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ye who enter here be afraid, but do what ye must -- to defeat your fear ye must defy it.

& defeat it ye must, for only then can we begin to realize liberty & justice for all.

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or just a blog crying in the wilderness, trying to make sense of it all, terror-fried by hate radio and FOX, the number of whose name is 666??? (coincidence?)

Friday, July 29, 2011

deer in the hindsights

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.

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. [more]
"a conscious decision to project an aura of calm in a crisis"?!

what he "projected" was an air of confusion.

which is ironic, because it would've been so easy to look strong and decisive. all he had to do was stand up and tell the kids he was sorry he had to leave early but something vitally important had come up that needed his immediate attention. he might've also suggested they follow the upcoming events in the media.

then he should've left. right away. no hesitation.

if he had, nobody would be talking about it today.

1 comment:

  1. That guy is such a BS artist!

    And he's just saying this now? 10 years later?

    THAT is a slooooow reaction.

    No, forgive me. That is CALM, man. That is so calm it almost makes you think it came out of a bottle.

    Nah! That couldn't be. What was I thinking?