This is Not A Conspiracy Theory began its net presence on September 11, 2001 at another location, but determined to discover
how long George Bush remained seated in the Booker Elementary School second-grade classroom after he was told by Andrew Card
reportedly that a second plane had hit the world trade center and America was under attack.
Most sites at the time after September 11, 2001, relayed times ranging from 20-minutes to 25-minutes to half-an-hour.
Note the disclaimers placed on some pages... believe me most of these sites continued to portray the 20 to 25 minutes
for years, and some still do, despite the disclaimers, as you'll see below.
With the release of Michael Moore's so-called documentary, a shortened time was portrayed , some seven-minutes
for Bush remaining seated in the classroom after the news of a second plane hitting the world trade center.
FAHRENHEIT 9/11: “Nearly seven minutes passed with nobody doing anything.”
- “[H]e lingered in the room for another six minutes [after being informed of the second plane]… [At]
9:12, he abruptly retreated, speaking to Mr. Cheney and New York officials.” David E. Sanger and Don Van Natta Jr.,
“After The Attacks: The Events;In Four Days, A National Crisis Changes Bush's Presidency,” The New York Times,
September 16, 2001 .
- “Mr. Bush remained in the elementary school for nearly a half an hour after Andy Card whispered in his ear.”
Michael Kranish, “Bush: US To Hunt Down Attackers,” Boston Globe, September
Now we see ratcheting down of the time frame on some sites, including The Memory Hole.
This footage, obtained and presented exclusively by The Memory Hole, shows President
Bush sitting in a Florida classroom for 5 minutes after he was told that the second Twin Tower has been hit and that America
was being attacked...
Even so, the fact Bush remained seated after this news is not to be dismissed as unimportant, because it is clear now
from the original videotape of that morning that Bush had a window-of-opportunity to exit the classroom as the teacher was
transitioning lesson plans.
Children the world over won't ever learn why Bush remained seated for six minutes after he'd been told America was under
That is a blight on our system of checks and balances which is supposed to include an objective press and media that
asks hard questions.
To date, none have asked Bush to explain precisely when he was made aware that a plane, or more than one plane, had been
hijacked, potentially hijacked.
Our media is complicit in disinformation.
This is precisely, however, why we have needed all along an accurate portrayal of the length of time Bush remained in
the classroom after learning America was under attack.
Still stranger was Bush's reaction on being told of the second impact by chief of staff Andrew Card. There was none.
Bush simply went on with the school visit and listened to children reading about a pet goat. For twenty minutes...
He did not budge. He continued to sit. He observed the reading lesson for some minutes. When
the kids did a good job he cheered the way a man might cheer at a sports event. He smiled. He gave two pep talks.
How many minutes did this last? Well, of that we cannot be sure because the video has been edited at least twice. The second
time, at about the six minutes, two seconds mark, was after Card left. Some of the reading lesson has been cut out; there's
an obvious jump. So we can only guess, but our educated guess is that Bush spent at least 20 minutes in the reading class.
An Interesting Day: President Bush's Movements and Actions on 9/11
By Allan Wood, Paul Thompson
...So why, at 9:03 a.m.—fifteen minutes after it was clear the United States was under terrorist attack—did
President Bush sit down with a classroom of second-graders and begin a 20-minute pre-planned photo op? No one knows the answer
to that question. In fact, no one has even asked Bush about it...
When Did Bush Leave the Classroom?
Nearly every news account fails to mention when Bush left the classroom after
being told America was under attack. Three mention 9:12 a.m. [New York Times, 9/16/01 (B), Telegraph, 12/16/01, Daily Mail,
9/8/02] Remaining in the classroom for approximately five to seven minutes is inexcusable, but the video of Bush in the classroom
suggests he stayed longer than that. The video contains several edits and ends before Bush leaves the room, so it also doesn’t
tell us exactly how long he stayed. One newspaper suggested he remained “for eight or nine minutes”—sometime
between 9:13 and 9:16, since Card’s arrival is uncertain. [Tampa Tribune, 9/1/02]
Notes six minutes provides no link
"I don't think anyone could have handled it better. What would
it have served if he had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room? I knew it was something serious. The president bit
his lip and clenched his jaw. I didn't know what happened, whether it was something with his wife or children or something
with the nation. I remember praying that God would watch over our school and protect our children...That day I would have
voted for him...I've heard people say, ''Why didn't you get the children out of there?' Where were they supposed to go? Many
of their parents weren't home. Some didn't have rides. It would have created chaos...There is nothing anyone can tell me to
change my perspective, because I was there."
-- Gwendolyn Tose-Rigell, principal of Sarasota, Florida's Emma E. Booker elementary school (talking to the Sarasota
Herald Tribune), a Democrat, remembering 9:05 AM on 9/11 2001, as White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card passed her, then
whispered to President Bush that the World Trade Center Towers had been hit in an apparent terrorist attack. The president
stayed seated for another six minutes reading to children before making his departure, an act of restraint that has been endlessly