I swear you cannot make this stuff up:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 — The White House today dismissed charges by prominent Democrats that President Bush sought to capitalize politically on the Sept. 11 attacks when he addressed the nation on Monday night.
“The president was not making partisan remarks” Tony Snow, the chief White House spokesman, said at a briefing. He said the president’s address, marking the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, was “not a speech designed to single anyone out for partisan reasons.”
Mr. Snow was responding to questions about Democrats’ response to the 17-minute speech in which Mr. Bush envisioned a fight to the finish against terrorists, and said that “a struggle for civilization” would be decided in part by the course of the war in Iraq.
Senators Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Charles E. Schumer of New York, who heads the Democrats’ Senate campaign drive, denounced Mr. Bush’s speech almost immediately.
Mr. Kennedy said Mr. Bush “should be ashamed of using a national day of mourning” to justify his Iraq policy, while Mr. Schumer said, “You do not commemorate the tragedy of 9/11 by politicizing it.”
And Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, sharply criticized Mr. Bush today. “On the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, President Bush continued to try to justify the invasion of Iraq by drawing nonexistent links to the 9/11 attacks” Ms. Pelosi said. “To try to make partisan gain out of such tragedy dishonors all those we lost on Sept. 11.”
“In fact” Ms. Pelosi went on, “the war in Iraq has made our effort to defeat terrorism and terrorists more difficult. Last night’s speech demonstrated that the president will go to any lengths to distract attention from his failures in Iraq, which have diverted focus from the war on terrorism.”
What utter nonsense. These people just cannot stand the fact that it was Bush who was the president on 9-11 and has been the man who has led us through the last five years of the WOT no thanks to Democrats and their whining about everything he has done from the Patriot Act, to warrantless wiretaps, to Gitmo, to Iraq, etc etc.
By the way, if the hypocritical Democrats want to talk about politicizing the Iraq war on 9-11, where was their condemnation of this (emphasis added):
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-8th, lauded the “perfect professionalism” of Arlington’s public-safety personnel, who responded to the Pentagon after the crash and won worldwide accolades for containing the damage with no additional loss of life.
But Moran then maneuvered into more sensitive ground, suggesting that the country was not safer and intimating that the Bush administration’s foreign policy was headed in the wrong directions.
“More people hate us” Moran said, a comment that drew an outburst from the crowd.
“My brother died on 9/11 – don’t make this political” a woman in audience cried out.
Moran continued, calling on the nation to address the root causes of terrorism by the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.
How’s about that? Taking shots at the President on 9-11, and suggesting that we need to ‘understand’ the ‘root causes’ of Islamofascists like Mohammed Atta.
What have you to say about that, Rep. Pelosi? Senator Kennedy? Senator Schumer?
Oh, that’s right. Nothing.
What a contrast. The President reminded America this week that we’re still at war with Islamofascists. And the Democrats have reminded us this week that they are still at war with the President.
Hat tip for the Sun Gazette link: Texas Rainmaker