While in no way endorsing the 70 something adolescent with arrested development, facts are facts. George W. Bush had been president for about nine full months when the United States suffered the first attack on it’s own soil since Pearl Harbor. At the time, to deflect blame, I remember Bush used the analogy that he’d “only been here nine months. I mean a man barely get’s his coat on ….” Yes. Go check my facts. That is more or less the exact quote. He drew an analogy between nine months as president of the United States and barely getting one’s coat on. As I’ve said many a time before: any man needing nine months to put on a coat, clearly is not ready to be President of the United States.
Read this AP article.
What it says beneath the headline is that Trump pointed out an irrefutable fact. We were attacked on GW’s watch. There can be no debate on that simple truth.
Trump, Bush call each other ‘pathetic’ in 9/11 spat
And the article above does not even mention that Bush received a Presidential Daily Briefing on August 6, 2001 titled: “Bin Laden determined to strike within U.S.” That is recalled by the NY Times here:
The Deafness Before the Storm
Now Jeb!, in trying to defend the family brand, is saying ‘wait a minute, my brother kept us safe.’ And whether you look back to his inability to heed the warning of August 6, 2001, or look straight ahead at Isis, which in part was born of US torture of prisoners of war, Jeb! has a big hill to climb in trying to back up that claim.
So facts are stupid things. And in this case, even I can’t fault Donald Trump for stating the obvious: George W. Bush was president on September 11, 2001.
What Trump did not say, but what is also true is that G.W.Bush had nine full months to get his coat on.