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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Tuesday, August 31, 2004

    For a moment there, we were all together again 

    Madison Square Garden, site of the Republican National Convention, has played host to many dramatic moments. (Sorry, LeBron James' first game doesn't qualify, not even from a parochial standpoint.) None, however, was more touching than when three family members of 9/11 victims opened their hearts and let a nation see the pain and pride inside.

    Tara Stackpole shared her Timmy, a New York Fire Dept. captain, even as she is about to send their son, Kevin, off to war in Iraq.

    Debra Burlingame took everyone door to door with her 9-year-old Cub Scout brother, Chick, who grew up to be the pilot of the plane that crashed into Pentagon.

    And Deena Burnett reiterated the message that her husband Tom left by his actions abroad Flight 93. Tom Burnett and other passengers and crew members crashed the plane into the Pennsylvania countryside rather than allow it to reach its rendezvous with death in Washington, D.C.

    Burnett called his wife four times from the plane. His message was simple yet profound: ``The were going to do something.''

    The Republicans did something with these 9/11 moments. Some will object, even some families of other 9/11 victims.
    But for a moment there, when the lights went down in the Garden and former New York City policemen Daniel Rodriquez's beautiful voice cut through the darkness with the haunting strains of Amazing Grace, for just a moment there it seemed as if we were all Americans again. Not Republicans. Not Democrats. Just Americans.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 1:08 AM

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