9-11: George W. Bush and his bullhorn

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**Posted by Phineas

Lots of people have written today about that terrible morning: where they were, what they remember, maybe honoring the victims or the many valiant heroes of the battle and its aftermath. I wondered what I would write. I decided that, rather than focus on the day itself, something others have done much more eloquently than I ever could, I wanted to share video of what has become one of my strongest memories from that time: the moment, when, three days later, George W. Bush stood amidst the smoldering ruins from which the dead were still being recovered and rallied a stunned and bloodied nation:

That was the day a man who won a disputed, contentious election truly became President of the United States of America, and I’ll forever be grateful for him.

Note: This is a re-posting, slightly updated, of something I wrote for the tenth anniversary; I think it’s a moment that needs recalling.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

3 thoughts on “9-11: George W. Bush and his bullhorn

  1. ….I remember seeing this bit of video at the time, and KNOWING that there would be a reckonin’ for the murder of so many on 9/11.

    Compare Dubya’s resolve to that of She-Who-Presumes-To-Be-Queen, “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?”

  2. As is my usual habit, I went to get the newspapers early, returned and lowered the flag to half-mast by flashlight and watched Fox News coverage of 9/11 observances. That is, until our Expatiater-in-Chief came on. Spare me the phony patriotism.

    Then went to the firing range to exercise my Second Amendment rights by perforating a bin Laden target. All in all, a good way to spend the day.

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