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Ear to the Ground

Students Recall Bush’s ‘My Pet Goat’ Reading

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Posted on Sep 11, 2006
My Pet Goat
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The AP returns to the Sarasota, Fla., school where Bush learned the news of the 9/11 attacks while reading from a children’s book. “His face just started to turn red,” one student remembered. “I thought, personally, he had to go to the bathroom.” Watch it.


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His face just started to turn red,” said Tyler, now 13 and in seventh grade. “I thought, personally, he had to go to the bathroom.”

For a puzzling seven minutes, the youngsters read aloud from the story “The Pet Goat” while the shaken president followed along in front of the class, trying to come to grips with what he had been told - that a second plane had just hit the World Trade Center and the nation was under terrorist attack.

“He looked like he was going to cry,” said Natalia Jones-Pinkney, now 12.

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By C Quil, September 12, 2006 at 9:17 am Link to this comment
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Somebody hire those kids. They can read faces and behavior better than any computer program.

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By Lee Driver, September 12, 2006 at 12:21 am Link to this comment
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Those seven minutes are burned on my brain. I avoid the conspiracy theories not because I feel negatively about them but because I don’t want to send my imagination off creating down a false road. There’s no way to know what was going through Mr. Bush’s head that day, but I in truth, in my private mind, I have always thought since I watched him through those minutes, that what had happened was something he knew of as a possibility, that now was begun.

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By james dean, September 11, 2006 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment
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the dude was never happier in his life. he was going to be the hitler that disney, ford, lindbergh, etc. always wanted.
it’s the rich people vs. the world now. which side are YOU on ?

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