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Saturday, September 11, 2021

I'd forgotten how good Bush was after 9/11

I was not going to do a 9/11 post. Not this year. Not after Biden gave away Afghanistan. Not after Biden waved the White Flag after a hard-fought victory. The war was over. No U.S. casualties for over a year. And he gave it all away.

But as I was preparing today's Highlights Of The News, I came across the I Can Hear You video.

And I realized just how lucky we were to have George Walker Bush as president on 9/11. He was the right man in the right place.

He had the intelligence and humility to maneuver the country through its worst moment since the Kennedy assassination. Clinton, Obama, and Trump could not handle it. All were too large in the ego for the suit.

Bush had an inner calm and determination that helped him overcome a lot in life, including alcoholism. I don't want a man who has had it easy in life as president. I want some callouses.

The Florida election shaded his presidency early on. A senator he had campaigned for in November flipped Democrat and flipped the Senate itself Democrat. Bush was a One Termer Walking, just like his dad. 

But he moved forward and never complained publicly. He did his job.

Bush started the day in Florida. He was reading a book -- "My Pet Goat" -- to a group of schoolchildren for the daily photo op when an aide whispered the news to him.

Bush calmly finished the story for the children. This caught him a lot of grief at the time from the hyena liberals.

Ten years after, the Telegraph reported, "He wasn't rattled; instead, George W. Bush was attempting to project an aura of calm as he mulled over news that terrorists had flown hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York."

I don't agree with everything he did (really, the department of Homeland Security was unnecessary) and I wish he had fired a few people in the intelligence community to send the signal that this means war.

But Bush had the temperament to handle the crisis and restore America's faith in itself. He did not have to say he was focused like a laser on 9/11. We saw it.

He inspired a nation when he stood on the rubble of the Twin Towers and used a bullhorn to speak to rescue workers.

President Bush: Thank you all. I want you all to know -- it [bullhorn] can't go any louder --  I want you all to know that American today, American today is on bended knee, in prayer for the people whose lives were lost here, for the workers who work here, for the families who mourn. The nation stands with the good people of New York City and New Jersey and Connecticut as we mourn the loss of thousands of our citizens

Rescue Worker: I can't hear you!

President Bush: I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people -- and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!

Rescue Workers: [Chanting] U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

President Bush: The nation -- The nation sends its love and compassion --

Rescue Worker: God bless America!

I can hear you.

We had a president who listened. 

What an honor it was to have voted for that man twice. Actually three times if you count the 2004 primary. I was registered as a Democrat in 2000.

His best moment came on October 30th. He did not have to tell the nation that the time for mourning had ended. He simply threw out the first pitch in the third game of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. From the mound. Right across the plate.

20 years ago today, we had the right man as president.

It's easy to look at the evil man currently behind the Resolute Desk and give up, believing we will never be as free and as united as we were in the fall of 2001.

But we are not a nation of quitters. An assassination, Vietnam, Watergate, and 9/11 did not bring us down.

Afghanistan won't either.

Have faith in God.

And yourself.

Pray.

And thank the Good Lord for George Walker Bush. He wasn't perfect, but his leadership on 9/11 was. He inspired a nation to pick itself up off the canvas.

And President Bush inspired me today.

65 comments:

  1. And what did it get us in the end? The Patriot Act, Homeland Security, an Intelligence Apparatus on steroids ... Sorry, eff W. Not to mention hobnobbing with the Clintons and the O'Bummers. Just another uniparty elite.

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    1. Shut up, Jeffery.

      All of your SurrenderCrats would have proclaimed how it was our fault.

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    2. Ya know, common cause can be made if it brings us back to constitutionality.

      Yeah, I get it, J, doesn’t want that, but so?

      Use him and abuse him.

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  2. An assassination, Vietnam, Watergate, and 9/11 did not bring us down.

    Those times didn’t have a full blown communist demoncrat party doing their damndest to destroy America.

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    1. No, Jeffery, it's the Commie trolls like you.

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    2. Lyndon. Baines. Johnson. The rest of the party was a few years behind.

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    3. Whose the troll?

      One who is fine with things or one who is not?

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  3. Better W than Gore or Kerry, but he ruined any legacy he might have had by his post-presidency conduct. And his refusal to fight his domestic enemies infuriated me to no end.

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    1. W is part of the incompetent and corrupt club.

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    2. I respect his support for the troops, but beyond that, he is a deep state hack. Corrupt, indeed! incompetent, maybe not.

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  4. Agreed Don.

    The worst thing right now is defeatism, and I see a lot of it these days.

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  5. President Trump could not handle it? No, he wouldn’t have to handle a 9/11 because those scumbags wouldn’t have tried it while he was in office. This is the picture and the words of Dubya that stick with me https://people.com/politics/george-w-bush-said-biden-was-the-only-one-who-could-beat-donald-trump/

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  6. In his 20th anniversary remarks, GWB denounced "extremists, both foreign and domestic."

