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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

THE VINDICATION OF THE GOAT

"I think he was trying to keep everybody calm, starting with us"

This has been all over the place but I really think people need to read it. Ten years ago, when the first plane hit the World Trade Center, President Bush was doing one of those weird presidential things that seem to have nothing to do with their job, but they all engage in. He was sitting in a class full of 6 and 7 year olds, reading a book called The Pet Goat.

This has become infamous, largely due to leftist mockery and the slanderous propaganda film Fahrenheit 9/11 which was meant to topple the president from office in 2004. The left, filled with bitterness and eager to regain political power, portrayed the president as indecisive, stupid, and slow to react because he stayed to finish the book after being told about the first strike.

The implication seemed to be if only he'd leapt up and pulled his superman suit on it all could have been stopped. What a loser, clearly he should be thrown out of office for John Kerry who said he st at a table for minutes with his head in his hands unable to think. Wait.

But here's the thing: someone got the bright idea of talking to those kids now, 10 years later. They're Juniors in High School now, and Tim Padgett at Time Magazine tracked several of the kids down to talk to them. What he got from them, I suspect, was not what he hoped for.
Seven-year-olds can't understand what Islamic terrorism is all about. But they know when an adult's face is telling them something is wrong — and none of the students sitting in Sandra Kay Daniels' class at Emma E. Booker Elementary School that morning can forget the devastating change in Bush's expression when White House chief of staff Andrew Card whispered the terrible news of the al-Qaeda attack. Lazaro Dubrocq's heart started racing because he assumed they were all in trouble — with no less than the Commander in Chief — but he wasn't sure why. "In a heartbeat, he leaned back and he looked flabbergasted, shocked, horrified," recalls Dubrocq, now 17. "I was baffled. I mean, did we read something wrong? Was he mad or disappointed in us?"
Wait, I thought he just sat there like an idiot then kept reading. That's what Moore portrayed in the movie.
I'll always remember watching his face turn red. He got really serious all of a sudden. But I was clueless. I was just 7. I'm just glad he didn't get up and leave, because then I would have been more scared and confused." Chantal Guerrero, 16, agrees. Even today, she's grateful that Bush regained his composure and stayed with the students until The Pet Goat was finished. "I think the President was trying to keep us from finding out," says Guerrero, "so we all wouldn't freak out."
That can't be true, it portrays the president of a man of compassion, wisdom, and judgment.
"Today, when we talk about 9/11 in class and you hear kids make mistakes about what happened with the President that day, I can tell them they're wrong," she says, "because I was there."
The truth is, these kids confirm exactly what the left was told over and over, but did not care about.Deep down, I suspect they knew, just as they knew most of what they said was simply a hateful lie. Just like I've seen hard core "anti-war" leftists grudgingly admit - now that he's safely out of office - that President Bush was right about Iraq, this was another example of the spiteful myth making about the president.

Why they went so insane many have written about and I've speculated on in the past, but the fact remains that for six years or so, leftists around the world went loony about the president. There was no evil they weren't willing to believe, no slander they wouldn't pass on, and no hateful, bitter, and angry lie they wouldn't repeat in the face of reality about the president and what he was doing. They went utterly insane, then when a possible replacement Democrat was offered, went off the deep end the other way in repugnant adoration and even worship.

And that's something very difficult for me to forgive or forget.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Eric said...

I never really thought about it from the kids' perspective, but that is kind of hilarious. I can see some kid sitting there in class who forgot to spit out his chewing gum and has been trying hard to hide it, then seeing Card whisper in Bush's ear and Bush's face changes, and the kid is sitting there sweating thinking, "He knows! He knows!"

8:04 AM, September 14, 2011  

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