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Bush explains slow reaction to September 11 attacks
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Posted on 07/29/2011 7:52:16 AM PDT by nuconvert

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former President George W. Bush says his apparent lack of reaction to the first news of the September 11 2001 attacks was a conscious decision to project an aura of calm in a crisis.

In a rare interview with the National Geographic Channel, Bush reflects on what was going through his mind at the most dramatic moment of his presidency when he was informed that a second passenger jet had hit New York's World Trade Center.

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.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911; bush; bush911; sept11
No one but a Liberal needs an explanation. (a result of the mental illness)

The rest of the world understood immediately.

1 posted on 07/29/2011 7:52:23 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

why bother answering liberal propaganda?

when one answers a fool one becomes foolish.


2 posted on 07/29/2011 7:54:51 AM PDT by ken21 (liberal + rino progressive media hate palin, bachman, cain...)
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To: nuconvert

Americans and even some liberals understand he didn’t want to create undue fear in a classroom of first-graders. He knew he had a very capable team working the issue one room away.


3 posted on 07/29/2011 7:58:22 AM PDT by ScottinVA (As a party that gives Obama what he wants, what again is the GOP`s 2012 selling point?)
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To: ken21
why bother answering liberal propaganda?

Because liberal propaganda works, especially when it goes unanswered. That's how we went from being the land of the free and the home of the brave, to being the land of the managed and the home of the frightened.

4 posted on 07/29/2011 7:59:22 AM PDT by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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To: nuconvert

Once again, the Lib media tries to control the narrative.

There was nothing wrong with Bush’s reaction, in fact, it was 100% correct for the circumstances - but of course, the MSM have ask the question in a biased way.


5 posted on 07/29/2011 7:59:30 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: nuconvert
Then I immediately focused on the children

Gag me with a spoon.

ML/NJ

6 posted on 07/29/2011 8:03:22 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: nuconvert

I have never felt that President Bush had to explain OR apologize for anything he did on that day.

It was all unselfish, mature, uncomplicated and logical.

His focus, strength and cold resolve were impressive. The President Liberals loved to claim had no foreign policy experience, did not put a foot wrong.


7 posted on 07/29/2011 8:03:29 AM PDT by SMARTY (A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.)
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To: PGR88

I remember seeing the film about Bush’s reaction. How stunned he looked yet quiet. How I swear you could see the blood/color draining from his face and his eyes became “intense”. I don’t know if I am describing it exactly right but that is what I remember. I guess the liberals would have preferred that Bush stand up and give a “shout out”? After the Ft. Hood massacre, I remember that and will remember that craziness for my entire life. Although I didn’t agree with Bush all of the time, I MISS HIM LIKE CRAZY!


8 posted on 07/29/2011 8:04:06 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: PGR88
“There was nothing wrong with Bush’s reaction, in fact, it was 100% correct for the circumstances - but of course, the MSM have ask the question in a biased way.”

Another “created” smear of GWB. The first was that he was “stupid”; took them awhile to come with that; but they did.
Had he reacted any differently; they would have said he “panicked” or “wasn't calm”, or something else.

I hate these people.

9 posted on 07/29/2011 8:04:55 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: nuconvert
What would Obama have done; probably blame the workers who stupidly jumped out the windows of the burning WTC?
10 posted on 07/29/2011 8:06:54 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Maceman

Even the story’s title shows the bias that is the “antiquated” media. One more point; let’s say that President Bush wanted to jump up and run out to the limo that would take him to a waiting Air Force One. Do people realize how tightly scripted moving the President is? Having done security at the HIGHEST level, believe me when I tell you, you don’t just MOVE the President. The routes must be secured, air traffic has to be closed, etc. And to think this all started with that fraud Michael Moore.


11 posted on 07/29/2011 8:06:58 AM PDT by cumbo78
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To: nuconvert

He did everything right. I’ve never understood why he was ever questioned on it.


12 posted on 07/29/2011 8:07:10 AM PDT by bgill
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To: ken21

“..when one answers a fool one becomes foolish.”

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A trap the classy and well-meaning George Bush fell into, too many times.

