With optimism you look upon the sunny side of things. People say 'Studs you're an optimist.' I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what's the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair you might as well put your head in the oven.
Those people behind the mosque have to respect have to appreciate and have to defer to the people of New York. The wound is still there. Just because the wound is healing you can't say 'Let's just go back to where we were pre-9/11.