RELICS OF 9/11

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Cavuto”; along with C-SPAN’s “After Words,” CNN’s “John King, USA,” CNBC’s “Kud­low Re­port” and even ABC’s “The View.”

But come Sept. 20, Mr. Cheney and his daugh­ter, Lyn, who col­lab­o­rated with her dad on the book, jour­ney to har­mo­nious ter­ri­tory: the Ron­ald Rea­gan Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary in Simi Val­ley, Calif., for a book sign­ing, lec­ture and sump­tu­ous full din­ner.

Nat­u­rally, the event is sold out. But the de­mand to see the Cheney team is so great that the li­brary has a wait­ing list, and has estab­lished an­other venue — not in the prover­bial “undis­closed lo­ca­tion” but in a “re­mote view­ing area.” Mr. Cheney’s mem­oir, in­ci­den­tally, is No. 1 in sales at both Ama­zon and Barnes & Noble. Yeah, yeah. It’s un­der­stand­able that the White House strat­egy for the 10th an­niver­sary of 9/11 is to look to the fu­ture, think global, avoid men­tions of al Qaeda and pro­claim the re­mem­brance to be a day of ser­vice. Things are more vis­ceral at the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion’s Na­tional Mu­seum of Amer­i­can His­tory, how­ever. The na­tion’s of­fi­cial repos­i­tory for ar­ti­facts from the ter­ror­ist at­tacks has as­sem­bled more than 50 ob­jects from New York, the Pen­tagon and Shanksville, Pa., and the Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion — to be shown on ta­bles rather than be­hind glass.

“En­durance of our na­tion. That’s ex­actly what the relics of 9/11 sug­gest,” says Marc Pachter, the ven­er­a­ble mu­seum’s act­ing di­rec­tor

Ob­jects in­clude a tat­tered Amer­i­can flag re­cov­ered from a pile of World Trade Cen­ter de­bris, air­plane frag­ments, a crushed New York Fire Depart­ment firetruck door, burned ax heads, steel from the South Tower, a soot-cov­ered cal­en­dar, melted coins, clothes worn by a sur­vivor who fled the Pen­tagon and the ID cards of a man who per­ished aboard Flight 77, which hit the struc­ture that morn­ing. The dis­play is open to the pub­lic from Sept. 3 to 11; re­view the ob­jects here: http://amer­i­can­his­tory.si.edu, un­der “ex­hi­bi­tions.” Queen of Rage” cover fea­tur­ing Rep. Michele Bach­mann of Min­nesota. The Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hope­ful looked odd in­deed, while a glee­ful lib­eral press re­joiced over the “crazy eyes” and con­ser­va­tive jour­nal­ists pitched a fit.

“After all the at­ten­tion, 47,225 copies of the is­sue moved off the rack, ac­cord­ing to Newsweek’s own fig­ures. Three other in­dus­try sources with ac­cess to Newsweek’s num­bers gave fig­ures rang­ing from as few as 35,000 up to 48,000 copies,” says Ad­Week staff writer Lu­cia Moses, who notes that a re­cent cover fea­tur­ing a com­puter-gen­er­ated im­age of Princess Diana as she might look at age 50, fared just above av­er­age for a dou­ble is­sue — about 70,000 copies.

But a Newsweek cover de­pict­ing Mrs. Bach­mann’s cam­paign ri­val Mitt Rom­ney as a danc­ing Mor­mon? The is­sue sold 80,000 copies. And as the sages say, go fig­ure.

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