See entries for Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, 2001
We have questioned on this site whether the same exact security measures were taken when President George Bush spoke
in Florida on Sept. 10, 2001 - as were taken on Sept. 11, 2001 at the Emma Booker Elementary School.
To date - February 2007 - we have not discovered the answer.
News releases for September 2001
I was under the impression Michael Moore's film gave a time period of 10 minutes for the time President Bush remained
seated in the second grade classroom. My apologies. The 7-minutes is as close as he could get to my research which
shows a 6-minute period. Hope Moore had come across my site prior to his filming his documentary...
Not sorry to disagree with Fleischer. Yes, had President Bush exited the second grade classroom within 30 seconds
of learning America was under attack, the course of history would have been altered.
Had Bush exited the room, for instance, conspiracy theorists would not have been able to fault Bush for remaining in
the second-grade classroom for any amount of time.
Conspiracy theorists would still have faulted Bush for remaining in the school-building, but would not have had much
room to criticize Bush's actions because actions would have been taken earlier.
Remember, too, a holding room had been set up by secret service early in the morning. the room was adjacent to
the second grade classroom and secured,
according to Bill Sammon in FIGHTING BACK.
Instead, what we have as historical fact is President Bush - Commander-in-Chief the instant it was known or alleged that
America was under attack - remaining inactive for 6-7 minutes which means possible treason - if it was known to President
Bush earlier - sometime just before 9 a.m. - that one, two, three planes had been hijacked.
That is not said lightly. Americans still do not have the answer to the question: when was President Bush
apprised by either speculation or confirmation that any commercial planes had been hijacked?
If he knew prior to Card whispering in his ear, prior to approximately 9:07, that a plane or more than one plane had
been hijacked, and he then was told that America was under attack, Bush has no wiggle room as an excuse to remain seated in
the second grade classroom for any length of time.
CNN THE SITUATION ROOM
Americans Mark Five Year Anniversary of 9/11; New Public Opinion Poll on President Bush; Interview
with Longtime Bush Adviser Karen Hughes; Rocket Fire Hits Afghanistan During 9/11 Commemoration
Aired September 11, 2006 - 16:00 ET
FLEISCHER: He spoke to Condi Rice, asking what happened, what information do we have. At that moment, when only the first
tower had been hit, it was all of our thoughts that this had been some type of terrible accident, and that New York City needed
help, New York City needed resources. Then the president went into the schoolroom.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, SEPTEMBER 11,
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, can get ready.
UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN: May.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
May. Give yourselves a pat on the back.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
got another page, telling me that the second tower had been hit. Instantly, I just thought, this has to be terrorism.
And what went through my mind, first of all, was the horror of it.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, SEPTEMBER 11, 2001)
HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Here is the tape. You see the plane coming in from what looks like the east side. And it goes into the
(END VIDEO CLIP)
FLEISCHER: Something that never happens, Andy Card walked in, in the middle of
an event, whispered in the president's ear. CARD: I went up to the president, bent over, and whispered into his ear: "A second
plane hit the second tower. America is under attack" -- two facts and one editorial comment.
KEIL: It was like a cloud
passed across his face for a moment. Clearly, he had been told something very profound and very, very important.
He was obviously criticized by Michael Moore in "Fahrenheit 9/11" for sitting there for seven minutes or so. Nothing,
in those seven minutes, if he had left immediately, would have changed the course of history. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0609/11/sitroom.01.html
Mar 4, 2004
Still, the 9/11 commission has not received documents it has sought for the investigation. The commission also wants
to call Rice and others to testify publicly, under oath.
Hot discussions about Bush Ads for presidential campaign which
feature 9/11 images in background
Fox News 3/4/04
Segment featured Bill Sammon and David Corn
exchange between the two well-known pundits.
Excerpt from news item Thursday, March 04, 2004
Analysts said Bush had a right to use Sept. 11 politically.
"To suggest that you cannot make any fleeting
reference to an event that not only defined a presidency but defined a way of life … it's just silly," added Fox News
contributor Bill Sammon, White House senior correspondent for The Washington Times.
"This is his strong suit, so it's
natural the Democrats claim he's using that. He has to make sure he doesn't back away from reminding us of September 11 because
that's his strong point."
Segment with Chris Matthews features
two women who were affected by tragedy 9/11
Debra Burlingame, lost brother in 9/11 attack
not against the ads
Gabrielle: ... He was in a schoolroom reading to children. No posture was taken to prevent the devastation that occurred or
to limit it.
Catch the interview now or later, but don't miss it.
March 3, 2004 Dissecting the new Bush ads
Critiquing the quality and messaging in the ads