Responses to Terror Attacks – Bush vs Obama

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The difference in response to terror attacks has never been more pronounced than between Barack Obama and G.W. Bush. After the release of notes taken on 9-11-2001 by Ari Fleischer, then White House Press Secretary,  we can rest assured that Bush was emotionally connected to the lives of Americans, and Obama is only connected to a political agenda and could care less about the citizens of this nation.

Ari Fleischer’s notes were part of his job, but when the attacks occurred, he recognized how important they would be from the beginning. So he said that he attached himself at the President’s side and didn’t budge.

The reaction of Bush to 9-11 – “We’re at War”

When word of the attacks happened, Bush was infuriated, and wanted to retaliate immediately. His emotions were raw…unlike our current president who appears to have none.

“I can’t wait to find out who did it. It’s going to take a while + we’re not going 2 have a little slap on the wrist crap.” President George W. Bush

President Bush asked about his family and even his dog- all of which had been whisked away to a secure location. He wanted to get back to DC to show the perpetrators that things were still working in America. He went back to DC against the advice of the Secret Service, according to the notes, so that he could address the nation from the Oval Office.

The Obama reaction to terrorists

When Paris was attacked by Islamic terrorists, we got two nearly identical versions of the same remarks from Obama- that he’s directed his officials to assist France and that France is our oldest ally…  You can read his remarks here (Jan 2015 Charlie Hebdo) and here (Nov 2015). They are remarkably flat- even when he says the word “heartbreaking.”

Or Obama’s reaction to San Bernardino and Orlando, Dallas and Baton Rouge: he talked about gun control.

“It also appears that he was able to obtain these weapons legally because he did not have a criminal record that, in some ways, would prohibit him from purchasing these weapons.  It appears that one of those weapons he was able to just carry out of the store — an assault rifle, a handgun — a Glock — which had a lot of clips in it.  He was apparently required to wait for three days under Florida law.  But it does indicate the degree to which it was not difficult for him to obtain these kinds of weapons…

We have to go after these terrorist organizations and hit them hard.  We have to counter extremism.  But we also have to make sure that it is not easy for somebody who decides they want to harm people in this country to be able to obtain weapons to get at them.” Barack Obama  in regard to the Orlando shooting 6/13/2016 

For whatever reason, Obama has little emotional connection to Americans. George W. had an intense one, and Mr. Fleischer’s notes indicate that fact.

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President George W. Bush aboard Air Force One (ERIC DRAPER/THE GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY )

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