June 15, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11. Michael Moore's upcoming movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" -- it opens June 25 -- is going to be HUGE, an unavoidable topic of conversation during the presidential campaign. The trailer can be viewed here. ... There are links to at least 17 reviews at Rotten Tomatoes. ... What I'm posting here is from Fox News -- yes, that Fox News -- which calls it a "brilliant piece of work":
"As much as some might try to marginalize this film as a screed against President George Bush, F9/11 ... is a tribute to patriotism, to the American sense of duty, and at the same time an indictment of stupidity and avarice. ... [F9/11] relies on lots of film footage and actual interviews to make its case against the war in Iraq and tell the story of the intertwining histories of the Bush and Bin Laden families. ...

"[I]n the end, not seeing F9/11 would be like allowing your first amendment rights to be abrogated, no matter whether you're a Republican or a Democrat. ... The most indelible [moment] is President Bush's reaction to hearing on the morning of September 11, 2001, that the first plane has crashed into the World Trade Center. Bush was reading to a grade school class in Florida at that moment.

"Instead of jumping up and leaving, he instead sat in front of the class, with an unfortunate look of confusion, for nearly 11 minutes. Moore obtained the footage from a teacher at the school who videotaped the morning program. There Bush sits, with no access to his advisers, while New York is being viciously attacked. I guarantee you that no one who sees this film forgets this episode." [emphasis mine]
The footage actually shows Bush being told about the second plane. He knew about the first plane crash before he arrived at the school ... You can watch five minutes of Bush being told "America is under attack" and then sitting on his ass reading about a goat here and read the most comphrensive look at his entire day here.

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