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Obama’s Big Bet on Ground Zero Speech
Fox News ^ | 4/11/2011 | Chris Stirewalt

Posted on 05/04/2011 8:32:00 AM PDT by EagleUSA

It’s clear that the White House team is thinking very big when it comes to President Obama’s Thursday visit to Ground Zero, his first since taking office.

Obama invited former President George W. Bush and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to hear him speak at the former site of the World Trade Center. Bush declined, and Giuliani’s status is unclear, but those are the kinds of guests one would invite for a major political event.

Bush has a strong defense for declining. He has kept a low profile since leaving office and largely limited his public events to a promotional tour for his memoir and charity events for wounded soldiers. But by not attending, Bush denies Obama the chance to associate himself with Bush’s iconic status in the days and months after the attack.

Had Bush been on stage when Obama took his bow for ordering the strike against bin Laden, it would have allowed Obama the chance to say that he had finally fulfilled Bush’s promise made to firefighters sorting through the burning rubble that “the whole world will hear you.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhogwot; groundzero; joke; pathetic; politics; weakness
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Pathetic. Bush wise not to associate with this.
1 posted on 05/04/2011 8:32:05 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA

2 posted on 05/04/2011 8:34:10 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: EagleUSA

Count the number of times he uses the word “I” in the speech.


3 posted on 05/04/2011 8:34:15 AM PDT by RC2
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To: EagleUSA

Obama needs to play some Walmart parking lots first and get the speech down first...teleprompters would look bad at Ground Zero


4 posted on 05/04/2011 8:36:26 AM PDT by woofie
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To: EagleUSA

If he keeps making this all about how great it was that HE planned and executed this operation there is going to be a massive backlash.

The folks who are mostly likely to support his decision to go ahead with this operation are also the mostly likely to know that it’s a very small man that tries to grab credit for himself rather than deflecting it and acknowledging who really did the heavy lifting.


5 posted on 05/04/2011 8:38:16 AM PDT by jtal
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To: EagleUSA

History is not kind to the self-congratulating.


6 posted on 05/04/2011 8:38:23 AM PDT by lurk
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To: EagleUSA
The mark of a good leader is all the blame and none of the glory. The guy is campaigning on this. It's not what a leader does.

Not smart.

7 posted on 05/04/2011 8:39:13 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: EagleUSA

Obama is overplaying this. People can see through what he is doing.

Wonder if Michelle will be with him?

She never goes there. Before the 2008 election on the 9/11 Memorial Service, she stayed home and attended a fundraiser north of Indy.

The Obama’s actually share Rev Wright’s view that 9/11 was “America’s chickens coming home ...to Rooost!”

I have no respect for either Obama showing up at Ground Zero. If he didn’t need to get re-elected, he would not be going to Ground Zero, well, unless the mega mosque was done being constructed.


8 posted on 05/04/2011 8:39:21 AM PDT by dforest
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To: EagleUSA

“President Obama’s Thursday visit to Ground Zero, his first since taking office”

Air Force 1 buzzed it with a low fly-by. Does that count?


9 posted on 05/04/2011 8:39:21 AM PDT by tumblindice (Don't confuse me with the facts)
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To: jtal

I don’t expect him to do that. He wants all the credit for the campaign.


10 posted on 05/04/2011 8:40:50 AM PDT by RC2
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To: lurk

“There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.” -Ronald Reagan


11 posted on 05/04/2011 8:41:06 AM PDT by twhitak
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To: woofie

Most of us who go to WalMart wouldn’t waste gas to go see him.


12 posted on 05/04/2011 8:42:04 AM PDT by not2worry (WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND)
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To: EagleUSA

Greek columns. I think he needs Greek columns.


13 posted on 05/04/2011 8:42:30 AM PDT by Gator113 ("GAME ON." I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: tumblindice

Let’s not forget Obama WANTED the mosque built at Ground Zero....and let’s not forget Obama/Holder WANTED to try terrorists in NY.


14 posted on 05/04/2011 8:42:30 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: RC2

Add: Me and Myself to the list.


15 posted on 05/04/2011 8:43:11 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Blue Turtle

The whole thing is just a campaign photo op.


16 posted on 05/04/2011 8:43:53 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Wake up America we are at war with militant Islam and progressives - 2 fronts.)
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To: EagleUSA
Something I heard years ago stuck with me when it comes to accomplishment, etc.

You can accomplish great things - if you are not interested in taking credit for yourself

Self aggrandizement, the hallmark of Obama is not becoming, nor are his claims true

17 posted on 05/04/2011 8:44:29 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: EagleUSA; STARWISE; maggief; onyx; SE Mom; hoosiermama; Liz; Nachum

From the article:

“Having Bush there would have helped Obama show himself, in the words of one Democratic strategist turned TV host, as “master and commander.” But Obama, who likes the chance to makes high-stakes speeches, will be swinging for the rhetorical fences anyway.”

