Talk Radio, 9-11 Attacks, Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA)
During 9-11 Ceremony, MA Gov Gives PC Version Of Events
During a ceremony intended to honor the victims of 9-11, particularly the hundreds of Bay Staters killed that day, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick took the low road, infuriating citizens and local radio talk show hosts.
Rather than point the finger of blame directly at 9-11's culprits, terrorists who seek to destroy all of America in the name of Islam, the Democrat dismissed the events of that day as a mere "failure of human understanding".
From the Boston Globe:
As fog shrouded the State House steps, Governor Deval Patrick led a solemn ceremony this morning to mark the sixth anniversary of Sept. 11, calling the terrorist attacks of 2001 "a failure of human understanding."
"We meet to honor the lives of the 206 sons and daughters of our community who were lost six years ago," Patrick told a group of 200 people, including officials and victims' relatives, gathered at the flag pole on the Capitol lawn. "Our tribute is for each of them, and our condolences are with each of you."
While "The Star-Spangled Banner" was sung, the flag was raised to the top of the pole and then slowly lowered halfway back down. Two men played "Taps" on trumpets.
A crowd of 75 onlookers gathered at the bottom of the steps, watching the ceremony from the opposite side of the black, wrought-iron fence.
Hours later, local talker Howie Carr pounced on the governor for his poor choice of words, which strongly implied the United States at least partly brought 9-11 upon itself. Callers quickly joined in to denounce Patrick.
Even before it began, Governor Patrick had been under fire for his partisan- inspired tinkering with the event's guest list, according to the Boston Herald:
For the first time in four years, Jim Ogonowski, a Republican now running against Democrat Niki Tsongas for the 5th District seat being vacated by Meehan, isn’t a featured speaker at the ceremony, held today at 10 a.m.
Meehan, whose wife is chairing Tsongas’ campaign, is due to speak, which has led Republicans to accuse Democrats of playing politics with the emotional event. Tsongas has said she wants Ogonowski, whose brother, John, died piloting one of the hijacked planes on Sept. 11, 2001, to speak.
Ogonowski was a featured speaker in past years, invited by former Gov. Mitt Romney. Ogonowski is still expected to attend the event. In past years, he has raised the American flag and eulogized his brother at 8:46 a.m., when the first of two hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center. Patrick aides say the governor let the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund handle the program.
Considering that some of the 9-11 hijackers used Logan Airport to facilitate their acts of terrorism, don't Governor Patrick's remarks seem especially insensitive? At least the MoveOn.org crowd will be pleased.
NOTE: This post has been updated (16 Sept 07), click here for new details.
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