Skip to comments.Obama snubs 9/11 families at Ground Zero today
Posted on 05/05/2011 8:28:18 AM PDT by Justaham
Today President Obama is traveling to Ground Zero to commemorate the killing of Osama Bin Laden. What is President Obama's purpose in going to Ground Zero if he could not be bothered to meet or invite all the 9/11 families who lost loved ones there? Many families are devastated and saddened about being left out and do not understand why that occurred. I was at Ground Zero on September 11th, 2009 and can emphatically state that not one family member is ever denied access to that sacred area. Numbers or space is not an excuse for turning away family members that have sacrificed and endured the loss of their loved ones this past ten years.
The Obama representative responded that "In consultation with the National 9/11 Memorial staff, we invited a group of 9/11 family members who we believe represents a cross section of family members from various 9/11 organizations. The President looks forward to spending time visiting with the families of those who were tragically killed on 9/11." Well, Mr. President, not all the families just the ones handpicked. At least the family members should be allowed to come to Ground Zero to be recognized, especially if the President is going to say a few words.
Those left out include the mom of a ten year old boy who was invited as well as the husband of an elderly couple that have gone to every 9/11 event together. The Obama representative was contacted by Americanthinker.com and he responded that if given the names he would correct the mistake. A few hours later the couple called me to inform me they were allowed to come.
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Let me guess: the “Jersey Girls” are among those representing a “cross section” of families, right ?
Bush was absolutely correct in turning down this impostor’s offer at NYC. This POS p-Resident wanted a photo op for the 2011 campaign.
To be fair, if there are too many people around him, it may block the site line between him and the cameras. He wants to make sure there is a clear shot of him patting himself on the back
This guy is a complete coward. What was the security like when President Bush stood with the first responders with a bull horn? Now look at the security today at ground zero when the great one appears. The guy is a complete embarrassment.
Some folks say that Obama knows exactly what he's doing. I contend that this last paragraph suggests the opposite - the Administration is so inept they make the gang that couldn't shoot straight look like Special Ops sharpshooters.
This guy is nuts! Over 3000 Americans died there and he goes on a “I got Osamapalloza tour?” at ground zero? What an a-hole!
Just watching the live news feeds from ground zero and it doesn’t look like many people are lining the streets or anything to greet the Usurper. Just a bunch of police. Me thinks Obama’s political ploy/campaign stop is going to be an epic fail! People were turned off by his MEMEMEME speech and his hypocrisy on releasing the pics.
I am sure SEIU is being bused in as we speak though...(eye roll).
Can someone post the picture of President Bush at Ground Zero? It’s one of my favorites of him.
Were the SEAL’s able to recover Bin Laden’s signed copy of Audacity Of Hope?
And still about half the country voices approval for this kneejerk prevaricator who lies when the truth would be more convenient.--Color me disgusted to the point of nausea.
Grandstanding. Nothing more.
I prayed all day yesterday that it would rain today to cause lower turnout.
Nope, the idiot gets a beautiful day to kickoff his 2012 campaign over our dead. dammit.
Why would they want to be there? It’s just a stop on the ‘I, Me, My Tour’. I’d rather have the flu.
In other words, Liberals and Obama supporters.
CAn’t have anyone there that might BOO the MEssiah during his great Taking-Credit-I-Don’t-Deserve moment for his adoring Mainstream Media worshippers, can we?
Obama - The Polished turd Of The United States - Looking good and shiny on the outside, but nothing but ???? on the inside!!!
Looks like he brought Valerie Jarrett along for the show.
It’s timing is convenient as well, it gets him outta DC so he can avoid the National Day of Prayer functions.
What type of goggles would you recommend? I've got swimming goggles, safety goggles, some other goggles I use when I'm mowing ......
They just showed Obama walking into the firehouse and he actually lifted his feet up to spot where the press was....(eye roll). Valerie Jarret was right behind him. Boy...commie Jarret sure keeps Obama on a short leash.
I wondered about THAT.
gutsycall.com takes you to http://www.barackobama.com/get-involved
No politics there no sir.
All construction work has been stopped at the site.
The workers have been promised a meeting with messiah.
Thank you, Count. Images of a real leader.
One question. Are there tee shirts?
Even bubba claimed a previous engagement, or a sheduling conflict.
9/11 Family Invited To Presidential Ground Zero Visit Snubs Obama
As 50 carefully selected families prepare to join President Barack Obama for a ceremony at the World Trade Center site Thursday, one of the invited 9/11 families have decided to pass on the Commander-in-chief’s visit.
Although many consider it to be a once in a lifetime invitation, the Vigiano family of Deer Park, Long Island have respectfully declined.
“If this form letter was the invitation, it was kinda lame,” John Vigiano told PIX 11 News when describing the email invitation sent to him from the White House.
