Thursday was a memorable day for the families who lost loved ones on 9/11. The survivors and first responders of the horror that happened that day were moved to tears as the nation paused to reflect on the event that changed our nation forever. The president, the first lady and several dignitaries were on hand for the dedication. Noticeably as much as the dignitaries present was the absence of anyone who served in the Bush Administration. The well anticipated opening of the 9/11 Museum will officially open its doors to the public on Thursday, May 22.
President Obama made a moving speech and topped it off with a story about a red bandanna. Many wondered where he was going with that story but he brought it all together by pointing out the mother of the young man who wore the bandanna on that day. The story revealed that the mother heard the story about a young man who entered the burning building on several occasions saving several injured people and ultimately loosing his life when the building collapsed. The mother donated a red bandanna similar to the one her son carried with him at all times and it it now part of the display at the museum.
There were several moving moments as policemen, fire fighters and heroic citizens recounted the events of that day in a manner that would made the most stoic person shed a tear. It is worth noting that former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary were on hand for the ceremony along with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg and current Mayor Bill de Blasio.
According to a source close to former President Bush, the reason for his absence was,“It would've been too emotional.” Bush did attend a ceremony in Arkansas Thursday where he was honored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. But what about Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Donald Rumsfeld. One angry mother of one of the casualties on that day called into the "Rush Limbaugh Show,"complaining about the fact that President Bush was not in attendance. As Limbaugh would do when a fellow Republican is attacked, he defended the former president before going into his usual routine of bashing President Obama for merely living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
There is no need to go into how this tragedy was used to launch this nation into two wars off the books. Neither do we need to expound on how this tragedy ushered in the Patriot Act. But we can elaborate on how the War on Terror has caused America to become a divided nation and cutting social programs to support the military and the rich is now common practice.
We can't forget the most telling tape released by Osama bin Laden in which he explained why he supported the attack of 9/11. In that tape he stated that America would make the mistake of over reacting and would ultimately go bankrupt trying to retaliate against those responsible for the attack. We've built roads and bridged in Baghdad but we can't build roads and bridges here. We've built one of the largest embassies in the world in Iraq but we can't find the finances to defend our ambassador in Libya. We provide doctors and hospitals in Afghanistan but we fight against the Affordable Care Act here at home.
George Bush did the world a favor by not attending the ceremonies on Thursday. We just didn't want to find out later that he was somewhere reading "My Pet Goat" to a class of elementary kids with the book upside down.