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Friday, July 29, 2011

Pres. Bush says that look on 9/11 was "calm"

A lot has been said and written about President Bush's slow reaction on 9/11.

Most famous is probably the film maker Michael Moore making fun of Bush sitting in the classroom after being told a second plane had hit the World Trade Center for continuing to read "My Pet Goat."

"Mr. President, a second plane has hit the World Trade Center."

So, now he knows it is not an accident, as he thought when he was told about the first plane.

"What a terrible pilot," Bush remembers thinking.

No, now this is a terrorist attack.

And what did the President do? Sit there, looking stunned and the children continued to read a silly book.

"... I made the decision not to jump up immediately and leave the classroom. I didn't want to rattle the kids. I wanted to project a sense of calm ... I had been in enough crises to know that the first thing a leader has to do is to project calm" are his words.

As someone who has carefully studied the 9/11 attacks, I've reached my own conclusions about what really happened.

And of one thing I am pretty certain. President Bush's actions that day do NOT suggest calm.
His is one account (note all the media sources on this one):

Descriptions vary greatly as to how Bush responded to the news. It is said he "blanched" [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/1/02], "the color drained from the president's face" [AP, 9/12/01 (D)], he "wore a bemused smile" [Orlando Sentinel, 9/12/01], "because visibly tense and serious" [Time, 9/12/01], and so on.

Watch the video and draw your own conclusions (the 11-minute video can be viewed at the Center for Cooperative Research, Buzzflash, Global Free Press, The Emperor's New Clothes, or Liberty DYNU).

Bush later recalled his own reaction: "I am very aware of the cameras. I'm trying to absorb that knowledge. I have nobody to talk to. I'm sitting in the midst of a classroom with little kids, listening to a children's story and I realize I'm the Commander in Chief and the country has just come under attack." [Telegraph, 12/16/01, CBS, 11/1/02]

Asked again what he thought after he heard the news, Bush said, "We're at war and somebody has dared attack us and we're going to do something about it. I realized I was in a unique setting to receive a message that somebody attacked us … [I]t became evident that we were, you know, that the world had changed." [CBS, 9/11/02]

So what did the Commander in Chief do with the knowledge that the United States was under attack?

He did nothing.

Bush did not say one word. He did not ask Card any questions. He did not give any orders. He did not know who (or which country) was attacking, whether there would be more attacks, what military plans had been taken, what military actions should be taken - indeed, he knew virtually nothing about what was going on outside the room. He just sat there.

Bush later recalled: "There was no time for discussion or anything." [Fighting Back: The War on Terrorism - From Inside the Bush White House, by Bill Sammon, 10/02, pp. 83-84] Even stranger, as one newspaper put it, although the nation was under terrorist attack, "for some reason, Secret Service agents [did] not bustle him away." [Globe and Mail, 9/12/01]

Military pilots must have "permission from the White House because only the president has the authority to order a civilian aircraft shot down." [CNN, 10/26/99] But if retaliatory strikes needed to the authorized, Bush was not available. If one of the planes had to be shot down to save more lives on the ground, Bush was not available. Although several fighters had been dispatched to defend New York City, the pilot of one of the planes flying to catch Flight 175 later noted that it wouldn't have mattered if he caught up with it, because only Bush could order a shootdown, and Bush could not be reached in the classroom. [Cape Cod Times, 8/21/02]

The story in the link below and Bush's comments are revisionist history. Plain and simple. Yet, the media simply broadcasts his claims with no critical coverage whatsoever.

Don't believe me? Here is a complete and accurate account of his entire day. Read it and make up your own mind.

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