Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

March 4, 2004

by J

Dancing on Graves

The Bushies are rolling out ads that apparently use 9/11 footage. There are also rumors that Bush could give his acceptance speech at the Republican convention from ground zero in New York City-- literally dancing on the graves of those who died in the worst terrorist attack ever against this country. The International Association of Firefighters is rather displeased.
"I’m disappointed but not surprised that the President would try to trade on the heroism of those fire fighters in the September 11 attacks. The use of 9/11 images are hypocrisy at its worst. Here’s a President that initially opposed the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and now uses its first anniversary as cause to promote his re-election. Here is a President that proposed two budgets with no funding for FIRE Act grants and still plays on the image of America’s bravest. His advertisements are disgraceful.

"Bush is calling on the biggest disaster in our country’s history, and indeed in the history of the fire service, to win sympathy for his campaign. Since the attacks, Bush has been using images of himself putting his arm around a retired FDNY fire fighter on the pile of rubble at ground zero. But for two and a half years he has basically shortchanged fire fighters and the safety of our homeland by not providing fire fighters the resources needed to do the job that America deserves.
The IAFF endorsed John Kerry in September.
Posted by J at March 4, 2004 07:21 AM

I was absolutely horrified when I heard about this on WTOP this morning (right before I got caught in the traffic jam that they did not report on, but that's another story). I'm sickened by this use of an event that should be bringing us together, not dividing us.

Posted by: Katxena at March 5, 2004 05:11 PM

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