A better strategy is to attack back rather than play defense. Challenge the very premise, the very wording, of the groundwork they attempt to lay for their sick propaganda.

Do it early. Do it often.


13 posted on 07/29/2011 8:13:46 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Maceman
Because liberal propaganda works, especially when it goes unanswered. That's how we went from being the land of the free and the home of the brave, to being the land of the managed and the home of the frightened.
One of the big failings of the Bush administration was its absolute inability to respond in any meaningful way to its critics on the left. Some say it was Rove. I don't know. But it certainly was a failing. A big failing.
14 posted on 07/29/2011 8:14:04 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: ml/nj

“Gag me with a spoon.”

My pleasure. Consider it done


15 posted on 07/29/2011 8:15:52 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: SMARTY

His focus, strength and cold resolve were impressive.

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Agreed.

But then the “political professionals” got to him.

Before the end of that first horrible week, we had a Presidential visit to a DC mosque, and the spewing or morally equivalent detritus, such as that the Islamic death cult is “a religion of peace”.


16 posted on 07/29/2011 8:18:03 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: nuconvert
Only the hardened Lib Rats had a problem with him leaving gracefully from a room full of children in that crisis. This is no revelation. This question has been asked and answered already. Old news.

There is one Presidential visit with school kids that should be questioned.


18 posted on 07/29/2011 8:19:52 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: bgill
He did everything right. I’ve never understood why he was ever questioned on it.

Because the left will never forgive not being allowed to steal the 2000 Presidential election in broad daylight. *ALL* the 'Bush Derangement Syndrome' stems from this...

the infowarrior

19 posted on 07/29/2011 8:20:08 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: nuconvert
Only fools think there was no reaction. The president was just told of a Pearl Harbor attack. He takes a couple of seconds to process, and you can see the determination and anger almost immediately set in, but he is NOT going to telegraph it.

It all runs through very fast, but you can see the conscious decision not to react. Liberals are blinded to this because they hate so much.

20 posted on 07/29/2011 8:20:54 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: nuconvert

No one but a libtard sees a ‘slow reaction’

Imagine you are sitting there reading to children and you are just informed the nation is under attack.

Would it be ‘presidential’ to scream and raun around flapping your arms.

He took the news calmly, tol them the activate the military, and went back the business at hand.

He knew something was up because he could see the media all talking among themselves.

Once again- only a libtard wants or needs any further ‘analysis’ of ‘his reaction’.


21 posted on 07/29/2011 8:26:50 AM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: samtheman

My mom and I discussed this at length.

I am a strong Christian, but Christian morality doesn’t apply to government so often, I’m afraid. Our thought was Bush naively thought if he just did what was right, people would notice and he wouldn’t have to attack back.

I see it happen so often in churches also. But in public positions, you must make your side known.


22 posted on 07/29/2011 8:30:18 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: nuconvert

Really? It’s almost ten years to the day later and somebody still wants to talk about the “My Pet Goat” thing? Seriously? Teh Stupid...it burns.

Guys, when Andy Card was whispering the news in Dubya’s ear, one of the photographers got a really good angle on Dubya’s face as he got the news. His face, especially his eyes, pretty much said without words what he now says in so many words was going through his mind. If they want to fault him because he didn’t get up and run around with his hair on fire...well, sorry. He had other things to worry about.


23 posted on 07/29/2011 8:32:31 AM PDT by RichInOC (...Phi Kappa Sigma, Beta Rho '87...Kevin Reilly, Stephen Ward and Brent Woodall, R.I.P.)
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To: nuconvert
Liberals would only be satisfied if Bush had jumped up on the table and started to scream, "oh my God, children we are all going to die. . .WE SURRENDER!!"

And another Left narrative that Bush needs to squash. . the "Mission Accomplished" ruse. It was a banner pertaining to the Naval battle group that had completed THEIR mission. It was never meant to represent an assessment of the overall war mission.

24 posted on 07/29/2011 8:39:26 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: nuconvert
For me this is one of the most hated of the Left's myths of the Bush era.

He acted absolutely 100% appropriately. "Blank face" is a slanted way of saying "poker face."

If Obama had acted exactly the same, he'd he hailed as a calm, cool-headed and adult.

