Olbermann Continues His Assault…

In Culture of Corruption, Iraq War, New York City, Terrorism, US Politics on September 12, 2006 at 10:34 pm

Keith Olbermann made another jab at the Bush Administration yesterday for the 5th year anniversary of 9-11.  I, among others, feel that Bush and his administration try to use 9-11 to push their political agenda.  Here is what Olbermann had to say:

Half a lifetime ago, I worked in this now-empty space.   And for 40 days after the attacks, I worked here again, trying to make sense of what happened, and was yet to happen, as a reporter.

All the time, I knew that the very air I breathed contained the remains of thousands of people, including four of my friends, two in the planes and — as I discovered from those “missing posters” seared still into my soul — two more in the Towers.

And I knew too, that this was the pyre for hundreds of New York policemen and firemen, of whom my family can claim half a dozen or more, as our ancestors.

I belabor this to emphasize that, for me this was, and is, and always shall be, personal.

And anyone who claims that I and others like me are “soft,”or have “forgotten” the lessons of what happened here is at best a grasping, opportunistic, dilettante and at worst, an idiot whether he is a commentator, or a Vice President, or a President.

However, of all the things those of us who were here five years ago could have forecast — of all the nightmares that unfolded before our eyes, and the others that unfolded only in our minds — none of us could have predicted this.

Five years later this space is still empty.

Five years later there is no memorial to the dead.

Five years later there is no building rising to show with proud defiance that we would not have our America wrung from us, by cowards and criminals.

Five years later this country’s wound is still open.

Five years later this country’s mass grave is still unmarked.

Five years later this is still just a background for a photo-op.

It is beyond shameful….

When those who dissent are told time and time again — as we will be, if not tonight by the President, then tomorrow by his portable public chorus — that he is preserving our freedom, but that if we use any of it, we are somehow un-American…When we are scolded, that if we merely question, we have “forgotten the lessons of 9/11″… look into this empty space behind me and the bi-partisanship upon which this administration also did not build, and tell me:

Who has left this hole in the ground?

We have not forgotten, Mr. President.

You have.

May this country forgive you.


Pretty powerful stuff.  Check out the entire thing here.

  1. wow. this is exactly what is needed. those people in the white house have such a pervasive way of twisting things around, and capitalizing on grief and fear. it is very, very refreshing to see someone grounding things, and untwisting the twisted rhetoric, to show what really is. and he does it with the sort of dramatic effect need to rival the drama orchestrated by Bush’s cabinet and speech-writers.

    Nice as it would be to compete against the “spinsters” without needing to captivate with dramatic effect, it is a reality that that is what we need, and something the Democrats have been completely inept at. i have serious appreciation for what this man is doing.

  2. Only the partisan Olbermann can put so much focus on a hole in the ground. Apparently just like the one in his head. What a tragedy the President is spending his time preventing the creation of more of these unfinished memorials, instead of making the ones we already have look pretty. Shameful? Yes. The length these Bush bashers will go to find fault when things are going well.

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