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Bush wanted to project calm on 9-11

George W. Bush is explaining what went through his mind when he first heard what was happening on 9-11.

July 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Nearly 10 years after the September 11th attacks, then-President George W. Bush is explaining what went through his mind when he first heard what was happening.

Bush was reading with a group of schoolchildren in Florida when he got word a second plane had hit the World Trade Center.

He showed little reaction and went back to the reading for several minutes.

In an interview that will air on the National Geographic Channel next month, Bush says: "My first reaction was anger. Who the hell would do that to America? Then I immediately focused on the children. I didn't want to rattle the kids. I wanted to project a sense of calm."

When asked about his reaction when he learned Osama bin Laden had been killed, he says he was not happy or jubilant, but felt grateful justice had been done.


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