A BuzzFlash Reader Commentary
September 11, 2002
Revising Reality-MSNBC's Whitewash of GWB's Failure of Leadership on 9-11
by Paul Lukasiak
One of the best-kept secrets of 9-11 is the complete failure of Presidential leadership demonstrated by George W. Bush when he was notified that the United States of America was under attack. The media has been engaged in a relentless campaign to misrepresent George W. Bush as a forceful leader who took charge on 9-11, rather than as the man who literally did nothing when specifically notified that this nation was "under attack".
the media has decided to completely rewrite history as part of its orgy
of coverage of the first anniversary of 9-11. Nevertheless, anyone with
a computer and a modem can watch the unequivocal evidence that the current
occupant of the White House did nothing when told about the 9-11 attacks
in no uncertain terms. Saratoga, Florida's Emma T. Booker Elementary School
produced a video record of the events of 9-11 that demonstrate the complete
failure of George W. Bush to act appropriately to the information that
America was under attack for the first time since Pearl Harbor. Although
this video is edited somewhat, it provides more than enough evidence that
the continued occupancy of the White House by its current resident represents
a clear threat to the well-being of this nation and its people.
minutes later, he abruptly ends the lesson and
This simple statement rewrites history in three separate ways:
The video is edited in such a way that we do not see the actual end of the reading demonstration itself. But according to Booker Elementary School Principal Gwen Rigall, at the end of the reading demonstration of an excerpt from a story entitled "The Pet Goat", the children were told that the story was "to be continued" and were asked if they knew what "to be continued" meant. It is at this point that the video resumes. (Note…times cited are to the time in the Booker School video itself, and do not reflect the time passed after Bush being notified.)
minutes: 02 seconds] cut to children with their hands raised
It is at this point that the video is again cut. We do not see Bush rise from his chair, and leave the room.
What is abundantly clear from a close observation of the video is that Bush felt no sense of urgency whatsoever, after being told that the United States was under attack. Instead, he engaged in chit-chat, and the video shows that he is quite relaxed and at ease while doing so.
Given the nature of what happened, when all of America were real time witnesses to the death and destruction of 9-11, one can understand (if not necessarily approve of) the media's inaccurate presentation of Bush as a leader who immediately rose to the occasion when America was attacked. In moments of crisis, people look to their leaders for answers, and it was important that the nation as a whole feel that things were under control in the wake of the attacks on 9-11.
But the continued distortion of events of 9-11 in a manner which provides political advantage to the Republican Party less than two months before congressional elections is simply inexcusable. George W. Bush failed to fulfill his role as Commander in Chief after being told that America was under attack. Yet Bush is using the office of the presidency, and the personal popularity that he gained as a result of the media's denial of his failures, to raise funds and votes for Republican candidates for the US House and Senate. And the media is presenting a wholly distorted picture of Bush's "presidential" leadership in the midst of a national and worldwide debate over America's military intervention in Iraq.
By rewriting history, the media becomes a willing partner in the lie and complicit in the social, economical, and political destruction that results from the real lack of compassion, comprehension and leadership skills in George W. Bush.
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