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September 11th, 2011
11:50 PM ET

Reading to the President on 9/11

By Kim Segal, CNN Supervising Producer

It was not until Danyelle Green entered high school when she realized she was a part of history. When Green was seven years old, her elementary school class was asked to read for President George W. Bush.

"He shook a couple of our hands and we started reading," recalls Green, "Then a man came from the side door and whispered something in his ear and then he kind of got stunned."

The whisperer was President Bush's chief of staff Andrew Card. The whisper informed President Bush about the terrorist attack in New York City.

"It makes me feel important," Green now a high school senior told CNN's Don Lemon, "but for other people who lost loved ones and people they really care about, it was very sad."

Though they were too young to understand what was happening in the country, this Presidential visit created a special bond between the students from Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida. Green says, "Each year while we were in elementary school, we went to the cafeteria and we pretty much went over what happened."

Green keeps in touch with most of her classmates. Like other children of 9/11, they have spent the last decade growing up and trying to move on. "We don't talk about it that much. We only talked about it this month," says Green.

This is the first time the well-adjusted teenager decided to talk extensively about the day she meet the President, a day that history will always remember her as a seven year old child.


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soundoff (One Response)
  1. Lexi Loary

    I woudln't know what to do if I was the president,that is alot of information to take in at once.I would have excused myself and lefted and moat likey have freaked out.I give George .W. Bush alot of credit the way he handle himself.
    xoxoxo lexi

    September 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm |

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