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01/12/2011

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Stormy

"I guess that would be the same as saying Bush's speech in the NYC rubble after 9/11 was just a campaign speech"

Jim Buie, are you saying that a carefully planned event as was the "Tucson Memorial" campaign event, complete with campaign slogan printed T-shirts and cheering and whooping college students, is the same as George Bush spontaneously standing on a pile of rubble to address 9/11 rescue workers three days after 3,000 people were murdered and saying “I hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked down these buildings are going to hear from all of us soon,”? Your extreme partisanship and hatred for George Bush knows no bounds.

Karen Hughes-
I traveled to New York with President Bush on September 14, and will never forget the raw emotions, the incredible sadness, yet, in the end, the enduring inspiration of that day. Although I had seen the images on television, nothing could have prepared me for the moment when our motorcade turned the corner and we saw the still smoldering pile of twisted steel at Ground Zero — it was so horrifying that my hands instinctively covered my face. The rescue workers had been working non-stop for three days. They were exhausted, angry, full of emotion — and they wanted to hear from their President. We had not planned for him to speak, as earlier that day he had delivered a moving address at a national prayer service at the National Cathedral in Washington. But we realized that the rescue workers at Ground Zero needed to hear from their President, and our terrific advance staffer, Nina Bishop, went to find a bullhorn. She had the President climb up on a ruined fire truck so people could see him and he kept fire fighter Bob Beckwith up with him — the crowd was shouting they couldn’t hear him — and when he turned and said, “I hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked down these buildings are going to hear from all of us soon,” it summed up the determination of our nation. The President’s remarks were a response to the rescue workers — totally unscripted, perfect for the situation, and standing there, I knew immediately this was an historic moment. I turned to my friend, Joe Allbaugh, the director of FEMA who had been Governor Bush’s chief of staff in Texas, and said, “That’s the person we know, and that’s going to be in his presidential library someday.” It was a day of incredible emotion and sadness — there was literally a hole in the heart of Manhattan — yet in the end, it became a day of inspiration as our motorcade left the city and thousands of New Yorkers lined the streets shouting “Thank you” to the volunteers and “God Bless America!”

Jim Buie

Stormy, I only know what I read. If you check the link I provided, I was quoting pretty much directly from the front-page article, which doesn't really contradict the one you provided. "Penned in part" by Keenan, and in part by Obama.

Not sure what your larger point is? That Obama wasn't capable of penning it himself?

BTW, "Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," written in 1995 before Obama had any speechwriters, is a good read.

Fred Gregory

Retinking Obama's political performance in Tucson.

by Byron York

"By the time he spoke in Tucson, Obama had let four days pass while some of the angriest voices in the media -- his supporters -- either blamed Republicans directly for the killings or blamed the GOP for creating the atmosphere in which the violence took place. During those four days, the president could have cooled the conversation by urging everyone to avoid jumping to conclusions, as he did the day after the November 2009 massacre at Ft. Hood, Texas. But he didn't. Only after Loughner's insanity had been indisputably established did Obama concede that politics was not to blame for the shooting.

By then, however, the president's supporters had tied the killings to the issue of political rhetoric. In Tucson, Obama played good cop to their bad cop by assuring everyone that rhetoric had not motivated the violence. But he still brought up the topic because, he said, it had "been discussed in recent days." Of course, it would not have been discussed in recent days had his supporters not made so many unfair accusations.

Some Democratic strategists hope Obama can capitalize on Tucson the way Bill Clinton capitalized on Oklahoma City. Perhaps he'll be able to, and perhaps he won't. But he's already trying."

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