President Bush see at 9 a.m. on September
December 10, 2001
THE following is from the transcript of a "Town
Hall Meeting" held by President George W
Bush and aired on Cable News Network (CNN) on
December 4, 2001.
On September 11, 2001, at about 9:00 A.M., EDT,
Mr. Bush was sitting in the hallway outside a
Florida classroom, waiting to go in to talk to the
students. In the following clip from the Town Hall
transcript, Mr. Bush tells us that, while he was
waiting in the hallway, he watched -- on television
-- the first airliner crash into the WTC towers.
Remember, this was at 9:00 A.M., just a few
minutes after the first crash had occurred!
- Question: One thing, Mr.
President, is that you have no idea how much
you've done for this country, and another thing
is that how did you feel when you heard about
the terrorist attack?
- President George W Bush:
- Thank you, Jordan (ph).
- Well, Jordan (ph), you're
not going to believe what state I was in when I
heard about the terrorist attack. I was in
Florida. And my chief of staff, Andy
Card -- actually I was in a
classroom talking about a reading program that
works. And I was sitting outside the classroom
waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the
tower -- the TV was obviously on, and I used to
fly myself, and I said, "There's one terrible
pilot." And I said, "It must have been a
- But I was whisked off there
-- I didn't have much time to think about it,
and I was sitting in the classroom, and Andy
Card, my chief who was sitting over here walked
in and said, "A second plane has hit the tower.
America's under attack."
WE are indebted to the Biblebelievers
Newsletter #202, for the text of the above
transcript. The writer of this Newsletter,
Anthony Grigor-Scott, comments: "There was
no live TV coverage of the first attack. A video
allegedly taken by someone who just happened to be
filming the Trade Center that morning did air a
couple of hours after the initial incident but
video of that first plane hitting the tower taken
by security cameras did not air publicly until days
afterwards. . . . Mr. Bush was definitely watching
a "different" channel than most everyone else in
the world [. . . ]"
We do not share the conspiracy theories
that this discrepancy might appear to
support, we merely use this incident as an
example of the notorious fallibility of
human memory in recording times, dates,
places, visual episodes in a factual
matrix, and reproducing them later, in
this case some three months after the
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