…

d1carter on September 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

This is shockingly in bad form. He should have laid the wreath, and quietly backed away and honored those who had died. He then should have taken his seat, or left.

Instead he turned it into a Hannah Montana Concert.

portlandon on September 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Heads up:

Just came over NYC BNN: NY| Manhattan| *Aircraft Incident*| New York| american airlines 34 (boeing 767-200) has 3 passengers locked in a restroom refusing to come out. Fighter Jets are assigned for an intercept. aircraft is reported “300 miles out”| BNN | BNNDESK/NJC691 | #419232

SnarkVader on September 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

It’s a travesty to the world that both got to be on that stage, and that both will be in the annals of U.S. history.

On 9/11, I will never forget and I will always hate, as I did in the moment the world changed, forever, when the 2nd plane hit the building.

This sums up where we’re at, brilliantly.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

d1carter on September 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Douchebag. Never miss an opportunity to press the flesh.

Bishop on September 11, 2011 at 3:50 PM

The first time I heard that Lincoln letter was in Saving Private Ryan when the actor portraying General George Marshall read it. I cried during the movie and when Dubya read it. His speech yesterday at the dedication was probably one of the best he’s ever given. Clinton’s speech yesterday was also powerful.

TxAnn56 on September 11, 2011 at 3:50 PM

I just saw a report on BHO laying a wreath at the site of the Pentagon Memorial. When he approached the wreath, the crowd was screaming and cheering as if he was a celebrity. He spent less than one minute laying the wreath and went straight over to the crowd grinning, shaking hands and kissing his adoring fans…he was still there as Fox went to commercial…

d1carter on September 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

The White House must have ordered the Pentagon to issue applause orders after GWB upstaged Barry in NYC this morning by getting a huge applause. Of course, that was genuine and spontaneous…

Rational Thought on September 11, 2011 at 3:51 PM

And the crowd screaming and cheering at PBHO? WTF, this is a styrofoam column event for them on the grounds where a few hundred Americans were immolated.

The Army should have arranged to have a few of the guards from the Tomb of the Unknowns to be there, holding their rifles at port-arms and instructing the crowd to shut their mouths and have some respect.

Man, sometimes my fellow Americans are truly embarrassing.

Bishop on September 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Well, that was slightly classier than Barry’s Saturday stink as Soup Nazi in Chief.

Watch Barry (@37sec) get snippy when a reporter asks him to address the significance of this weekend’s 9/11 commemoration;

Well, you know, I’m going to be doing that all weekend long so I’m not going to be doing that right now…

How awful for him… all weekend long… and no golf.

Terp Mole on September 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Bush was cheered as he began to speak when people realized who was at the podium and also when he finished. It seemed Obama was jeered with “Thanks Obama….” as he returned to his place. I figure it would have been the other way around. Very telling.

crazywater on September 11, 2011 at 3:56 PM

One president and one idiotic poseur who con’t contain his laughter at the memorial:
http://www.daylife.com/photo/0dY74zvdRH0pG?q=obama

No Niks on September 11, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Just came over NYC BNN: NY| Manhattan| *Aircraft Incident*| New York| american airlines 34 (boeing 767-200) has 3 passengers locked in a restroom refusing to come out. Fighter Jets are assigned for an intercept. aircraft is reported “300 miles out”| BNN | BNNDESK/NJC691 | #419232

SnarkVader on September 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Wow.

Link?

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL34

portlandon on September 11, 2011 at 3:58 PM

and instructing the crowd to shut their mouths and have some respect.

Man, sometimes my fellow Americans are truly embarrassing.

Bishop on September 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

And, further embarrasing that they would need instruction on decorum at a memorial event of any kind.

massrighty on September 11, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Instead he turned it into a Hannah Montana Concert.

portlandon on September 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Like the Paul Wellstone funeral. A Dem can’t resist turning a memorial into a campign event.

At least he showed some class in NYC. But with Bush there, and no doubt advance notice of what Bush would say, Obama had to stay classy.

Wethal on September 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Unlike Krugman, I will put aside partisan rhetoric for this one day. I am please each President chose to read from a moving passage rather than “ginning-up” the base.

