On 9/11, a Telling Seven-Minute Silence

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    I know you all think I just troll the internet looking for negative Bush stories, and well, you're partially right. But that's my job. Anyways, I don't know if one can make too much of this but it is worth discussion, just for the simple fact that I would have been up out of my seat faster than you can say bin Laden...
    This will be made even more painfully clear as I sit in a theater looking at Dubya's mug for 7 minutes, recalling the horror occuring in my city as I watch him frozen like a deer in the headlights.

    Fire away!

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    On 9/11, a Telling Seven-Minute Silence
    Interpreting the President's Image in Crisis
    By Joel Achenbach
    Saturday, June 19, 2004; Page C01

    You're at a photo op, reading a book with schoolchildren and an aide suddenly whispers that a second plane has hit the World Trade Center. "America is under attack." You're the president of the United States. What do you do? ...

    From two different angles, Americans have new glimpses of that historic moment. One comes from rabble-rousing Michael Moore, whose Bush-eviscerating film "Fahrenheit 9/11" premieres next week, and includes an uninterrupted seven-minute segment showing Bush's reaction after hearing the news of the attack. He doesn't move.

    Instead he continues to sit in the classroom, listening to children read aloud. Moore lets the tape roll as the minutes pass painfully by.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A53548-2004Jun18?language=pri...
     
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    And what would you and Michael Moore have had him do? Stand up with small children around him and say, "America has been attacked in NYC by jets. We don't know more than that, though there are many unconfirmed reports of more jets. I gotta go and get some real information."

    That would have been just swell.
     
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    misfire I think...:p:
     
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    Nope, just hard to read when all bold.
    :p:
     
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    I would have got up and walked out of the room.
    I would not have sat there for 7 minutes. Hell, if air traffic control had notified the military 7 minutes earlier they may have been able to intercept one of the planes.

    But that's a moot point. I understand all the confusion that morning as NO ONE was prepared for this. But how does the President just sit there for 7 minutes?

    Shouldn't he have been doing something?

    If you were in the middle of an important business meeting and got a call that your sister had been kidnapped... wouldn't you get the heck out of Dodge, eben if it was just to make a phone call and show support or see what you could do?

    I mean, ultimately he is the one who gives the shoot-down command. Oh wait, no, that was Cheney!!!
     
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    Actually Flasher, that's why he's called the 'executive'. Those that needed to get the info, analyze, and offer alternatives were already on it-it would take more than 7 minutes, duh.

    In the meantime, while the kids and adults standing around didn't know what was going on, he knew that many did and millions were finding out by the minute. He had to be able to figure how to reassure, to the best of his ability, with no real info at that time.

    Which is why the first 'message' really wasn't all that reassuring. I think he did a great job that day and for the months following.
     
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    If he ran out of the room, people would say that he panicked. I really don't know what he could have done. There was no way to prevent it at that point. It's just another example of "damned if you do and damned if you don't" by liberals.
     
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    Good point.
    I still think that every part of me would not be able to just sit there knowing that "America is under attack."

    I mean, he could have been consulting Dick or something.
    I find is strange that Dick gave the shoot down order without Bush's knowledge. Actually, I think they say that Bush gave authorization but there is absolutely no evidence of this according to the congressional report.

    Anyway, I guess he had two options--stay or leave-- and he thought the people were best served by him just sitting there.
     
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    Flasher I'm impressed, you may be growing up. ;)
     
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    I try.
     

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