Bush condemned for using Sept 11 in election ads

  1. 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.

    -- bbc

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1059599.htm

    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.
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  2. 95 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Gwenith, Over here I don't get to see the ads but shouldn't someone stand on his views or job done and not because of something that happenend during then. He is using the horrible events of that day to try to say that he protected and saved all of us. Who is trying to kid? The funny thing over all of this is that whatever he is trying to do to improve his image of himself is biting him on the butt. He is antagonizing more and more people,getting dumber every day. If he keeps up like this, no one will vote for him.
  4. by   Darchild77
    What will he think of next, bringup the Clinton sex issue and say "see what a wholesome man of God I've been". I didn't vote for him B4 and won't vote for him now. He lied to the American public for a chance to go to war and somehow improve his image. He is shameful, and this is just another way of showing that fact.
  5. by   sbic56
    I think GW is trying to take advantage of a time when almost all Americans, like him or not, were not too dissappointed in his performance. He did do well during those first days after 9/11 and had the opportunity to unite rather than divide the country. Unfortunately he made some wreckless decisions instead and public opinion disintegrated rapidly thereafter and he lost touch with many.

    I think this tactic of using 9/11 to put himself in a favorable light will hurt more than help him as it is exploitive to alot those who were closely touched by the attacks. He may have hoped it would be seen a tribute, but it's not working out that way. He had to try something and these times were definitely the high point for him in the most peoples minds.
  6. by   KMSRN
    I see no problem with using 911 in his ads, assuming they are well done. I haven't seen them so I can't comment. Having said that, regardless of what George Bush does there is going to be an outcry, so I don't pay much attention.
  7. by   Tweety
    Quote from KMSRN
    I see no problem with using 911 in his ads, assuming they are well done. I haven't seen them so I can't comment. Having said that, regardless of what George Bush does there is going to be an outcry, so I don't pay much attention.
    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.
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Not all the people personally affected by Sept 11 are upset by this. This gentleman was upset when he heard about the President being criticised.

    "Well, that's horrible. I think the American people definitely need to know what's going on and what happened September 11th. I don't care the talk about it. I'm fortunate enough to listen to your show and hear about it. But out here in California, it didn't really affect too many people. They forget about it. They don't live their lives thinking about it. Like today, my sister would have been 24. It's her birthday. It's very hard to think that people are already thinking about electing a Democratic president that to me would not follow up on this terror war. This is something that needed to be taken care of. They came to our country and attacked on our soil, our land..."

    The truth is there are alot of people who are grateful for what President Bush did and why shouldn't we be reminded of that when we are making our decision about who to vote for? I saw the commercial and it is very tasteful and moving. Not exploitative at all.

    kmsrn - you are right. People who don't like Bush will be mad about whatever kind of commercial comes on in favor of the President.

    I heard a Democratic ad yesterday . . . . the whole thing was set to funereal music, it was all gloom and doom. There's that glass half empty or half full idea again . . . . I choose to see a glass half full.

    steph
  9. by   Q.
    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
  10. by   fergus51
    Oh believe me, SARS has already been forgotten... But that is another issue....

    I don't think it's ever a good idea to use Sept 11th for any purpose, including an election campaign. It just isn't. Some things should just be left alone.
  11. by   Q.
    Quote from fergus51
    Oh believe me, SARS has already been forgotten... But that is another issue....

    I don't think it's ever a good idea to use Sept 11th for any purpose, including an election campaign. It just isn't. Some things should just be left alone.

    Left alone? Or more accurately forgotten as apparently SARS already has been?

    If we never mention a tragedy, then it's forgotten. If it is mentioned, then it's for personal/political/you-name-it gain. I guess I'm getting confused.
  12. by   fergus51
    Mentionning it is different than using it and I think you know that. I don't think it's innapropriate to talk about September 11th, I just don't think it should be used for a reelection campaign. No one criticized Bush for speaking at memorials or with the families. I think that is different from an ad. I don't like the idea of September 11th becoming a photo op. That's worse than it being forgotten. If a politician here used SARS that way, you can bet I would think it's innapropriate. I just don't like the "I rocked when 3000 people died, so vote for me" idea. It cheapens things.
  13. by   Q.
    So then was/is it inappropriate for Tornoto nurses to be saying the same thing with SARS?
    I rocked when {insert however many deaths with SARS] people died
    ....so thank a nurse, become a nurse, whatever. And in those campaigns, they paralleled it to 9/11.

    Thoughts?
  14. by   LauraF, RN
    I'm new to this section of the board. I have not visited Current Events before. Generally I get all the current events I need from the National Enquirer. But this uproar about George W using the 9/11 in his campaign in my opinion is just showing how he as a president rose to the challenge. He held this country together. He and Mayor Goulliani (sp) should both be commended on how they both handled this. And you know I have seen Vietnam footage from those candidates who have served there and no one has complained about that.

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