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What it says, I’d argue, is that the Obama campaign is wrong to suggest that a McCain-Palin administration would just be a continuation of Bush-Cheney. If the way John McCain and Sarah Palin are campaigning is any indication, it would be much, much worse.
“This happens every election cycle. Every four years. This is what we do. We’ve got an energy crisis. We have an education system that is not working for too many of our children and making us less competitive. We have an economy that is creating hardship for families all across America. We’ve got two wars going on — veterans coming home not being cared for — and this is what they want to talk about. This is what they want to spend two of the last 55 days talking about. You know who ends up losing at the end of the day? It’s not the Democratic candidate. It’s not the Republican candidate. It’s you, the American people, because then we go another year or another four years or another eight years without addressing the issues that matter to you. Enough. I don’t care what they say about me, but I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swift-boat politics. Enough is enough.”—Barack Obama (via azspot) (via pile)
I remember being at class at the Jewish Theological Seminary where I spent most mornings during my years at Columbia. A friend of mine was a certified EMT and got a text message from his dad saying that there was an accident downtown and that he should see if they could use his help. When the second plane hit we realized, as did the rest of the world, that it wasn’t an accident.
I remember watching the towers actually collapse on themselves on live TV.
I remember that afternoon when the smell reached Morningside Heights and the clear skies turned dark with soot.
I remember the emotional impact on the city. The New York Attitude ceased for a few months. Cars didn’t honk. People we’re polite and friendly. It was really weird.
I remember being glued to CNN and Fox News waiting for the next thing to happen. Fear became the top story, every day, all the time. People started liking President Bush. I wanted to re-elect Giuliani and abolish mayoral term-limits. Fear distorts.
I remember finally crying a week later while watching a fundraiser/concert program on TV. Dave Matthews did his song ‘Everyday’ by himself and the sadness poured out of me. I broke up with my girlfriend and abandoned most of my religious observance. Everything had changed.