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George W Bush 'was projecting calm' with 9/11 blank look
The Telegraph ^ | 7/29/11

Posted on 07/29/2011 2:21:29 AM PDT by markomalley

George W Bush says his blank reaction to the first news of the Sept 11 attacks while US president was a conscious decision to project an aura of calm in a crisis.

In a rare interview with the National Geographic Channel, Mr Bush reflected on what was going through his mind when he was informed that a second passenger jet had hit New York's World Trade Center.

Mr Bush was visiting a Florida classroom at the time, and the incident - which was caught by television cameras - has often been used by critics to ridicule his apparently dazed response to the attack

"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," Mr Bush said.

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

Mr Bush said he quickly realised that a lot of people beyond the room 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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Naturally, the netroots will go nuts with this one.
1 posted on 07/29/2011 2:21:33 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

That cinches it for me. Next election I’m not going to vote for him. The left has got me to their side. /s


2 posted on 07/29/2011 2:24:03 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Those who trade land for peace will end up with neither one.)
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To: markomalley

It would be hard to predict anyone’s reaction in such a position. The analysts would like to predict a reaction....but you just don’t have that ability. Eisenhower might have sat there for another hour and had full confidence in his people handling the overall situation. Bill Clinton might have stood up...asked about ten questions to be answered, and then gone back to the kids. Who knows what the ‘right’ reaction would even be?


3 posted on 07/29/2011 2:28:20 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice
The right reaction by the President is to find out what is going on.

Certainly you don't want to upset those around you, but there must also be a sense of urgency in his actions.

4 posted on 07/29/2011 2:33:15 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: markomalley

Whewee. I guess he had also been told that the machinery was in place and he didn’t have to start barking orders that instant. I wouldn’t be able to be that cool. I would have been like “Excuse me kids, there has been an emergency in New York” and up and out the door.


5 posted on 07/29/2011 2:33:27 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution!)
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To: markomalley

Baraq Sheik Obomba would have done a Snoopy dance and started handing out candy to the kids.


6 posted on 07/29/2011 2:40:39 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: markomalley

So, let me get this straight. Instead of Bush excusing yourself from the kiddies and tending to his country under attack, he put on a blank face and pretended that nothing had happened so as not to alarm them? This weak explanation years later will do little to rehabilitate Bush’s reputation.


7 posted on 07/29/2011 2:43:57 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Fresh Wind
Barack would have asked if there was any debris on any of his favorite golf courses, then he would have walked away in his shas-shea walk he has with his arms level with his chest bouncing up and down looking for his car phone to apologize to someone
8 posted on 07/29/2011 2:48:48 AM PDT by shadeaud (" If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin fi)
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To: Rockingham

oh please!!

This has always been a fabricated piece of propaganda for gullible imbeciles.

Ever since Michael Moore launched his scurrilous attacks fools have swallowed this nonsense.

Had it been a Democrat POTUS in that classroom we’d never have heard a peep about this, not even if the guy rushed out of the room trembling and whimpering uncontrollably.

“Blank” look is itself a pejorative and tendentious phrase.

President Bush did what any public leader should do in such a situation, maintain a calm outward demeanor while awaiting (for 8-9 MINUTES not hours) the reasonable opportunity to depart the scene.

There was nothing nothing nothing the POTUS could do in those first few minutes except wait for the Secret Service to organize his premature departure, which did not need to involve him dashing out of the room. Yes it was a national emergency, but as a wise POTUS he knew perfectly well that nothing would be benefitted by his hasty exit from that room.

Unlike Democrats, responsible conservatives don’t run around mindlessly like Chicken Little no matter how serious the crisis.


9 posted on 07/29/2011 3:11:47 AM PDT by Enchante (Are there any honest politicians in Washington, DC??)
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To: Enchante

Thank you for a well reasoned solid response. I hope that other people will realize the truth of your comments


10 posted on 07/29/2011 3:30:02 AM PDT by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: markomalley
According to the comments Bush was an idiot for not wearing his emotions on his sleeve.

Then again the same people call this guy "No Drama Obama" for his cool demeanor...


11 posted on 07/29/2011 3:32:47 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: mylife
No Drama Obama No Brain Hussein

There, that's better.