HawaiiLwyr on September 11, 2011 at 3:33 PM

I was thinking the same thing.

catmman on September 11, 2011 at 4:02 PM

letget on September 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

I too am grateful he was president on that day. In hindsight, I’m not so grateful he was president in the months preceding–might not have been a Ground Zero.

exlibris on September 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Just came over NYC BNN: NY| Manhattan| *Aircraft Incident*| New York| american airlines 34 (boeing 767-200) has 3 passengers locked in a restroom refusing to come out. Fighter Jets are assigned for an intercept. aircraft is reported “300 miles out”| BNN | BNNDESK/NJC691 | #419232

SnarkVader on September 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

What?

jazz_piano on September 11, 2011 at 4:04 PM

I couldn’t help noticing, when we sat down to talk in the dilapidated storefront that houses his Springfield campaign headquarters, that the blue-pen drawing he’d doodled on his newspaper during fundraising calls was a portrait of himself.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2011 at 4:06 PM

american airlines 34 (boeing 767-200) has 3 passengers locked in a restroom refusing to come out.

Let’s just hope it’s just 3 San Francisco Sixty-Niners trying to join the Mile-High Club.

honsy on September 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Just came over NYC BNN: NY| Manhattan| *Aircraft Incident*| New York| american airlines 34 (boeing 767-200) has 3 passengers locked in a restroom refusing to come out. Fighter Jets are assigned for an intercept. aircraft is reported “300 miles out”| BNN | BNNDESK/NJC691 | #419232

SnarkVader on September 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Fighter jets were launched to escort a flight from Los Angeles to John F. Kennedy airport after passengers refused to come out of an airplane bathroom.

New York City has been under heightened alert since intelligence was picked up overseas indicating a possible plot to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

According to a security official, the three passengers on American Airlines Flight 34 went into a bathroom and were “not compliant.”

The official says the passengers are now back in their seats.

The flight is set to arrive at JFK at 4:25 p.m.

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Link for above re: AA flight 34

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 4:10 PM

What is up with all this politically correct crap about no partisanship on a day like this?

This is a day where the differences between those who wish to support this great nation and those who wish to undermine her should particularly be accented.

Don’t allow the enemy to co-opt this day to pretend like they care about America.

And yes, liberals are the enemy of the principles this great nation was founded upon.

ButterflyDragon on September 11, 2011 at 4:11 PM

According to a security official, the three passengers on American Airlines Flight 34 went into a bathroom and were “not compliant.”

The official says the passengers are now back in their seats.

The flight is set to arrive at JFK at 4:25 p.m.

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Three adults can fit into one of those little restrooms? Or at least the little restrooms in economy?

Hope they at least tied them to their seats for the duration.

Wethal on September 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Obama reading from scripture is more than I can stomach.

Empty and bordering on blasphemous. It must kill him inside to do it too.

The koran is most likely his book of choice but that really wouldn’t fly well…after all wasn’t it the call to prayer in Indonesia he said was the most beautiful sound he’d ever heard?

katy on September 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Compare THIS….

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0dY74zvdRH0pG/610x.jpg

To THIS…

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/bush-flight-93.jpg

Nice try Ed…but there is no comparison.

tencole on September 11, 2011 at 4:15 PM

The koran is most likely his book of choice but that really wouldn’t fly well…after all wasn’t it the call to prayer in Indonesia he said was the most beautiful sound he’d ever heard?

katy on September 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

Wethal on September 11, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Both of them quoted Lincoln and both of them talked about God.

I guess they could not keep the Lord out of this day after all.

Terrye on September 11, 2011 at 4:16 PM

He’s got a lot of nerve after all the politization he and his party did after 9/11. Some of y’all want to “put aside” differences today, and I’m glad that works for you, but I will not give him or his party a pass for a second. The should be run out on a rail.

SouthernGent on September 11, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Bush and Obama side by side is the personification of Good and Evil on the same stage. W has avoided this for a long time but finally had to do it.

Marco on September 11, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Terrye on September 11, 2011 at 4:16 PM

I’d rather have no clergy than the kind of “ecumenical” service they’re having down in DC. – the one that excluded Christian evangelicals, but included an imam. Better no clergy and a president talking about God than a “diversity” service.