    He means us.

    Never a discouraging word about Islam, but he compares us to al Qaida.

    I hope we all learned something in the last 20 years. My thinking has evolved. The Bushes were and are nothing but trouble. Back then, we thought he was on our side. Now, we know better. Or we should.

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    1. Don’s lost in his dreams. He thinks he back in the California of his youth and The Beach Boys are still young.

      As far as I can tell, there are days like this one, when Don is on the same ride as illegitimate President Pantload on the dementia choo-choo train.

      What a hot load of inedible baloney (in lieu of other more colorful yet accurate words) this column is.

      Hell — even the Cheney’s are allegedly reported as saying this column is a piece of cow dung.

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    2. Cheney? He accused McCain of not being a natural born citizen. McCain, though, was like W, an establishment hack.

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  7. I’m 60 years old living out in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Every morning:
    1. Don Surber
    2. CFP
    3. Real Clear Politics
    Thanks for all you do! Wit. Sarcasm. Reliability.

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  8. I was a Bush supporter. I'm not now. He's now another RINO. Like Mitt. He did good then, but afterwards was a different story .
    Trump had the bad men scared
    of him because they knew he'd go Roman on them....

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    1. He was the right man at the time. He blew it by not fighting to crush the enemy and not fighting back against the democrats and not fighting the media like the great Donald Trump did.

      Now he is a soul brother to Clinton, Rodham and Sotero.

      Sad.

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    2. I wouldn't compare him to Shitt Romney. Romney has zero redeeming qualities.

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  9. W's deficiencies were apparent to me in the aftermath of 9/11. An angry and united American people were ready to make sacrifices to decisively defeat the enemy that had attacked us. But instead of a declaration of war, bush asked Congress for a "Gulf of Tonkin" resolution that fell short of demanding that the enemy unconditionally surrender, accompanied by a plaintive invocation of "the religion of peace." Instead of rallying us to fight back, he told us to return to business as usual and let government "professionals" handle everything. He was not about to let this turn of events derail his cherished tax cuts no matter how adversely this affected public finances in a national emergency. And when we sent our forces into Afghanistan, he let the enemy escape over the Pakistan border without any effort at hot pursuit. Unlike Gen. MacArthur, he thought the easy way out was a substitute for victory. His and Biden's failures form fitting bookends to this whole 20-year episode.

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  10. With the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 here, they are using this Vaccine Mandate to change the subject.

    They MUST change the subject. Too many Americans are realizing that

    a.) this Government installed itself.
    b.) Barack Hussein Obama is the actual head of that self-installed government.
    and
    c.) he just threw away 20 years of effort, treasure and the lives of American servicemen to secure an unconditional, overwhelming Victory for his Muslim Brotherhood.

    And Everybody Knows It. "Don't be afraid to see what you see."--Actual President Reagan

    Pseudo Joe's 9/11- Message: You are a bigot and you have disappointed Pseudo Joe, just as you disappointed Obama-k for all those years.

    Their latest Trillion Dollar Kickback Special will move half of Afghanistan to America. But not the half that supported us. They have been abandoned to be murdered. Obama-k regards them as traitors to the Brotherhood. Those "refugees" are mostly Taliban.

    Obama/Biden is destroying evidence in Afghanistan. And that evidence is people. But “Look–over there; a shiny Vaccine Mandate!”

    Twenty years ago, our government declared War on terrorists in Afghanistan.

    Twenty years later, this Occupation Government has secured a stunning victory for those terrorists and declared War on America.

    Happy Fucking 9/11.

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  11. Okay, Don, I think you give W too much credit for one "I Can Hear You" speech one day twenty years ago, but fine.

    But just look at what that miserable SOB stands for today: Progressive, fraudulent, totalitarian Deep State for America and extending lucrative political dynasty for his family. When I recall that I also voted for him, it makes me want to puke.

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    1. Jeffery, you're so obvious even the kids at Troll Central must be embarrassed.

      Dubya was none of that. You're just jealous because everybody on the Left, you included, are out for themselves.

      Not an American among you.

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    2. And Eldouche comes out supporting the deep state.

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  12. The World Series first pitch. EXCELLENT call, Big D. FROM the rubber, WEARING the Kevlar, a STRIKE with MOVEMENT. Compare and contrast to the mom-jeaned, left handed, 10 feet outside Bouncyball from The Black Jesus, who sucks at golf even worse.

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  13. Clinton, Obama, and Trump could not handle it. All were too large in the ego for the suit.

    Have to disagree on Trump. He always seems to strike the right note. I think being around construction workers most of his life did that.