12 posted on 07/29/2011 3:34:31 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Rockingham
So, let me get this straight. Instead of Bush excusing yourself from the kiddies and tending to his country under attack, he put on a blank face and pretended that nothing had happened so as not to alarm them? This weak explanation years later will do little to rehabilitate Bush’s reputation.

I teach high school and had to announce the atacks to my students. My reaction was quite similar to G.W.'s. Students take their cues from the adults in the room.

What would have been the benefit of him rushing from the room upsetting the children, only to wait for the agents to take him to safety. His was a well reasoned response that was made quickly. I had the time to brace myself before telling my students.

13 posted on 07/29/2011 3:35:34 AM PDT by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: Fresh Wind

Its amazing that the very same critics ascribe “calm and cool” to a fire bombing rabble rouser like Obama.


14 posted on 07/29/2011 3:45:15 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: markomalley

Whew. Glad we got THAT straightened out.


15 posted on 07/29/2011 3:46:51 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: verga
Indeed at that moment in time where we didn't know how many planes, where they would strike, and was the school itself a target because the President was there ...hasty actions on the President or the SS could have caused a panic.
16 posted on 07/29/2011 3:49:40 AM PDT by EBH ( God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: markomalley

I thought it was a good reaction, personally. Was he supposed to leap up, knock over a chair and run out of the room screaming?

He finished what he was doing, gave time for more information to come in, and mentally prepared himself for what was outside of the classroom. Seems good to me.


17 posted on 07/29/2011 3:59:53 AM PDT by livius
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To: verga

Yet Bush did not break the news to the kids. He instead pretended for a painfully long time that nothing was wrong — and for that period voluntarily keeping himself out of action as commander in chief.


18 posted on 07/29/2011 4:19:29 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Enchante

I agree with your assessment. Thanks for verbalizing for me!


19 posted on 07/29/2011 4:23:14 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: markomalley

More likely its a reaction due to prior knowledge. Since he planned it and all. (Sarcasm off)


20 posted on 07/29/2011 4:43:01 AM PDT by Sursam Abordine
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To: Enchante
After being informed of the second plane crash, Bush should have announced to the children that he had to cut his visit short and cheerfully thanked them for the chance to be there. With a twinkle in his eye, a Reagan for example, would have urged the kids to be good for their parents and teachers and to work hard in school. Even though no Reagan, Bush ought to have been able to at least manage a graceful and calm exit.

Then Bush should have gone to the secure communications room -- there is always one near the President -- and gotten information about what was clearly an attack on the country and what he must do. Indeed, Bush had gone into the classroom and carried on with a PR event after being informed of the first crash.

Moreover, Bush -- and more reflective Bush supporters -- should recognize that in the larger scheme of things, the expectations and anxieties of a class of little kids must be seen as of little weight against Bush's constitutional duty as commander in chief. Bluntly put, even if it meant that the kids cried their hearts out for the next month, Bush's most important duty as President required him to leave them immediately.

As President, George W. Bush has many good decisions to his credit. Continuing with a PR event after he learned that the country was under attack was not one of them.

21 posted on 07/29/2011 4:47:03 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Fresh Wind

Hey, leave the snoopy dance out of it.


22 posted on 07/29/2011 4:55:10 AM PDT by Eddie01
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To: markomalley

Unless I am way off-base, this photo was when the first plane hit.
Nobody knew if it was a terrorist attack for sure.

When the second plane hit is when they got Bush out of there.


23 posted on 07/29/2011 4:56:43 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: markomalley

Hey I’m no Bush apologist, but that certainly works for me.

That is exactly how it appeared, at the time.

But why is this a story now?...


24 posted on 07/29/2011 4:57:58 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America First!)
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To: mylife

“According to the comments Bush was an idiot for not wearing his emotions on his sleeve.”

Actually, the entire point of the story is Bush was an idiot.

