10 September 2009

It's also about what he didn't say

In his speech before Congress, the president tried to evoke, at times, a sense of patriotism, historical precedent, and national purpose to build support for his proposals. It is interesting to note that there is an important historical anniversary approaching; one that you would think the President of the United States would have found worth mentioning in a speech to a national audience.

Yet, just 36 hours before the eighth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our nation, the only reference President Obama could muster during a speech before a joint session of Congress was a sneering remark that the war was one of "many initiatives over the last decade (that) were not paid for..."

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