    Willie or Zippy would have been a joke. Willie actually was; he wandered around Ground Zero using it as an excuse to grab every women that crossed his path. Zippy would have been standing over the ruins with his selfie stick.

    Dubya was da man.

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  14. W shone on that day and in the moments following. Most of his 2921 other days were dismal failure upon dismal failure, Many others today have pointed out his failings and flayings. In the end, he supported his daddy's CIA which is bent on regime change throughout the world but especially her at home.

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    1. As for President Trump, I believe he would have shown his true side then. He knows when to be humble, he knows when to accept responsibility, he knows when to praise the work and dediction of others, but most importantly, he never passes the blame, even when he fires some one for being incompetent.

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    2. Yep. I agree with Don Ws bullhorn speech waa spot on and throwing 1st pitch gave me goosebumps.
      But Trump, the greatest President in our lifetime would have risen to the occasion like he's done for past 5+ years

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  15. He invaded Iraq. He is a stooge of Washington and now supports droning Americans he disagrees with. Next time I see him in public I will boo his butt.

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  18. Don, apparently you did not listen to what George W. Bush said TODAY and who he was with when he said it.

    Living in the past as if you’ve learned nothing over the past 20 years.

    Give me a freaking break.

    Hell, if I wanted to I could do some research and write a column about what a terrific American Patriot Benedict Arnold was before he decided to become a trainer.

    This column is on the same level as the column in which you identified illegitimate Dementia Patient-in-Chief “Pantload” as one of the greatest politicians in American History.

    Let’s just say that today I am grateful for the fact that Don has NO role in writing American History books. Geesh, what a load of smarmy BS this column is. As a born and bred New Yorker I’ll tell you right now that Rudy Giuliani kicked W’s butt as a leader on 9/11 and after.

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  19. Jack Posobiec on twitter
    @JackPosobiec

    "Bush is publicly comparing 9/11 to Jan 6. They want Trump supporters treated like jihadists. Are you paying attention yet?"

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    1. You asking whether Don is paying attention??? Are you sniffing glue?

      Hell, Don’s working right now on his next column which is to report back on an event which occurred 26 years ago and to tell all his readers what a fantastic and awesome leader Bill Clinton was as President when domestic terrorists dynamited and destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building.

      Hell, if that happened under George W, Obama, or Biden, there would have been over a million Americans in Internment Camps within a year and those Internment Camps would be holding millions more Americans today.

      For this reason we need to thank GOD that Bill Clinton was President in 1995.

      And to be completely honest, that column on Bill Clinton would be less nonsensical than this column canonizing Dubya.

      Being an Internet Blogger means being able to never admit writing a column that should never have been written, let alone posted on the Internet some impressionable (and very dumb and ill informed) people might read it and take it seriously.

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  20. Don’t care. He is the POS that have given us the is police state we now live in. I hope he does a really slow and really painful death. I am ashamed of both of my votes for him.

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  21. Rod Dreher @roddreher

    Ah, see, the REAL threat is the “domestic terrorists,” says the man who led this country into two disastrous wars, for which he has never apologized. This is an emerging theme from the ruling class.

    https://twitter.com/roddreher/status/1436786537778253828

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  22. On optics, W was great, in reality, he tore the U.S. apart.

    A repost of my reply to the highlights...

    “I can hear you! ...”

    And what did we do?

    Go after 1 country that was partially involved, but not in any significant way other than some training and harboring, and then go after another country that had no provable links to 9-11.

    What happened to the US companies that gave flight school to these Saudi a-holes? What happened to the intel agencies that allowed them to train in the US?

    W today fully believes many of his own party are just as bad as the high jackers of 9-11.

    His leadership domestically put elementary kids under the stress of being held back.

    Our country was on the ropes in regards to the Constitution, but with W and the Patriot Act, he tore it apart. Obama used this fact to fight his greatest foe, Republicans. Republicans used it to fight their greatest foe, Trump.

    I voted for him twice as governor and twice as president.

    Eff him!

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  23. On optics, W was great, in reality, he tore the U.S. apart.

    A repost of my reply to the highlights...

    “I can hear you! ...”

    And what did we do?

    Go after 1 country that was partially involved, but not in any significant way other than some training and harboring, and then go after another country that had no provable links to 9-11.

    What happened to the US companies that gave flight school to these Saudi a-holes? What happened to the intel agencies that allowed them to train in the US?

    W today fully believes many of his own party are just as bad as the high jackers of 9-11.

    His leadership domestically put elementary kids under the stress of being held back.

    Our country was on the ropes in regards to the Constitution, but with W and the Patriot Act, he tore it apart. Obama used this fact to fight his greatest foe, Republicans. Republicans used it to fight their greatest foe, Trump.

    I voted for him twice as governor and twice as president.

    Eff him!

