Obama’s First Ground Zero Visit: ‘Where is Osama Bin Laden?’ To understand President Obama’s visit to Ground Zero today, Elizabeth Greenspan suggests we remember his first visit there, back in 2008:
To understand why people filled the streets to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden this week, it’s worth taking a look at Obama’s first visit to Ground Zero. People have been looking for something to celebrate ever since.
I was at the site that day for anniversary ceremonies. Fewer people turned out than in past years, despite Obama and McCain’s impending arrival (rumors were actually swirling that the two decided not to come). The plaza designated for the public was across the street from the square closed-off for victims’ families. In one corner, a ring of people penned their names upon memorial canvases laid out on the ground. On the other side, a youth Mennonite choir sang solemn hymns. But the middle of the square was nearly empty save for one woman holding a large sign. It read, “Where is Osama Bin Laden?”
People eyed her suspiciously and, as if honoring an invisible force field, kept their distance. It was a question no one really wanted to face.
Read the rest of the story at The Atlantic.
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