TIME magazine has a fascinating story on the children who were with President Bush on 9-11 when he received the news that America was under attack. They are all very appreciative of his calm response and that he didn’t immediately storm out of the room. One student described it this way:
“I’ll always remember watching his face turn red. He got really serious all of a sudden. But I was clueless. I was just seven. I’m just glad he didn’t get up and leave because then I would have been more scared and confused.
Another student agrees:
“I think the President was trying to keep us from finding out so we all wouldn’t freak out.”
Here’s how they feel about Michael Moore’s interpretation of Bush’s response that day:
“One thing they’d like to tell Bush’s critics â€” like liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, whose 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 911 disparaged Bush for lingering almost 10 minutes with the Booker students after getting word that two planes had crashed into New York’s World Trade Center â€” is that they think the President did the right thing. ‘I think he was trying to keep everybody calm, starting with us,’ says Guerrero. Dubrocq agrees: ‘I think he was trying to protect us.’ Booker Principal Gwendolyn Tose’-Rigell, who died in 2007, later insisted, ‘I don’t think anyone could have handled it better. What would it have served if [Bush] had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?'”
Read the rest here.
(HT: Russell Moore)