The story's now spilling out into the heartland, and a Bush spokesputz displays the warmth and understanding which have become their trademark. This is amazing...
Bush TV Ads Anger 9/11 Victims' FamiliesThink Hughes is being arrogant? You ain't seen nothing yet...
One woman says, "It's a slap in the face of the murders of 3,000 people."
NEW YORK (AP) - President Bush's re-election campaign on Thursday defended commercials using images from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, including wreckage of the World Trade Center, as appropriate for an election about public policy and the war on terror.
Some families of the victims of the attacks are angry with Bush for airing the spots, which they called in poor taste and for the president's political gain.
"With all due respect, I just completely disagree, and I believe the vast majority of the American people will as well," Karen Hughes, a Bush campaign adviser, told "The Early Show" on CBS.
"It's as sick as people who stole things out of the place," said Firefighter Tommy Fee of Queens Rescue Squad 270. "The image of firefighters at ground zero should not be used for this stuff, for politics."So the victims' families and firefighters are just a bunch of bitter Democrats, huh? Over 3000 families who couldn't even bury their dead because they disintegrated at the site where your ads were filmed are just partisan bullies, right? You people are sick. Just insane. Clean out your desks and get the hell out of our lives.
The ads do not mention Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, focusing instead on improving Bush's image after criticism by Democrats in recent months.
"I would be less offended if he showed a picture of himself in front of the Statue of Liberty," said Tom Roger, whose daughter perished on American Airlines Flight 11. "But to show the horror of 9/11 in the background, that's just some advertising agency's attempt to grab people by the throat."
Hughes said the ads are a tasteful reminder of what the country has been through the last three years.
"I can understand why some Democrats might not want the American people to remember the great leadership and strength the president and first lady Laura Bush brought to our country in the aftermath of that," she said.
(You can actually watch this story grow legs, arms and hair at Google News. Hmmm...I wonder if they're now rethinking doing a photo-op at Ground Zero during the GOP convention...)
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