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  24. I heard a talking head on Fox note that Bush's words somehow instantly changed us from depressed and downbeat and discouraged to mad and resolved.
    I agree.
    We need a new leader to do that again.

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  25. We were loyal to them--but they weren't loyal to us.

    Bush is just another cog in the Occupation Junta's Rolodex of Useful Doormats now.

    Maybe he always was. I can't remember because, statistically, he may or may not actually exist after about 2006.

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  26. George W. Bush and his entire corrupt family can go to hell. And the Cheneys too. Bush compared 1/6 protesters to the 9/11 terrorists today.

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  27. Hey Don, you’ve also forgotten how terrific Lyndon Baines Johnson was after JFK was assassinated, because only LBJ could have kept the USA together and strong after those horrible days in late November 1963.

    Let’s all forget the Vietnam quagmire and the huge entitlement programs LBJ pushed through after JFK’s death — which Dubya used as his roadmap after 9/11 for pushing through Medicare Part D without paying for it and “establishing democracy” in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Such an incredibly moronic blog post.

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    1. I'll give Don the right to strike out once in a while.

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  28. The Bushes have never failed to disappoint.

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  29. W and Kamala are cut from the same smartass cloth.

    Julie Kelly @julie_kelly2

    After 9/11, Ashli Babbitt asked her mom to sign a waiver so she could enroll in the military at age 17. After graduation in 2003, she went into the Air Force. She had 8 tours overseas including Afghanistan.

    Today her former commander in chief compared her to a 9/11 terrorist.

    There are many veterans of Bush’s war on terror who were at the Capitol on 1/6. Some are incarcerated at the DC jail including Jeffrey McKellop, Jessica Watkins, Robert Morss, Dominic Pezzola.

    Bush told America today they are terrorist. He is a disgrace.

    https://twitter.com/julie_kelly2/status/1436735773584330757

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  30. In the end, Bush became almost everything Democrats said he was.

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  31. I only voted for Bush once...his second term and ONLY because it was against KERRY. Bush is an ass who hates us. He admitted it yesterday...but he loves his Mike Obama. Makes you wonder.

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  32. Best thing Bush did was throw out that first pitch.
    Turned out he was a new world order snake in the grass.

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  33. I hope Bush clan (W and Jeb!) and the Cheneys all get rectal cancer.

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  34. I would normally agree with this sentiment, 10 years ago. Not today. There more I look around how our country looks like since that devastating day, the more I start to question the integrity of our Federal government, Bush and his daddy specifically. Ever since that day, US has been on a steady decline, more and more liberties have been taken away in the name of "safety" with a culmination of of the current occupant in the White House. All those little data points led up until today when you will have to surrender your God given right to be left alone and subdue to unconstitutional dictates of our current tyrant in training. So no, I don't give Bush a pass on that. Nice photo op, but that's about it. He played his role well for the globalists prying open US for the evil plan. You got your thoughts wrong this time, Mr. Don.

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  35. Don, when Bush equated 1/6 to 9/11, that was it. That is evil. So when the left mocked him for years, maybe they were right? Seriously, do a mental game of thinking what if Gore won in 2000? Would he have gone down the global warming jihad (maybe not)? Would he have been more effective than Bush on the GWOT? I doubt he would have been great, but probably not worse than Bush (who let's face it sucked at it).

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  36. Don,

    Done you're a Cleveland guy so I have to give you a break. Nevertheless....
    1. Whenever I get raped at the pharmacy these days I think the Bush administration and the presiding Congress at the time for passing Medicare part d, nearby the prescription drug prices for all of us have run completely out of control.
    I think George weasel bush.
    2. When I look at credit card interest rates I think of the bankruptcy act of 2005 that didn't allow people to bankrupt credit card debt so that this scourge would result in lower interest on credit cards. Of course this was another globalist agenda George weasel Bush pimped hard.
    3. After 9/11 George weasel didn't have the stomach to use the weapons that we spend our lifetimes and our fathers spent their lifetimes paying for specifically to be used when we were attacked. But being a poor little Rich boy he didn't have the stomach to do it was needed.
    No one has. Yet.
    But it's coming.

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  37. Get some perspective, Surber. If that tongue tied Chimp exhibited the leadership you seem to believe he did, there'd have been no need for MAGA. That you don't understand that is Biden level analysis.

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  38. As a Texan, I can tell you that W was a great governor. And that is exactly where he should have stayed!!!

    And when he first got elected, I agree he responded very presidentially to the initial attacks of 9-11.

    Sadly, shortly after that, he got a bad case of "swamp-itis", and was ruined. Because of that, he will go down in history as one of the worst presidents. He could have done so much better, and he still could today. But that "swamp-itis" from DC just destroys every politician who goes to DC. Some faster than others, but it destroys all of them eventually!!!

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