No pleasure in Bin Laden's death: Bush
Former US president George W Bush said he experienced no sense of jubilation after he heard Al-Qaeda chief was killed and and all he felt was 'closure'
Former US president George W Bush has told an interviewer that he experienced no sense of pleasure or jubilation following the confirmation that Osama bin Laden, the orchestrator of the deadly terror attacks on 9/11, had been killed.
Former US President George W Bush being informed of the
9/11 attacks by his aide while he was attending a photocall
with school children
The former president was "sitting in a restaurant in Dallas when the Secret Service told him that President Obama wanted to speak to him," documentary producer Peter Schnall said in an interview with CNN yesterday.
"He then learned about the assassination," Schnall explained.
Upon hearing the news, Schnall confirmed that Bush said "there was no sense of jubilation [and] certainly no sense of happiness.
"If anything, he felt that finally there was a sense of closure." Schnall's documentary for the National Geographic channel will air on the tenth anniversary of the attacks.
In the interview, Bush is questioned at length over his response to the attacks, from the first moment he learned of the attack upon the US while at an elementary school in Florida, right up to the subsequent war on terror and the incursions into Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bush's response to the attacks remains a source of deep division to this day, both politically and also socially.
The former president revealed that when he had heard that a plane had hit the World Trade Centre, he initially assumed it must have been a light aircraft and that inclement weather or something happening to the pilot had caused the crash.
Moments later, his White House Chief of Staff Andy Card, whispered in his ear that a second plane had hit the second tower and America was under attack.
Schnall admitted that a decade after the attack, the events of that day still took a toll on the former president.
"We could see in the interview that the president was very taken by the events of that day, he was very emotional," he explained.
Britain pays tribute to 9/11 victims
As a tribute, London Mayor Boris Johnson unveils a sculpture by New York artist Miya Ando entitled 'After 9/11' in Battersea Park, London.
Also, Mayor Johnson launched a website to teach schoolchildren in Britain about the events of 9/11 and "demolish conspiracy theories" surrounding the attacks yesterday.
Awful truths about 9/11
The number of children who lost a parent in 9/11
The number of firefighters it took to extinguish all the fires ignited by the attacks in New York
Number of items that were found while sifting through the debris