‘War on Terror’ president re-tells the 9/11 story as he lived it

While all Americans remember where they were on the day of the deadliest attack on this nation’s soil, few have had the opportunity to hear about it from the American at the center of the tragedy and its aftermath. For the first time on camera, former President George W. Bush has shared his experiences, feelings, and responses on September 11, 2001.

On Sunday, August 28th, two weeks before the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the National Geographic Channel will air “George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview.” The film contains no narration other than Bush’s answers to questions posed by executive producer and director Peter Schnall. Viewers will see the terror attacks through the eyes of a president facing crisis.

The account is apolitical. National Geographic presents the emotional and grave human aspect of one American grappling with what so many others felt that day, and of his decision-making process in the midst of an unprecedented attack on the U.S.

“There were no politics, no agenda as he recalled what happened that day,” said Schnall, who conducted the interview with Bush over two days. “What you hear is the personal story of a man who also happened to be our president.”

Indeed, the juxtaposition of pictures and footage of the crashing planes, crumbling towers, and smoldering buildings with the president’s reaction and response likely will bring many viewers to tears — recalling the human tragedy and their own emotions — regardless of their political ideology or their feelings about Bush’s presidency.

The former president begins his account with his morning jog and describes the moment, during his visit to a local school, when he learned the nation was under attack. His story takes us through each of the attacks, the decisions he made, the measures he and his cabinet took to ensure Americans’ safety, his communications with the country and other branches of government, and his visits to the attack sites.


“The most powerless I ever felt was watching people jump to their death,” Bush says in the film. “And there was nothing I could do about it.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XXBDDLDZ3NRTWIO52BBRVYR5QA Joe S

    Bush lies in this interview. He said that at the first place Air Force One landed ..I think Louisiana that he tells the driver “slow down Al-Quaeda is not here” and later says that it was not until a few days later that Al-Queda link was even suggested or established.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UFVKT36WSW3JGZ5DCHTRIL2NMQ S

    There is so much evidence the continues to be pushed under the rug about the Bush administration.  Florida elections were tampered with and if that wasn’t enough I got to experience first hand in 2004 how the elections were tampered with in Ohio.  Now I see the guilt Bush lives with on National Geographic channel.  Bush knew Cheney was orchestrating the attack against the United States of America using Al Quaida.  How can this be proven?  The answer is George W’s very own words.  In the documentary watch as Bush tells the speeding limo driver after the attacks, “slow down, Al Quaida isn’t here”.  Bush then proceeds to recount how he gave a speech to the public stating “we have been attacked by faceless cowards”.  If he joked with the limo driver it was Al Quaida why did he not say this to the American public?  After Bush addresses the American public he flies to Barksdale Air  Force Base in Louisiana where he meets with his senior advisers not in DC.  In the documentary/interview Bush recounts “this is the first time he has heard of Al Quaida and immediately wanted to get as much information about the terrorist group”.  How did he not know about Al Quaida yet he discussed Al Quaida with his limo driver hours earlier?  It’s all in the interview.   Haliburton, Bush, Cheney, defense contractors, and their elite friends have scammed tax payers out of trillions of dollars.  Furthermore they were involved with the murder of thousands of American citizens, thousands of expendable military personal, and millions of peaceful Iraqi civilians.  Bush and Cheney are two of the most violent, corrupt, blood stained politicians in the history of the United States.