Wethal on September 11, 2011 at 4:19 PM

One president and one idiotic poseur who con’t contain his laughter at the memorial:
http://www.daylife.com/photo/0dY74zvdRH0pG?q=obama

No Niks on September 11, 2011 at 3:56 PM

That picture speaks a thousand words…

… doesn’t it?

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2011 at 4:21 PM

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/president-barack-obama-first-lady-michelle-obama-walk-photo-180931964.html

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk at permanent Flight 93 National Memorial after laying a wreath at the Wall of Names near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa

William Amos on September 11, 2011 at 4:23 PM

we will not shrink from our defense of liberty and our mission to spread liberty throughout the world.

What? When did it become our mission to spread liberty throughout the world?

lowandslow on September 11, 2011 at 4:24 PM

According to a security official, the three passengers on American Airlines Flight 34 went into a bathroom and were “not compliant.”

The official says the passengers are now back in their seats.

The flight is set to arrive at JFK at 4:25 p.m.

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Three adults can fit into one of those little restrooms? Or at least the little restrooms in economy?

Hope they at least tied them to their seats for the duration.

Wethal on September 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Hopefully they’ve determined that these people weren’t successful in planting an explosive device — even flushing it into the holding tank. Something small enough to disable the airplane on final approach would be enough to send the message that we can still hit you…

What’s so sad is that just reporting this is such a punch in the gut…

We certainly live in a different world…

OnlyOrange on September 11, 2011 at 4:27 PM

William Amos on September 11, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Disgusting!

katy on September 11, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I saw President Bush. Where was the other president?

Tommy_G on September 11, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Unlike Krugman, I will put aside partisan rhetoric for this one day. I am please each President chose to read from a moving passage rather than “ginning-up” the base.

HawaiiLwyr on September 11, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Amen.

itsnotaboutme on September 11, 2011 at 4:28 PM

William Amos on September 11, 2011 at 4:28 PM

President Bush and Laura have class, bho and mo don’t. Enough said.
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letget on September 11, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Its been reported those 3 non compliant passengers crammed in the bathroom were Barney Frank and 2 of his Fannie Mae lovers.

malkinmania on September 11, 2011 at 4:33 PM

I agree, Ed, the symbolism shows our strength. I’m sure it surprised those parts of the world that endure tyrants and then kill them in a fit of rage.

PattyJ on September 11, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Because the cheering came a few seconds into President Bush’s reading I assumed that it was meant to drown out some anti-Bush noise makers (code pinko or truthers). I like this better.

Gwillie on September 11, 2011 at 4:36 PM

William Amos on September 11, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Trash, just pure, campaigning, narcistic trash.

sicoit on September 11, 2011 at 4:39 PM

President Bush and Laura have class, bho and mo don’t. Enough said.
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letget on September 11, 2011 at 4:33 PM

It’s more than that letget…

Remember who’s church he sat in for twenty years, but didn’t hear a single thing?

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2011 at 4:40 PM

If you do or do not like president Bush, I thank God he was president on 9/11/01 instead of now in the wh. God bless, keep, and help America and please protect our wonderful military men and women.
L

letget on September 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

strongly agree.

PappyD61 on September 11, 2011 at 4:42 PM

and our mission to spread liberty throughout the world

Thanks Ed for including that … for all the talk about the Founding Father’s intent, that part seems to be lost in the partisanship. But that was clearly one of our founding principles and GWB not only understood that, but recognize the consequences of our moving away from it.

Personally, I will be forever grateful that when the time came to fight back, we had a president that drew a line in the sand… literally.

Texas Gal on September 11, 2011 at 4:48 PM

d1carter on September 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I saw that incident, too. I’ve shed a lot of tears today. I did not watch a single 9-11 memorial because I knew the Usurper would be in most of them. Somehow he just doesn’t belong there. He doesn’t care, never has.

During the 2008 ceremonies every Presidential candidate did go to Ground Zero and laid a rose at the base of one of the new building sites. Everyone laid their rose respectfully except for Obama. He just pitched his. In that half a second I just knew everything about him. He didn’t belong there, he doesn’t belong in the WH, he didn’t even belong in the Senate. He is not one of us.