Jan and John Vigiano received the email invite Tuesday and admitted that they nearly deleted it, thinking it was spam. The private invitation complete with the White House seal informed the couple about President Obama’s visit to the World Trade Center site just days after news broke about Osama bin Laden’s death.
What rubbed the Vigiano’s the wrong way was not what the email said, but how it was addressed.
“It says ‘Dear 9-11 family member,’ - no names” “ John Vigiano said, reading the invite aloud to PIX 11 cameras. “I don’t know if its disrespectful, but it doesn’t work for me.”
The Vigianos lost both their sons on September 11, 2001. John Vigiano Jr. was 36, and a FDNY firefighter, while their youngest Joe Vigiano was an emergency services detective with the NYPD.
“There is no closure,” a sobbing John Vigiano said. “There is none.”
The Vigiano family is just one of fifty families sent the exclusive invitation to meet the President at what is being billed as a historic visit to Ground Zero Thursday. With all that considered, the mourning father says he’s not going.
NYers are a special breed of America haters who just love this liar in chief.
That said, I will give credit where it’s due. This morning I heard a clip of Schumer saying that both presidents, Bush and Obama deserve credit for finding OBL.
OMG - and now there’s Anthony Weiner being a schmuck before the camera.
Nothing political here, nope, not at all.
Many victims’ families received an invitation to the ceremony via email Tuesday night. Others, however, were not invited.
“I feel that every family member should have received an invitation,” said Maureen Santores, whose son, a New York City firefighter, was killed at the World Trade Center. “Everyone suffered the same and we should all be with the president to mark this.”
Those emotions, many family members said, are further complicated by Obama’s decision not to publicly release photos of a slain bin Laden, shot in the head.
other family members, releasing the photos seeing the person who killed their loved ones might give them closure, which they compare to family members being allowed to witness a murderer’s capital execution.
“The families have already been through so much,” said Bill Doyle, whose son Joseph was killed in Tower 1. “I know why people don’t want the photos released but I know a woman whose husband was identified because they found his heart. How much more gruesome can the photos of bin Laden be?”
Were they hand picked based on race or political affiliation?
Just reading about the Viggiano’s and I’m crying tears that I thought were long ago used up.
For sure the pain for these families will never ease.
Sending a blanket email invitation says a lot about the low-class aspect of the current administration
Sheesh. They were too lazy to type up a hard copy, address it to the individual families and overnight mail it to them?
VJ has been keeping a very low profile lately.
Here she is with what appears to be Anita Dunn.
I was hoping for a obama got osama tee shirt so I could step on it, smear it with dirt and send it to the white house.
Thanks for the pics. I miss him!
No, go back to knowing exactly what he's (make that the puppetmaster) is doing. They consistently try to get away with as much as they can, thinking the press has their back (a fair assumption on their part) and only make small concessions when cornered. Note well they only added that couple and didn't say "what were we thinking, of course all the families are welcome."
Kurt Horning, a NJ resident whose son died in the attacks, says that he’ll tell the president the sea burial Bin Laden received was too good, “He was washed and wrapped and buried at sea after prayers were read and thousands of people from the World Trade Center are in a garbage dump in Staten Island.”
However, Debra Burlingame, whose brother was a pilot in one of the planes that hit the WTC, told Politico, “There is a growing controversy right now, as we speak, over the whole manner in which the White House is doing this,” saying that the president is “using families in what is a transparent political ploy.” She did “root” for Obama when he announced Bin Laden’s death, but “This is wrong, and I dont know if they even understand it.”
Schumer can take a flying leap. Obama had NOTHING to do with this. Just President at the right time.
Away: U.S. President Barack Obama waves before he departs the White House aboard Marine One bound for New York today
Speaking to the New York Daily News, a highly placed Bush insider said: 'He doesn't feel personally snubbed and appreciates the invitation, but Obama's claiming all the credit and a lot of other people deserve some of it.
'Obama gave no credit whatsoever to the intelligence infrastructure the Bush administration set up that is being hailed from the left and right as setting in motion the operation that got Bin Laden.
'It rubbed Bush the wrong way.'
The President has steered clear of even mentioning the Bush team's efforts to capture Bin Laden, only hinting at the previous administration when he said: 'Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counter-terrorism professionals, we've made great strides.'
Bush was name checked only once during Sunday night's historic speech, when he added: 'I've made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam.'
Obama had invited Bush to today's ceremony, a gesture Bush turned down.
Speaking to the paper, another source said Bush felt the invitation: 'was for the benefit of Obama, and Obama withheld credit from people Bush believes deserved it.'
Why is this the first time since becoming President he is visiting Ground Zero? Didn’t suit any political purpose before?
Guess his handlers are making him use a wreath this time so that he doesn’t throw the rose onto the memorial like it was a heap of garbage (instead of “lay” the rose down on the memorial as all others attendees did (Bloomberg, McCain, Cindy McCain, etc.). See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_qcHwKXTRg