Fotot befasuese: Agonia e Bush pas 11 Shtatorit



Ndërkohë që George W. Bush është kritikuar gjerësisht për reagimin e tij pas sulmeve të 11 Shtatorit 2011, një seri me foto tregojnë reagimin e tij pas atij mëngjesi të tmerrshëm.

Fotot janë bërë nga fotografi personal, Eric Draper.

Presidenti amerikan ishte për vizitë në një shkollë fillore në Florida kur ndodhi sulmi.

Pavarësisht një videoje të publikuar nga Michael Moore, ku Bush dukej i qetë, këto foto tregojnë krejt të kundërtën.

George W Bush was visiting Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, where he was reading to a second grade class on the morning of September 11, 2001 when an adviser discreetly informed him a second plane had crashed into the World Trade CenterBush, who continued reading to the kids until he excused himself minutes later, told National Geographic his initial reaction was 'either the weather was bad or something extraordinary happened to the pilot'. Pictured, Bush preparing to address the nationBush's calm demeanor in the classroom was slammed after video footage of the moment appeared in Michael Moore's Farenheit 9/11 in 2004, but photographer Eric Draper painted a humanizing portrait. Pictured, the president watching TV coverage on Air Force OneBush flew to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisana, where he addressed the country and said: 'Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward. And freedom will be defended'He went on to say: 'Make no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts.' Pictured, with senior adviser Karl Rove, rightChief of Staff Andrew Card (right), told NBC in 2009: 'I walked up to the president and leaned over and whispered into his right ear: “A second plane” — I was very very succinct, very purposeful with my diction — “A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack.” And I stood back from the president so that he couldn’t ask me a question and then I inched my way back to the door. I was all business. I was all business.'A third plane flew into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, at 9:37 a.m. and Bush's administration struggled to gather information in the midst of the attacks as estimated numbers of casualties floated around. Pictured, Lieutenant Colonel Cindy Wright consoling BushBush returned to the White House, flanked by Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, and Laura Bush (right) who has recounted learning about 9/11 while she was with Ted Kennedy in Washington DC. She questioned whether the senator's 'steady stream of small talk' was his way of copingBush reviewed his speech before addressing the nation from the Oval Office, where he said: 'Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America'He continued: 'America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world'Photographer Draper said: 'Everyone did their job that day and I knew my job was to have a crystal clear focus to document what was in front of me, for others to place it into history.'

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