Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

The lack of any memorial to the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center five years after the fact?

Forget the fact that all the federal dollars appropriated for New York in response to the attack was flushed down the toilet that Iraq has become, it’sall New York’s fault.

Q Has the President expressed any frustration with the pace of reconstruction at Ground Zero? Have you heard him say, why is it taking so long?

MR. SNOW: I think the President realizes what’s going on at Ground Zero is a byproduct of New York politics and it will have to get worked out.

Q — sort of temporary nature of some of these memorials? I mean, the families set up this Visitors Center. I mean, it doesn’t seem, after five years, like the best we could do.

MR. SNOW: Well, I think what you’re asking for, Richard, is a federal program right now. I think it’s astounding, you not only had that memorial, but I don’t know if you guys saw the little area where we were observing as they walked down to lay the wreath yesterday. But it’s still crowded with pictures and with badges and hats and uniform fragments. I think people, in various ways, know that they’re not going to forget. And for that bit of remembrance, they don’t need federal help. What they do need is for other people to remember and other people to pitch in and say, absolutely, we’re going to do everything we can to prevent this from happening again.

Again, with the peculiar nature of what’s going on in New York, we hope that authorities will work it out and they’ll get going.