BetseyRoss on September 11, 2011 at 4:58 PM

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/former-president-george-w-bush-embraces-family-member-photo-132549183.html

Look at the contrast in this photo

William Amos on September 11, 2011 at 4:28 PM

William…that reminded me of this….

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/05/06/loc_moment06.html

tencole on September 11, 2011 at 5:06 PM

I couldn’t help noticing, when we sat down to talk in the dilapidated storefront that houses his Springfield campaign headquarters, that the blue-pen drawing he’d doodled on his newspaper during fundraising calls was a portrait of himself.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2011 at 4:06 PM

I’ve heard it said that when he doodles, he often draws pictures of himself. That’s just so damn creepy.

In early January of 2013, I expect he will write an EO to build a monument to himself in DC.

slickwillie2001 on September 11, 2011 at 5:06 PM

and our mission to spread liberty throughout the world

Thanks Ed for including that … for all the talk about the Founding Father’s intent, that part seems to be lost in the partisanship. But that was clearly one of our founding principles and GWB not only understood that, but recognize the consequences of our moving away from it.
Texas Gal on September 11, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I think the Founding Fathers pretty much had all their time and attention invested in winning liberty for the states from King George. Not so sure they envisioned liberating the world.

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Wethal on September 11, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I’m torn about this issue, but no doubt some would have liked to heave heard from the medicine man who gave the “eulogy” at the “memorial” for Louthner’s victims.

Buy Danish on September 11, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Laura Bushwipes away tear at 911 ceremony

William Amos on September 11, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Were you disgusted when Presidents Bush and Clinton laughed and did a fist bump on the stage at the Flight 93 memorial yesterday?

SnarkVader on September 11, 2011 at 5:15 PM

I think the Founding Fathers pretty much had all their time and attention invested in winning liberty for the states from King George. Not so sure they envisioned liberating the world.
whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM

A “mission” to “spread liberty” throughout the world is not synonymous with “liberating the world”. The former is a sort of evangelical approach to spreading the idea of liberty as an inalienable right, the other tends to involve a military solution.

Will b back later. Want to watch the tennis finals…

Buy Danish on September 11, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Laura Bushwipes away tear at 911 ceremony

William Amos on September 11, 2011 at 4:33 PM

This is what happens when you are people of faith.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on September 11, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I think the Founding Fathers pretty much had all their time and attention invested in winning liberty for the states from King George. Not so sure they envisioned liberating the world.
whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM

A “mission” to “spread liberty” throughout the world is not synonymous with “liberating the world”. The former is a sort of evangelical approach to spreading the idea of liberty as an inalienable right, the other tends to involve a military solution.

Will b back later. Want to watch the tennis finals…

Buy Danish on September 11, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Even then, I’m not sure where that comes from either.

Tennis, eh? Could bottle it and sell it as a sleep aide. :D

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I don’t have a link to the picture, but I have the pix at my office. Do you remember when McCain and obo went down to the site when they were running for office and they laid a flower on the memorial. I believe the headline was ……Laying a flower. Well, McCain with all his aches and pains knelt down and placed the flower with respect whereas right beside him in the picture shows our current president tossing the flower in the most irreverant way. It said more to me than any talk or lecture ever could!

Bambi on September 11, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I clicked on the link to Obama’s speech because I wanted to be fair and thought maybe he would be inspiring (Clinton and Biden both were when they spoke), and I wanted to hear the reading of the psalm. I wish I hadn’t. Never heard a psalm read with those sibilant sss’s.

txmomof6 on September 11, 2011 at 5:24 PM

SnarkVader on September 11, 2011 at 5:15 PM
Actually I liked it. I thought Billy was telling W job well done and I thought it showed them to be above politics in that setting.

txmomof6 on September 11, 2011 at 5:28 PM

I think the Founding Fathers pretty much had all their time and attention invested in winning liberty for the states from King George. Not so sure they envisioned liberating the world.

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM

The fact that you would make that leap tells me you don’t know very much about American history, both pre and post Revolution.

