Is Obama right? Is 9/11 beyond partisan politics?

Posted on October 6th, 2010 by admin1 in republican advertising strategy

During the concluding segment of his interview with Senator Barack Obama, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann focused on what he described as the Republican coopting of 9/11 "for political advantage."

Olbermann was particularly incensed over the "9/11 Tribute Video" shown during the Republican convention, saying, "It was graphic and it used video that had long since been put on the shelf — out of bounds by news organizations, to the widespread approval of our viewers and mental health organizations."

"Should a video like that, with such graphic images of that horrible day, be shown in the context of a political campaign by anybody?" Olbermann asked Obama.

"It’s not something we would have done," Obama replied cautiously. "I think that 9/11 is beyond partisan politics. That’s why I’m going to be appearing with John McCain at Ground Zero on Thursday. … It’s not something that should be, I think, trotted out in political moments. But obviously they made a different judgment."

Obama and John McCain agreed recently to suspend political advertising on Thursday, when they make a joint appearance in New York City to commemorate the seventh anniversary of 9/11.

Olbermann also asked, "How do you think the Republicans, who were … in the White House in 2001, when this happened … managed to paint themselves as the only people who could prevent anything resembling terrorism?"

"One of the things that the Republican have done is to constantly talk tough, even though they act in not very intelligent ways," Obama answered. "If you repeat enough bluster, and if you’re constantly talking about how you’re going to go after folks, and if you launch war and show a lack of strategic judgment, some people can interpret that as ‘Well, these guys are tough. They may not be very effective, but at least they’re tough.’"

"Talking tough in Washington and deploying our military on missions that are not central to our defense — we can’t afford to continue on that kind of path," Obama continued. "We need a tough and smart strategy that focuses like a laser beam on al Qaeda … and focuses on rebuilding our alliances and our reputation around the world. There’s nothing weak about that."

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Obama_responds_to_RNCs_graphic_911_0910.html

I see no reason why the Democrats and the Obama campaign could not also do such a tribute video and look back at the incident. I do not find such by the Republicans to be partisan. The event was quite shaping of Republican politics, as it is for Democrats. Both can point back to it and remember, and neither should be trying to stop the other from doing so.

That the Republican’s put perhaps more attention to the subject is not a bad thing. If they appear to have "cooped" the event perhaps that is from a neglect from the Democratic Party more than the other.

4 Comments on “Is Obama right? Is 9/11 beyond partisan politics?”

  1. robot_hooker2

    And that was the last straw for MSNBC, which promptly pulled Olbermann off political coverage and put him back on his bully pulpit.References :

  2. CJ Dub

    yelp! Honestly, them bringing 9/11 to show your great effort against terror was sickening. It’s just more manipulation. I could care less about the graphic images. If Americans want to stay bliss away from reality then thats their problem. Politics will do anythng to support themselves.References :

  3. Calvin

    I see no reason why the Democrats and the Obama campaign could not also do such a tribute video and look back at the incident. I do not find such by the Republicans to be partisan. The event was quite shaping of Republican politics, as it is for Democrats. Both can point back to it and remember, and neither should be trying to stop the other from doing so.

    That the Republican’s put perhaps more attention to the subject is not a bad thing. If they appear to have "cooped" the event perhaps that is from a neglect from the Democratic Party more than the other.References :

  4. Barack the Illusionist

    You do know that Olbermann was Demoted?
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