Skip to comments.Obama’s Big Bet on Ground Zero Speech
Posted on 05/04/2011 8:32:00 AM PDT by EagleUSA
Its clear that the White House team is thinking very big when it comes to President Obamas 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 Giulianis 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 Bushs 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 Bushs promise made to firefighters sorting through the burning rubble that the whole world will hear you.
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Count the number of times he uses the word “I” in the speech.
Obama needs to play some Walmart parking lots first and get the speech down first...teleprompters would look bad at Ground Zero
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.
History is not kind to the self-congratulating.
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.
“President Obamas Thursday visit to Ground Zero, his first since taking office”
Air Force 1 buzzed it with a low fly-by. Does that count?
I don’t expect him to do that. He wants all the credit for the campaign.
“There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.” -Ronald Reagan
Most of us who go to WalMart wouldn’t waste gas to go see him.
Greek columns. I think he needs Greek columns.
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.
Add: Me and Myself to the list.
The whole thing is just a campaign photo op.
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
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’?
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.
Now that Bush has refused to pose for an Obama reelection photo, Obama will probably cancel and blame it on the rain.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
Delusional. Everyone knows he's a pu$$y.
Obama appetitie for self-promotion insatiable and disgusting.
Are you saying...Obama doesn’t know how to use toilet paper?
Wonder if he’ll mess up and call Osama, Obama. He is so self-absorbed.
I would love to see the crowd break into a chant of “GW GW GW GW”, I would pay to see that happen.
Werent 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 0s people being bone-headed. Now were 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.
His going to Ground Zero is just his Narcissistic Personality Disorder kicking in.
If you made it a drinking game you’d pass out before the speech was over.
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?
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.
Nobama will likely resist as all he wants is the Repubs to sit on the stage in his shadow.
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.
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.
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.