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Tony Bennett apologizes for 9/11 remark (He left his heart in New York City)
CBS News ^ | 09/20/2011

Posted on 09/21/2011 9:29:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Tony Bennett has apologized for remarks he made during an interview with Howard Stern Monday.

Talking about 9/11, Bennett said the U.S. caused the attacks.

In a statement issued late Tuesday, according to Newsday.com, Bennett said, "There is simply no excuse for terrorism and the murder of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks on our country. My life experiences -- ranging from the Battle of the Bulge (in World War II) to marching with Martin Luther King -- made me a lifelong humanist and pacifist, and reinforced my belief that violence begets violence and that war is the lowest form of human behavior.

"I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity and my desire for peace throughout the world."

While promoting his new album of duets, "Duets II," on Stern's radio show, Bennett asserted that the U.S. was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.

"They flew the plane in, but we caused it," Bennett told Stern, according to the New York Daily News. The "they" in his statement is presumably terrorists.

Bennett also says former president George W. Bush admitted to him that the war in Iraq was a mistake. At an event at the Kennedy Center to honor Bennett, the singer says Mr. Bush told him, "I think I made a mistake," according to the Daily News.

A spokesman for Mr. Bush denied that to the Daily News, telling the newspaper, calling the account "flatly wrong."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; apology; tonybennett
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1 posted on 09/21/2011 9:29:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Nice try, Tony, but I’m still not buying the CD (or the spin).


2 posted on 09/21/2011 9:30:12 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Seems like Mr. Bennett left his brain at the door to the Green Room.


3 posted on 09/21/2011 9:31:08 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: SeekAndFind
At an event at the Kennedy Center to honor Bennett, the singer says Mr. Bush told him, "I think I made a mistake," according to the Daily News.

And? How do we know Bush wasn't saying he made a mistake inviting Tony to the festivities?

4 posted on 09/21/2011 9:31:19 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another leftist traitor covering up their hate with “pacifist” lies.


5 posted on 09/21/2011 9:31:50 AM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mr. Bennett meant what he said. Otherwise he wouldn’t have said it.

Trying to step back from that assertion today, is like trying to rewind a sunset.

Bacala.


6 posted on 09/21/2011 9:33:12 AM PDT by RexBeach
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To: SeekAndFind
Bennett also says former president George W. Bush admitted to him that the war in Iraq was a mistake. Bennett is a liberal therefore he lies. No one believes that GW Bush went up to a crooner and said this.
7 posted on 09/21/2011 9:33:23 AM PDT by svcw (Do liberals get brain freeze if they eat ice cream to fast? (probably not, no brains))
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To: SeekAndFind

Tony, of course a little feeble, mis-heard President Bush. What he actually said was “I spit on your steak.”


8 posted on 09/21/2011 9:33:50 AM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder how well the whole pacifist bit went over during The Battle of the Bulge. What a fool.


9 posted on 09/21/2011 9:33:58 AM PDT by edpc (Former Normalcy Bias Victim)
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To: SeekAndFind

lots of fun on his facebook page...


10 posted on 09/21/2011 9:33:58 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: SeekAndFind

He once said he wouldn’t sing the Star Spangled Banner,because he didn’t sing war songs!.


11 posted on 09/21/2011 9:34:37 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: SeekAndFind
His excuse is as wobbly as his voice.
12 posted on 09/21/2011 9:35:28 AM PDT by Average Al
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s a Leftist Ass....too late Tony!


13 posted on 09/21/2011 9:35:36 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What this shows — think about it — is that the human mind is not the center of the universe.


14 posted on 09/21/2011 9:36:35 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: SeekAndFind

I surprised Tony Jackass’ head could fit through the door of Stern’s studio.

Another classic case of an older entertainer living in their own little dream world.


15 posted on 09/21/2011 9:37:15 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity and my desire for peace throughout the world.”

Typical smarmy doubletalk. This is a statement ranking right up there with the Dixie Chics’ backtracking after THEIR ‘I hate America’ vomit.

Thanks but NO THANKS, Tony!!!


16 posted on 09/21/2011 9:37:28 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change. " Robert Anthony)
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To: SeekAndFind

Too late.


17 posted on 09/21/2011 9:37:39 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: SeekAndFind

Why do these celebs keep shooting themselves in the foot by revealing their leftist political views? Tom Hanks, Jane Fonda, Barbara Streisand have all tarnished their stardom.

Now if Bennett had said the shadow government had something to do with 9/11 there may be some credence to his statement.
The shadow government may very well have had a great deal to do with it!


