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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, September 09, 2011

10 Years Later: Students & Teacher in 9/11 Classroom Praise George W. Bush’s Calmness

(By Billy Hallowell, The Blaze) - President George W. Bush took some heat in the years following the September 11th attacks over his actions (or inactions, rather) during the moments after he learned that the Twin Towers had been attacked.

On that morning, Bush was in a classroom at Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida. When Chief of Staff Andy Card whispered news of the attacks into his ear, the president sat in front of the class silently, with a pensive look on his face. It was this moment and the minutes that followed that many of his opponents seized upon to claim that he was weak, inefficient and unable to act without assistance.

But the children who were present that day — now seniors in high school — have come together with their second-grade teacher, Sandra Kay Daniels, to paint a very different picture of the president’s reaction. ABC’s “Good Morning America” spoke with them to get their take on the events that unfolded in the classroom that day.

Below, watch the students and the teacher praise Bush’s calmness:


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