The former Ã¢â‚¬Å“TodayÃ¢â‚¬Â show anchor traced her discomfort with the administrationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s march to war back to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The whole culture of wearing flags on our lapel and saying Ã¢â‚¬ËœweÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ when referring to the United States and, even the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœshock and aweÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ of the initial stages, it was just too jubilant and just a little uncomfortable. And I remember feeling, when I was anchoring the Ã¢â‚¬ËœTodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ show, this inevitable march towards war and kind of feeling like, Ã¢â‚¬ËœWill anybody put the brakes on this?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ And is this really being properly challenged by the right people? And I think, at the time, anyone who questioned the administration was considered unpatriotic and it was a very difficult position to be in.Ã¢â‚¬Â
How come it’s okay to wear everything else on our lapel? We’ve got breast cancer awareness ribbons, AIDS awareness ribbons, colon cancer awareness ribbons, awareness awareness ribbons and irritable bowel awareness ribbons — why not an “United States awareness” ribbon? Is it because “we” aren’t watching Couric’s newscast and she’s a little bitter?