18 posted on 09/21/2011 9:39:10 AM PDT by Paperdoll (NO MORE RINOs!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Different type of war...and different enemy...pure evil.


19 posted on 09/21/2011 9:40:29 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: SeekAndFind

In other news, Obama is backing off the idea of Palestinian statehood.


20 posted on 09/21/2011 9:41:16 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Next time, Anthony Dominick Benedetto, learn the words before you sing.


21 posted on 09/21/2011 9:42:44 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: SeekAndFind

Heart in San Francisco, brain in neutral ...


22 posted on 09/21/2011 9:43:12 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: SeekAndFind

re: “While promoting his new album of duets, “Duets II,” on Stern’s radio show, Bennett asserted that the U.S. was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.”

I am sure his sales took a dive in response to his idiotic assertions. Thus a little backtracking on his statement. But he said what he said because he believes it.


23 posted on 09/21/2011 9:44:29 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: SeekAndFind

Tony, you’re old enough to know that some statements are irretrievable and unforgivable. Like saying that your country brought one of the most horrific attacks in history upon itself.

You can’t get the toothpaste back in the tube, Tony.


24 posted on 09/21/2011 9:46:52 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: God luvs America
"lots of fun on his facebook page..."

Sadly, lots of lefty loon posts there........very sad.

25 posted on 09/21/2011 9:52:11 AM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: Nevadan

From now on, ‘promoting’ things may become a little more problematic for Tony.

Let him try his ‘grand old man of show biz’ routine on people who will remember this piece of gratuitous BS and unalloyed hostility to the US.

Americans do NOT need this crap from ‘more-money-than-brains’ actors and singers. We are sick of it by now. F&^% him!!


26 posted on 09/21/2011 9:54:02 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change. " Robert Anthony)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another “artist” who assumes that his record sales means we all want to know his views about everything on earth.

Shut up and sing.

On second thought, just shut up.


27 posted on 09/21/2011 9:54:02 AM PDT by DPMD (~)
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To: SeekAndFind
"I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity and my desire for peace throughout the world."

"Bennett also says former president George W. Bush admitted to him that the war in Iraq was a mistake. At an event at the Kennedy Center to honor Bennett, the singer says Mr. Bush told him, "I think I made a mistake," according to the Daily News."

That's an apology? Not only is that not an apology but he then proceeds to slander President Bush.

FUTB

28 posted on 09/21/2011 9:59:23 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: SeekAndFind
You are no longer welcome in my home or on my sound devices... you are dead to me tony... you pos... Sinatra could have kicked your ass... even if he had the flu.

LLS

29 posted on 09/21/2011 10:08:46 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Is the person that you support a Crony Capitalist... A.K.A. CRAPITALIST?)
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To: SeekAndFind
From Wikipedia:

Benedetto was drafted into the United States Army in November 1944, during the final stages of World War II.[2][10] He did basic training at Fort Dix and Fort Robinson as part of becoming an infantry rifleman.[11] Benedetto ran afoul of a sergeant from the South who disliked the Italian from New York City and heavy doses of KP duty or BAR cleaning resulted.[11] Processed through the huge Le Havre replacement depot, in January 1945, he was assigned as a replacement infantryman to 255th Infantry Regiment of the 63rd Infantry Division, a unit filling in for the heavy losses suffered in the Battle of the Bulge.[12] He moved across France, and later, into Germany.[2] As March 1945 began, he joined the front line and what he would later describe as a "front-row seat in hell."[12]

So he wasn't actually in the Battle of the Bulge, but a sergeant was mean to him and he had KP had to clean rifles at Fort Dix. Pretty much the same thing.

30 posted on 09/21/2011 10:10:04 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Pacifists are evil. Yes, I said evil.


31 posted on 09/21/2011 10:11:46 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: SeekAndFind

He thinks we shouldn’t have fought the Nazis? Moron!


32 posted on 09/21/2011 10:13:03 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: SeekAndFind
No, he didn't apologize. He said, "I am sorry if ..."
33 posted on 09/21/2011 10:13:07 AM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tony!....Apparently you left your brains in San Fransisco also.....


34 posted on 09/21/2011 10:17:58 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: SeekAndFind

Tony can shove it. He has been a Demonrat for years, supporting liberal politicians big time. He got turned off years ago in our house, and while I still listen some to Frank and Dean and Sammy, this has-been Bennett will NOT be played.

I’d refuse to buy his crap if I weren’t already on the “no to Tony Bennett” bandwagon.

His fake apology is happening merely because he got a call from his PR people, telling him it was a bad move. He said what he meant. He is obviously a rich non-thinking moron entertainer who fancies himself a sophisticate.


