So this is odd. As is our usual habit, we watched the Saturday night news broadcast from SPECTRE i.e. the France 2 8pm news program, helpfully aired by a local reality-based TV channel where we live. And in their report on the Bush and Kerry reactions to the Bin Laden tape, they showed a clip from Bush's rally with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Columbus on Friday.
The sequence showed Dubya at the end of the rally, standing on the stage with Arnold and wearing his trademark smirk -- and then he is visibly startled by what turns out to be the bang before the confetti drop. And it's that look you've seen before -- the 9/11 look, the inconvenient facts during the debate look. And it's most definitely not the look of a Commander-in-Chief who would kill the evildoers with his bare hands, if he could.
We then basically burned the entire hour gained from the clocks changing to see if we could find any references to this incident on the web, with no success. Particularly odd is the C-Span video of this event [titled Pres. Bush & Gov. Schwarzenegger Campaign Rally]; it happens just after the 1.04 mark (hours/mins), but at that precise moment, there is a sudden cut in the video that makes it impossible to see the Bush reaction. Luckily, the France 2 version is still on their web site for a few more days - go to this page, select Journal de 20h, and then pick the newcast for 30/10/2004; it's the first story and the key moment happens at just about the 3.00 marker (mins/secs).
Which leaves us wondering. Clearly there is pool footage of the incident, but someone made the decision to edit it out; someone at C-Span, or someone else? And if so, why? Surely it's revealing about Dubya's mental state that he's this jumpy in response to a noise that is presumably heard at all his rallies?