According to The Kerry Spot, a Republican 527 has put in $14 million to air a touching ad about a chance meeting between President Bush and Ashley Faulkner, who lost her mother on 9/11. Below is a post I had written on the event on another website.
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There are certain moments, caught on tape, that define a generation. Take the picture of the Marines raising the flag over Iwo Jima. In the book, Flags of Our Fathers, James Bradley wrote that the cameraman didn't know he took that famous picture until a few days later when someone who was developing his pictures came across that shot.
Flash to 2004, a small town in Ohio, just another stop on a long campaign trip. George W. Bush is shaking hands, kissing babies, etc... when he passes a young girl (Ashley Faulkner), her father, and a friend. "This girl lost her mom in the World Trade Center on 9-11." stated her friend. Bush stopped, asked her "'How are you doing?" and pulled her to his chest in a warm embrace. Her father snapped a quick photo. The photo shows the leader of the free world, caught in a very touching moment. Ashley stated "Here is the most powerful guy in the world, and he wants to make sure I'm safe. I definitely had a couple of tears in my eyes, which is pretty unusual for me."
This was not a staged photo-op with many camera angles, the right light, and a staged tear. This is the real deal. An inside look at the man who will lead us for another 4 years, a man with principle. Now the press will most likely pass this one over, just because the man in the picture is Bush. It's a shame, because of all the negative news coming out, this is something touching. Something worth reporting.
The Cincinnati Enquirer had a touching story on the meeting
USA Today reviews the ad
The ad is now the most expensive TV ad buy for the 2004 campaign