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Bush's Brain Fade

Reported by Judy - August 6, 2004 -

By now, most people know (thanks to Michael Moore, mostly) that George Bush's brain froze as the Twin Towers began collapsing on September 11. But Fox and Friends co-host E.D. Hill today (August 6) still found a way to defend Bush's decision to hide out with the kindergarteners rather than take charge like a grown-up.

Fox and Friends co-hosts (8:09 a.m. EDT) were discussing Kerry's statement from yesterday at a conference of minority journalists regarding what he would have done had he been sitting in that classroom that day. Kerry said he would have told those kids "very nicely and politely that the President of the United States has something to attend to and I would have attended to it."

Hill said there were "two ways to handle it -- one is to rush out of there" and the other is to do what Bush did. Although Hill said she didn't think either one was right or wrong, she noted that the 9/11 report said when Bush was in the classroom, authorities "were still trying to find out if it was a single twin engine plane or a commercial airliner" and that the president "could have rushed out, but it wouldn't have changed anything." Steve Doocy gave Bush's inaction his stamp of approval, saying, "It was right that day and it is right this day, as well."

Well, one thing that isn't right is the circumstances as Hill described them. Authorities were not trying to figure out if it was a single engine plane or a commercial airliner. According to the 9/11 Commission report, "The President was seated in a classroom when, at 9:05, Andrew Card whispered to him: 'A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack.'" (p. 38)

That excuse of not knowing whether it was a small plane or a commercial flight might have worked with the first plane crash, but by the time of the second, nobody was worrying whether it was a single engine plane or an airliner. Two planes, hitting two towers, a few minutes apart was enough for Andrew Card to know, "America is under attack."

Hill also asserted that nothing would have changed had Bush come out of the classroom. Again, not true. Had Bush excused himself and taken charge, he could have made contact with the Pentagon. Instead, Bush and his staff were preparing his statement to the nation. No one with the president contacted the Pentagon at this crucial time. Unforgiveable for a commander in chief.

Harsh, I know, but true.