This Blog was originally posted September 14 but was deleted in the set up on the new web site. I am posting it again.
I generally let politics roll off my back. I believe I'm too ignorant about the true facts and history in general to comment. But something caught my eye (or more rightfully so - my ear) a few days back. I was listening to talk radio and the host mentioned that if you visit the White House web site (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-Patriot-Day-and-National-Day-of-Remembrance-and-Service/) the president has made September 11th. a day of "National Service and Remembrance". It's my understanding that the day before, the "Remembrance" part was not even there! Only after some initial concern was voiced was it added.
Does that bother anyone except me? I realize the web site address above says "Patriot-Day-and-National-Day-of-Remembrance-and-Service " but let me paste the actual first line of the proclamation.
"NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2009, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance."
Perhaps I'm being petty, but even if I did agree with sharing 9/11 with Patriot Day and a day of National Service, way the hell can't "Remembrance" come first? Many firefighters end letters, e-mails and other correspondence with "Never Forget"! Why is the President doing this? Is this the Administrations first step in getting us to "Forget"? Why can't he name October 11 a day of Service? Will he apologize to the the attackers next? Please tell me I'm making too much of this!