MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid is either grossly misinformed, ignorant or just willing to lie to NBC’s audience.
In an effort to enhance her glowing praise of President Obama’s response to the Boston Marathon bombings, Reid contrasted it with her memory of President Bush’s response to the attacks of September 11, 2001.
“Having, sort of, one person communicating with you is very important. We learned after 9/11 that when George W. Bush didn’t do it, Rudy Giuliani stepped in. The whole country was waiting for him to come on the television for those first couple of weeks because you didn’t see the president. President Obama has definitely learned the lesson that you have to speak early, speak often, speak confidently.”
Of course, Reid is just wrong.
- After planes struck the World Trade Center on 9/11, President Bush addressed reporters and the nation from an elementary school in Florida at 9:30 AM ET. Less than an hour after the attack.
- Bush then addressed the nation from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana at approx. 1:00 PM ET after Air Force One landed there.
- Finally, Bush addressed the nation from the Oval Office at 8:30 PM ET.
Watch the entire segment here: