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    ASSOCIATED PRESS..Washington Post

    WASHINGTON - Wait till next year. President Bush will lead the national remembrance on the second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks - far away from Ground Zero.

    Bush will spend the day in Washington and send his No. 2, Vice
    President Cheney, to Thursday's memorial service on the hallowed World Trade
    Center site.

    The downgrade went down poorly with some victims' families.
    Bush will attend services at historic St. John's Episcopal Church for
    the victims of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 at the twin towers,
    at the Pentagon and in the Pennsylvania field where the fourth hijacked
    jet crashed.

    Afterward, the President and his staff will gather on the White House
    South Lawn for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. - the moment American
    Airlines Flight 11 smashed into the north tower.

    The night before, Bush will play host to a dinner and White House
    screening of "Twin Towers," a gripping documentary about a city emergency
    services unit decimated by the attacks.

    Administration officials vigorously defended the presidential no-show,
    saying Bush believes a more low-key observance is called for than last
    year, when the shock to the victims' families and the nation was more
    raw.

    "This is in no way an affront to the people of New York," a top
    official told the Daily News. "Not a day goes by that the image of those
    people in those buildings doesn't cross the President's mind. It's something
    he carries with him every day."

    Bush led the mourners at Ground Zero on the first anniversary of the
    attacks last year, and next year he will accept his party's nomination
    for reelection at the GOP convention in New York City nine days before
    the third anniversary.

    "Last year, people needed speeches," the official said. "This year, a
    quiet remembrance is more appropriate."

    Several Bush aides denied that his absence had anything to do with his
    slumping approval ratings in New York.

    Visit to The Pit

    Three days after the 2001 attacks, Bush rallied the nation and a
    heartsick city with a dramatic visit to the rubble. Shouting through a
    bullhorn, he vowed that New York would recover and vowed to bring the
    perpetrators to justice.

    His poll numbers spiked in the next few weeks but have dropped sharply
    since as worries have escalated about the state of the economy, the
    difficulties of rebuilding a postwar Iraq and complaints that the federal
    government is dragging its feet on the $21 billion aid package promised
    to help lower Manhattan rebuild and clean up its air.

    "Quite honestly, he probably would have gotten booed," Bill Doyle, who
    lost his son Joey in the attack, said of a Bush visit.

    Aides to Mayor Bloomberg were more diplomatic.

    "The President has been there for New York time and time again," said
    press secretery Ed Skyler. "And we are pleased that the vice president
    will be representing him on Sept. 11."

    Yesterday, Bush issued executive orders proclaiming the anniversary
    Patriot Day and designating it a national day of prayer
    09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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    IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
    "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
    BMI Investigator
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    The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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    Not for nuthin', but that piece is a shamelessly biased, poorly researched and not well written excuse for journalism.

    I think it is entirely appropriate that the Pres. will remain at the White House. The country is at war in Iraq (we weren't last year) and there are international acute crises in North Korea, Taiwan and Israel. There are renewed threats of violence by al-Quada. Not to mention all of the doestic issues.

    VP Cheney is more than capable of proudly representing the Bush Administration. Bush was there in the immediate aftermath, he was there last year and he will be there next year.

    Oh, and here's a huge news flash for the AP:

    THERE WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK IN THE WASHINGTON, DC METRO AREA ON 9/11 ALSO!

    Some (stress some) victim's families seem to think that they have become a priveleged class of people in this country. They can demand things that the average citizen can't. Now, they think they can dictate the Pres. schedule?

    I seriously doubt that the man would be booed by other than hard core, whining liberals. The Pres. has encountered enormous challenges in the two plus years of his administration and has met them head-on, with no excuses or mamby-pamby shennanigans that we got from the last poor excuse for a Pres. I strongly believe that by the end of his Administration in 2008, this country will have tackled terrorism, improved the situation and spread democracy n the Middle East and finalized the rebuilding of a wartime economy into one of strength and stability.
    Last edited by GeorgeWendtCFI; 09-07-2003, 10:28 AM.
    PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

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    • #3
      OOPS!

      George...Hope you did not take it that because I posted the story that I was slamming the President.....Did you?

      I agree with you.. Was merely throwing that piece of news out there for others to read.
      09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
      ------------------------------
      IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
      "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
      BMI Investigator
      ------------------------------
      The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GeorgeWendtCFI
        I think it is entirely appropriate that the Pres. will remain at the White House. The country is at war in Iraq (we weren't last year) and there are international acute crises in North Korea, Taiwan and Israel. There are renewed threats of violence by al-Quada. Not to mention all of the doestic issues.

        VP Cheney is more than capable of proudly representing the Bush Administration. Bush was there in the immediate aftermath, he was there last year and he will be there next year.

        .

        I agree...........
        ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
        NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
        343
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        LT. John Ginley Engine 40
        FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
        FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
        FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
        FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
        FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
        FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
        FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
        FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
        FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

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        • #5
          I would say it's more directed toward the journalist, Cap.
          ~Kevin
          Firefighter/Paramedic
          --^v--^v--^v--^v--
          Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong
          Dennis Miller

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          • #6
            George...Hope you did not take it that because I posted the story that I was slamming the President.....Did you?
            Of course not. Even if you did, you have that right. However, a news piece by a journalist should be unbiased. Otherwise, it's an editorial.
            PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

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            • #7
              I agree George
              09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
              ------------------------------
              IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
              "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
              BMI Investigator
              ------------------------------
              The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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              • #8
                Me Too........

                One one hand, The Leader of anything from a tiny VFD to our great nation, should show support for the "troops". On the other hand, the needs of a much broader situation can dictate the response to a specific event. In other words, I agree with George, and for the same reasons. Stay safe....
                Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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                Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
                Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

                IACOJ Budget Analyst

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