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"We are better than jumping into lakes and holding signs and cigars."
On TV last night, Glenn Beck started with a somber message: the celebrations that broke out yesterday -- people jumping in lakes, etc -- seemed inappropriate. But then there was a twist. They weren't inappropriate because of what they were, but because of what they weren't. After all, they didn't have a marching band, confetti, and cookies (via PopWatch):
“This is a great day in the war on terror. But as I watched all the celebrations taking place on the streets of America, all over America, you may have — and maybe I’m alone — had a strange feeling,” Beck said. “You may have seen students jumping into the lake in Ohio and rushing to the White House bearing signs and smoking cigars. As I watched these things happen last night, I couldn’t help but be reminded of when the Palestinians danced in the streets and passed out candy after the 9/11 attacks, when they danced in the streets over the killing of five American students and the slaughter of a Jewish family. All of these things, you know and I know, were offensive. All of those victims were innocent. America, we are better than this. We are better than jumping into lakes and holding signs and cigars. I think we’re better than that. I mean, why hand out candy… when you can have cookies, and confetti, and a marching band, huh?”
So he rectified that by throwing his own celebration on TV:
Later in the program, Beck explained why he could throw a marching-band party:
“Every time I think that, ‘Oh, I don’t know if we could do the cookies or the confetti or whatever,’ I see that it’s not marching in the streets for innocent victims. It is celebrating in the streets for a journey that has been and hard and been fought valiantly with honor. And people have tried to do the right thing. And this guy was certainly not innocent….”
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