Here’s a peek behind the curtain (note # IV)

I Thou shalt create an illusion of invulnerability shared by most members to foster excessive optimism and encourage extreme risks taking

II Thou shall not allow any member to question the group’s inherent morality, instead members shall be encouraged to ignore the ethical or moral consequences of their decisions

III Thou shalt promote collective efforts to rationalize in order to discount warnings, or other information that might lead members to reconsider their assumptions before they recommit themselves to their assumptions

IV Thou shalt reinforce stereotyped views of enemy leaders as too evil to warrant genuine attempts to negotiate, or as too weak and stupid to counter whatever risky attempts are made to defeat their purpose

V Thou shalt self-censor any deviation from the apparent group consensus, inclining each member to minimize the importance of their doubts and counterarguments

VI Thou shalt create and maintain a shared illusion of unanimity concerning judgement conforming to the majority view

VII Thou shalt apply direct pressure on any member who expresses strong arguments against any of the group’s stereotypes, illusions, or commitments, making clear that this type of dissent is contrary to what is expected of all loyal members

VIII Thou shalt appoint mindguards to protect the group from adverse information that might shatter their shared complacency about the effectiveness and morality of their decisions

Fregards,
Eddie01


25 posted on 07/29/2011 4:59:13 AM PDT by Eddie01
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
But why is this a story now?...

They're hawking a program that's coming on National Geographic Channel.

26 posted on 07/29/2011 5:00:49 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: Rockingham

Please don’t pretend to know what Reagan would have done.

Years later the children in that room have said that his handling of them was appropriate to the situation.


27 posted on 07/29/2011 5:04:04 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: markomalley

Thanks.


28 posted on 07/29/2011 5:05:03 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America First!)
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To: markomalley

Seems to me this is obvious.


29 posted on 07/29/2011 5:11:02 AM PDT by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Erik Latranyi

“Unless I am way off-base, this photo was when the first plane hit.
Nobody knew if it was a terrorist attack for sure.

When the second plane hit is when they got Bush out of there.”

I don’t know the timing of what, or exactly what, “they” told Bush, but it just seems like the secret service would have said something along the lines of Mr. President, we need to move your location immediately for your safety and Bush could have said thanks kiddies storytime with the president is over, here’s your teacher back, and calmly left with security detail right then. JMHO.


30 posted on 07/29/2011 5:12:25 AM PDT by ngat
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To: markomalley

He should have jumped up and screamed “OMG we’re all gonna die!” and then ran out of the room.


31 posted on 07/29/2011 5:15:25 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: livius

When will republicans explain to the American people that democrats are a low life cut throat rotten party, who will make trouble over anything decent people do even in the midst of a national crisis? The real issue, as always, is the filthy left wing response.


32 posted on 07/29/2011 5:16:34 AM PDT by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: markomalley
These backwards@ss lefty traitors will never give him credit for the only reasonable reaction he could have in a room full of young, impressionable children. He calmly finished what he was doing, excused himself and proceeded to bomb the living crap out of the enemy and pursued our enemies, pulling them out of hiding holes screaming and kicking.

There was never anything wrong about his reaction. The left hates him because it was the perfect reaction and no lefty will ever have the character, composure or remote intelligence to behave the same under similar circumstances.

Bush's reaction set the bar, and the lefty rats will never make it's measure.

Cheers, y'all...

33 posted on 07/29/2011 5:16:58 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Call such a touch as I suggested Reaganesque, if you prefer. And it would have been Reaganesque for Bush to have given the country’s defense the first claim on his time instead of idly chatting with little kids.


34 posted on 07/29/2011 5:19:22 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Rockingham

100% hindsight will tell you what to do, too late. You weren’t our President and you would have probably jumped up, knocked over chairs, forgot about the kids, and ran hysterically from the room. LAY OFF! He is a human being and was shocked about the situation.


35 posted on 07/29/2011 5:19:51 AM PDT by Buddygirl
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To: Sursam Abordine

LOL...yeah...can’t you tell from the look in his eyes??!!!! He was thinking “Mission Accomplished”...or “No Child Left Behind”...or...???


36 posted on 07/29/2011 5:22:10 AM PDT by gr8eman (..."Well...I guess they had it coming, Will;...We all got it coming, Kid!")
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
But why is this a story now?...

The news lately implies, written or not "Obama SUCKS! Obama SUCKS! Obama SUCKS!..."

So they respond the only way they think they can distract people "LOOK! THERE'S BUSH!"

Yet it only serves to remind us how good we had it by comparison.

Even my lefty friends tell me they miss Bush now. At least the ones I can communicate with who are employed...I even got an apology, public, from one who voted for Obama. I was nice to them but didn't let them off the hook. Too much damage, dude...

37 posted on 07/29/2011 5:22:17 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Sursam Abordine

LOL...yeah...can’t you tell from the look in his eyes??!!!! He was thinking “Mission Accomplished”...or “No Child Left Behind”...or...???


