If there was a movie about 9-11 which was packed with inaccuracies, lies and blatant propaganda, it was that pathetically sanitized made-for-TV abortion of a film called D.C. 9-11, (I think it was called that?) with Timothy Bottoms. It was released some 6 months back I recall. I have watched it twice, once when it was first broadcast on TV, and then again on a friend's video a few weeks after. The scene where Chief of Staff Andrew Card whispers in the president's ear "the 2nd tower has been hit by a second airplane, America is under attack" was unbelievable, truly incredible in how it deviates from reality.In the movie
, Bush responds with visible shock, horror and panic, then immediately takes charge of the situation within seconds, and he was on his way in minutes (!)In reality
: Bush knew about the first plane before he went into the classroom at 9-01: \tBush later makes the following statement:
And I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the towerthe TV was obviously on, and I use to fly myself, and I said, There's one terrible pilot. And I said, It must have been a horrible accident. But I was whisked off thereI didn't have much time to think about it.
He has repeated the story on other occasions. However, it has been noted that Bush doesn't have access to a television until 15 or so minutes later. A Boston Herald article later says, Think about that. Bush's remark implies he saw the first plane hit the tower. But we all know that video of the first plane hitting did not surface until the next day. Could Bush have meant he saw the second plane hit, which many Americans witnessed? No, because he said that he was in the classroom when Card whispered in his ear that a second plane hit. The article points out that Bush had told the story more than once, and asks, How could the commander-in-chief have seen the plane fly into the first building,...as it happened?
Card then tells Bush about the 2nd plane at 9-06 am. Bush sits there with this partially bemused, almost blank expression on his face. He was probably wondering something like "yikes, it's happened....I wonder if everyone pulled their part according to plan"...or "what the f*** am I going to do now". He looked very indecisive, and while he dithered, Ari Fleischer stood at the back of the classroom holding a large white sign, with "DON'T SAY ANYTHING YET"
printed with a magic marker pen. He sat there reading that goat-and-girl book to those kids for another TEN MINUTES
, until 9-16 am. Between 9-16 and 9-29, he is still in that school, talking with advisers on the phone. At 9-29, he makes a short speech in front of schoolteachers and children. At 9-34, his motorcade finally leaves the school.
Phew. Did the rightwing complain about the legions of lies and misleading, fictitious and fanciful scenes that peppered that
movie? And the legions of the clueless who allow CNN and Fox News to mold their political perception were probably going yugga yugga yugga, Dubya's our man, go stick it to those AY-rabs.....