Don't blame; let's unite

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This is in response to Richard Wilson’s April 17 letter to the editor (“Obama’s response slow”). Mr. Wilson obviously is not a fan of our president, and I get it that many in the CSRA don’t like Obama for any number of reasons. After all, this is a predominately conservative Republican area.

However, history is not served well in his point about the difference in time it took George W. Bush to respond to 9/11 and the time it took President Obama to respond to the Boston Marathon bombing.

Wilson says that it took minutes for Bush to respond to the attacks on 9/11. He is partly right. It took Bush only nine minutes to end his reading of The Pet Goat after he knew that both of the Twin Towers were hit by planes

From 9:05 to 9:14 a.m., Bush got on Air Force One and flew around awhile until he landed in Bossier City, La., at 10:35 a.m. It was not until 1:04 p.m., nearly four hours after being notified of the 9/11 attacks – not just minutes – that Bush aired any public remarks to the nation. Bush did formally address the nation at 8:30 p.m. after he finally arrived back in D.C., having flown to Bellevue, Neb., first. He used a teleprompter for his four-minute, 24-second address.

The Boston Marathon bombing began at 2:50 p.m. I don’t know when the president was informed of this, but Obama addressed the nation at 6:10 p.m., three hours and 20 minutes later. By my math, that is 39 minutes sooner than Bush.

My guess is that Richard Wilson, like many in the CSRA, gets his information from Fox News or some other unreliable source. His recollection of the 9/11 timeline is incorrect and only suits his desire to publicly denigrate our current president.

What his letter fails to convey is the enormous responsibility any president has to become aware of the facts – as they can be known so soon after a catastrophic event as these two are – and convey a sense that our nation will be all right; that we care deeply about the injured, killed and their families; that all efforts are being made to find the person or people responsible; and that we are, in this moment together, one nation under God.

Perhaps it is best if we forget about pointing fingers at one another for blame and start putting our arms around one another for support.

The Rev. Prescott E. Nead III

Evans

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Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/20/13 - 05:45 am
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Oh geez. Can we just give it

Oh geez. Can we just give it a rest?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 07:36 am
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Yes...please stop giving
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Yes...please stop giving needed criticism to the exalted one. One should NEVER point out when Obama performs poorly......it must be Bush's fault.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 04/20/13 - 07:48 am
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Reverend...

Amen, Reverend, amen!
Your message found a home I. My "church."

ymnbde
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ymnbde 04/20/13 - 07:49 am
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don't unite, let's blame!

an actual Reverend?
now i lay me down to blame
conservatives i wish to shame
if truth should prove me wrong again
it will not change what's in my brain

so send $10 to the good folk at MSNBC
or CNN or government radio and tv
and put your hands on the radio or computer screen
and we will pray the fox news out of your brain
and yo heart can blame Bush, again

geez... at 9/11 we didn't know if we were at WAR

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 04/20/13 - 07:49 am
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..that should be "in" my church.

..that should be "in" my church.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/20/13 - 08:06 am
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LOOK. Obama spoke about it.

LOOK. Obama spoke about it. Bush spoke about it. It's a none issue. What the heck's with the who spoke 2 1/2 minutes earlier or some about an issue. It's gotten freakin' crazy. If our country has gotten to the point where we argue about these little nit picking points that don't mean a blessed thing we're doomed. Partisan politics is one thing, but it's gone to the point of insanity. Bush blew up the twin towers. Obama's a Kenyan and spent $100 million a day in India. We used to laugh people who came up with this kind of stuff out of the room because they were freaking nuts! Now this passes for serious political discussion? Come on. We're letting the inmates run the asylum. People, get your heads screwed on straight and stop this nonsense.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 08:12 am
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Nothing to see here.....pay
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Nothing to see here.....pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/20/13 - 08:41 am
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Actually

Bod has a point. But, the fault lies with the lamestream media's treatment of GWB. Paybacks are hell.

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RMSHEFF 04/20/13 - 09:04 am
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Another liberal pastor

The title of the article " Don't Blame, Let's unite" and then go on to blame " Fox News or some other unreliable source." It did not take the good reverend long to show his liberal tilt. I bet he get his "misinformation" from CBS, NBC or ABC who have proven to be biased. I only wonder how he may slant the Word of God.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 09:23 am
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"Fox News or some other
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"Fox News or some other unreliable source."

Why do liberals so often say things like this, but can't point to what is untrue that they publish? CNN sure got things wrong when they announced the capture of a suspect, but for some reason the Reverend doesn't take a stab at them.

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InChristLove 04/20/13 - 09:32 am
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justthefacts and

justthefacts and RMSHEFF...your comments are so true.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/20/13 - 09:58 am
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Unite????? Usually when

Unite????? Usually when someone with a liberal slant says unite that is code talk for "do things my way".

I don't think that is going to happen. With the 50/50 payer/taker split we have today and the governments', at all levels, increasing tendency to seize more assets from the people who are already paying all of the bills, I think we are closer to civil war than we are to "uniting".

Oh, I'm willing to unite but they are going to have to meet me at the table, bring a side dish or something to contribute to the celebration, and concede the fact that I have already provided the meat, potatoes and bread. .

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allhans 04/20/13 - 10:05 am
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God gave us the ability to

God gave us the ability to think for ourselves. Here I was thinking that we have free choice and no two of us are alike
...I keep hearing "diversity"....

KSL
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KSL 04/20/13 - 11:00 am
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Gee, Bod, I thought Obam's

Gee, Bod, I thought Obam's mom claimed he is Kenyan, or at least half Kenyan. Or are you implying Frank Marshall Davis really is his father?

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 04/20/13 - 11:33 am
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It's simply amazing how

It's simply amazing how tolerant some shepherds are..... (sarcasm)

Darby
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Darby 04/20/13 - 11:46 am
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Whatever, it's gonna be

Bush's fault anyway...

KSL
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KSL 04/20/13 - 01:10 pm
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This is a BS letter.

This is a BS letter.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/20/13 - 01:15 pm
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We are talking about hours

We are talking about hours not days. Doesn't The President need to get facts before talking to the whole nation ? How about when President George W. did not even land in New Orleans during the after-math of the hurricane ? Perhaps if he was in "Helicopter 1", he and his crew could have saved some people on-top of their roofs !

I will say it for you, "I am bashing Bush in this comment." You say that the LTE shows very liberal slant. I also read some Bush bashing in this LTE. I do agree with this writer's last paragraph, "We will never go forward without compromiseing on; at least; some issues."

Darby
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Darby 04/20/13 - 02:43 pm
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"How about when President George W.

did not even land in New Orleans during the after-math of the hurricane ? "

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The reason he gave at the time was that he and his entourage including his multitudes of security personnel would have hampered and disrupted rescue efforts on the ground.

Plus, the governor and mayor, according to protocol would have had to stop their activities and rushed to meet the POTUS, causing further delays and distractions.

Sounded reasonable then, still does. Want to stop beating that dead horse????

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 04/20/13 - 05:30 pm
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It's simply amazing how

It's simply amazing how lemming-like some sheep are.... (Not Sarcasm)

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/22/13 - 08:02 am
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" Doesn't The President need
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" Doesn't The President need to get facts before talking to the whole nation ?"

It's never stopped him before. Remember "the police acted stupidly?"

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