Politico has a piece on the dilemma Obama faces on this coming September 11th: How to commemorate the day?
Every year it’s a challenge for the White House: how to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. This year is especially awkward, given the controversy around President Barack Obama’s remarks in support of an Islamic cultural center and mosque planned for a neighborhood near ground zero in lower Manhattan.
The White House has not yet announced the president’s plans for next week, though a source familiar with the matter was doubtful Obama would travel to New York.
Our Commander-in-Chief’s record on this has not been sterling, even given his short time in office. Remember last year, when he proclaimed the Labor Day weekend to be days of “Prayer and Remembrance” As I posted on Sept. 7th, 2009 Obama’s 9/11 Chutzpah:
Instead of commemorating 9/11 on say…9/11, the White House has proclaimed Friday, September 4, through Sunday, September 6, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance. Did you get that? Have you even heard of it before now? The last three days are when you are supposed to remember 9/11.
Missed it? Too bad! Obama’s got other things planned for the real 9/11!
He then tried instituting some “National Day of Service” for 9/11. (Shouldn’t it have been the other way around? Day of Service on Labor Day, remember 9/11 on 9/11?)
And now, having stepped in it on the question of building the Ground Zero mosque by occupying exactly both sides of the fence, what does Obama do for Act II?
It is clear from his actions last year, that he does not have a sincere desire to elevate this remembrance in the eyes of the nation. It’s a little late for him to show up at Ground Zero with a bullhorn and rally the citizens of the land he is entrusted to lead.
And after his flip flops on the Ground Zero mosque, I doubt that anything he might say would be accepted as either sincere or heartfelt.
What’s a President to do? Hide in the White House? Go golfing?? Personally, I think he will sneak off to Camp David with Michelle and the kids so that he can avoid reporters and leave it to Robert Fibbs to put some kind of spin about his “private reflections of the day”.
Cross posted at Proof Positive