25 posted on 07/29/2011 8:42:38 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Mike Pence is voting FOR the Boehner bill.)
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To: EyeGuy
A better strategy is to attack back rather than play defense. Challenge the very premise, the very wording, of the groundwork they attempt to lay for their sick propaganda.

To be on the defensive is to be at a disadvantage.

It's simple, but a lot of FReepers don't seem to get it.

26 posted on 07/29/2011 8:46:23 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: cumbo78
"Even the story’s title shows the bias that is the “antiquated” media."

"Mission Accomplished"??
27 posted on 07/29/2011 8:49:01 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: nuconvert

Still waiting to find out who shorted the airlines stocks...

Bush’s answer was to add another layer of government with the NSA using airport harassment of passengers. 9/11 shows the President was not in control of anything, just an interested observer, a puppet.


28 posted on 07/29/2011 8:54:04 AM PDT by Razzz42
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To: Grizzled Bear

“It’s simple, but a lot of FReepers don’t seem to get it.”

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Ah, the “we’re better than that”, or “let’s not sink to their level, because then we are no better than them” faction?”


29 posted on 07/29/2011 8:54:41 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: I still care

I think you’re right. He took a very Christian attitude towards his critics and unfortunately that weakened his administration. I’m not saying Christian attitudes are wrong, in general, I’m just saying that Bush made a mistake by basically bringing a Bible to a gun fight.


30 posted on 07/29/2011 9:01:56 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: EyeGuy
Ah, the “we’re better than that”, or “let’s not sink to their level, because then we are no better than them” faction?”

Are they good natured or simply gullible?

Truth is, there are some lines I won't cross. However, when your very existence is at stake, you take the gloves off.

31 posted on 07/29/2011 9:10:45 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: samtheman; I still care

I’m glad to see others think this also.

It’s certainly in my thoughts when I look at who may be running in 2012.


32 posted on 07/29/2011 9:18:10 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
What shocked me most about this story was the ongoing BDS. I saw the story yesterday on Yahoo and was blown away by the comments. Even though we all know there was never any "there" there to this story, and even though the story COMPLETELY vindicates Bush and his reaction, there are many comments that are pure vitriol. The summary of these comments is that Bush was too stupid to understand what was happening and his delayed reaction was due to not comprehending what was happening.

Another related story, a buddy just told me an MSNBC poll showed 94% of viewers believe Obama should "enact the 14th amendment in the debt crisis".

33 posted on 07/29/2011 9:23:01 AM PDT by douginthearmy
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To: I still care
"I’m afraid. Our thought was Bush naively thought if he just did what was right, people would notice and he wouldn’t have to attack back."

"Attack back"?? How could anyone consider reactions to the incident before knowing what was happening. All the World knew was that airplanes were crashing into buildings. Almost no one knew why!

Your statement reveals your thinking, not his!

34 posted on 07/29/2011 9:49:58 AM PDT by CharlyFord (t)
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To: douginthearmy
Another related story, a buddy just told me an MSNBC poll showed 94% of viewers believe Obama should "enact the 14th amendment in the debt crisis".

Ten bucks says 99% of that 94% have no idea what the 14th Amendment is.

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35 posted on 07/29/2011 9:50:37 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: nuconvert

Nothing good would have come from panicking in front of a classroom of young children, and I think most people understand that, as you say.


36 posted on 07/29/2011 10:24:34 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (To paraphrase Sarah Palin: "I love when the liberals get all wee-wee'd up.")
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To: douginthearmy
Another related story, a buddy just told me an MSNBC poll showed 94% of viewers believe Obama should "enact the 14th amendment in the debt crisis".

Where was that poll taken, in the MSNBC 'News' Room???

37 posted on 07/29/2011 10:28:19 AM PDT by CharlyFord (t)
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To: McBuff

“Liberals would only be satisfied if Bush had jumped up on the table and started to scream, “oh my God, children we are all going to die. . .WE SURRENDER!!”

They would be especially satisfied if he’d done it with a lisp.


