MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
Last Wednesday (6/20), BuzzFlash at Truthout posted a commentary entitled, "Bush Lied About 9/11, and Now We Have the Documents to Prove It." It's received nearly 2000 Facebook likes as of this moment, and we will be posting more tomorrow from revelations Jason Leopold, lead investigator reporter for Truthout, broke last year about how the Bush administration failed the US before the 9/11 attacks.
In the meantime a portion of a videotape of George W. Bush and his 9/11 Pet Goat lesson at the Booker School in Sarasota, Florida, discovered by BuzzFlash, has again suddenly been going virile with nearly 400,000 views. You can watch it by clicking here.
Almost all the videos of Bush at the Booker elementary school that appeared on the mainstream media and online were truncated versions in 2001, making it appear that he didn't stay that long after being informed of the second tower attack. But after 9/11, when there weren't many large progressive sites on the web, BuzzFlash looked around for a longer version of the tape. Sure enough, we found it by going to the website of the Booker school where a full videotape was posted boasting about the school hosting the president (if we recall correctly, nothing was mentioned about 9/11).
BuzzFlash linked to the Booker School website. Soon we learned that the video was taken down. Because so many viewers were watching it online from the BuzzFlash link, the Booker website crashed.
As we noted later in a 2004 BuzzFlash editorial (we were not part of Truthout at the time), "Minutes of Silence That Should Live in Infamy: As Americans Leapt to Their Deaths from the Twin Towers, George W. Bush Sat Cluelessly in a Florida Classroom, Endangering the Lives of the Children Around Him, Until His Handlers Could Figure Out What to Do With Him."
Actually, there wasn't silence, Bush was engaged in the Pet Goat reading exercise, for several minutes after he was notified of the second Twin Towers' attack. Visually, it is the most powerful image of Bush's personal impotence as a president without his handlers taking charge. He was clueless amidst the worst single assault on US soil in history.
If you read down into the 2004 editorial, you will find the history of BuzzFlash's initial discovery years earlier and current state of the clip on YouTube.
What you won't see on the video clip is described in our 2004 editorial:
And when the reading lesson was over, according to a pro-Bush Washington Times Bush hagiographer, Bill Sammons, Bush lingered, telling the children to stay in school and pose for photos. When a reporter asked if he knew what was going on in New York, Bush simply dismissed the question: "I'll talk about it later." He spent some more time in the classroom "as if he didn't have a care in the world...in the most relaxed manner imaginable."
Not a care in the world for Mr. Bush, as New York burned.