last update: friday, march 5, 2004. 12:00pm (aedt)
bush condemned for using sept 11 in election ads
relatives of victims of the september 11 terrorist attacks have expressed outrage at the use of images of the event as part of president george w bush's re-election campaign.
ads using the footage have started running on television in more than a dozen states.
the first television advertisements of mr bush's campaign to stay in office feature shots of the devastation caused by the attacks and firemen working in the rubble.
the president's advisors say the pictures are tasteful and necessary.
the message of the advertisements is that president bush rose to the challenge.
but some people who lost relatives in the attacks say the images should not have been used.
bill doyle, whose son died on september 11, said several families were outraged.
he accused the president of trying to use the tragedy as a springboard for his re-election.
the democrats, spotting an early opportunity to embarrass the white house, have also condemned the use of the images.
is this true? i was wondering how people feel about this - lets not get into this side of politics versus that side of politics let us just be honest about how this sort of advertising - no matter who is doing it- affects us personally.
Mar 5, '04
Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
That's about how I feel. I haven't seen the ads, and haven't lost a relative in 9/11, so I'm not in their shoes. But I don't understand the big deal.
9/11 was his finest hour (although, Gore or any prez. with a brain would have rose to the occasion as well), so who can blame him for using it showcase his skills. I wasn't impressed with GW's performance during 9/11, he did what any level-headed person would have done.
I find myself in agreement with you here Tweety. Perhaps I am missing something.
Yes, any President (I would assume) would rise to the challenge and lead during a time like that. But, perhaps not. Don't quote me, but wasn't there some criticism of Clinton for not at least visiting the Oklahoma City tragedy? I can't quite remember the circumstances or year that happened. Too much on my mind, I guess. :chuckle
I guess I also don't see what's wrong with it. First off, I love how people say that Bush is using this for "political gain" when they then turn around and state how "outraged" eveyone is by it. So, tell me where is the political gain?
Secondly, I somewhat equate this to any
job performance. Should I as a nurse be forbidden to highlight or mention times when I've rose to the challenge, even if it is to be expected? All the nurses who were praised for their caring and response to SARS, are they being condemned for using the tragedy and death of SARS as a means to promote themselves or nursing? Because I distinctly remember emails and websites that used the SARS tragedy to promote nurse's abilities.
Or better yet, should
they be? It sounds to me based on some of these posts that they indeed should be.
Last edit by Susy K on Mar 5, '04