"My job is to protect this country, and I'm going to. It gets second guessed all the time by people who don't live in the United States, but let me remind you that September 11 for them was a bad day, but for us it was a change of attitude."
The above quotation was taken from the September 11, 2006 aired interview between Matt Lauer and President George W. Bush. Nevermind his constant interruptions emphasizing that it is his "job to protect this country." I find his description of what September 11 meant for the world and for us . . . I'm struggling to find a word. Insulting? A gross simplification? Yes, the day has a different meaning for residents of other countries. But recalling the images of memorials and tributes in other countries that were broadcast in the days following the attack, I find it hard to refer to their experience as just a bad day.
If you want to get down to it, it was a bad day for 48/51st of America's major political subdivisions. For NY, DC, and PA, it was personal (plus, I suppose, a bit more than a bad day in the states from which flight passengers and crew hailed).
And if it only resulted in a change of American attitude - well, then, I suppose that explains a lot . . . .