Bush Reads To Children As America Burns
Say! Did you know the footage usually broadcast of Bush on 9/11 makes it appear that he only stayed in that classroom reading to children after being told of the attacks for a little over two minutes?
In fact he stayed there for a full five minutes on the video footage, and according to accounts from those at the scene, possibly up to a little over thirty altogether after being told; and one might be tempted to wonder, does he look concerned
that terrorists might be coming to attack him too(given that they would have only had to know his itinerary that day, which wasn't very secret if it was being filmed for TV)?
No, he doesn't, nor did he even rush out to at least make sure his presence didn't put the children in danger. Nor did Secret Service agents remove him to safety, though they had definitely immediately done so with Cheney, in Washington.
Why, to the untrained eye, it's almost as if he knew for certain where the planes would and would not hit.
Even more interestingly, no fighter planes were immediately accompanying Bush when he left Sarasota, even though there were three nearby bases; instead an escort did not meet Air Force One until they were in Texas airspace. And in a later interview with CBS, Bush actually tried to claim he was watching the attacks on television as they occurred.
There was no film footage of the first attack until at least the following day, and Bush didn't have access to a television until 15 or so minutes later. [Washington Times, 10/7/02] The Boston Herald later noted, "Think about that. Bush's remark implies he saw the first plane hit the tower. But we all know that video of the first plane hitting did not surface until the next day. Could Bush have meant he saw the second plane hit - which many Americans witnessed? No, because he said that he was in the classroom when Card whispered in his ear that a second plane hit." [Boston Herald, 10/22/02] Bush's recollection has many precise details. Is he simply confused? It's doubly strange why his advisors didn't correct him or - at the very least - stop him from repeating the same story only four weeks later. [White House, 1/5/02, CBS, 9/11/02] On January 5, 2002, Bush stated: "Well, I was sitting in a schoolhouse in Florida ... and my Chief of Staff – well, first of all, when we walked into the classroom, I had seen this plane fly into the first building. There was a TV set on. And you know, I thought it was pilot error and I was amazed that anybody could make such a terrible mistake. And something was wrong with the plane..." [White House, 1/5/02]
But how could he know such a thing? How silly to engage in such speculation.
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