Matalin said, “I was there, we inherited a recession from President Clinton and we inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation’s history. And President Bush dealt with it and within a year of his presidency within a comparable time, unemployment was at 5 percent.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time that has former member of the Bush/Cheney team has distorted the 9/11 timeline. Last month former Bush press secretary Dana Perino claimed that the U.S. did not suffer a terrorist attack during the Bush presidency.
Here is the video of Perino’s November 24 appearance on FNC’s Hannity:
Perino said, “They want to do all of their investigations. I don’t know. All of the thinking that goes into it. But we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term. I hope they’re not looking at this politically. I do think we ought it to the American people to call it what it is.”
Of course this absurd because George W. Bush took office in January of 2001, and the 9/11 attacks occurred on September 11, 2001, months after George W. Bush took office. Anyone who knows how to use a calendar understands that September comes after January.
The motivation for both Matalin and Perino to tell such obvious lies is simple. They are trying to reclaim the post 9/11 “glory days” of the Republican Party. The objective is to convince the American people that only Republicans can keep them safe, and when a historical fact like the date of 9/11 challenges their claims, then they rewrite history to blame Bill Clinton for 9/11.
The Republicans are still treating the American people like they are complete idiots. Everyone knows that Bush was president during 9/11. Their pathetic attempt to change the facts should be an insult to every American. This latest great lie of the right is a shallow attempt to revive the politics of fear that carried the GOP to victory in 2002 and 2004.