9/11 is certainly not a day to want to turn things horribly political, but when presidents from different parties gather at Ground Zero, emotions will indeed emerge. At 9:10 am, The New York Times blog took note of the response to President George W. Bush’s 9/11 reading as opposed to President Barack Obama’s today:
At 9:03, the readers fell silent and the silver bell rang twice to mark the time that United Airlines flight 175 crashed into the South Tower.
Former President George W. Bush took his place behind the same lectern with the presidential seal where Mr. Obama had just stood.
Unlike Mr. Obama, Mr. Bush drew a brief cheer from the crowd before his reading.
Applause followed Mr. Bush as he left the stage.
Speaking of the New York Times going political on 9/11, writer Paul Krugman was nothing but toxic with his words today. At 8:41 am today he wrote:
Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?
Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.
What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. Te atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.
A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?
The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.
If Krugman saw the reaction to President Bush like his colleague, it was 20 minutes after he wrote this post. However, obviously, he could sense the respect the former president still receives along with other 9/11 heroes. Apparently, Krugman can’t get over it and feels the need to use a poison pen on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.