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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

In Michael Moore's scathing documentary to indict President George W. Bush's failure to take immediate action, his implicit blame for not readying America for terrorist threats and his inept handling of the terrorist crisis, and his agenda to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq:

  • memorable images included Bush's continued reading of the children's book My Pet Goat in a Florida elementary school after the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center (filmmaker Michael Moore narrated: "When informed of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center, where terrorists had struck just eight years prior, Mr. Bush decided to go ahead with his photo opportunity...") - and Moore's commentary about how President Bush might have been thinking about his business ties to the Bin Laden family: ("...a business relationship with the family of George W. Bush. Is that what he was thinking about? Because if the public knew this, it wouldn't look very good. Was he thinking, 'You know, I need a big black marker.'?")
  • the many self-incriminating Bush clips (such as when he demonstrated his golf swing - "Now watch this drive!" - immediately after calling on nations to stop terrorist killers, his stumbling through speeches and delivering such damning lines as: "What an impressive crowd: the haves, and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite, I call you my base")
  • the mall scenes in which Marine recruiters targeted minority teenagers for enrollment
  • the documentarian's concluding questioning of Democratic and Republican politicians about enrolling their sons for military duty, and the misleading statements by President Bush and his associates about the need for war (that prompted many lower class Americans to serve and sacrifice themselves in an unnecessary war), and Michael's Moore's final voice-over narration: ("Of course, not a single member of Congress wanted to sacrifice their child for the war in Iraq. And who could blame them? Who would want to give up their child? Would you? Would he? I've always been amazed that the very people forced to live in the worst parts of town, go to the worst schools, and who have it the hardest, are always the first to step up, to defend that very system. They serve so that we don't have to. They offer to give up their lives so that we can be free. It is remarkably their gift to us. And all they ask for in return is that we never send them into harm's way unless it's absolutely necessary. Will they ever trust us again?... George Orwell once wrote that it's not a matter of whether the war is not real, or if it is. Victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won - it is meant to be continuous. A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle, the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia but to keep the very structure of society intact")
  • the final quote: an ironic statement from President Bush during a speech: ("There's an old saying in Tennessee, I know it's in Texas, it's probably in Tennessee, that says, 'Fool me once, shame on, shame on you. If fooled, you can't get fooled again'") - Moore summarized: ("For once, we agreed")

Bush on 9/11 in Florida Elementary School

"Now Watch This Drive"

On-the-Street Interviews

Bush: 'Fool me once, shame on, shame on you. If fooled, you can't get fooled again'


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