I can see why it took him ten years to come up with this one:
(Reuters) - Former President George W. Bush says his apparent lack of reaction to the first news of the September 11 2001 attacks was a conscious decision to project an aura of calm in a crisis.
Bush was visiting a Florida classroom and the incident, which was caught on TV film, and has often been used by critics to ridicule his apparently blank face.
"My first reaction was anger. Who the hell would do that to America? Then I immediately focused on the children, and the contrast between the attack and the innocence of children," Bush says in an excerpt of the interview shown to television writers on Thursday.
Well, sure. When the shit hits the fan, you sit still. That's what any President would do, right? Project calm.
Except for the fact that at that point, as far as the kids knew, there was no crisis over which to project calm. He was spraying calm all over the place for no apparent reason. Makes sense to me.
Some cynics might suggest that another way to accomplish what he's decided, ten year later, he was thinking, would have been to excuse himself gently, saying, "It's been wonderful being with you, children, but sometimes the president has to handle important things, so I'm going to have to go. Have fun, and keep reading." Some might even say that the people who needed to be covered in cool calm were the ones who actually knew what was going on, watching it on TV, freaking out. Not Mr Bush. Sit there blinking and dumb-faced, in front of perhaps the only people in the US at that point who had no idea.
Rewriting history one episode at a time. Blatantly, if laughably; following the example of teabaggRs in Congress and across the land.