President Bush Ordered Commercial Flights Shot Down After 9/11 Attack
1 year ago
Says he felt no pleasure after hearing of bin Laden's death.
George W. Bush said Kanye West suggesting that he didn't "care about Black people" was the one of the "most disgusting moments in my presidency." Evidently, that whole 9/11 thing was up there too.
In an interview with National Geographic commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks, the former President revealed that he is still very much bothered by the event -- so much so that he didn't feel any sense of joy after hearing that the man responsible for the attacks, Osama bin Laden, had been killed this past May.
"Bush said to us certainly there was no sense of jubilation (and) certainly no sense of happiness," said documentarian Peter Schnall in his interview with Bush. "If anything, he felt that finally there was a sense of closure."
The only other image as powerful as the planes crashing into the towers is perhaps the one of Bush frozen in his chair in a Florida classroom when he was told what happened. At that point he had to make immediate decisions. One of them had been unknown up until today.
Fearing that there were more rogue flights being used in the attack, Bush ordered that all commercial flights that failed to comply with an emergency Federal Aviation Administration order to land as soon as possible be shot down. He initially thought that Flight 93 in Pennsylvania crashed due to that command.
"Those were decisions that (Bush) had to make. They troubled him then, and I think they still trouble him now," said Schnall. "He was overwhelmed in the sense that (initially) they didn't really know who the enemy was. They didn't know if there were more attacks about to happen."