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And I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower -- the TV was obviously on, and I use to fly myself, and I said, "There's one terrible pilot." And I said, "It must have been a horrible accident."
Q What was the first thing that went through your head when you heard that a plane crashed into the first building?
THE PRESIDENT: Yes. Well, I was sitting in a schoolhouse in Florida. I had gone down to tell my little brother what to do, and -- just kidding, Jeb. (Laughter.) And -- it's the mother in me. (Laughter.) Anyway, I was in the midst of learning about a reading program that works.
Anyway, I was sitting there, and my Chief of Staff -- well, first of all, when we walked into the classroom, I had seen this plane fly into the first building. There was a TV set on. And you know, I thought it was pilot error and I was amazed that anybody could make such a terrible mistake. And something was wrong with the plane, or -- anyway, I'm sitting there, listening to the briefing, and Andy Card came and said, "America is under attack."
Anyway, it was an interesting day.
QUESTION: One thing, Mr. President, is that you have no idea how much you've done for this country, and another thing is that how did you feel when you heard about the terrorist attack?
Thank you, Jordan (ph).
Well, Jordan (ph), you're not going to believe what state I was in when I heard about the terrorist attack. I was in Florida. And my chief of staff, Andy Card -- actually I was in a classroom talking about a reading program that works. And I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower -- the TV was obviously on, and I use to fly myself, and I said, "There's one terrible pilot." And I said, "It must have been a horrible accident."
Originally posted by mister Jones
even if he didn't actually see it, just keep this in mind. You are the president of a country, you just heard that a huge catastrophe in the biggest city of your country happened, and you joke about it? Like haha, what a stupid pilot... Common people, let's be serious for a minute.
Originally posted by justinenking
. . .But lets be serious, You arepresident of the usa and you just sit there and sit there and sit there. IMHO no other president would have done that, they would have been out of that classroom within seconds wheather it was tower 1 or 2. . .
Originally posted by ferretman2
Small planes have hit the towers in the past. So when seeing it on the TV for the first time not knowing it was a passenger plane it was a safe assumption.
Hell.....last year (or was it the year before?) I believe it was a Mets pitcher who flew his plane into a sky-scraper in NY....so it is something that happens.