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

Posted on February 21st, 2011 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

That video was nothing. They didn’t even show the plane crashing into the tower, which has been televised roughly a zillion times.

If the video was as horrendously inappropriate as Olbermann says it was, you’d think the latest polls would reflect that. Fact is, Olbermann hates Republicans and everything they do. He believes to the core of his soul that Republicans are evil and must be stopped by any means possible. (And yet he thinks he deserves Tim Russert’s "Meet The Press" gig.)

One Comment on “Is Obama right? Is 9/11 beyond partisan politics?”

  1. JC

    That video was nothing. They didn’t even show the plane crashing into the tower, which has been televised roughly a zillion times.

    If the video was as horrendously inappropriate as Olbermann says it was, you’d think the latest polls would reflect that. Fact is, Olbermann hates Republicans and everything they do. He believes to the core of his soul that Republicans are evil and must be stopped by any means possible. (And yet he thinks he deserves Tim Russert’s "Meet The Press" gig.)References :

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