We all remember the images of President George W. Bush sitting in a classroom as The Pet Goat was read to the 7 year-old students gathered around him. I certainly remember the crude remarks made when he didn’t jump up and go running out of the room when he was told about the events taking place. But what do the students think/remember? An article released by Time discusses just that.
via Yahoo! News: The Students with Bush on 9/11: The Interrupted Reading
One thing the students would like to tell Bush’s critics – like liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, whose 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 911 disparaged Bush for lingering almost 10 minutes with the students after getting word that two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center – 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?”
- The Children Of 9/11 (outsidethebeltway.com)
- The Interrupted Reading: The Kids with George Bush on 9/11 (time.com)