The Pet Goat

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George W. Bush reading "The Pet Goat".
George W. Bush reading "The Pet Goat".

THE PET GOAT Story gained notoriety because U.S. President George W. Bush, as part of a photo op, was reading it to Florida school kids at the time he was informed of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Questions and conspiracy theories surrounding Bush's reaction to the events of 9/11 had focused somewhat on Bush's extended reading session.Bush's Press Secretary Ari Fleischer was in the back of the classroom holding a pad on which he had written "DON'T SAY ANYTHING YET."

Osama bin Laden made reference to the story in a videotaped speech released just prior to the 2004 U.S. presidential election: "We had agreed with the (Sept. 11) overall commander Mohamed Atta, may God rest his soul, to carry out all operations in 20 minutes -- before Bush and his administration could take notice. It never occurred to us that the commander in chief of the American forces would leave 50,000 citizens in the two towers to face those horrors alone at a time when they most needed him because he thought listening to a kid discussing her GOAT and its R A M M I N G was more important than the planes and their R A M M I NG of the skyscrapers. This gave us three times the time needed to carry out the operations, thanks be to God.

Plot and/or ending details follow:
"The Pet Goat" is the story of a girl's pet goat which eats everything in its path. The girl's parents want to get rid of the goat, but she defends it. In the end, the goat becomes a hero when it BUTTS a car robber into submission.

A sample passage:
A girl got a pet goat. She liked to go running with her pet goat. She played with her goat in her house. She played with her goat in her yard. But the goat did some things that made the girl's dad mad. The goat ate things. He ate cans and he ate canes. He ate pans and he ate panes. He even ate capes and caps.