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Matthews5Less than a week after MSNBC contributor Joy Reid said that George Bush essentially disappeared after 9/11, CNN’s chief political analyst Gloria Borger reinforced that notion on Sunday when she said that President Obama ‘s reaction following the Boston bombings showed that he “learned from Bush’s mistake after 9/11.”

Borger was appearing on Chris Matthews’ syndicated Sunday program, a production of NBC News, where she was part of a panel discussing the bombings and what lasting impact it would have on the nation. Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward told Matthews that while the bombing was a serious tragedy, it will probably not go down in the history books as a big event, especially when compared to 9/11, where 3,000 people were killed.

Matthews noted that only three people were killed in Boston, but there was so much emotion.

That’s when Borger weighed in with her opinion:

I think what we have gotten used to is turning to the President of the United States as somebody who keeps us informed, consoles us, lets us know how nervous or not nervous we ought to be, and I think the fact that we saw President Obama come out very quickly after Boston, even though clearly this was an ongoing situation, to talk directly to the American people, is something that President Obama learned from George Bush’s mistake after 9/11.

Just like Reid, Borger has bought into the left-wing notion that Bush was AWOL after 9/11, despite the fact that he went on national television that evening to help calm our fears and bring us together, and quickly made his way to New York City, where he helped rally a city devastated by the terrorist attacks.

This “blame Bush” mentality is not only inaccurate, but it also ignores the victims of the Boston bombings, who have suffered tremendously, in a shameful effort to try and score political points for Obama.

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