|Originally posted by valanhb
I have to agree with what the Wall Street Journal said on the subject: Just about every policy decision since 9/11 has been, at least in part, dictated by that event. Bush WAS President when it happened, and he has led the nation since that point. It was a turning point in our nation's collective history. Why can't he use those images? It was THE defining moment in his Presidency, and will continue to be even if he is re-elected.
Of course the Democrats are calling foul....that was also the point when Bush's approval rating was highest and he still polls high in how he handled 9/11 overall. They want to downplay that as much as possible.
I can't agree. The destruction of the WTC was so horrific that it, at least for a time, united both the entire U.S. and most of the international community. Nobody was concerned with Republicans vs. Democrats at that time, or any social, racial or philosophical divisions. To see those images being used in a political campaign is disrespectful. The victims were of all races, nationalities, religious and political persuasians, as were the rescue personnel. Judging by the rapid response to the ad, I'd say it could very well backfire. As anybody who participates on this forum is well aware, I'm not a Bush fan. But: My reaction to the ad was that some heads should roll, figuratively speaking. Whoever thought that up is either totally out of touch with normal human emotions/reactions,i.e., insensitive, or a saboteur. I didn't see the ad until tonight, when the controversy surrounding it was reported on the German news broadcast I watch. Last night I got an email from a friend who lost her brother (FPNY) on 9/11, decrying the ad. After reading her email, and seeing the ad, I have to agree - no way should that ad have been broadcast. I personally think it should be pulled ASAP. Cynicism should have its limits. My husband, who isn't a U.S. citizen, so it's no use bashing him, reacted thus: "What's next? Footage of Wednesday's carnage in Karbala and Baghdad, with subtitles reading,
"Working for peace and security in the Middle East." I'm totally disgusted with the whole "political process". Maybe it's a blessing that I can't vote, because I'm an "ex-pat".