One could almost hear the sound of violins playing as media darling Dick Clarke blubbered an apology at the 9/11 hearings yesterday:
Clarke spoke directly to the 9/11 Family Members in the courtroom, saying: "Those entrusted with protecting you, failed you. And I failed you. We tried hard but that doesn't matter because we failed. I would ask, once all the facts are out, for your understanding and for your forgiveness."
Reuters reports: "Beverly Eckert, whose husband died in the World Trade Center, said she 'totally broke down' at Clarke's apology."
Remarkably, Eckert and other 9/11 Family Members managed to compose themselves enough to make the morning talk show rounds this morning.
Patty Casazza, who lost her husband in the New York attacks, told ABC's Good Morning America: "It's the first time we have had a public apology by any of the officials that were in office on that terrible morning. An apology goes a long way to healing the wounds and moving forward."
Lovely. Now if we can just get Bin Laden to apologize, all will be right with the world.
On the Today Show Kristen Breitweiser, who lost her husband and her mind in the World Trade Center attack, said some of the commission members had "sunk to a level of partisan politics" by criticizing Clarke and questioning his credibility.
"We want it to be independent, bipartisan. I think it is most unfortunate that it became a character assassination," she said. When Clarke attacks Bush, it's bi-Partisan. When Bush defends himself, it's the dirty work of the Right-Wing Attack Machine.
This is the same Kristen Breitwesier, by the way, who has been parroting the tired "Bush read stories to school children while New York burned!" line of crap all over the media for the past couple of months. So much for not politicizing 9/11.
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Frankly, I don't give a rat's ass about what the exalted 9/11 Family Members have to say. F*CK the 9/11 Family Members! I'm sorry for their losses, but they do NOT own 9/11. The fact that your husband was taking a leak on the 47th floor of Tower Two when the planes hit might make for a good Touched By an Angel episode - but it doesn't make you an expert on National Security, nor doesn't it exempt you from any criticism or reproach. 3,000 people died on 9/11; I'm quite sure that some of them were related to left-wing, hate-America assholes. If anything, the attacks only radicalized their anti-Americanism and gave them an excuse to create another politically motivated victims group.
And Dick Clarke can shove his teary-eyed "apology" up his flinty-eyed maverick whistleblower ass. The hearings are supposed to about learning the facts, not scoring group hugs from the Oprah crowd.