Former US president George W. Bush says in a new documentary on the Sept. 21, 2001, attacks that he felt “a sense of closure” when he learned about the death of Osama bin Laden, The Hollywood Reporter said on Wednesday.
Bush said he was in a Dallas restaurant with his wife Laura on May 1 when US President Barack Obama called him before addressing the nation to say bin Laden had been killed in a raid by US special forces on his compound in Pakistan.
“I didn’t ... feel any great sense of happiness or jubilation,” Bush said in exclusive interviews with director Peter Schnall on May 2 and May 3, which had been scheduled long before the dramatic announcement of Bin Laden’s death.
“I felt a sense of closure and I felt a sense of gratitude that justice had been done,” he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bush, who had been in office less than eight months when al--Qaeda operatives attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, gives what the newspaper calls a “very personal account” of his experiences on Sept. 11, 2001.
“One of my concerns, like the concerns of other husbands and wives, was ‘Was my spouse okay? Was Laura okay?’” Bush said.
“And my second concern was ‘Were our girls okay?’ ... and I finally found her [Laura]. She was in a secure location and it was awesome to hear her voice and she had talked to the girls and they were secure,” he said.
The former US president also spoke about his visit to New York, just four days after airplanes struck the Twin Towers and caused their collapse.
“From the air, it looked like a giant scar, but when I actually got to the site, it was like walking into hell,” Bush said of his trip to Ground Zero.
The full interview with Bush is due to be broadcast on Aug. 28 on the National Geographic channel, ahead of the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
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