“The Daily Show” Talks to 9/11 First Responders

Julie Gerstein | December 17, 2010 - 2:45 pm


Whether you come down on the Republican or Democrat side, it’s hard not to watch this clip from “The Daily Show” and not be angry. As many of you know, a Republican filibuster prevented a bill allotting funds to September 11th first responders to come up to a vote in the Senate. As John Devlin, one of the first responders says, “We’re patriots to this country. We went down there for the love of this country … . We didn’t turn our back on anybody … . For us to be here, still, nine years later just to be fighting for our health our compensation … ” Each of the four men is suffering from severe 9/11-related health problems, and dealing with insurmountable medical bills. When asked about their response to Senator John Kyl’s (R-Arizona) claim that working to pass the 9/11 responders bill in the week between Christmas and New Year’s would be disrespectful to Christians, fireman Kenny Speck said: “It just goes to show the disconnect between those who we elect to represent us. Because you won’t find a New York City fireman who considers it a sign of disrespect to work on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.” Please watch. [The Daily Show]