Bush/Cheney '04 TV ads

  1. What do you all think of the Bush/Cheney TV ads? You know the one I mean-it's causing lots of controversy because it includes images of the World Trade Center after Sept.11......
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  3. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from ktwlpn
    What do you all think of the Bush/Cheney TV ads? You know the one I mean-it's causing lots of controversy because it includes images of the World Trade Center after Sept.11......

    Well it was pretty much expected that they would exploit the tragedy of 9/11 for their own political gain, wasn't it? I'm not surprised in the least. After all this administration has been manipulating the public's emotions and fears with the memory of 9/11 ever since 9/12 and I'm sure they will just turn it up as the months go on. I'm glad the families of 9/11 are speaking out and not allowing themselves to be used.
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    Not showing here. I did hear relatives of victims who had differing opinions on the advertising. One felt her fathers death and the terrible tragedy should not be used for political gain.
    A firefighter said the ad used actors because no real NY firefighter would participate. He said this was the most serious event for firefighters in our nations history.

    I think the administration should cooperate with the investigation. At minimum they should allow more time for the investigation.

    Why won't the President and Security Advisor thetify either in public, OR under oath, OR with the entire committee present?
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    Less than 19 weeks after the tragic attacks of September 11th, President
    Bush reassured America that he had "no ambition whatsoever to use [the war
    on terror or 9/11] as a political issue."(1) Today, however, "President
    Bush's re-election team unveiled his first campaign advertisements [which]
    in part use the events of Sept. 11, 2001...Two ads refer to the tragedy of
    Sept. 11, 2001...One ad, entitled 'Tested,' shows, among other images, a
    damaged building from the World Trade Center ruins behind an American flag."

    The ad is already provoking outrage among 9/11 victims' families as well as
    firefighters who were at the scene that day. "It's a slap in the face of the
    murders of 3,000 people. It is unconscionable," said Monica Gabrielle, whose
    husband died in the twin towers. Similarly, firefighter Tommy Fee of Queens
    Rescue Squad 270 said, "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." (3)

    Of course, this is only the latest chapter in the president's efforts to
    politicize 9/11 for his own personal political gain. Less than 19 weeks
    after the 9/11 attacks, Bush's top political adviser Karl Rove urged
    Republicans to "go to the country" on national security issues, claiming
    Americans "trust the Republicans to do a better job" of "protecting America"
    against another 9/11-like attack. (4) AP soon reported that the "White House
    is advising GOP candidates to focus on the War on Terror." (5)

    Then, nine months after the attacks, CNN reported that "the White House
    approved of the Republican congressional campaign committee's plan to use a
    photograph of President Bush taken on September 11 as part of a GOP
    fundraising effort. The photograph shows Bush aboard Air Force One, talking
    to Vice President Dick Cheney hours after the attacks on the World Trade
    Center and the Pentagon" and was given to "donors who contributed at least
    $150 and attend a fund-raising dinner with Bush and the first lady next
    month." (6)

    To top it off, the president took the extraordinary step of making the 2004
    Republican National Convention the latest in party history in order to have
    it come three days before the 9/11 anniversary. Even White House advisers
    admit "they are wary of being portrayed as exploiting the trauma of Sept.
    11, a perception that might be particularly difficult to rebut as Mr. Bush
    shuttles between political events at Madison Square Garden and memorial
    services at ground zero." (7)

    1. "Big boost for US military spending", BBC News, 01/24/2002,
    2. "First Bush Ads Focus on 9/11, 'Steady Leadership'", Reuters, 03/03/2004,
    3. "Bush TV Ads Anger 9/11 Victims' Families", ABC News, 03/04/2004,
    4. "Rove: Republicans Benefit from War Credentials", ABC News, 01/18/2002,
    5. AP, 6/13/2002.
    6. "WH defends GOP plan to sell Bush 9-11 photo", CNN, 05/12/2002,
    7. "Bush strategists planning late campaign for 2004", Charlotte Observer,
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    they all make me want to throw up. both bush and kerry. i am gonna hate life the next 8 months, i tell ya.
  7. by   molecule
    I'm not looking forward to the next 8 months either while both sides exaggerate and distort but there is a real difference in philosophy as to what makes a country strong.
    I heard two Bush commercials on the radio... this whole premise that this is a different world because of the tragedy of 9/11/01 is erroneous.