35 posted on 09/21/2011 10:19:00 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: MEGoody
How do we know Bush wasn't saying he made a mistake inviting Tony to the festivities?

That seems like a much more plausible explanation for Bush's alleged admission!
36 posted on 09/21/2011 10:20:52 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: safeasthebanks
At minimum pacifists are misguided, particularly when one such as Benedetto says, "[W]ar is the lowest form of human behavior."

Wrong. There are many forms of human behavior that are lower: appeasement, cowardice, collaboration, torture, genocide. Just wars such as Americans have fought for centuries are not in that category.

Again, I maintain that the glue from Benedetto's hairpiece penetrated the blood-brain barrier long ago.

37 posted on 09/21/2011 10:22:42 AM PDT by twister881
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To: SeekAndFind

Why do so many people believe that if someone has talent in one area, they must have something of value to add in a complete unrelated field?


38 posted on 09/21/2011 10:25:25 AM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: SeekAndFind
Bennett said, "There is simply no excuse for terrorism and the murder of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks on our country. My life experiences -- ranging from the Battle of the Bulge (in World War II) to marching with Martin Luther King -- made me a lifelong humanist and pacifist, and reinforced my belief that violence begets violence and that war is the lowest form of human behavior.

Sadly Tony Islam begets violence as much as many of us hoped and prayed otherwise. Islam is what caused 911. Islam is evil and its cancer is trying to kill all that is good, right, and beautiful.

39 posted on 09/21/2011 10:26:45 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Benedetto ran afoul of a sergeant from the South who disliked the Italian from New York City and heavy doses of KP duty or BAR cleaning resulted.

I really like the implied racism and the doubly implied Civil War riff in this sentence: "...from the South who disliked the Italian from New York City..."!! The idiot who added this little nugget is a real leftist, libtard!
40 posted on 09/21/2011 10:27:04 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: Howie66

exactly.


41 posted on 09/21/2011 10:27:25 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

yes. I guess he would have just let Hitler overrun Europe and the the world. The whiney weenie would have lasted two seconds as a caveman. Then we wouldn’t even being listening to his dribble.


42 posted on 09/21/2011 10:29:05 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Words out of the mouth trump words on paper.


43 posted on 09/21/2011 10:31:07 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Nevadan

I find this often happens with weak people. They hang out with the ‘in crowd’ and start parroting their language. Tony picked the wrong crowd to mimic and hang our with - celebrities are all about oohing and aahing over each other.

These weak people are easy to spot once you gently nudge the unsuspecting subject from their talking points and ask for facts. One weapon I especially like to utilize is to ask them where they got their college degree.

Blink....blink...ummm...

Okay then, get back to me when we can have an intelligent conversation based on facts, not your little friends’ opinions.

I appreciate your service BACK THEN. But it is my opinion that your recent actions are conduct unbecoming to the military. And watch for your royalties and residuals to dry up. Nobody likes someone who calls a bully names, while hiding behind a more honorable person who has the balls to believe in and do the right thing.


44 posted on 09/21/2011 10:32:49 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh. I see he said this on a show intended to promote the sale of his product. What a idiot. His manager and business people must have pulled a few hairs out of their head. These liberal artists are so narcissistic they live in a whole other world. That is sort of like Bill Gates going on a TV show to promote Windows 20 billion and telling the audience he like to kill and eat small children and unsuspecting kitties and puppies. Uh . . . huh? Liberalism truly is a mental illness.


45 posted on 09/21/2011 10:34:56 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He should have included an apology for BEING DUMB ENOUGH TO GRANT HOWIE AND INTERVIEW! Duuuuuuuugh!


46 posted on 09/21/2011 10:35:58 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

And to all the other men who bravely fought in WWI, WWII and all the other wars, I thank you. I could just cry right now, thinking of your suffering and also of your bravery. It is moments like I just had, reading of the battles you fought in, that make me MORE proud to be an American.

I love you guys and God Bless You!!!!


47 posted on 09/21/2011 10:37:40 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
you go Cowgirl :-)
48 posted on 09/21/2011 10:37:58 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: SeekAndFind
So when is LRon Paul gonna apologize for his remarkably similar 9/11 remarks?

Ron Paul booed during Tea Party debate after Osama bin Laden answer

49 posted on 09/21/2011 10:38:38 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Seek and Find:

“His fake apology is happening merely because he got a call from his PR people, telling him it was a bad move.”

More likely a call from his accountant.


50 posted on 09/21/2011 10:39:43 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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