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Bob Harris at This Modern World on the video of Dubya's 9/11 school photo op:

In the first few seconds of the video, Bush is informed by Chief of Staff Andrew Card that "A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack."

And the guy just sits there. For five... solid... freaking... minutes.

The White House admits that Bush fully understood what was happening. So keep this in mind while watching: in New York, as these long, precious minutes slowly tick by, people are burning horribly, people are jumping 100 stories to their deaths, and more planes are very likely headed for other targets (the Pentagon, for example, as it turned out).

Bush sits complacently, doing nothing.

Fighter planes desperately need scrambling. The Pentagon not yet been hit. This is a grave national emergency.

Five. Solid. Freaking. Minutes.

Watch the video. Watch it. Watch the damn thing.

And while you do, remember that morning. Remember where you were, how instantly you wanted to help, and how desperately you would have leapt to action given any opportunity to defend this country.

When the footage ends, he's still not moving, although we can hear the press being told the photo-op is over. Eyewitness accounts indicate that he continued to do virtually nothing for at least another several minutes.

If you can't see the video, scroll down to the sequence of stills from the tape. Then read the Memory Hole's account of events. It's all very disturbing.

Remember this when the movie comes out, showing Our Fearless Leader bravely springing to action and vanquishing our foes.

Replies: 3 Confessions

that makes me want to cry.

Liz @ 06/26/2003 06:07 PM CST

I know. Me too.

amyc @ 06/26/2003 08:15 PM CST

I want to know if he was clutching his pillow while he was watching the video feed. pigfucker.

shechemist @ 06/26/2003 09:31 PM CST

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