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Bush Campaign Defends Ads With 9/11 Images

NEW YORK (AP) - President Bush's re-election campaign on Thursday defended commercials using images from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, including wreckage of the World Trade Center, as appropriate for an election about public policy and the war on terror.
Some families of the victims of the attacks are angry with Bush for airing the spots, which they called in poor taste and for the president's political gain.

"With all due respect, I just completely disagree, and I believe the vast majority of the American people will as well," Karen Hughes, a Bush campaign adviser, told "The Early Show" on CBS. "September 11th was not just a distant tragedy. It's a defining event for the future of our country. ... Obviously, all of us mourn and grieve for the victims of that terrible day, but September 11 fundamentally changed our public policy in many important ways, and I think it's vital that the next president recognize that."

The first three ads, unveiled Wednesday at campaign headquarters in suburban Washington, will run on broadcast channels in about 80 markets in 18 states, most of which are expected to be critical to the election, and nationwide on select cable networks.

"It's a slap in the face of the murders of 3,000 people," Monica Gabrielle, whose husband died in the twin towers, told the New York Daily News for its Thursday editions. "It is unconscionable."

Two of the spots show the destruction at the World Trade Center and include an American flag flying amid the debris. They also feature images of firefighters working through the wreckage.

"It's as sick as people who stole things out of the place," said Firefighter Tommy Fee of Queens Rescue Squad 270. "The image of firefighters at ground zero should not be used for this stuff, for politics."

The ads do not mention Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, focusing instead on improving Bush's image after criticism by Democrats in recent months.

"I would be less offended if he showed a picture of himself in front of the Statue of Liberty," said Tom Roger, whose daughter perished on American Airlines Flight 11. "But to show the horror of 9/11 in the background, that's just some advertising agency's attempt to grab people by the throat."

Hughes said the ads are a tasteful reminder of what the country has been through the last three years.

"I can understand why some Democrats might not want the American people to remember the great leadership and strength the president and first lady Laura Bush brought to our country in the aftermath of that," she said.

Source: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040304/D813IP7G1.html
Furor over Bush's 9/11 ad 04.Mar.2004 11:13

Dire Wolf

By MAGGIE HABERMAN in New York
amd THOMAS M. DeFRANK in Washington
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Thursday, March 4th, 2004

The Bush reelection campaign yesterday unveiled its first three campaign commercials showcasing Ground Zero images, angering some 9/11 families who accused President Bush of exploiting the tragedy for political advantage.
"It's a slap in the face of the murders of 3,000 people," said Monica Gabrielle, whose husband died in the twin tower attacks. "It is unconscionable."

Gabrielle and several other family members said the injury was compounded by Bush's refusal to testify in open session before the 9/11 commission.

"I would be less offended if he showed a picture of himself in front of the Statue of Liberty," said Tom Roger, whose daughter was a flight attendant on doomed American Airlines Flight 11. "But to show the horror of 9/11 in the background, that's just some advertising agency's attempt to grab people by the throat."

Mindy Kleinberg said she was offended because the White House has not cooperated fully with the commission and because of the sight of remains being lifted out of Ground Zero in one of the spots.

"How heinous is that?" Kleinberg asked. "That's somebody's [loved one]."

Firefighter Tommy Fee in Rescue Squad 270 in Queens was appalled.

"It's as sick as people who stole things out of the place. The image of firefighters at Ground Zero should not be used for this stuff, for politics," Fee said.

But Jennie Farrell, who lost her brother, electrician James Cartier, called the ad "tastefully done," adding: "It speaks to the truth of the times. Sept. 11 ... was something beyond the realm of imagination, and George Bush ... led us through one of the darkest moments in history."

The gauzy, upbeat spots, aimed at shoring up Bush's sagging approval numbers, begin airing today on national cable networks and 50 media markets in 17 states that Bush-Cheney strategists consider electoral battlegrounds.

Two ads, including a Spanish version, show fleeting images of the World Trade Center devastation. The 30-second spots include a poignant image of an American flag fluttering defiantly amid the WTC wreckage.

One, titled "Safer, Stronger," also features a one-second shot of firefighters removing the flag-draped remains of a victim from the twisted debris.

Both ads reinforce the Ground Zero imagery with frontal shots of two firefighters. Unlike the paid actors and actresses in most of the footage, they are not ringers, but their red headgear gives them away as non-New Yorkers. The Bush campaign declined to reveal where the burly smoke-eaters actually work.

Bush officials defended the imagery as totally appropriate.

"9/11 was the defining moment of these times," campaign manager Ken Mehlman told reporters. "Because of that day, America is at war and still is."

Charging Democratic rival John Kerry with politicizing the attacks by alleging Bush has turned his back on the city, Mehlman added: "The President's never forgotten. It's a central part of his leadership."

The spots, pegged to the theme of "steady leadership in time of change," do not mention Kerry. Instead, their uplifting message hopes to refurbish Bush's battered image after two months of harsh Democratic attacks and a series of missteps by the normally surefooted White House political apparatus.

"We've been off our game for weeks," a senior Bush strategist conceded. "Thank goodness, there's plenty of time to get well, and plenty of grist to chop Kerry down to size."

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/170291p-148587c.html

Hehehehe.... 04.Mar.2004 11:23

Tony Blair's dog

""I can understand why some Democrats might not want the American people to remember the great leadership and strength the president and first lady Laura Bush brought to our country in the aftermath of that,""

Priceless!!

Yeah, lets make sure the people remember EXACTLY what the Bush
administration brought to the country in the aftermath!

Look what I did, mommy 04.Mar.2004 11:31

jlii

Mommy while I was Resident of the Whity's House the USA had the greatest military defeat. We got kicked and you know what we saw it coming. By the way mommy the Bush family and friends have made money hand over fist on this one. There is just no end to it what I did for New York I can do for the whole country. Watch me make those fools work longer hours, for more years, for less pay. Daddy was right the masses are asses. Jeb was right too, mommy, there is no limit to what you can do to the average American, they act even dumber then me. You know I think I'll have the Statue of Liberty made to bend over while lifting her skirts, they still won't get it. We even say "Texas it's a whole other country" and they don't notice. Mommy, do you think I'm just part of a Darwin thing and nature's trying to get rid of the US?

anti bush response even at WND!! 05.Mar.2004 08:00

a3m

world net daily, a very right wing publication, I think you would agree, a place with Ann , uzi mouth, Coulture in as featured place----they have the same take of Bush and his shamelessness to drag this thu an add agency and wrap his sorry ass up in it all patriot like.

The man is becoming, as noted in mainpress words, nearly unelectable.

Don't look for Cheeny vs Ghooliani for Vice Pres- look for it to be a drivers seat race.

here's my Bush 9-11 campaign ad 05.Mar.2004 10:09

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Bush is the Ace of Spades
Bush is the Ace of Spades

Men Dancing Dirty 05.Mar.2004 13:16

Sheepdog

Oh yeah, you just know this preselected candidate will never go into the real issues of the 9-11 event. A gentleman's agreement not to delve into some fetid corners like the NORAD stand down or the CIA's role in the funding and training of the Al Quada.
What we have here is another shadow show.
You see if there was any real antagonism between the Dems or Repubs it would be an interesting fight with much of the facade torn off. It wont happen.
With Kerry the faker in office our dumbed populas will be ready for the meat grinder waiting for most of us as martial law is instated after the next planned event.
Adios, America and the myth of freedom.