What, you didn't know that the president failed to pay his respects at this hallowed ground on September 11th, 2009 or September 11th, 2010? I suppose it's understandable; after all, it's not something the media is going to make a big deal about.
So why go today, on May 5th, 2011?
Oh, right. Because today - finally - Barack Obama can make Ground Zero all about...Barack Obama..
Somewhat related, at least in my mind, are the words of Greg Sullivan, a retired NYPD sergeant whose brother Patrick was murdered in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center:
...More upsetting to Greg was the media’s inordinate interest in the details of bin Laden’s burial rites. “They never found Patrick,” he said. “My mother had to give up a lock of his hair from his first haircut so we would have something to bury. You think bin Laden cared that Patrick didn’t get a proper Christian burial? There were lots of people like that, friends of ours whose bodies were never found. Whatever might have been left of them ended up in the dump out on Staten Island. You think bin Laden cared about any of them?”
Neither Greg nor his brother Jerry nor their parents, Paddy and Mary, will be in attendance when President Obama visits Ground Zero on today. “We weren’t invited,” he said.
Because, you see, today's event isn't really about Greg, or Patrick.
It's about...well, you know.
Update: Well, yeah:
Obama seems to want all the credit for himself, even if it is undeserved.
How totally out of character for him...