What would we ever do without Keith Olbermann to connect the visual dots for us? This was from a 2009 broadcast, one that I thought was appropriate right about now.
I watched today's heart wrenching tributes to those who were lost on September 11, 2001, when suddenly, intruding on the moment like an unwanted drunk relative, were emotions I couldn't ignore, deep, painful feelings of resentment as I listened and watched as GW Bush got applause at the Flight 93 Memorial. Applause.
Mine was a visceral reaction, a traumatic reminder of the toxicity that we were subjected to while he was in office.
This would be the same GW Bush who failed to prevent the attacks on 9/11 when he ignored red flag warnings, and who froze for 7 minutes upon hearing of them. And then he fraudulently invaded a sovereign country that never attacked us, although he repeatedly linked them to the 9/11 terrorism. 4474 lives were lost in that war.
George W. Bush's politics of fear changed the nation, and not for the better.
While Bush's words were meant to be comforting, his presence wasn't, at least not to me. He was a painful reminder of everything Keith presented in the above video, and I, for one, cannot forget that. And I certainly would never applaud him.