9/11 widows endorse John Kerry
I'm a little late getting around to this, but it's so significant that I want to make sure nobody misses it. Earlier this week, five of the 9/11 widows -- the women who forced George W. Bush to back down and let the 9/11 investigation go forward -- endorsed John Kerry.
Liberal Oasis featured excerpts from CNN's interview with Kristen Breitweiser, who said:
With regard to the 9/11 Commission, President Bush:
Fought the creation of the commission;
Fought the legislative language to make sure the commission was set up in a bipartisan manner;
Fought the funding of the commission;
Fought an extension for the commission;
Fought access to individuals and documents.
[And next we have Judy Woodruff -- as always, playing apologist for Bush.]
WOODRUFF: But in the last analysis, the president did come around on most of that, didn't he?
BREITWEISER: He came around after he was backed into a corner and after a 90-8 vote in the Senate. And it was a long year.
And I wonder, what if the president had started his own commission in the days after 9/11, much like happened in Pearl Harbor.
Maybe this wouldn't be a campaign issue this year. Maybe national security would be taken care of. Maybe I would feel safe.
Maybe I wouldn't be so scared three years since 9/11.
And I think it's terribly sad that it is an issue in this campaign, because it's an issue -- because it hasn't been taken care of.
And Breitweiser -- who hasn't boarded a plane since 9/11 -- plans to get out and campaign for John Kerry:
I want the people in this country to understand that national security must be a priority -- a priority in action, not just in words.
And I'm willing to get on a plane. And assuming I can do that, I will do that.
And that is how committed I am, and how much I believe in Senator Kerry being our president.
(Incidentally, Breitweiser is a registered Republican who voted for Bush in 2000.)