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  •  That's very funny (none)
    but the real issue raised by this memo is the reaction that Condi had to the President when he called her from Emma E. Booker Elementary School.

    Just a quick timeline for those that have forgotten.

    8:35 Presidential motorcase leaves Colony Resort on Longboat Key

    8:46 Flight 11 hits the north tower

    8:48 CNN begins carrying live footage of North Tower

    8:50 ABC begins carrying footage of North Tower

    8:50-55 A radio message is carried through the motorcade radio "Accident at the WTC, Ari will need to prepared the press upon arrival at the school.  Condi Rice waiting to talk to the President (on a secure phone set up at the school).

    8:55 Motorcade arrives at school.

    Card, Fleischer, and several others race upto the President and discuss the accident.

    Bush apologizes to greeting party, says he has to make a call, tell reporters he has heard the news and will have a comment later.

    8:59 (approximately) talks with Condi.

    Bush: it sure sounds like one terrible pilot.

    Rice: (conjectured) yes, sir, it sure sounds like one terrible pilot.

    Bush: (conjectured) well, I'm running late for the reading thing, don't want to keep the kids waiting.

    Rice: okay, I'll keep Andy informed.

    9:01 end phone call.

    9:02 Bush enters class room.

    9:02:57 Flight 175 hits south tower on live TV.

    9:07 Andy Card informs the President.

    9:13 President finishes reading to the kids.  Begins doing photo ops, shooting the shit with the Principal.

    Press races out of classroom to find TV.  President does not leave until approximately 9:17.

    9:17 Crosses hallway where TV's are not set up, sees replay of Flight 175, says "We're at war."

    9:17-9:28  Talks by phone (allegedly) with Cheney, Guliani, Pataki, and others.

    9:17-9:28 Writes brief statement to make on TV.

    9:28 Walks to school's media room.

    9:30 delivers short speech, refers to terrorists as "these folks".

    9:35 leaves for airport.

    9:37 Pentagon is hit.

    10:10 Cheney orders downing of jets. (order is illegal, violates chain of command, is not obeyed).

    10:20 Cheney call Bush gets authority to down jets.

    The Oval Office: Because there are no corners, there is nowhere to make the President sit when he has shamed the nation.

    by BooMan23 on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 10:42:58 PM PST

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    •  You forgot (none)
      8:14 Rove calls Condi to discuss breaking the impending news to the President.

      8:15 Condi: "Wasn't George at the meeting with Dick and Wolfie about the events later?"

      8:16 Rove: "Yes, but he prefers to keep things simple and not try to think too much. Why don't we go with just repeating back to him and affirming, then mention that Andy will take care of things."

      8:17 Condi: "Okay. Is that it? Should I do anything else?"

      8:18 Rove: "No that's about it. Oh wait. See that the bunker's stocked with good food and movies. Dick expects to be there until the campaign in 2003."

      "...there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii.

      by thingamabob on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 10:52:58 PM PST

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      •  You also forgot (none)
        9:07 Andy Card informs the President.

        *9:07.002 President wets himself.

        9:13 President finishes reading to the kids.  Begins doing photo ops, shooting the shit with the Principal.

        •  I just diaried this up (none)
          a bit

          The Oval Office: Because there are no corners, there is nowhere to make the President sit when he has shamed the nation.

          by BooMan23 on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 11:28:07 PM PST

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        •  A suggestion? (none)
          9:07 Card informs the President, and tells him to sit still and don't do anything.

          Bush spends 6 1//2 minutes reading the book and then another 10 minutes chit-chatting with the assembled staff before going out to his limousine.

          Those 15 minutes are the reason given why there was no shoot-down.

          Those 15 minutes are Bush's alibi.

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