Ed Koch: Bush Haters Should be 'Horsewhipped' Democratic Party elder statesman and former New York City Mayor Ed Koch said Thursday that he was outraged by some of the anti-Bush protesters he saw while on the way to Ground Zero yesterday to commemorate the second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. "What bothered me was that as I came down the highway there were pickets and the sign that they carried said, 'Bush Regime Engineered 9/11,'" Koch told nationally syndicated radio host Sean Hannity. "I want to tell you, I had the desire to go out and horse-whip these people," he complained," saying that "the idea that they would picket the site and blame the president for those casualties is an outrage." Koch also had some choice words for fellow Democrats who have attacked Bush over the war in Iraq. "Nobody wants [to see U.S.] casualties. But the fact that they were as minimal as this was miraculous," he contended, especially "when you had all the people like [Sen. Ted] Kennedy predicting thousands of body bags." Then, broadening his criticism to include other anti-war Democrats, Koch complained, "It's an outrage that they conduct themselves the way they are."