38 posted on 07/29/2011 10:41:35 AM PDT by Magic Fingers
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To: I still care
I believe it was John Kerry senator that sat and talked to another inside the beltway democrat for over 2 hours or longer after it was clear this was an attack on the US.

They had no idea what course of action should be taken, they didn't know what to do.

This story disappeared off the scope rather quickly.

When Resident Reagan was shot, Secretary of State Alexlander Haig made the statement "I am charge here at the white house". He was was crucified in the media for that statement.

I am sure as a General in the US Army he knew the chain of command if a president was incapacitated. To me his statement was made to say there are plans (the Constitution) in place after the shooting occurred.

On 911 President Bush knew there were plans in place for an emergency like this. It wasn't job to run to the nearest airport, jump into a fighter and go shoot down the remaining planes.

Faced with a similar event 0bama and his teleprompters would be saying I, I, I, I, me, me, me, me in a complete panic as a failed "leader" who had no idea what to do next.

Bush 911 Inaction, just more Bush's Fault BS from the MSM and Bush haters.

39 posted on 07/29/2011 10:48:09 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: ml/nj

He was reading to a group of children. While the phrase is over used, I believe it means exactly what it says - that he was focused on the group of kids he was reading to.

Sheesh - You must be allergic to spoons, or something! ;-P


40 posted on 07/29/2011 10:49:43 AM PDT by MortMan (What disease did cured ham used to have?)
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To: nuconvert

Exactly. I knew this by just watching.


41 posted on 07/29/2011 10:51:58 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: ml/nj; nuconvert; MortMan

Sounds like a line is forming to help with the ‘gagging’.


42 posted on 07/29/2011 12:44:30 PM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: ml/nj; nuconvert; MortMan

Sounds like a line is forming to help with the ‘gagging’.


43 posted on 07/29/2011 12:44:32 PM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: Verbosus
Sounds like a line is forming to help with the ‘gagging’.

Sorry. This was supposedly after he was informed that there was an on-going attack against the United States of America. If he was really thinking about a small group of children 1000 miles away from the point of attack, then he is truly the idiot that his detractors say he is.

ML/NJ

44 posted on 07/29/2011 12:58:18 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: CharlyFord

I’m not talking about the plane attacks. I’m talking about the personal attacks he suffered every day in the press. I don’t think Bush took it to the press the way he should have because he wasn’t that type, but he suffered for it.

I was responding to post 14.


45 posted on 07/29/2011 1:09:48 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: ml/nj; Verbosus

I disagree. At the time, he was told first that an airplane had hit one of the towers, then that the second hit. He maintained an outward calm while allowing information to be gathered and brought to him. He then excused himself and proceeded with business of state.

How would you have preferred he act, and what would the fallout from his actions have been?

I prefer a calm leader in times of crisis, personally.


46 posted on 07/29/2011 1:34:39 PM PDT by MortMan (What disease did cured ham used to have?)
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To: MortMan
How would you have preferred he act, and what would the fallout from his actions have been?

Actually, I thought he did okay at the time. It's this that I think is absurd: "My first reaction was anger. Who the hell would do that to America? Then I immediately focused on the children." Ask yourself, "What would Churchill have done, or written subsequently?"

ML/NJ

47 posted on 07/29/2011 1:42:05 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: I still care
I’m talking about the personal attacks he suffered every day in the press. I don’t think Bush took it to the press the way he should have because he wasn’t that type, but he suffered for it.

I agree with that. You touched on Bush's major failure. He didn't communicate.

He made speeches early on, talking about the impending sub-prime housing crash but the speeches were to select audiences. He did not take that problem to the people.

He allowed the libs and MSM to beat him over the head about the reasons for removing Saddam from power. He was depending on 'History' for vindication. In other words, he was waiting for someone else to do the job.

The historical fact will be that his failure to communicate and allowing the libs to own the narrative contributed significantly to Obama's election.

As a result, he tried to cover his butt by writing a book, released 2 years after he left office. Sorry! If he had something that the American people needed to know, he should have spoke up while he was in office.

48 posted on 07/29/2011 2:46:52 PM PDT by CharlyFord (t)
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bump for later


49 posted on 07/30/2011 7:24:13 PM PDT by foreverfree
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