Good grief....this is sickening. Glad Bush saw straight through the ruse. Obama as ‘master and commander’?

ROTFLOL!!


18 posted on 05/04/2011 8:44:50 AM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: EagleUSA

And I hope Giuliani declines, also. I dare the Marxist to ask Col Lakin.

The separation of Americans and him should be wide and made visible. He’s not one of us and may no one be conned into submitting to PC.


19 posted on 05/04/2011 8:48:45 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: EagleUSA
It was me, me, me...I made the trains run on time!
20 posted on 05/04/2011 8:49:33 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Signalman

Now that Bush has refused to pose for an Obama reelection photo, Obama will probably cancel and blame it on the rain.


21 posted on 05/04/2011 8:52:41 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: EagleUSA

Worse than pathetic.

Didn’t the libs whine that Republicans were using Ground Zero for political gain?

With each passing day, I despise them more and more and this guy, our president, most of all.


22 posted on 05/04/2011 8:52:56 AM PDT by Jvette
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To: EagleUSA

Let Rudy show up and use his speech to thank Bush, Cheney, et al for having the vision to set up gitmo, enhanced interrogation and other measures and the guts to keep them going in the face of the left’s “J’accuse” orgy (of which dear leader was a head cheerleader).


23 posted on 05/04/2011 8:53:49 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: jtal

Exactly. You’ve nailed it. I suspect many folks saw right through the I directed business in Zero’s speech on Sunday night.

In fact, I have a posting friend on another site who was a HUGE zero supporter, until he saw the way he governs for the past 2 years, and this guy was extremely annoyed by Zero’s attitude of “look what I have done for you people”...

If he continues to use this event, as a campaign bravodo point, folks will get hugely annoyed. We American’s don’t like braggarts.


24 posted on 05/04/2011 8:53:49 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: tumblindice

Ah, remember that and how the NY’ers went fleeing when they saw the low flying plane and one of his guys had to take the fall for it. The NY officials were not told of it. He did it because ‘he could’ ala clinton.


25 posted on 05/04/2011 8:54:08 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: EagleUSA

Here’s hoping Bambi goes all out!

Ticker tape parade for himself, Greek columns, crown of laurels, the works!

And may he cap it all off with a droning, condescending, hectoring bore-fest of a speech saying that now is the moment for us all to put aside our individual, petty personal agendas and unite as one behind the sweeping, righteous wisdom that is Obama’s personal agenda, whatever that is.


26 posted on 05/04/2011 9:00:24 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam

yes..You are right. I think that is going to be it..We all have to follow my lead now, no more arguing, kids.

Three words: Paul Wellstone funeral.


27 posted on 05/04/2011 9:05:59 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: presently no screen name

Weren’t they doing some sort of calendar and trying to get AF1 with the Statute of Liberty in the background? Yeah they spooked everyone badly. That was 0’s people being bone-headed. Now we’re used to stuff like that from them.

Hypothetical WH Disaster
Memo, 6-30-11 Office of the First Lady
RE July 4th celebration
“I just had an idea—this 4th of July let’s buy a bunch of rockets and firecrackers for the national VFW 4th of July picnic on the mall to honor our recently returned Afghan, Iraq vets ... and, you know, surprise them.”


28 posted on 05/04/2011 9:08:19 AM PDT by tumblindice (Don't confuse me with the facts)
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To: tumblindice
That wasn't him...the was Chewbacka the wife and her garden club joyriding the new pimp mobile.....
29 posted on 05/04/2011 9:09:30 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: jtal

Agreed. The people who viscerally support this mission are and will remain overwhelmingly unimpressed with him, and it will be a very discordant note to much of his base. A strategic error for him, which suits me fine.


30 posted on 05/04/2011 9:10:37 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans - Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: EagleUSA

The horrid things Obama said campaigning and since- even his admin threatening to prosecute our C.I.A. agents..then wants Bush who protected our forces to stand with him...

Obama’s hypocrisy is thick.

Gallup: 89% of Americans Credit Military for Finding, Killing Bin Laden—35% Credit Obama


31 posted on 05/04/2011 9:10:56 AM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: EagleUSA

Will the white house control who gets into the crowd? If not, zero runs the risk of being booed or heckled. I hope that happens.


32 posted on 05/04/2011 9:11:40 AM PDT by matt1234 (Dreams from My Father II: Alien Sex Files)
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To: EagleUSA
Obama thinks, or his handlers think, this will make him look like a tough bad-ass.

Delusional. Everyone knows he's a pu$$y.

33 posted on 05/04/2011 9:12:25 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: BenLurkin
It was leaked today that obama is using $100,000 of our money for someone to teach him how to use the TP more effectively. He is such a moron.

LLS

34 posted on 05/04/2011 9:14:25 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH!)
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To: EagleUSA
Totally pathetic. . .and yes, Bush is not going to legitimize Obama's exploitation. . nor would he ever, of course.

