I Tried To Watch Games Yesterday But Couldn’t See Through The Irony
“It’s Sunday, and here in America that means it’s time for football. But on this day 15 years ago, the world was shaken. Towers crumbled. Thousands of our fellow Americans lost their lives. Our nation and the whole world mourned as one. Yet, as we saw in the days and weeks that followed, and what has become even clearer in the years since, is that the legacy of September 11 is not one of terror and fear but of resilience and hope. Because 9/11 didn’t change us as a nation. Instead it revealed who we are and who we have the capacity to be. The bravery of our first responders. The example of those who lost loved ones. The service of a new generation of heroes who signed up to wear our uniform. That’s who we are. That’s who we’ve always been. A big- hearted people full of courage and optimism. And on this 15th anniversary of a very dark day, that’s the light that America continues to shine for the whole world to follow. God bless this country we love. Enjoy the games.”
Those were the remarks of President Obama yesterday during the 9/11 tribute. Seems pretty unobjectionable, but I was watching the Ravens game and people managed to boo the hell out of the President. Apparently he was booed at stadiums all around the league. The irony seeing President Bush not booed, or atleast not as vociferously, made the games difficult to watch.
Like Jack Moore, I feel it’s safe to assume that people who almost certainly talk about how Colin Kaepernick and company are disrespectful to our country decided to boo the president’s 9/11 address. If they want to boo the president, boo away as is their right. To do so and also chastise players for kneeling during the anthem is mind-boggling hypocrisy. To quote a friend of mind, when it comes to this country, irony racks our soul.