August 1, 2011

Bush on 9/11: The Real Story

Bush was visiting a Florida classroom and the incident, which was caught on TV film, and has often been used by critics to ridicule his apparently blank face.

"My first reaction was anger. Who the hell would do that to America? Then I immediately focused on the children, and the contrast between the attack and the innocence of children," Bush says in an excerpt of the interview shown to television writers on Thursday.

Bush said he could see the news media at the back of the classroom getting the news on their own cellphones "and it was like watching a silent movie."

Bush said he quickly realized that a lot of people beyond the classroom would be watching for his reaction.

"So 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," he said of his decision to remain seated and silent.

"I had been in enough crises to know that the first thing a leader has to do is to project calm," he added. -- Bush explains slow reaction to September 11 attacks

Posted by Vanderleun at August 1, 2011 11:00 AM
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Despite the horror of that day, I'm grateful I got to see genuine leadership. My heart aches for our country today.

Posted by: greg46107 at August 1, 2011 1:53 PM

A challenge to America...

I have a LOT of reservations about Mr. Bush's political and economic policies.

But it might have been Gore.

Give thanks for grace when you get a heaping shovel full of it, I always say.

Posted by: TmjUtah at August 1, 2011 4:52 PM

I knew that's why he did it. I used to get into arguments with people who would say "I don't understaaaand! He's just sitting there! What, why isn't he jumping up and telling people what to do! That must mean he's really a moron!" No you dickless idiots, he didn't want to freak out the kids in the classroom. Because making kids wet their pants and cry because the adults are panicking would have helped the situation not at all. Sometimes things really are that simple.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at August 1, 2011 9:03 PM

"Bush explains slow reaction to September 11 attacks"

Slow? Howza'bout "Bush explains his reaction to September 11 attacks"

Posted by: tim at August 2, 2011 5:57 AM

The look on his face says consternation and deliberate building anger.... which is probably exactly what I wish I could have portrayed in that moment.... My thoughts shortly after I heard the news was "Where are the sunzabitches who did that, and how soon can we kill them!

George W Bush was a far better Leader than I would ever have been in that situation.....

...and I ache for his Leadership, over the cretinous cowardly poser acting as figurehead in our country today. The contrast in Leadership capabilities could not be starker or more opposite than we have today.


Posted by: Subsunk at August 2, 2011 9:14 PM

He's an idiot for"just SITTING there (! Why oh why is he JUST SITTING THERE!!)"


One can only imagine their reaction if he HAD jumped up and started barking orders (Why did he have to SCARE THE CHILDREN! WHY OH WHY....)



There are plenty of reasons to dislike Dubya. I've harped on most of them at one point or another.

But STUPID isn't on the list, nor is venal, selfish or crooked.

Our current _resident is all-of-the-above.

Bill Whittle did a SPECTACULAR essay on the topic of Bush's supposed stupidity - I can't recommend it strongly enough!

How can these people watch their mulatto-messiah stammer & grunt whenever the teleprompter's broken and still talk about Bush's supposed stupidity?!

Remember: THEIRS is the only "reality-based community"


Posted by: Dedicated_Dad at August 5, 2011 9:19 PM

"daddy, what did you and mommy do after Sept 11? Son, your mom and I worked every minute battling the evil people that emit excess carbon."

Posted by: Scott M at August 6, 2011 4:45 AM

Remember: THEIRS is the only "alternative reality-based community"

There. Fixed it for ya.

Posted by: BillT at August 7, 2011 3:54 AM

"Daddy, what did you and mommy do after Sept 11? Son, your mom and I worked every minute battling the evil people that emit excess carbon."

Son, your mom and I worked every minute battling the stupid President who had done nothing to prevent this in the 7.9 months he had been in office, and making sure that the President for the last 8 years and dozens of terrorist attacks who had made sure that the FBI and CIA could not combine their intelligence data was not unfairly criticized."

Fixed it for ya.

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