38 posted on 07/29/2011 5:22:17 AM PDT by gr8eman (..."Well...I guess they had it coming, Will;...We all got it coming, Kid!")
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To: Rockingham

It wasn’t only those kids, it was kids all over the country and everyone else in the country.

I agree the president’s reaction is open to a good healthy discussion. The mistake is giving a ridiculous leftist trumped up controversey one second of your time.

Bush made a decision, the idea he was too dumb to know what to do is preposterous. All evidence is Bush and Cheney took kick ass charge that day and after.


39 posted on 07/29/2011 5:22:59 AM PDT by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Rockingham
This weak explanation

People will believe what they want to believe. Ten years of Bush bashing and now he has to be criticized for the reaction on his face after being told about the worst disaster to this country since Pearl Harbor......?

I've never met a Monday morning quarterback yet that has ever lost a game......LOL!

40 posted on 07/29/2011 5:25:54 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You can't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: Williams
The real issue, as always, is the filthy left wing response.

That is true. There is never a moment when they are not seeking their own advantage, which they always believe is best achieved by destroying or tearing somebody down. They don't care what's happening in the world. It's all about them.

41 posted on 07/29/2011 5:27:35 AM PDT by livius
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To: markomalley

Thank you President Bush for the ultimate poker face!


42 posted on 07/29/2011 5:36:33 AM PDT by HotKat
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To: Enchante
I remember hearing Peter Jennings ask “... people have to be wondering, Where is our President?...”

If I could have strangled him through the airwaves, I would have.

George Bush did it right on 9/11.

Obama hid for 2-3 weeks when the underwear bomber did his thing during bambi’s Christmas vacation.

43 posted on 07/29/2011 5:41:57 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Buddygirl

I disagree. Bush erred badly. Other Presidents seem to have been born for the role. For example, even when shot, Reagan joked and put those around him — and the country — at ease.


44 posted on 07/29/2011 5:52:49 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Rockingham

(YAWN)


45 posted on 07/29/2011 5:58:15 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: Williams
I did not accuse Bush of being dumb. I mark him as having made mistakes.

Among the state level Republican party staff I was part of on 9/11, we saw two politically consequential errors by Bush the first day: (1) the failure to react promptly and appropriately before the kiddie class; and (2) the failure to immediately and directly fly back to Washington, a failure fortunately remedied by the close of the day.

As to 9/11, two more issues remain for history to examine and likely hold against Bush: the nature and depth of official Saudi and Pakistani connections to the 9/11 plot; and the Bush administration's catering to Muslim sentiment after 9/11. Not only is there reason to suspect that the Bush administration knew of and suppressed evidence of substantial involvement in 9/11 by Saudi and Pakistani intelligence agencies, but after 9/11, even Muslim extremists were embraced by the Bush administration as part of a misguided hug-a-Muslim policy.

Meanwhile, due to open borders and lack of effective immigration enforcement -- more Bush security lapses -- we remain vulnerable to major terrorist attacks.

46 posted on 07/29/2011 6:15:48 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Rockingham

You can be among all the state level GOP leaders you want, the country was under attack and Washington DC specifically so, and the secret service made the correct decision (IMHO) to take the president elsewhere.

Once again people fall for an inappropriate reaction by the left wing democrat phonies. All GOPers should have been busy smashing any such “political” criticism in the democrats’ faces. But republicans are feckless.

That is the GOP’s “political error”.


47 posted on 07/29/2011 6:27:03 AM PDT by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Brett66

He should have strutted around saying “I’m looking for some ass to kick”.

That’s how mature statesman world leaders like Obama handle a big crisis like that.


48 posted on 07/29/2011 7:36:48 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: Rockingham

Well, I think we can disagree there.


49 posted on 07/29/2011 8:27:04 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Williams

An American President is not a box of glassware to be carted about as the Secret Service directs for safety’s sake. Despite any dangers, Bush needed to return to Washington on 9/11 because, like Churchill in London during the Blitz, when the country is under attack, a President must at least symbolically share the risks and fate of his government and people. America can survive losing a President to hostile action more readily than it can survive a wartime President about whom there is a whiff of cowardice.


50 posted on 07/29/2011 9:07:16 AM PDT by Rockingham
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