Obama appetitie for self-promotion insatiable and disgusting.

35 posted on 05/04/2011 9:17:37 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not madhttp://atlasshrugs2000e in the USA either.. .)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Are you saying...Obama doesn’t know how to use toilet paper?


36 posted on 05/04/2011 9:22:31 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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37 posted on 05/04/2011 9:23:45 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Almost as evil as the Freeper Criminal Mastermind)
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To: BenLurkin

Wonder if he’ll mess up and call Osama, Obama. He is so self-absorbed.


38 posted on 05/04/2011 9:26:16 AM PDT by jerseyrocks
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To: matt1234

I would love to see the crowd break into a chant of “GW GW GW GW”, I would pay to see that happen.


39 posted on 05/04/2011 9:28:15 AM PDT by steve7
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To: tumblindice

Weren’t they doing some sort of calendar and trying to get AF1 with the Statute of Liberty in the background? Yeah they spooked everyone badly. That was 0’s people being bone-headed. Now we’re used to stuff like that from them.

That’s was their excuse - updating a photo. The sky did not change, the plane didn’t nor did the Statue of Liberty. What they did could have been computer generated. It was after that - we heard of a mosque being planned for that site.

If it were legit (updating photo) - the NY officials, etc. would have been advised. No one knew what was going on - even some in DC said they had no knowledge of it - that guy took the fall and then the excuse came - photo update. IMO, it was a campaign promi$e to a few of his muzzies - fly over their victory site. Then came the news about a mosque being built there.


40 posted on 05/04/2011 9:28:20 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: EagleUSA

His going to Ground Zero is just his Narcissistic Personality Disorder kicking in.


41 posted on 05/04/2011 9:36:02 AM PDT by crosshairs (Say what you want about the South, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving north.)
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To: RC2

If you made it a drinking game you’d pass out before the speech was over.


42 posted on 05/04/2011 9:39:50 AM PDT by panthermom (Proud Mom of an Infantry Soldier)
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To: Gator113

I am curious to see what the T-shirt design will be. Do you think Carney will be on stage blasting them out to the crowd like they do at sporting events?


43 posted on 05/04/2011 9:42:22 AM PDT by panthermom (Proud Mom of an Infantry Soldier)
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To: EagleUSA
Bush is wise to avoid this wellstone like event
44 posted on 05/04/2011 9:59:22 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: EagleUSA

Bush no doubt learned something from Obama’s treatment of “invited guests” in the past, i.e., the Supreme Court at the State of the Union two years ago, and Paul Ryan’s treatment during Obama’s budget speech a few weeks ago.

When you dump all over the people you invite to your functions, better expect to receive a few declines in future RSVP’s.

And also better expect to receive fewer invitations yourself, e.g., the recent Royal Wedding.

In the end, people figure out who’s to be trusted and who’s not, even when they really don’t want to believe it.

The far-left, for instance, is about to have to come to grips with the fact that they’ve been supporting a man who would prefer to just dispense with wrongdoers, rather than subject them to a messy trial, as illustrated by the killing of Bin Laden. Gotta be a lot of cognitive dissonance over on that side right now.

Wonder if Bush would have issued “kill when captured” orders in that raid (as it sounds like Obama might have done)? Of course, Bush would have been more likely to squeeze every last bit of intel from him, whereas Obama probably just looked at him as another potential drain on the federal budget, with the left ready to pounce at the first sign of any “enhanced” interrogation.


45 posted on 05/04/2011 10:02:22 AM PDT by Norseman (Term Limits: 8 years is enough!)
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To: EagleUSA
Bet you Giuliani is negotiating with the WH that he will attend if he can speak.

Nobama will likely resist as all he wants is the Repubs to sit on the stage in his shadow.

46 posted on 05/04/2011 10:44:24 AM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: EagleUSA

This will be a speech about how we can now all get along with the muzzies, and there’s no longer any reason to hold any animosity toward them. He will “build bridges” by offering various (radical terrorist) groups aid and so on.


47 posted on 05/04/2011 10:48:38 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: EagleUSA

Maybe the wind will blow over his telepromters in mid sentence, early in his speech and he will have to ad lib. That always seems to get him in real trouble. He can NOT speak without reading prepared text.


48 posted on 05/04/2011 11:00:14 AM PDT by Bobby_Taxpayer (Don't tread on us...or you'll pay the price in the next election.)
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To: Osage Orange
He knows all about toilet paper and the substance that it was used to cleanse away. As a matter of fact... obama is 99 44/100% pure excrement.

LLS

49 posted on 05/04/2011 11:22:15 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH!)
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To: EagleUSA

I’m glad GWB decided not to attend. This character has a bad habit of inviting people to his events but when he gets them there he starts slamming them. Look what he did to Ryan when he gave his speech on the deficit.


50 posted on 05/04/2011 12:28:54 PM PDT by Always Independent
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