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May 06, 2011

Obama At Ground Zero Was Just Another Photo Op

9/11 Family Invited To Obama's Ground Zero Visit declines citing "disingenuous photo op"

The Obama Administtation carefully selected 50 9-11 families to join them at the White House this week. At least one declined.

The Sun-Sentinel

As 50 carefully selected families prepare to join President Barack Obama for a ceremony at the World Trade Center site Thursday, one of the invited 9/11 families have decided to pass on the Commander-in-chief’s visit.

Although many consider it to be a once in a lifetime invitation, the Vigiano family of Deer Park, Long Island have respectfully declined.

“If this form letter was the invitation, it was kinda lame,” John Vigiano told PIX 11 News when describing the email invitation sent to him from the White House…

…Jeannie Evans, of Elmont, who lost her baby brother firefighter Robert Evans on 9/11 will also not be there Thursday. She wasn’t invited.

“I guess I feel lucky and leftout,” Evans said as she held a picture of her brother. “Its always a select few. Is it fair? No. We all have voices.”

Evans says she will probably watch Obama’s visit on television but wishes she could ask him a few questions.

“Why not show us proof, that Bin Laden was killed? I would like to see that,” wondered Evans.


9/11 family member Debra Burlingame describing how Obama today turned his back on her and walked away after she confronted him about his Attorney General – Eric Holder – considering prosecution of the very men who interrogated Khalid Sheikh Muhammed to get key information that eventually led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Burlingame is the sister of Chip Burlingame, who piloted the plane that terrorists hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11.

Burlingame describes what happened. She told Obama:

“As a former attorney I know you can’t tell the Attorney General what to do. And he said, ‘No, I can’t.’ But I said ‘we — that shouldn’t stop you from offering your opinion. After all, we wouldn’t be here celebrating today if they hadn’t done their job. And they have the hammer of a possible indictment hanging over their heads. Can’t you at least give them your opinion.’ And he said ‘No I won’t,’ and he turned around and walked away.”

Those CIA interrogators were lawfully seeking to protect the United States. The job they did had much to do with the finding and killing of Osama Bin Laden. Obama is quick to want to bask in the glow of what their work produced, but unwilling to even dialogue with a 9/11 family member who asks him to recognize the service they rendered.


Father of United 93 Victim Todd Beamer: Obama's Taken Too Much Credit for Bin Laden's Demise

“I feel some chagrin now, though, about how the rest of it has been handled. And frankly it started May Day, 2011 when the president announced what had happened. The excessive use of the personal pronoun that he used in his remarks, I really felt that was the beginning of the Commander-in-Chief putting too much spotlight on himself, taking too much credit for what the remarkable Americans had done. And of course it’s only now accelerated to a greater degree in the media. “


Wild Thing's comment.......

It sure was obviously a photo op. The way he treated Debra, he needs to understand ( he won't) Debra had an opportunity to ask him something and there is nothing wrong with that. The way he treated her is horrible.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67

Posted by Wild Thing at May 6, 2011 03:50 AM


Holder continues to investigate the CIA for torture during the Bush years. Yet the current head of CIA claims to have used the same techniques to get information. The administration continues with its double standards rules, rules for them and the restrictive rules for us their opposition.

Obama virtually spit on the 9-11 survivors, with a refusal to HONESTLY speak to their concerns, and ignored their pleas for justice. He'd do us all a favor by resigning...NOW

Posted by: Mark at May 6, 2011 07:30 AM

Zero @ Zero, thats really special.

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at May 6, 2011 09:36 AM

obama is the typical dictator. Pretending to care about the common people, but only engrossed in himself. I hope some of these photo ops come back to bite him in the ass(like the AF1 fly over of the Statue of Liberty).

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at May 6, 2011 09:53 AM

~AA11~ North Tower
~UF175~ South Tower
~AA77~ Pentagon (Pilot Chick Burlingham)
~UF93~ Shanksville PA (Supposed hits: White House
or US Capitol)

2,996 innocent Americans (and 120 foreigners) slaughtered in 3 states within 3 hours on 9-11...


Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at May 6, 2011 01:35 PM

Everyone thank you so much.

Darth, well done, thank you.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 6, 2011 11:28 PM