The White House and Washington politicians avoided 911 family members in DC on Wednesday seeking federal opposition to the proposed Freedom Center at Ground Zero.
White House spokesman Dan Perino was quoted in the New York Post and Staten Island Advance saying:
We realize how important a matter this is to the people of New York, but its a matter the people of New York should decide.
The case against the Freedom Center has caught fire after WTC Memorial Foundation Member Debra Burlingame wrote an op ed piece in the Wall Street Journal saying the Center which does not deal directly with the events of 911 stood to be a very political lightning rod in its interpretations of Freedom.
We have objected to the Center not only because of its fuzzy mission but also because it is way too big coming within a tree of two of the memorial voids.
Family members (whose activities are publicized at takebackthememorial.org) visited the World War II Memorial in Washington where Jack Lynch, who lost his firefighter son on 911 said
I dont see an International Freedom Center here, or a museum.
We have noted that despite the claims that the Center is a product of the left, the Center is really a product championed by New Yorks Republican politicians who have circled the wagons to protect it.
Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer ducked for no comment cover while Hillary Clinton said
I have always said the memorial should be a priority and that it is imperative that the concerns of the families be addressed.