Friday, July 29, 2011

Pet goats are calm

A Reuters story excitedly previews a George W. Bush interview with the National Geographic channel that will air in August --

In a rare interview with the National Geographic Channel, Bush reflects on what was going through his mind at the most dramatic moment of his presidency when he was informed that a second passenger jet had hit New York's World Trade Center ... Bush said he could see the news media at the back of the classroom getting the news on their own cellphones "and it was like watching a silent movie." 

Bush said he quickly realized that a lot of people beyond the classroom would be watching for his reaction. "So I made the decision not to jump up immediately and leave the classroom. I didn't want to rattle the kids. I wanted to project a sense of calm," he said of his decision to remain seated and silent.
"I had been in enough crises to know that the first thing a leader has to do is to project calm," he added.

Page 38 of the 9/11 Commission Report of 2004 --

The President told us his instinct was to project calm, not to have the country see an excited reaction at a moment of crisis.  The press was standing behind the children; he saw their phones and pagers starting to ring.   The President felt he should project strength and calm until he could better understand what was happening.

What we learn therefore is that Bush has memorized the explanation that he and his handlers came up with for how the Decider-in-Chief froze on 9/11, not some new insights into his thinking on that disastrous day.

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