Texas Gal on September 11, 2011 at 5:30 PM

The fact that you would make that leap tells me you don’t know very much about American history, both pre and post Revolution.
Texas Gal on September 11, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Let’s look at what I responded to:

and our mission to spread liberty throughout the world

Thanks Ed for including that … for all the talk about the Founding Father’s intent, that part seems to be lost in the partisanship. But that was clearly one of our founding principles

I have made no claim, so there is no need for me to give evidence to support a statement I haven’t offered up. But, when someone makes a claim, as you (and Ed) did above, you do bear the burden of proof.

If it’s just a general feeling you have, that’s fine, too. Everyone has an opinion.

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Very well done, heartfelt tributes from both presidents. God bless them both.

scalleywag on September 11, 2011 at 5:50 PM

I have made no claim, so there is no need for me to give evidence to support a statement I haven’t offered up. But, when someone makes a claim, as you (and Ed) did above, you do bear the burden of proof.

If it’s just a general feeling you have, that’s fine, too. Everyone has an opinion.

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Yeah you did. You leaped from “a mission to spread liberty” to military intervention.

I’m not going to do your homework.

Texas Gal on September 11, 2011 at 5:57 PM

I don’t see any point in bashing Mr. President on a day like this, especially for smiling and greeting people. He is human, after all, and when people come to him with big smiles I doubt it occurred to him to give them a big frown in return. Give him a break, for just one day.

scalleywag on September 11, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I don’t see any point in bashing Mr. President on a day like this, especially for smiling and greeting people. He is human, after all, and when people come to him with big smiles I doubt it occurred to him to give them a big frown in return. Give him a break, for just one day.

scalleywag on September 11, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Surely you jest. Days like today is when he should be truly judged.

tencole on September 11, 2011 at 6:06 PM

I’m not going to do your homework.

Texas Gal on September 11, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Do yours, show us one example of the founders intent to spread liberty throughout the world. You would have a hard time finding any examples before 50 years ago.

lowandslow on September 11, 2011 at 6:13 PM

I have made no claim, so there is no need for me to give evidence to support a statement I haven’t offered up. But, when someone makes a claim, as you (and Ed) did above, you do bear the burden of proof.

If it’s just a general feeling you have, that’s fine, too. Everyone has an opinion.

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Yeah you did. You leaped from “a mission to spread liberty” to military intervention.

Actually, I just noted that the Founding Fathers had their hands full trying to secure the states own liberty. Now, if you mean to say the Founders may have felt that it would be nice if everybody on earth were free, I have no problem with seeing that as quite possible. Same as most people wish there were no starving children in the world. Although such thoughts are – in reality – meaningless without action, they are good thoughts indeed.

I’m not going to do your homework.
Texas Gal on September 11, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Ah, you have no basis for your statement. That’s okay, as I said, opinions are fine.

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 6:14 PM

The symbolism of having both Presidents at the same service is powerful indeed, and sends a clear message about the strength of America

Actually I think is speaks more clearly about the “goodness” of Pres. Bush’s character. One of the most galling aspects of 9/11 commemorations is the fact that it is never publicly acknowledged by a grateful nation how indispensable was Pres. Bush’s leadership in the days, weeks and months after 9/11. He held the nation together with his composure, courage and compassion. Who can forget his reassurance the night of 9/11, his speech at the National Cathedral, his tour of ground zero, the “bullhorn moment,” the hours & hours he and Laura spent consoling families, his speech to congress on September 20th, his Sunday announcement of the opening attacks in Afghanistan, his 2002 State of the Union address when he said, “Beyond all differences of race or creed, we are one country, mourning together and facing danger together. Deep in the American character there is honor, and it is stronger than cynicism. And many have discovered again that even in tragedy — especially in tragedy — God is near.”

Through all the years of his presidency, much of it marked with controversy and the challenges of a hard-fought war where things often went wrong and mistakes were inevitably made President Bush was always steadfast;even when his political opponents played politics with the war and made vile accusations against him. President Obama was particularly ugly in the way he used opposition to President Bush to gain his own political success even as he cynically continued to use all that Bush had set in place (and that he had opposed) to continue to advance America’s cause in the war on terror. And yet, not once has Obama had the grace to turn to President Bush and say a simple, “Thank you.”

