This South Carolina Gamecock roosted atop Stone Mountain of Georgia prefers to commemorate American triumphs rather than the calamities that preceded them on September 11, 2001, December 7, 1941 or the burning of Washington by the British on August 24, 1814.
We appreciated the rescue efforts of the FDNY after 9/11 but we don’t appreciate that when asked by Bob Woodward in 2010 what national concern most keeps him up at night in 2009, President Barack Obama said having first responders ready after a nuclear attack on the homeland. Obama’s lack of concern with PREVENTING such an attack explains his disdain for removing the threat of Saddam or ISIS before they pose such a threat; as well as he and other non-Truman Democrats’ past apologies for the life-saving missions to Hiroshima and Nagasaki made necessary after Pearl Harbor.
Two Hundred years ago today, President James Madison returnedafter two days in exile from a British-occupied District of Columbia to an Executive Mansion (recently dubbed “White” House as contrasted with mostly non-white-painted residences in Washington City) gutted on the inside and charred black on the outside. The Treasury and most other government buildings had also been torched along with a Capitol whose Dome now rested on the ground between collapsing black walls. Dolley Madison found the First Family refuge in the Octagon House, this after manning the White House and saving the portrait of President George Washington before being forced to abandon it while the Commander in Chief joined troops opposing the British in Maryland.