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Monday, August 16, 2004

No Bush at Ground Zero

Blair Golson in the New York Observer:

There will be no formally sanctioned commemorations at the site of the former World Trade Center during the Republican National Convention, convention planners and government officials have told The Observer. ...

In some ways, the situation is analogous to the Democrats selecting Hawaii for the site of their 1944 convention (even though it was not yet a state) and then not having Franklin D. Roosevelt or any members of his administration visit Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor.

They rightly believe they would be criticized for politicizing the 9/11 attacks. But then why have the convention in New York? Wasn't that the whole point of the site selection?