UNREAL … Iconic Ground Zero Photo of Firemen and US Flag Nearly Excluded from 9-11 Memorial Museum for being Too ‘Rah-Rah’ American



The below iconic Ground Zero image was seen as too “vehemently” American by some 9-11 Museum staffers. So much so that the photo of the firefighters raising the US flag at Ground Zero amidst the destruction, twisted metal and debris following the terror attacks in New York City was almost excluded from the 9-11 Memorial museum as being too “rah-rah” American. As stated by the Jawa Report, “the museum’s director is so liberal and anti-American, he says the way America would look best is to not look American at all.”   Eventually, the photograph was included, but only in a minimized capacity among many other less iconic pictures.

What is going on in this country that the greatest attack on American soil, where nearly 3000 people were killed in NYC at the Trade Center terror attacks and yet we have libs in charge of the memorial that are worried that an icon pic of heroic firemen raising the US flag upon the rubble was too American? Obviously there were foreign nationals that were killed during the terror attack, but the overwhelming number were US citizens and the attack took place on US soil. How dare there be a pic that was American!


From the NY Post:

This iconic picture of firefighters raising the stars and stripes in the rubble of Ground Zero was nearly excluded from the 9/11 Memorial Museum — because it was “rah-rah” American, a new book says.

Michael Shulan, the museum’s creative director, was among staffers who considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and “rah-rah America,” according to “Battle for Ground Zero” (St. Martin’s Press) by Elizabeth Greenspan, out next month.

“I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently,” Shulan said.

The PJ Tatler has some great insights and opinions on the mindset, decision making and screwed up philosophy thay took place with regards to the 9-11 Memorial museum.

There is a terrible sadness associated with this story. It is the growing realization that when my generation — or perhaps the one following — is gone, there will be more Americans like Mr. Shulman than Americans like me — people who find that kind of rationalization, that sort of ignorant posturing , rancid and decrepit.

I was hoping to visit the 9/11 museum some day. I’m sure there will be some powerful reminders of what happened. But if the guiding principles of its “creative director” is any indication of the tone and thrust of what the museum is offering, I want no part of it.

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  • Comments

    6 Responses to “UNREAL … Iconic Ground Zero Photo of Firemen and US Flag Nearly Excluded from 9-11 Memorial Museum for being Too ‘Rah-Rah’ American”

    1. Caribbean on July 28th, 2013 2:32 pm

      If that is how Mr. Shulan thinks, then I think he need to be relieved of his position. You should be ashamed. Sounds like something Obama would say.

    2. Tamikosmom on July 28th, 2013 7:28 pm

      Barack Obama Stops Wearing American Flag Lapel Pin
      Published October 04, 200

      Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he doesn’t wear an American flag lapel pin because it has become a substitute for “true patriotism” since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

      “The truth is that right after 9/11 I had a pin,” Obama said. “Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.
      “I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest,” he said in the interview. “Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism.”

      Read more:

    3. Tamikosmom on July 28th, 2013 7:36 pm

      Obama: No Hand on Heart for National Anthem
      October 20, 2007

      “During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.” — United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171

      Turns out that not wearing a flag lapel pin isn’t the only way Barack Obama chooses to show he’s a different kind of Democrat.

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    4. Joe D. on July 29th, 2013 12:02 am

      Another dilettante imposing his narrow and naively held views. I am glad he was not in charge of saving photographs from Iwo Jima.
      SM: Amen brother!

    5. mc on July 29th, 2013 11:50 am

      I had the fortune of visiting the WTC less than a year before it was destroyed. At the top floor, I remember there were a number of small fast food places, and some souvenir shops, all of them manned by just regular people trying to make a living the best the could. No doubt some of them were immigrants working hard to earn a dollar and send something back to help their mom or dad back home in whatever country they came from. Maybe some of them worked part time in order to help pay for night school in college.

      Being on the top floor, these people had absolutely no chance to get away when the airplane hit. They didn’t know, and most likely didn’t care about what US “policy” was in the Middle East. They were just doing what they could making a living. They are the ones I remember when I think of 9/11. They were everyday people, just like you and me.

      That Michael Shulan would attempt to diminish in any way the impact of that event on America and American lives is a reflection of the way things run in this country today, especially during this Obama administration.

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