What were you doing on the morning of September 11th, 2001?
I was sleeping. My phone rang.
"Get out of bed Rob the World Trade Center's been hit by an airplane go turn on the TV it doesn't matter what channel you'll know what I mean I've gotta go bye!!!"
I turned on the TV as the second tower was hit. The TV anchor said "Oh my god! That was another one." I'm thinking, "Another one? That wasn't footage? This is LIVE? Oh my GOD this is LIVE!"
I was absolutely amazed by the speed with which our media had sprung into action. Gone were the songs from the radio. Gone were the talk shows on TV. Gone were commercials.
News staffs had sprung into action with wall to wall coverage of the events as they unfolded.
Stop for just a moment to consider how many people had already sprung into action in one form or another. Seriously. Can you think of at least ten groups of people who were taking action by 9:05 am on the morning of September 11th, 2001?
I already mentioned the media. What about the police... Fire crews... The people who run NYC mass transit... Hospitals were preparing for victims... Phone lines were probably already being jammed across New York City as people started checking in with friends and loved ones...
It would be fascinating to know how many different groups of people had already sprung into action and what they were doing by 9:05 am. Why "9:05 am"?
I'm glad you asked...
9:05 am, on the morning of September 11th, 2001:
President George W. Bush was sitting in a classroom at Emma E Booker Elementary School, in Sarasota Florida, while children read the book "My Pet Goat." This was a pre-scheduled photo-op.
The president had been told before even entering the school that a plane had struck the north tower of the World Trade Center. He continued with his photo op rather than seek additional information.
The time was 9:05 am as White House Chief of Staff, Andrew Card, told him that another airplane had hit the World Trade Center. Both towers had been struck.
Andrew Card told him: "A second plane has hit the World Trade Centre. America is under attack."
That was at 9:05 am. That's also where the now infamous video footage of Bush sitting for at least another seven minutes as the children read "My Pet Goat." Though the footage is only 5 minutes long, it contains edits. Clearly, there are time gaps.
The president continued reading with the children. At one point, he comments that "These must be 6th graders." kindly implying that they're excellent readers. In the rear of the classroom, his Press Secretary Ari Fleischer catches his attention to hold up a large note for him that reads: "DON'T SAY ANYTHING YET."
Trust me. He didn't.
Please share this video! I'm posting it on my site in hopes that you will pass it along to others.
Seriously. Download it. Email it to friends. Explain what it is. If you have webspace, post it to your space and pass it along. You can also send them this link: http://www.jalpuna.com/archives/2004_07_25.html
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A CLOSING THOUGHT:
Hey, I can also give credit where credit is due. On the morning of September 11th 2001, the president was bright enough to be holding his book right side up... as opposed to that other time... when... well...
"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"
- George W. Bush
The real question is: Is the voters [sic] paying attention?
The morning of September 11th, I was reading blood drive and municipal closing announcements on WPUR in Atlantic City, watching the Pentagon burn on the internet. And I honestly thought we were in the eye of a storm, with planes dropping out of the sky in NYC, DC and PA.
I don't remember what life was like September 10th.::::: | July 26, 2004 6:56 PM
I remember you on September 10th - oddly enough. I was researching a potential gig in Philly... or was it the gig in DC? They become a blur at some point. Maybe it's the point when something of actual importance comes along. Funny how things seem to matter even when they don't.
I was sitting there researching on my Mac. Boredom sinks in. I surf. "I wonder how she's doing today?" I head to the station site where you worked back then and click the webcam. "Ahh. There she is. She's got a smile. Looks like she's fine."
Funny how we hide behind a smile sometimes. The challenge becomes distinguishing between the smiles. The real from the not.
I suspect your smiles are real these days, and that's a beautiful thing :) Most of mine are too.::::: | July 26, 2004 9:23 PM