Yet here we are on this anniversary and the goodness of Bush continues to shine through. In humility, compassion and kindness he doesn’t rest in bitterness toward Obama but graciously shares a stage with him to present a united country.

I’ve had my disagreements with Pres. Bush, especially in regards to fiscal matters in the last years of his presidency but never have I doubted the sterling quality of his nature and his deep and abiding love for this country and her people. I wish I could say the same about President Obama.

PrincipleStand on September 11, 2011 at 6:19 PM

But, but Obama read a passage from the judeo-christian texts. Islam, Buddha, Hindu and others are slighted in 5.4.3.2.1…

AH_C on September 11, 2011 at 6:20 PM

The gracious caring and courage of George Bush stands in stark contrast to the kleptocracy apologist playing the innocent while pandering for votes after working behind the scenes to diminish and distort the meaning of Sept. eleven.

After Barack Obama has spent years bashing President Bush with every club he could find, impugning his personal integrity, George instead finds the grace a bigger man uses to commemorate this very important day.

Speakup on September 11, 2011 at 6:26 PM

What a sh-t eating grin on his face in that picture. Taking a solemn moment at a memorial service to grip and grin the fans is shameful. Nothing good will come to us as long as he is our leader. It’s not for nothin’ that his spiritual mentor was named Jeremiah.

Kissmygrits on September 11, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Bush meant it.
Obama didn’t.

angryed on September 11, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Tennis, eh? Could bottle it and sell it as a sleep aide. :D
whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 5:23 PM

If only we could compare the ratings of your silly comments to the ratings for the U.S. Open.

Buy Danish on September 11, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Tennis, eh? Could bottle it and sell it as a sleep aide. :D
whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 5:23 PM

If only we could compare the ratings of your silly comments to the ratings for the U.S. Open.
Buy Danish on September 11, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Probably be about the same figure as my non-interest in hearing Obama’s recent speech vs. it’s viewing numbers.

Besides, I can read the all about the exciting action online, anyway.

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Bush meant it.
Obama didn’t.

angryed on September 11, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Exactly. Well put.

Key West Reader on September 11, 2011 at 7:10 PM

lowandslow on September 11, 2011 at 6:13 PM

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Wow. Neither of you understand. Our Founders believed that America’s mission was to spread liberty and you both jump to military action when the essence of that founding principle is based in using our power and influence to spread liberty. We use military action when our own national interest is at stake. You can disagree with Bush on the war but he did what was his responsibility to protect our national security.

There was a speech Bush gave about the time of the Iraq invasion where he said very plainly that past American foreign policy had supported tyrants and dictators in hopes of buying both security and peace and it had bought neither. Condi made the same statements in a few following speeches. That is the Bush Doctrine. The Bush Administration created an array of programs and strategies with the intent of spreading liberty. Domestic aid packages, trade contracts, military aid, support to the EU countries and aspiring members, all kinds of stuff changed. If they wanted American money or support, etc. they had to undertake democratic reforms. He concentrated in South and Central America and this is one of the reason Chaves hates him so much. Those were all part of the Bush Freedom Agenda. It wasn’t just about military intervention. Military intervention is and always should be out American interest. Bush did not deviate from that policy.

So yes, Bush recognized that America had moved away from one of our basic founding principles and not just took us back to the mission to spread liberty but he also undertook a war against our enemy that had been attacking us since Lebanon and we had continued to treat them as a law enforcement nuisance.. until 9/11.

I will always be grateful to Bush for recognizing the enemy and standing up and fighting back.

Texas Gal on September 11, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Well, well, well, despite the best efforts of Nanny Bloomberg, God got in. Bravo.

