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September 11, 2006

9/11: Tender Is The Right


Caption:  U.S. President George W. Bush kisses

a girl among family members of those killed

when United Flight 93 crashed into a field,

during a ceremony commemorating the fifth

anniversary of the September 11th attacks at

the impact zone of the flight in Shanksville,

Pennsylvania, September 11, 2006.

Frankly, I don’t see how 9/11 can be venerated in any legitimate collective way as long as George Bush is leading that process.  Above all, BushCo’s manipulation of the survivors and victims on the anniversary of this abhorrent tragedy shows the blasphemy of someone whose actions consistently demonstrate duplicity and a pure political motive.


Case in point:

There were many great and telling visual moments during Charles Gibson’s day-long interview with George Bush in Atlanta last Thursday.  The most indicative, however, was this reaction to the following question:  Mr. President, can you really tell me with a straight face that this [set of speeches you’ve given on terrorism] doesn’t have a lot to do with politics?


(Note: Over the next two days, I’ll be taking a look at GWB’s tour of the three “impact zones” and I will also try and focus on the non-politicized and non-commercialized commemoration of the day.  If you have images and takes you would like to pass along, please email me at openbag AT bagnews DOT com.)

(image 1: Jason Reed/Reuters. Shanksville, Pennsylvania, September 11, 2006. Via image 2:

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