SukieTawdry on September 11, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Nice choice of Scripture, President Obama. Now make us all happy and start living by that book you just read from.

infidel4life on September 11, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Bush recognized that America had moved away from one of our basic founding principles and not just took us back to the mission to spread liberty
Texas Gal on September 11, 2011 at 7:10 PM

That’s all well and good, Texas Gal – but what we were asking here is where you (and/or Ed) get the idea the Founding Fathers had a “mission for liberty” (outside of the US).

whatcat on September 11, 2011 at 7:32 PM

I just saw a report on BHO laying a wreath at the site of the Pentagon Memorial. When he approached the wreath, the crowd was screaming and cheering as if he was a celebrity. He spent less than one minute laying the wreath and went straight over to the crowd grinning, shaking hands and kissing his adoring fans…he was still there as Fox went to commercial…

d1carter on September 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

This is shockingly in bad form. He should have laid the wreath, and quietly backed away and honored those who had died. He then should have taken his seat, or left.

Instead he turned it into a Hannah Montana Concert.

portlandon on September 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

My mother and I both saw that too — I was incensed and called it revolting. She said it just shows 0bama has zero class.

But the people squealing and swooning for him were repugnant.

What a classless group of people there at the Pentagon. No respect for the families.

That was just sickening – I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears that some people with no brains or upbringing would think of howling for 0bama like a rock star on this day.

cane_loader on September 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM

I’ve heard it said that when he doodles, he often draws pictures of himself. That’s just so damn creepy.

In early January of 2013, I expect he will write an EO to build a monument to himself in DC.

slickwillie2001 on September 11, 2011 at 5:06 PM

My ex-best friend used to doodle pictures of his own face all the time. He was the most self-satisfied, narcissistic, know-it-all, uneducated, condescending, unwilling to learn, Bush-hating liberal I ever knew. When he was a kid, he used to also sometimes append, “[Joe Smith], the Great” next to his face. He doodled on everything.

Ironically, our close friendship of several decades broke up after he called me a bigot and a racist for opposing 0bama’s policies. I am sad I lost my oldest friend, but I finally had enough of him nd couldn’t take it anymore. One of the things that drove me nuts for years was the thought of his ignorance canceling out my vote in every single election. It was like my only purpose for studying economics and politics so hard was just to counter the vote of an ignorant, narcissistic, condescending Democrat cretin.

Sad.

cane_loader on September 11, 2011 at 7:43 PM

The Devil always knows when to appear as a fake Angel of Light.

johnboy on September 11, 2011 at 7:50 PM

The oratory skills of Bush and Obama are worlds apart- Obama’s reading was, IMHO, absolutely terrible- stilted, awkward and entirely without feeling. On the contrary, President Bush delivered a heartfelt reading.

Jay Mac on September 11, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Demorats have never understood what the word “Memorial” means. Do you remember the Paul Wellstone memorial that turned into a hate Republican night? Or how about the Tucson memorial after the maniacal killings there? They handed out T shirts promoting their political party and clapped and whistled at Obama like he was a rock star! For God’s sake, this was a memorial honoring the 3,000 people that died on 9/11, not some concert for Milli Vanilli! Remember them? They couldn’t sing and lip synced their songs just like Obama does his speeches. Demorats have no respect for any ultimate sacrifice unless it can be turned into something for them. Compare this insulting behavior with that of George and Laura Bush. Most of the time many people did not even know they were at the event until they spoke. And Krugman! What a classless jerk. But then I repeat myself, he is a Demorat.

inspectorudy on September 11, 2011 at 7:56 PM

William…that reminded me of this….

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/05/06/loc_moment06.html

tencole on September 11, 2011 at 5:06 PM
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Wow, thank you very much for that link – what an inspirational story to got with it! I made it through the entire day under control until that one.

ExpressoBold on September 11, 2011 at 7:56 PM

This is shockingly in bad form. He should have laid the wreath, and quietly backed away and honored those who had died. He then should have taken his seat, or left.

Instead he turned it into a Hannah Montana Concert.

portlandon on September 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

..quite agree, but what can one expect from a man so narcissistic and so starved for affection that he basks in the borrowed glimmer of the candles of mourning as though it were a limelight?

The War Planner on September 11, 2011 at 8:01 PM

“..I am sad I lost my oldest friend..”

cane_loader on September 11, 2011 at 7:43 PM

..you did not.

The War Planner on September 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

A hint as to why I’m glad George W Bush was president when evil attacked…
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And my tribute to the NYC first responders of 911…
Oh the Days We Had
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RalphyBoy on September 11, 2011 at 8:04 PM

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